PURPOSE AND MISSION
We believe that Scripture clearly teaches that the parents have the primary responsibility to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
This includes teaching them about God, disciplining them, and striving to honor God before them in all they do.
We desire to be a support to our parents by encouraging them and supplementing them in the nurture of their children.
- Supporting and encouraging parents who are primarily responsible for teaching biblical truths to their children (Ephesians 6:4)
- Making the whole counsel of Scripture known to children with special emphasis on the Gospel (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Romans 1:16-17)
- Praying for the children and relying on the Holy Spirit to regenerate their hearts through the faithful teaching of His Word (Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:4-10)
- Living faithfully before the children and modeling for them how Christians are called to relate to God, each other, and the world around us (Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 11:1)
NURSERY CARE (AGES 1 to 3)
We provide a safe and nurturing environment for children from one to three years old. There are two classrooms connected with an individual bathroom for this age group.
Depending on our attendance, we may have one or both of the classrooms open on any given Sunday morning. A typical Sunday morning in this class includes free playtime, a trip out to the playground, and a bible story.
We want these children to feel safe and loved so that you can fully engage in the worship service, knowing that your child is in good hands.
For children under the age of one, we offer both a family cry room and a nursing mother’s room for parents who need to step out of the worship service with their babies.
GRACEKIDS (PRE-K to 2nd GRADE)
Children in this age group are beginning to make the transition into attending the worship service with their families. So they begin in the service and then are dismissed after the singing portion and before the sermon begins.
We are currently using The Gospel Project for Kids, which helps kids to see the big picture of the Bible and how all of the small stories are part of one unified story of redemption.
Over the course of three years, this curriculum walks children through the entire bible, while also using every story to point to Christ.
A typical Sunday in this class includes a short bible story video, missions moment, monthly memory verse, games, and a take-home activity worksheet.
For parents who are attending our adult equipping hour class or serving in another area on Sunday morning, the GraceKids class opens at the beginning of the worship service with a time of relationship building and songs before the rest of the children are dismissed from the worship service.
GRACE345 (3rd GRADE to 5th GRADE)
Children in this age group are ready to attend the full worship service with their families. If this is new to your child, it may take some time to adjust. But we believe that it’s important for children to engage with the whole church family.
God uses the ordinary means of grace such as hearing God’s word taught, prayer and communion to draw us to Himself.
However, it is also important for these children to receive bible teaching specifically focused on their age group as well as to engage with their peers in the classroom setting.
Thus we also offer the Grace345 class which is also using the The Gospel Project for Kids curriculum. A typical Sunday morning in this class includes a bible lesson, monthly memory verse, application questions, group activities and outdoor game time.
The Grace345 class is only offered at the same time as our adult equipping hour class which is currently during the 10:45am service.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Your child’s safety is extremely important to us at OGC.
We utilize an electronic check-in system that provides a name tag for your child, as well as a corresponding tag that you will present to the teacher at pick-up time. (This name tag also includes any allergy information about your child.)
All of our classrooms are staffed by background-checked and trained volunteers who are covenant members of our church community.
Additionally, we have hall monitors who circulate throughout the building on Sunday mornings as an extra layer of protection for our children.
Feel free to reach out to Amanda Walton, Children's Ministry Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).