Children's Ministry

Welcome Parents!

Thank you for visiting our Christ Church of Oak Brook Children’s Ministries page. We are excited about our weekend worship services and our weekday programs. Take a look and we hope you catch our joy and passion for children, families and Jesus. Our mission is to walk alongside our families, equipping our parents with tools and resources so they can more fully engage in the spiritual formation of their children.

Weekend Worship: Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:45am

Welcome to WonderZone!

This is our weekend worship service programming for infants-kindergarteners. We are excited to create a faith-nurturing environment for your child, tapping into our Tru curriculum (David C. Cook, pub.) and loving volunteers. After checking in at one of our kiosks, located near the entry ways to the building, you will bring your child directly to the age-appropriate room for care, Bible story, craft, play and worship music. You will need the printed label to pick up your child from our secure environment.

To register ahead of time for smoother check-in:

Register for WonderZone weekend program

If you’d like to register in person at your first visit, please visit our Family Welcome Booth adjacent to our nurseries.

Our Tru Curriculum empowers parents to be the primary faith-nurturers of their children. For more information about our curriculum, please look at our Parenting Resources Tool Box. We are very excited to partner with you on this parenting journey and to encourage and equip you each step of the way!

Thanks again for visiting our website…and we look forward to meeting you very soon!

Welcome to KidZone!

This is our weekend worship service programming for children in first grade- fifth grade. We are excited to create a faith-nurturing environment for your child, tapping into our Tru curriculum (David C. Cook, pub) and loving volunteers.

After checking in at one of our kiosks, located near the entry ways to the building, you will enter either into our Contemporary worship or Classic worship spaces. Children (1st-5th) will worship with their parents for the first 15 minutes and then they will be dismissed to come to KidZone programming. You will need the printed label to pick up your child from our secure environment.

To register ahead of time for smoother check-in:

Register  for KidZone weekend program

If you would like to register in person at your first visit, please visit our family Welcome Booth adjacent to our nurseries.

Our Tru Curriculum empowers parents to be the primary faith-nurturers of their children. We are excited to partner with you on this parenting journey and to encourage and equip you each step of the way! If you would like to know more about our Tru Curriculum go to our Parent Toolbox.

Thanks again for visiting our website… and we look forward to meeting you very soon!


Parent Resources

We are so delighted to partner with you in the nurturing of your child’s faith!  Thank you for visiting this page where you can explore the principles and foundations of our Tru Curriculum.  We are especially excited about the 7 Essentials and the 10 Environments that get to be created and implemented here at church and in your homes.  We hope you are encouraged and let us know how we can come alongside and equip you to lead your family in loving Christ.

 

TruStory | Homefront Weekly | 1-5 Grade
TruWonder | Homefront Weekly | 4-5 year-olds
TruBlessings | Homefront Weekly | 2-3 year-olds

More about Tru Ministry

7 Family Ministry Essentials

Home Front magazine

The 10 environments

Volunteer Resources

We are filled with gratitude for you!!  Thank you for serving in Children’s and Early Childhood Ministries. We are excited to serve alongside you as together, we nurture the faith of these children.  Here are some helpful details and insights for serving with children at Christ Church of Oak Brook.  We are also excited to share the 7 Essentials and 10 Environments that we get to create and implement, based off of our Tru Curriculum.  Please let us know how we can continue to equip and care for you.  We value YOU and treasure the love and energy you give to these ministries. Thank you for making the time to explore these resources. 

More about Tru Ministry

7 Family Ministry Essentials

The 10 environments

Protection policy

Forms for protection policy:
    Volunteer Application for Adults Early Childhood, Children’s, Student and Mops Ministries
    Volunteer Application for Minors (under 18) Early Childhood, Children’s, Student and Mops Ministries
    Volunteer Authorization form for Background Check
    Volunteer Application for returning adult volunteers
    Volunteer Application for returning minor volunteers

Early Childhood Manual

 


Other Children's Activities & Opportunities:

Third Grade Bible Presentation
February 21

Third Grade Bible Presentation

Third graders are at an exciting stage of spiritual development as they begin to explore the great stories of the faith and seek ways to express their own personal relationship with God. The Children's Ministry Team would like to partner with families to help celebrate this important faith milestone by presenting each third grader with a copy of the New Living Translation of The Hands On Bible. This special presentation for our third graders and their families is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, during the 9:00 a.m Contemporary (Fellowship Hall) and 10:45 a.m. Classic (Sanctuary) worship services.

Parents, if you'd like your third grade child to be recognized in this meaningful event, please register now. NOTE: To complete your child's registration, you will be asked to provide his/her favorite Bible verse.  Please have this verse chosen prior to registering. CLICK HERE for a list of suggested frequently chosen verses .

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Preschool
Children 2-4+ years old
Classes offered throughout the week

Preschool

Children 2-4+ years old

Our goal is to provide a warm, loving atmosphere to help make the transition into preschool a positive and pleasant one for you and your child.

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Children's Choirs
Age 4 through 6th grade opportunities

Children's Choirs

Acorn Choir welcomes all children age 4 through first grade.  Rehearsals are Sundays from 8:55-9:30 a.m. in room 111 (Rehearsal Room 2) near the adult choir robing room on the lower level.

Kids of the Kingdom Choir welcomes all children in grades 2 through 6.  Rehearsals are Sundays from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in Room 111 (Rehearsal Room 2) near the adult choir robing room on the lower level.

Both Children's Choirs periodically present music in Sunday morning Worship services.  They also lead the 3:30 p.m. Family Christmas Eve service and present a full musical in late April of each year.

Children's Music Coordinator, Cassandra (Cassie) Henwood, can be reached at cassandrahnwd@aol.com or by leaving a message with the Church Office at 630.654.1882.

