The vision for Children’s Ministry at Highland is to help children take the first steps in their relationship with Christ.
Psalm 78:4 ‘We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done.’
At Highland we recognize the importance of quality childcare. Our nursery is designed to allow parents (and all adults) the opportunity to fully take in the worship services and events at Highland while knowing that their little ones are properly cared for and loved.
To keep children (birth – 5th grade) safe while in the nursery, parents print their child's security name tag and parent badge at a kiosk. First time participants will need to register their child(ren) at the nursery counter (Wausau) or at the Connection Point (Weston and Marathon). Parents must show their parent badge when picking up their child(ren). To further ensure your child's safety, all of our nursery workers are required to complete an application and undergo background checks before serving in the nursery.
Young children may be dropped off before service at the nursery, kept with you, or you can take advantage of our cry room. Nursery care (birth - age 3) is provided during all of our worship services. During the school year, there is Sunday school (age 3 and up) at 9:20 a.m. Children's Church (age 4 - 2nd grade) is held during our Sunday morning worship services (except for the Traditions Service).
Children's Church (age 4 - 2nd grade) is provided during our Sunday worship services (except for the Traditions Service). Children leave the sanctuary about 20 minutes after the church service starts to have their own time of singing, crafts, Bible stories, and practical time. Each class lesson is independent of the others, so children can attend Children's Church any week they are in church.
It is intentional that we dismiss children from the sanctuary 20 minutes after the church service begins. We feel strongly that as a church, and as parents, we need to be training our children how to worship. At the same time, we recognize that young elementary aged children may not be ready for either a full church service or the sermon topics presented. So Children's Church is their time of learning God's word.
To keep children (birth – 5th grade) safe while in the Children's Church, parents need to print their child's security name tag and parent badge at a kiosk. First time participants will need to register their child(ren) at the nursery counter (Wausau) or at the Connection Point (Weston and Marathon). Parents must show their parent badge when picking up their child(ren). To further ensure your child's safety, all of our Children's Church teachers are required to complete an application and undergo background checks prior to teaching.
Sunday school is available for ages 2 - 5th grade. It is intended to provide a solid biblical foundation to build on for life. Our staff of experienced and energetic teachers would love to share God's Word with your child at 9:20 a.m. each Sunday during the school year.
All of our Sunday school teachers complete an application and undergo background checks prior to teaching. We also use a rule of two adults per classroom to further ensure the safety of your children.
Children (age birth - 2nd grade ) need a security name badge printed (weekly) at a kiosk prior to going into class. First time participants will need to register their child(ren) at the nursery counter (Wausau) or at the Connection Point (Weston and Marathon). Parents must show their parent badge when picking up their child(ren).
Wednesday Night Program (One Way Club)
Children (age 4 - 5th grade) may participate in One Way Club. OWC features Bible stories with a creative twist, verse time, singing, games, and snacks. Children can earn tokens to use at our Trading Post. Guests are always welcome, so encourage your children to invite friends! Our themes and verses for the year can be found on the Resources and Printable Files page of this website.
One Way Club meets (early September to the end of April) on Wednesday nights from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Wausau Campus and 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Weston Campus.
Centershot uses the life skill of archery to connect children with others through fun and fellowship, while growing in their relationship with the Lord and increasing their skill and knowledge of archery. Archery is the “most talked about” sport in the Bible. Many life lessons can be found in the Bible that relate directly to archery and we dig into them during our Bible study time each night. Our eight week “flights” are designed to build a solid foundation for their faith. Centershot is unique, as we encourage children (age 10 and up) to participate alongside their parents and grandparents. Entire families can enjoy Centershot together. We encourage your children to connect with us, grow in their relationship with the Lord, and tell their friends!
All archery equipment and materials are provided and there is no charge!
For more information contact:
Wausau & Weston Campus sites - Chris Janke at
Marathon Campus - Kris Schumacher at
His plan, our hands
Creative Puppet Ministry
Highland's "His Plans, Our Hands" creative puppet ministry helps bring the message of God to all ages through black light puppets, music, and more. The group regularly practices at the Weston Campus and has performed at One Way Club nights, Thanksgiving Soup and Pie services, and more.
This is a TEAM ministry open to families, youth, and teens. Children younger than 5th grade need a parent/adult to participate with them to be in the group. For more information, contact either Anissa Bliese at 715-470-2345 or or Bram Jarvis at 715-370-0099 or .
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is held at all of our campus sites (different weeks / same program). VBS is for children age 4 - 5th grade. It is the perfect time to invite friends to learn about God. VBS is free.
Weston - June 12-16 from 9:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Marathon - June 19-22 from 12:30 - 3:15 p.m. (Thursday night hot dog supper at 6:00 p.m.)
Wausau - July 24-28 from 9:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Each fun-filled day, Monday - Friday (note that Marathon's VBS is Monday - Thursday), includes drama, crafts, songs, snacks, and Bible stories. Children may attend one day or every day.
For those that volunteer to help with VBS, childcare is available (infant - age 3). The most current registration information can be found on the documents page and VBS dates, when available, can be found on the calendar page of this website.
Items Needed for VBS: 300 paper towel rolls, 300 soda caps, large marbles, colorful duct tape, 9x12" foam sheets, stickers, glitter foam stickers, popcorn kernels, tulle fabric.
Children's Special Events
Every other year, children have an opportunity to participate in a contemporary Christmas musical that is presented early in December. This children's musical is a highlight of the Christmas season for all who attend. Admission is free. A cookie reception follows the performance, so invite friends and family!
The Children's Ministry also puts on an event called "One Starry Night" that is typically held on the second Saturday in December. "One Starry Night" resembles a trip through ancient Bethlehem's streets. It is a time for entire families to enjoy period-themed actors, buildings, and children's games. Attenders also create Bible-time crafts and "experience" the wise men from the East in search of the "One born King of the Jews." Bring the whole family to this "you-are-there Bible adventure." It is a fun and interactive event with a clear gospel message, so invite your family, friends, and neighbors.