The purpose of Wooddale Church is to honor God by making more disciples for Jesus Christ.
Thank you for visiting The Woods, Wooddale's Children's Ministries' program. We look forward to the opportunity to partner with you in the spiritual development of your child. We hope that you will take advantage of the many opportunities to get your family connected at Wooddale Church. Please feel free to contact Wooddale's Children's Ministries Program Team with any questions, comments, or concerns. It is our pleasure to serve your child and your family.
All Sunday morning classes align with the Worship Service times
Eden Prairie Campus 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m.
Edina Campus 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Look for Room Directory on the Main Level or Lower Level of the Edina Campus.
Our Sunday programs are designed to minister to children birth through 6th grade. We use the Tru curriculum by David C. Cook, which is designed to inspire, equip and support families as they make the Bible part of their daily lives. We look forward to partnering with parents to help kids grow in Christ.
|Birth up to age two and a half||The Meadow||Children up to 18 months begin to take their first steps toward their walk with Jesus through music and play. Beginning at 18 months, children learn in a way that is best for them through dramatic play, story time, craft projects, and other special activities. The curriculum is designed to teach Biblical concepts in an age-appropriate manner.|
|Age 2 - Kindergarten||The Woods - Early Childhood||Beginning at age 2, children have the opportunity to participate in The Woods Sunday school programs. Through dramatic play, story time, craft activities, and other special centers, children will watch the Bible come to life.|
|Grades 1-3||The Woods - Early Elementary||Children begin the morning in small groups with an activity to engage in the Bible lesson and build relationships in their group. Next, grades 1-3 come together in a large group for worship and storytelling. The morning ends with more small group time for discussion and an activity to reinforce the lesson.|
|Grades 4-6||The Woods - Upper Elementary||Children begin the morning in small groups with an activity to engage in the Bible lesson and build relationships in their group. Next, grades 4-6 come together in a large group for worship and storytelling. The morning ends with more small group time for discussion and an activity to reinforce the lesson.|
Care is available for kids birth - age 5 during The Gathering service.
The W.O.W. (Woods on Wednesday) program is offered for kids during Wooddale's MIDWEEK Service. Children grow their faith through activities that allow for social and spiritual interaction with other kids. Activities include small group, music, and recreation time.
This club ministry runs September through May, 6:45 - 8:15 p.m (Eden Prairie campus) and 6:15-7:45 p.m. (Edina campus). The program is available for Birth* - Grade 6 at the Eden Prairie campus and Birth - Kindergarten at the Edina campus.
*Nursery care is available for birth - age 3 for parents who remain in the building either attending class or volunteering.
Register for Eden Prairie W.O.W. Program (Birth - Grade 6)
Register for Edina W.O.W. Program (Birth-Kindergarten)
Care is available for kids birth - age 5 during the 5:15 p.m. service.
Children in 1st through 6th grade are invited to join the Sounds of Praise(SOP) children’s choir. SOP performs a Christmas and spring musical each year as well as community performances. Children experience God through worship and by ministering to others as they sing.
Visit the Sounds of Praise page for more information.
Trail Buddies is a program that pairs children with unique needs with a trained volunteer during programs in The Woods. The Trail Buddies volunteer will work with their assigned child to provide extra help when needed during The Woods programs. The program is for kids Birth - Grade 6 and is currently only available at the Eden Prairie campus. Please contact Tammy Anderson if you would like to be involved in this program.
Deep Woods is a 4th -6th Grade discipleship class. Topics are chosen and study is designed for the child who desires accountability and challenge in their spiritual life. The class meets at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays. Cost is $30 for the year for materials. Meets September - May only.
Pastor Jim Bauman
5th-6th Woods on Wednesdays (W.O.W.) (Eden Prairie), 5th-6th grade special events
4th-6th grade Sunday (Eden Prairie), 5th-6th grade special events
1-3rd grade Sunday (Eden Prairie)
Nursery Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday (Eden Prairie)
1st-4th grade Woods on Wednesdays (W.O.W.) (Eden Prairie)
Pre-K Woods on Wednesdays (W.O.W.) and Gathering Nursery (Eden Prairie)
Early Childhood Sunday Mornings (Eden Prairie), Parents Morning Out, and W.O.W (Edina)
Nursery-6th grade Sunday and Woods on Wednesdays (W.O.W.) (Edina)
Wooddale Church offers Parent/Child Dedication services for infants and young children. This is a special time of public ceremony and personal commitment when the parents promise to raise their child in the training and instruction of the Lord. An orientation meeting is held the Sunday before the dedication service to answer parents’ questions.
