NextGen at Highland is helping children (Birth – 5th Grade) 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.’
The New City Catechism: Have you been thinking about how to disciple your kids? Are you looking for a faithful resource to supplement your current devotions? Consider using this powerful resource for your family! Beginning September 11th families are invited to start using the New City Catechism at home to disciple kids and students in the Christian faith. NextGen Children’s Ministry will have these resources available for free. The word catechism means "oral instruction," and this is an excellent resource to help families do family discipleship and take their next step in their relationship with Christ. The book offers one question each week with one answer to memorize. 52 questions, 52 weeks, one year together as a church. Additionally, there will be teen and adult resources available at cost for the entire family to learn together (Adult & Teen Resource for $4 and Devotional for $10).
You can sign up for a weekly email reminder and encouragement using this link:
Please contact Pastor Adam ( ) with any questions.
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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 – 3 years) safe while in the Nursery, parents print their child's security name badge and parent badge at a Kiosk. First time participants will want to register their child(ren) at the Nursery Counter (Wausau) or at the Connection Point (Weston, Merrill, 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 volunteers 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). We also use a rule of two adults per classroom to further ensure the safety of your children.
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 (age 4 – 2nd 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 want to register their child(ren) at the nursery counter (Wausau) or at the Connection Point (Weston, Merrill, 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. We also use a rule of two adults per classroom to further ensure the safety of your children.
For children over the age of 2nd grade (or any child) there are Children's Bulletins available from the ushers.
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 (9:00 a.m. in Merrill and 9:20 a.m. at other campuses 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, Merrill, and Marathon). Parents must show their parent badge when picking up their child(ren).
One way club
Weekly Evening Program
Children (age 4 - 5th Grade) may participate in One Way Club. OWC features Bible lessons, Memorization of Scripture, Games, Singing, and Small Groups. Children can earn tokens to use at the Trading Post. Guests are always welcome, so encourage your children to invite friends! Our registration forms as well as themes and verses for the year can be found on the Publications and Forms page of this website under Children's Ministry.
One Way Club meets (early September to the end of April) on Monday nights at the Merrill Campus from 6:00 – 7:40 p.m. and Wednesday nights at the Wausau Campus from 6:00 - 7:40 p.m., at the Weston Campus from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., and at the Marathon Campus from 5:45 - 7:15 p.m. More details via social media and email.
Check out our NextGen Facebook Page and YouTube Channel for past lessons.
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 Chris Janke at
His plans, 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 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 and open to all children in our community.
Children's Ministry puts on an event called "One Starry Night" that is typically held early in the month of December on a Saturday afternoon. "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.