What if I want a volunteer discount?
We love to have adult volunteers! If you’re giving us your time, we’d like to knock a couple of dollars off the cost of your child participating in VBX. Please complete the VBX Volunteer Google Form, then complete the VBX registration and select the volunteer payment option.
What if I need a scholarship?
We want VBX to be available to all kids! Please click the “Scholarship Request Form” button to the right, download the form, complete the form, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. VBX full price is $75/child, and VBX Jr. costs $55/child. Please request a scholarship amount that reflects your true need; we want to make sure we can respond to all requests for scholarships.
After completing the form, please register your child and select the “Scholarship” option. This will allow you to register without paying. If you are able to contribute part of the registration cost, please call the church office (530-343-1484) to pay via credit card, or stop by the church to pay via check or cash.
What if I'm registering multiple kids?
Great! The more the merrier! Unfortunately, due to some quirks in our registration program, you’ll need to register each child individually. This may require closing your browser after completing one registration and opening it back up to create a new one (sometimes the system gets in a loop and will send you back to edit your previous registration instead of allowing you to complete a new one.) We’re sorry for the hassle, but we promise the fun your child will have at VBX will make up for it!
My kid is in preschool, but it's asking for grade level. Help!
Sorry about that! We’ve tried to fix this issue and we’re getting mixed reviews about our success. Please just select 1st grade, and we’ll notice your child’s age listed elsewhere.
I logged in and now it looks like I'm registering myself for VBX. I don't know what I'm doing wrong!
You’re not doing anything wrong! This is just another quirk of our rather cranky registration program. Please proceed and don’t worry about it. You’ll have a place to enter your child’s name and age. That’s the information we will look at, so as long as that is correct, you’re good to go. We’re sorry about that!
Vacation Bible eXperience is one of our favorite events all year! With our “Live the Adventure” theme this year, kids will learn how our lives with Jesus are adventures!
VBX Jr. (3 years-kindergarten): June 18-20, 9:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
VBX (1st-5th grade) June 17-21, 9 a.m.-noon
Registration is open May 5-26, so sign up today!
Love kids? Love Jesus? Click the button below to become a VBX Volunteer!
Art Camp Details
Lauren Mesa has specialized in teaching mixed media to young artists for 20 years. Projects incorporate painting with watercolor and acrylic on a variety of surfaces, from terracotta, to pillowcases, to bark! Kids learn to experiment with ink, texture, and wood. Classes include game time, snacks, and all the ingredients to make new friends! The $95.00 registration fee includes all materials and a $5 nonrefundable deposit. Class will be held in Room 015, just off the Fellowship Hall.
Welcome to Kidwell Park
Imagine a place where after kids have visited on a Sunday, they get in the car and ask their parents if they can come back! We hear this comment from parents over and over again. Kidwell Park is the Children’s Ministry of Bidwell Presbyterian Church. It is a place where kids are treasured and seen as gifts from God, and where they can develop and explore a deeper relationship with Jesus as their “friend forever.” Above all, Kidwell Park is a place for kids!
We offer a safe, fun & free supervised place for kids to hang out on Wednesday evenings while their parents attend adult discipleship classes. This is a great time for kids to grow in community with one another in a less structured environment than our Sunday morning programs. This care is offered during the W.O.W (What’s On Wednesday) terms only.
What To Expect
Everything we do on Sundays is geared towards providing your child with a place that is created with them in mind, formatted to reach them at their level, and focused on proclaiming the love and grace of Jesus in a way that is understandable and applicable to them! We strive to provide a safe and welcoming place where your kids are excited to come each week and you feel comfortable dropping them off. Our staff are CPR and First Aid trained. In addition, our fantastic team of volunteers have undergone thorough background checks and training, and we maintain a child to staff ratio of 4:1.
Kidwell Park provides age-specific Sunday programs for kids aged 0 to 5th grade at their 9:30 and 10:45 services. The Gospel Project take kids on a Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture. Kids will discover how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. When kids truly experience the gospel, their hearts are transformed. It is the gospel, not good behavior, that changes everything.
8:15 a.m. Nursery Only
9:30 a.m. Nursery – 5th grade
10:45 a.m. Nursery – 5th Grade
Check-In / Check-Out
When you arrive, please go to the welcome desk (located on the first floor), where a Kidwell Park team member will help register your family and check your child into their program area. Upon filling out a registration card, your family will be added to our database, making check in even easier next time! Our team will help you and your child find their class and meet some other children/volunteers to make the morning a success. Please check out your child from their program area promptly after the service.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my child has been sick?
All toys for the nursery are cleaned and sanitized thoroughly after use each week. Please help us keep our rooms healthy by observing our “Sick Children Policy” and keeping your child home if they exhibit any of the following: Fever within the previous 24 hours, vomiting or diarrhea within the previous 24 hours, discharge in or around the eyes, green or yellow runny nose, sore throat, questionable rash, any symptoms of communicable disease, persistent cough, head lice. If your child is being treated with an antibiotic, he or she should receive treatment at least a full 48 hours before coming to Kidwell Park. If you child becomes ill while in our care, you will be notified promptly.
Can I check on my child?
You are welcome to check on your child, but do so discreetly, unseen by your child or other children, to avoid separation anxiety.
How do I say goodbye?
After your child is checked in, please say a quick good bye. As you know it is normal for a child to cry as their parent leaves. If your child continues to cry for more than 10 minutes and cannot be consoled by our staff and volunteers will page you.
What should I pack for my child?
It is helpful if you pack the following in a diaper bag on Sundays.
- One diaper
- Pacifiers or other comfort items
- Change of clothes
- A bottle/sippy cup of milk, formula, juice or water
We ask that you label all personal items prior to your arrival.
When do I pick up my child?
After the worship service, please promptly pick up your child. Children enrolled in programs through kindergarten are required to be picked up by a parent or guardian.
Do I need to register my child?
Help us make Kidwell Park an enjoyable and secure experience for you and your child. Parents are asked to register at the welcome desk or online and are assigned a number which helps us locate parents during worship services.
What about the safety of my child?
We strive to provide a safe and welcoming place where your kids are excited to come every week and you feel comfortable dropping them off. Our staff and childcare workers are CPR and First Aid trained. In addition, our fantastic team of volunteers have undergone thorough background checks and training. Our child to staff ratio is 4:1.
Kidwell Adaptive Program
Kidwell Park Adaptive Program is a part of the Kidwell Park Children’s Ministry where we help children with special needs participate in the Sunday programs and activities during the 9:30 a.m service. We are blessed to have experienced volunteers and staff who love working with kids with special needs and would be thrilled to spend a Sunday with them. This program is designed to help make church an accessible and stress-free time for kids and families alike. Kidwell Adaptive Program is primarily an inclusion program where our staff and volunteers can be a child’s “buddy” to hang out with in their grade-specific classroom along with their peers. Kidwell Adaptive Program also has a dedicated classroom filled with sensory games and activities. We love to create individualized programs and accommodations which may include any or all of the elements of our Sunday program including a Bible lesson, craft, play time, and worship for children who need a little more quiet/alone time or simply a different structure or setting. Our desire is to show children and their families that we are all beautiful in the eyes of God and that His love is endless.