The vision of our Children’s Ministry is to partner with families to help children become lifelong followers of Jesus who seek grace from God, share grace in community, and show grace to all.
Oakidz offers Gospel-centric, age appropriate programming for children 6 weeks - 6th grade on both Sunday morning and evening, as well as special events throughout the year.
Nursery is offered during the 8:15 am and 10:45 am worship services as well as during the 9:30 Sunday School hour and again at our evening The R.O.C.K. program.
We believe from the youngest age it is our responsibility to plant seeds of the Gospel in our children’s hearts. This is done by loving on, caring for, and teaching our nursery age children.
All children are divided by development and age in the nursery program. There are at least 2 paid staff in every classroom caring for your children.
A Sure Foundation curriculum is taught to all children who are two years old during the worship service times. This is done through a Bible story, visuals, music, instruments, and play!
For more information about Nursery contact our Nursery Coordinator, Robin McCracken.
Pre-school is offered during both the 8:15 am and 10:45 am Worship services as well as during the 9:30 Sunday School and again at our evening The R.O.C.K. program.
Pre-School children will be in the same classroom all year with other children their age.
For more information about pre-school contact our Pre-school Coordinator, Brandie Wolfe.
During this time children participate in their own age appropriate worship service, Wonder Worship, as well as small group time in their classroom. During Wonder Worship children will be introduced to the Bible as one complete story about God’s love and redemption through Jesus Christ. Each week they will experience part of the “Big God Story” and will respond through exciting teaching and worship in an interactive environment. They will have small group time, providing an opportunity to build relationships–both with peers and leaders–as they apply and reflect on the lessons through art, activities and prayer. David C Cooke’s Tru Wonder Curriculum is taught during both of these hours.
At this time, pre-school children are in discipleship groups. Older children will go to large group for worship and story time and then back to their rooms for small group discussion, games and crafts; all centering around the story for the day. During this time children will discover that Jesus’ many miracles were signs that point to him as God the Son, our Savior. They will find out about his power, learn about his glory and be taught about his authority. As they hear stories about Jesus and what he did, children will begin to grasp that it was God who came to his people through Jesus. Great Commission Publications’s Show Me Jesus curriculum is taught during the 9:30 Sunday School.
Oakdiz discipleship meets from 9:30 am - 10:30 am every Sunday. All children are divided into small groups with 4 - 6 other children their age and gender and a consistent small group leader. The purpose of discipleship is to provide a weekly opportunity for children to study God’s word in a small group setting, be led in discussion and application by a consistent leader, and have a safe place with other children where they can feel known and cared for.
Discipleship consists of fun icebreakers, large group Bible teaching (with other small groups in their grade), Scripture Memory, application discussion, games, crafts, prayer and more! Your children will have a blast with other kids their age in a safe environment where they will walk away knowing more of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! David C Cooke’s Tru Story Curriculum is taught during Discipleship.
We believe that parents are the chief disciplers of their children, but as a church and ministry we want to come alongside parents to “preach the Gospel to the next generation”. We believe that discipleship will provide an opportunity to take children a step deeper into understanding the message of the Gospel through providing them with a consistent leader and small group community. We want children to walk in to OMPC and feel welcomed, known and loved. In the same way that Sunday School, LIFE! Groups and Battle Groups are important for the discipleship of adults, we believe that children need an opportunity to receive the same type of teaching and discipleship from a young age.
To find out more information about our Elementary Discipleship contact our Children’s Ministry Program Coordinator, Angie Hoffman.
A place of transition for our Kindergarten and 1st grade children as they go from being 100% in a classroom to participating in corporate worship with their family. All Kindergarten and 1st Grade children will start off in the worship service with their parents and are dismissed before the pastoral prayer. Children come to the gym for their own age appropriate, Gospel-centric worship service that focuses on the sacraments of worship as well as age appropriate teaching and activities.
All 5th and 6th-graders are divided by gender and meet in their own space in the M1 modular building with consistent leaders each week.
The purpose of Crossroads is to provide Gospel-centric teaching while ministering to the important needs of preteens as they begin making life decisions, grow in their understanding of God and what it means to walk with Him, as well as prepare for the excitement and challenges of being a teenager.