2013 Parent-Child Dedication Dates: 3/3, 4/7*, 5/5, 6/2, 8/4, 9/8, 10/6, 11/3,12/8.
2013 Parent-Child Orientation Dates**: 3/20*, 4/21, 5/19, 7/28, 8/25, 9/29, 10/27,11/24
Dedications are Sundays, 4:30 p.m. Eden Prairie Chapel (*4/7 is at Edina Campus at noon)
Orientations are Sundays, 11 a.m. Eden Prairie Room 274 (*3/20 is 6:30 p.m. in Edina Campus Worship Center)
**Attendance at Orientation is required for participation in the Dedication Ceremony.
Register by calling the Children's Ministries Office at 952.656.1076.
Faith Family-Style is a program where kids and caregivers come together to learn about God's word in a fun and interactive way. Classes are offered throughout the year on various themes including God's Grocery Store, Creature Teachers, Jesus in Me and more. For kids ages 4-9 and their parents/grandparents.
Check the Wooddale Events Calendar for dates and times.
Students in Grades 5 & 6 have the opportunity to participate in fellowship events several times each month. Check the Wooddale Events Calendar for dates and times, or view the 5th & 6th Grade calendar.
Spend your summer hanging out in The Woods! We've got camps for all ages and schedules. Browse summer events below and in the Summer Camps brochure and then register for camps through the Wooddale Events Calendar or using links below.
|Age 5 (by 9/1/13)-4th Grade (completed)||
At Kingdom Rock VBS, kids will learn how to Stand Stong for God!
|4 years old by July 8, 2013 - Kindergarten (completed)||
An exciting half day camp with morning or afternoon sessions offered.
|Grades 1-3 (completed)||
A full day camp with real life camp experience, a Bible lesson and a daily field trip.
|Grades 4-5 (completed)||Campers will enjoy a 6 day, 5 night retreat to Camp Shamineau in Motley, MN. It will be full of fun and challenging activities. Events include large group games, Bible devotional times, skills classes, chapel meetings, cabin times and much more. New skills and experiences provide the basis for personal and spiritual growth while making many great memories.|
|Recommended for families with 1-6 grade children||This is your chance to get away for a fun and relaxing family experience. Programming emphasizes growth in relationships between family members and encourages them in their walk with Christ. Be challenged and refreshed by gifted speakers, worship times and fellowship. This is a great time for families to make memories together, share quality time with each other and be challenged by the Word of God.|
The Woods Sunday programs use the tru curriculum by David C. Cook. Our desire is to partner with families to inspire, equip and support them as they grow their faith together. The Home|front Weekly is designed for families to study the scripture at home for the Bible lesson for the following Sunday. The Home|front Monthly is filled with activities, recipes and inspiration that reflect the lesson theme for the month.
3 year olds – 4th graders use the Gospel Light curriculum which provides many exciting ways to interact with the themes and grow in their relationship with Christ. Games, song time, crafts and sometimes even the snack reinstate the theme. Students memorize verses with the aid of sign language and songs. Study guides help families have conversations about the lesson and encourage the students to apply the lesson throughout the week.
W.O.W. for 5th & 6th graders has an exciting change this year! There is a huge emphasis for being God’s hands and feet to glorify Him on Earth! Throughout the year, the 5th & 6th grade kids will hear testimonies, learn what it means to be a Christian and true follower of Christ, create service committees, experience multiple serving opportunities within the Church and the community, as well as attend fun events to grow in fellowship with each other. We have some awesome parents and young adults interested in helping out, but we are looking for many more to be a part of our: prayer team, special events team, small group leader team, testimony team, and worship team.
Alternate Pick Up Form
The Woods Registration
Summer Camp Medical Release
Camp Shamineau Registration/Waiver
Summer Staff Application
VBS Walk in Registration
First Grade Bible Presentation Verses
Ask Children's Ministries staff how to access this secure area for Volunteer Resources online (curriculum, sub lists)
Ask Children's Ministries staff how to access this secure area for Nursery Training Videos
Volunteer Opportunities- for Sundays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays
We would love to welcome you to the Children's Ministries team! There are roles to fit every personality and schedule. Which of these is the right fit for you to serve in?
Contact the following program assistant or associate to learn more about how you can impact the lives of these children:
Nursery Associate (birth-5 years old)
Shelley Gruling, email@example.com
Sundays Pre K- Kindergarten
Jim Bauman, firstname.lastname@example.org
W.O.W. Pre-K- Kindergarten
Carol Garborg, email@example.com
Edina Program Assistant (K-6th grade)
Toni Glenn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cammi Bienkowski, email@example.com
Early Elementary (1st-3rd grade) & Trail Buddies
Tammy Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper Elementary Associate (4th-6th grade)
Sarah Petz, email@example.com
Early Childhood (Eden Prairie) and W.O.W. (Edina)
Hannah Palmberg, firstname.lastname@example.org