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Hopscotch
Handwriting, phonemic awareness, and phonics enrichment.

Hopscotch

Hopscotch for 2016-2017

Hopscotch is a program designed to provide preschool children with direct and one-to-one practice and instruction in the areas of handwriting, phonemic awareness, and phonics. 

Children must be 4 before September 1, 2016

 

Thursday Hopscotch meets

9:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. on Thursdays

 

Friday Hopscotch meets

9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. on Fridays

 

The maximum class size is 10.

 

For more information or to enroll please contact Cathy Fiala | cfiala@cc-ob.org | 630.321.6753.

Christ Church of Oak Brook Preschool welcomes students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available through our school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions policies.


Curious Club
3-years-old - Kindergarten

Curious Club

2016-2017School Year

 

Class offerings Monday-Thursday 12:00pm - 2:00pm

For Children ages three through kindergarten

Children must be at least 3 by September 1, 2015 and potty trained.

Daily planned activities will be in the areas of Art, Bible Stories, Cooking, Language Arts, Math and Science. We will also provide a nutritious snack and extra time for play.  

 

For more information or to enroll please contact Cathy Fiala | cfiala@cc-ob.org | 630.321.6753 

Christ Church of Oak Brook Preschool welcomes students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available through our school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions policies.


Curious Club
3-years-old - Kindergarten

Curious Club

2016-2017School Year

 

Class offerings Monday-Thursday 12:00pm - 2:00pm

For Children ages three through kindergarten

Children must be at least 3 by September 1, 2015 and potty trained.

Daily planned activities will be in the areas of Art, Bible Stories, Cooking, Language Arts, Math and Science. We will also provide a nutritious snack and extra time for play.  

 

For more information or to enroll please contact Cathy Fiala | cfiala@cc-ob.org | 630.321.6753 

Christ Church of Oak Brook Preschool welcomes students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available through our school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions policies.


It's a Wonder-Full Day!
Children 3-5-years old
Fridays 9:15am – 1:15pm

It's a Wonder-Full Day 2015-2016!

Fridays 9:15am – 1:15pm
Children 3-5 years old

This faith-nurturing environment begins in a sacred story space with parent (caregiver) and child.  After a 30-minute Bible story, children stay to enjoy singing, playing, snacking and making crafts. Parents return at 1:15 pm after the children have eaten their labeled peanut free lunch together.

 Session 1: Parables     September 25, October 2, 9 and 16

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 Session 2: Gratitude and Joy!     November 6, 13, 20, December 4 and 11

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 Session 3: The Great I AM     January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19 and 26

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 Session 4: Psalms     April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6

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The Discovery Center

Discovery Center

Children's Discovery Center

Children enjoy playtime and activities in the Children's Discovery Center, an indoor playground built just for kids. It houses the Oak Tree Climber, a playhouse perfectly sized for children, a puppet theater, and lots of free floor space for open play featuring different obstacle courses that change seasonally. The center is also used for Sunday morning children's worship, Preschool play, Early Childhood programs, special events and Open Play time.

Open Play is available for infants-5th graders only, who are supervised by a parent or caregiver, who must remain present at all times.
 

Summertime Open Play hours are as follows:

Monday through Thursday, 10 AM - 4 PM

Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday

NO OPEN PLAY THE WEEKS OF:

May 31 - June 3 Camp Wonder

June 6 - 9 Camp Wonder

June 20 - 24 Vacation Bible School

July 11 - 15 Camp Wonder

August 22 - 26 Cleaning

DISCOVERY CENTER POLICIES

Please no climbing on the outside of the Climber and the Clubhouse.

  • Food and drinks are allowed ONLY in the tiled-floor rooms
  • Children MUST be supervised by an adult caregiver at all times
  • Please help your child be safe and kind to others while playing
  • Restrooms are in the yellow-tiled room. Diaper-changing station is in the restroom.
  • Please keep our play area clean and return any equipment back to its proper place.
  • Garbage receptacles are located throughout the play area for your use. 
  • Christ Church of Oak Brook is not responsible for any injuries or the security of your personal property.

Special Needs Ministry

Special Needs Ministry

SERVING CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS 

We believe in God's value for every human life, and we believe that Jesus loves every child dearly. Our Early Childhood and Children's Ministries are committed to helping provide a safe, welcoming environment where we can focus on loving Jesus with our heart, mind and soul.

 Our desire is to:

  1. Encourage each child to enjoy worshipping Jesus.
  2. Come alongside parents to encourage their spiritual nourishment.
  3. Secure a volunteer buddy to be with your child if needed.

If you have a child with additional needs and would like to connect with us, please contact:

Sandy Towers/Children's Ministry Director, 1st-5th grades / stowers@cc-ob.org / 630-321-3915

Kathy Woods/Early Childhood Director, Infant-Kindergarten / kwoods@cc-ob.org / 630-321-6782

 


 

 

 


Facebook

Facebook

For the latest happenings in Children's Ministry -  pictures, videos, and informative parenting tidbits - check out our Facebook page here!


Rock 'N Canoe Adventure Camp
July 25 - 28, 2016

Rock 'N Canoe Summer Camp

Rock N' Canoe summer camp is July 25th-28th, 2016 for incoming 4th & 5th Graders at Expeditions Unlimited Adventure Camp just outside of beautiful Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, WI. While at camp, students will get a chance to meet new friends, try new experiences like rock climbing and canoeing and most importantly, grow closer to their amazing creator and Heavenly Father! You won't want to miss out on this significant growth opportunity for your child!

Fees & Discounts: Total cost of camp is $300.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon registration, and the remaining $200 balance is due by July 1st.

Questions? Please contact Chris Krause, Family Ministry Assistant | ckrause@cc-ob.org | 630.321.6772.

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