Crossroads meets at 9:30 am during Sunday School as well as during our evening The R.O.C.K. program on Sunday nights.
On Sunday mornings, Crossroad kids will eat snacks, participate in icebreakers, experience rich Bible teaching and be a part of a consistent small group for discussion, application and prayer.
During the Sunday evening program kids will play fun games (inside and outside), eat pizza, dive into God’s word together and experience deeper community with other kids and leaders.
Special Events: Crossroads has special events going on throughout the year on a regular basis. This is great opportunity for kids to gather outside of Sundays to deepen community and have a blast together. Events include sports tournaments, scavenger hunts, swimming parties and more!
Curriculum changes quarterly for Crossroads. The goal of the curriculum is to help kids know how to study God’s word, understand biblical manhood and womanhood and walk through scripture to teach these kids what God’s word says about life issues they are facing daily.
To find out more information about Crossroad Boys contact our Crossroad Boys Coordinator, Chris Teeters.
To find out more information about Crossroad Girls contact our Crossroad Girls Coordinator, Cally Burgess.
Dinner will be served at The R.O.C.K. for all children at 5:30 pm. If you would like another food option for your child other than what is being served please feel free to pack and send a labeled dinner with them.
We provide a safe age appropriate nursery for our youngest children. Children will be fed dinner, cared for, and loved on by staff and volunteers while in their classrooms with other nursery age children.
Pre-school and Kindergarten
Pre-school age children will be rotating through the Pebble Fountain room as part of The R.O.C.K. rotation. All pre-school children will be diving in to God’s Word through music, instruments, storytelling and movement. When they are not in Pebble Fountain they will spend time in their classroom playing and doing a hands on activity or craft that will help them soak in the Bible passage they are learning about that week. During the fall semester children will be going through creation day by day. During the spring the children be learning about the fruits of the spirit.
Elementary (1st -4th grade)
For 1st – 4th grades at The R.O.C.K., we teach the same Bible story for 4 to 5 weeks in a row. Each week classes rotate into a new and unique workshop (art, games, drama, cooking, music, science, etc). However, teachers stay put in the workshop of their strength, repeating their lesson each week to a new group, while adapting and improving their lesson during the rotation.
The R.O.C.K. deepens the student's experience and memory, while allowing the teachers to get creative. Each workshop focuses on a different creative learning style or "intelligence," which broadens the Children’s memory of the story. Traditional classrooms become transformed into fun, inventive workshops, and students are anticipating something new each week.
We currently have four rooms in M-2 that house our Rotation Of Christ’s Kids. Firm Foundations is our temple room where students experience the story in a whole new way through storytellers and activities. R.O.C.K. of Ages is our music and drama room where students experience the story in a highly creative way. Solid R.O.C.K. houses our cooking and science activities that engage our students in thinking about concepts found in each story. How Great Thou Art is our art room where students use their artistic talents to help them share the story with others using their art. Mighty Fortress is our movie room (S-180) where students watch a short film about the Bible story and discuss how the film compares to the story in the Bible as well as how the story points them to Christ.
Crossroads (5th and 6th Grade)
Sunday nights at The R.O.C.K. for 5th and 6th graders focuses on developing and strengthening pre-teen relationships with Christ and others by cultivating community through fun-filled activities, as well as intentional discussion-based teaching and dialogue. We strive to have a fun, safe, environment where community and fun are fostered, while also providing opportunities to dig deeper into nightly discussion of issues pre-teen girls and guys face. As we develop deeper community within, we are also looking forward to reaching out to those around us by implementing regular service opportunities once a month on Sunday nights for the girls and guys to be involved in ministering to the needs of the younger ones involved in the Children's Ministry at The R.O.C.K. Crossroads at The R.O.C.K. will take place in the M1 modular building.
To find out more information about the The R.O.C.K. contact our The R.O.C.K. coordinator, Carlee Green.
This class is offered twice a year for children in 3rd through 6th-grades who are believers and ready to become church members. The class lasts 8-weeks and is held in January and September each year. The workbook that is required for the class can also be used independently, where parents and children work through it themselves. Upon completion of the class each child is interviewed by an elder and admitted to the Lord’s Table by the Session upon completion.
To find out more about Communicants Class contact our Children’s Pastor, Tim McCracken.