“These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy.
Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.”
-Jesus (Luke 18, the Message)
We love our kids and view them as a vital part of our community. Children’s ministry isn’t an add-on; we see our kids as full recipients of the hope, healing, and hospitality we receive through Christ and as fully able to extend that hope, healing, and hospitality to others in unique and incredible ways.
We minister to children in three main age groups:
Nursery: birth – not yet 2
Babies are lovingly cared for by our dedicated volunteers during the entirety of the service. Parents can drop kids off in the children’s wing as early as 9:45 or any time during the service. Babies are also welcome to spend the service with their parents. We are not offended by the joyful noise of kids!
Toddler Nursery: 2 – not yet 4
Toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2 and 3) have their own nursery space in which they learn about Jesus through monthly play-based units centered around themes of God’s loving care for all his children. Parents can drop kids off as early as 9:45 or any time during the service. Children are also welcome in the service with their parents.
Godly Play Sunday School: 4 years and up
Children age 4 and up worship and learn together in our Sunday School. Kids begin the service with their families so that they can participate in the singing with the rest of the congregation. Then kids are dismissed with their teachers to go to the children’s wing. We welcome children of all ages as well as adults to join us in the Godly Play room as we worship together. The Godly Play approach, based on Montessori principles, helps participants to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Kids are, of course, welcome to stay with their families during the service, too.
We take children’s safety very seriously here at Oak Church. Each volunteer must submit to a personal history inquiry, including a background check. In addition, all volunteers complete a safety training. To learn more, please read our Safety Manual.
There are lots of opportunities to love kids here at Oak Church! In addition to our nursery and Sunday School, there are also periodic special events that give other opportunities to help out on a more short-term basis. To learn more, please contact Meg Hoffman or fill out a volunteer form.
Resources for Families, Parents, & Volunteers
Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The Discipline of “Being With” Children (Chapter from Dave Fitch’s Faithful Presence)