Kids Matter at Westwood

Parents, it is our desire to resource you whether we are gathered together on campus or together online. We are excited to provide you with a story and worship experience that you can do with your kids. We recommend using the online video experience to worship with your kids and then the Parent Cue App for questions and conversation.

COVID-19 Updates - Next Gen

Kids Ministry Online:

Looking to join us online for kids ministry? Email us to get connected:

Contact Jon Ditty
at jon.ditty@westwoodcc.org

Kids Online Resources:

Westwood Kids Show
Join the Westwood Kids team on YouTube at 9:15am every Sunday for the Westwood Kids Show!

Worship and Story Experience
Parent Cue App
Early Childhood
Elementary
Preteen

 

Westwood is a great place to be a kid, and a Parent!

Our greatest desire is to equip parents as the faith leaders of their kids, and help kids grow in faith with a community of peers and volunteers who are on the path of Learning to Be and Live Like Jesus.

Sunday Experience

On Sunday mornings we create fun and exciting, age-appropriate, environments that will help kids connect with Jesus and one another, and love coming to church.

Westwood Kids Ministry offers programs at all of our Sunday service times for kids birth through
Grade 5. We provide a secure, nurturing environment for children to experience age-appropriate biblical teaching. Our check-in system offers peace-of-mind for parents. Our volunteers and staff will create a great experience for you and your child at Westwood.

We can’t wait to see you!

Discipleship Pathway

Just as parents are on a faith journey, we believe that kids are journeying right alongside you. Here is how we guide Kids through their Discipleship Pathway.

Worship

Kids Programs at Westwood Community Church

We teach kids who God is and what it looks like to live in a loving relationship with him. Through relationally based weekly programs and events like dedications and baptisms, we partner with parents and assist kids in taking steps of spiritual growth.

Belong

Kids Church Programs

Through small groups and intentional organization, kids will experience consistent community with peers and volunteers who serve as spiritual leaders.

Serve

Church Programs for Kids

We help kids realize that they are part of this greater church body and give them opportunities serve one another and to use and grow their talents.

Go

Kids are given the opportunity to live their faith out in relationships, in their community, and through giving to quarterly missions projects.

Kids Camps and Vacation Bible School (All Campuses)

Kids need experiential opportunities to grow in their faith and grow in relationship with their peers. We put a high value on creating fun, dynamic and meaningful experiences for kids.

Kids Summer Camp

There is nothing quite like getting away to help us remove distractions and connect with God and one another. We believe Kids Camp is essential for helping build the faith of our older elementary kids. This camp brings kids from our campuses together for a unique experience of growing with one another. We love camp and we know your kid will too!

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

At Westwood we spell “fun” V-B-S! This summer is different, and we can’t be together, but we can still have VBS.

Westwood Kids Ministry will bring “FOCUS: VIRTUAL VBS” right into your home with a fun and engaging experience. VBS will still have games, crafts, songs, and Bible stories. We want kids to dive deeper into their faith by putting the FOCUS on God and His amazing plan for us. Kids will learn how to trust in what they CAN’T see because of what they CAN see as we explore four different ways we can FOCUS on God: Hear, Talk, Pray and Live.

Join us June 15-19 for Westwood Kids FOCUS: VIRTUAL VBS! Just like past years, VBS is more fun with friends, so we would love for you to invite friends and neighbors to join you for this VBS experience.

Each week, we will have updates through email, social media, and Westwood’s website, keep your eyes open for more news. To be added to the VBS email list contact Jon Ditty at jon.ditty@westwoodcc.org.

Child Dedication

Child Dedication has three elements: Orientation, Dedication and Celebration. Orientation will help you understand the role you play as the primary spiritual influence on your child. Dedication takes place during a Worship Service where you publicly share your commitment to raise your child to know Jesus and the congregation will agree to support you. Finally, family and friends gather in Celebration of your child’s dedication and you will hear about practical ways the Kids Ministry Staff will stand with you in the years ahead. Child Dedication classes are offered in preparation. Register here.

Let us know of your new arrival. We will give you a baby Bible inscribed by Pastor Zac Bush and share your good news with the Westwood community. Contact Emily Boyko, 952.283.2903 for more information.

Child Dedication has three elements: Orientation, Dedication and Celebration. Orientation will help you understand the role you play as the primary spiritual influence on your child. Dedication takes place during a Worship Service where you publicly share your commitment to raise your child to know Jesus and the congregation will agree to support you. Finally, family and friends gather in Celebration of your child’s dedication and you will hear about practical ways the Kids Ministry Staff will stand with you in the years ahead. Child Dedication classes are offered in preparation. Register here.

Let us know of your new arrival. We will give you a baby Bible inscribed by Pastor Joel and share your good news with the Westwood community. Contact Katie Rosenow, 952.224.7454 for more information.

Program Times and Resources

Get Connected:

  • Join us for our Kids programs at all service times (9:30 & 11:00am)
  • Click here to download the Next Gen Road Map.
  • Follow us on Instagram: @Westwood.kids
  • Join us on our Westwood Kids Facebook Group!
  • Download the Westwood App
  • If you have additional questions contact the Director of Kid’s Ministry / Emily Boyko, 952.283.2903

Bush Lake Kids Ministry Staff

Emily Boyko - Director of Kid’s Ministry
emily.boyko@westwoodcc.org, 952.283.2903

Get Connected:

  • Join us for our Kids programs at all service times (8:15, 9:30, 11:00am and 5:00pm)
  • Click here to download the Next Gen Road Map.
  • Follow us on Instagram: @Westwood.kids
  • Join us on our Westwood Kids Facebook Group!
  • Download the Westwood App
  • If you have additional questions contact Kids Ministry Administrative Assistant / Cheri Whisler, 952.224.7466

Chanhassen Kids Ministry Staff

Jill FoxJill Fox - Next Gen Ministries - Pastor
jill.fox@westwoodcc.org, 952.224.7480
Jon DittyJon Ditty - Pastor of Kids Ministry
jon.ditty@westwoodcc.org, 952.224.7461
Eric TheissenEric Theisen - Kids Creative Director
eric.theisen@westwoodcc.org, 952.224.7338
Cheri WhislerCheri Whisler - Administrative Assistant
cheri.whisler@westwoodcc.org, 952.224.7466
Katie RosenowKatie Rosenow - Associate Director of Early Childhood
katie.rosenow@westwoodcc.org, 952.224.7454
Lynn SommerstadLynn Sommerstad - Associate Director of Elementary
lynn.sommerstad@westwoodcc.org, 952.224.7409