Children's Ministry

 

Welcome Parents! 

We invite you to partner with us as we equip you with Christ-centered resources to build young disciples



 

Thank you for visiting our 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 5:00 pm, Sundays 9:00 am and 10:45 am
 

 


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!



Resources for Parents and Young Disciples

We are here to equip you with the resources that you need to help your children build stronger relationships with Christ.  Check out the resources below for the Early Childhood and Elementary programs. 

 
Learn More About Some of Our Resources:


Find Out More About Tru Ministry

Find Our More About 252

TruBlessings | Homefront Weekly | 2-3 year-olds

7 Family Ministry Essentials

Home Front magazine

The 10 environments
 


 

Early Childhood Ministry



Spend Time Together Learning

Tru Blessings Homefront Weekly Lessons (2-3 Year-olds)

Review these lessons each week with your child before they start their week. This is a "pre-teach" resource for you to help set your child up for success for each upcoming week. 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. 



Download:

Lessons 1-4
Lessons 5-8
Lessons 9-12
Lesson 13



Grow Together in Your Faith

TruWonder Blessings Homefront Weekly Lessons (4-5 Year-olds)

Now that your child is growing more spiritually mature, he or she is ready to begin discussing these weekly concepts with you. This is a "pre-teach" for you to review with your child each week to learn more about God.





Download:
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Lesson 7
Lesson 8
Lesson 9



Elementary Curriculum 
252 Weekly Take Home Resources




March Resources:

Read the Parent Cue Primer to learn how to use the Parent Cue!
Download: Parent Cue Primer
Download: Parent Cue

Be inspired by the Extra Memory Verses!
Download: Extra Memory Verses

Read the God Time Primer to learn how to use God Times!
Download: God Time Primer

Download God Time 1st Grade:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Download God Time 2nd-3rd Grade:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Download God Time 4th-5th Grade:
Week 1
Week 2

Week 3
Week 4
 




Check Out the Parent Cue Blog!

Parent Cue reminds you why what you do is so important and that you are not in this alone!
Click HERE to subscribe! 




For Busy Moms and Dads Who Don't Always Have Time to Read a Blog

Listen to the FREE Parent Cue Podcast HERE on iTunes!

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:
    Adult Volunteer Application
    Minor (under 18) Volunteer Application
    Volunteer Background Check Authorization
    Adult Annual Renewal Application
    Minor Annual Renewal Application

Early Childhood Manual

 

Rock 'N Canoe Adventure Camp
July 24-27, 2017

Rock 'N Canoe Summer Camp

Rock N' Canoe summer camp is July 24-July 27 for incoming 4th and 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 June 30th.

Questions?
Please contact Shari Knutson, Children's Ministry Assistant | sknutson@cc-ob.org | 630.321.6772.

Registration is full at this time, but please consider registering for our wait list as spots can become available!


VBS June 19 - 23, 2017

Vacation Bible School 2017

Spark Imagination at VBS this Summer
 

June 19 - 23 | Monday - Friday | 4 years old (by Aug. 31) to incoming 5th graders
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

We are sorry. Registration is closed.  


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.

Full Details


Children's Choirs
Age 4 through 6th grade opportunities

Children's Choirs

BOTH CHOIRS: Weekly rehearsals begin Sunday, September 11 and run through December 18 and again from January 8-April 30. Periodically present music in Sunday morning worship services, as well as Thanksgiving Day, Spirit Village, Messiah-CarolFest Concerts, Christmas Eve, and Palm Sunday; they will present a full musical in the spring. Detailed calendar will be provided via email, on the website and hard copy on September 11.

 

ACORN CHOIR (New rehearsal time!): Children age 4 through 1st grade. Rehearses Sunday mornings from 11:50-12:20. Acorn participants attending 10:45 KidZone will be escorted from their classrooms to the choir room (Room 111 on the lower level), where parents can pick them up afterward. Note: Parents of 4 year olds are required to stay with their child at least through October to be sure they are ready for this experience.



KIDS OF THE KINGDOM (New rehearsal time!): Children in grades 2-6. Rehearses Sunday mornings from 10:00-10:45 in the choir room (Room 111 on the lower level).  Note: Children who checked in at the kiosks for 9:00 KidZone/COW should come straight from their community to Room 111; additional kiosk check-in is not required. Children who attend 10:45 KidZone/COW should be checked in prior to coming to rehearsal and will be dismissed to their community at 10:45.

Children's Music Coordinator Cassandra Henwood can be contacted at chenwood@cc-ob.org. 

Register HERE


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 - 7-year-old

Curious Club

2016-2017 School Year

 

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

For Children ages three through seven

Children must be 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.  

PLEASE NOTE!  If you are not a current member of our preschool and wish to join us please register below and we will contact you with the necessary DCFS required forms for registration.

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 2016-2017!

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. This year we will explore the colors of the Church calendar.

 Session 1: Red     October 14, 21, 28 and November 4     $108

 Session 2: Blue/Gold     December 2 and 9     $54

 Session 3: Green      January 13, 20, 27, February 3 and 10     $135

 Session 4: Purple     March 3, 10, 17 and 24     $108

 Session 5: White/Gold     April 21, 28, May 5 and 12     $108

 

 


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.
 

Open Play hours are as follows:

Monday through Thursday 10:00 am - 4 pm

Closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and the following days or weeks:

​​​​​​​Camp Wonder - May 31st - June 2nd

                            June 6th - 8th

 Vacation Bible School 19th - 23rd

Camp Wonder - July 10th - 14th

Global Leadership Summit - August 9th - 11th

Cleaning - August 14th - 31st

 

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

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


MOPS
September 13, 2017 - May 09, 2018
2nd & 4th Wednesdays 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

MOPS (& MOPS Kids)

Christ Church of Oak Brook MOPS, Mothers Of Preschoolers (birth-kindergarten), would like to invite you to join us in this adventure of motherhood.

We explore how to live life as a Christian mother. We do this by making connections with other mothers going through the same stage in life, by listening to the wisdom of our speakers, and by learning more about God himself.  We know the blessings our children and family are and try to learn better ways to create the Christian Family God wants us to have.  We know that mothering can be challenging at times. MOPS is a safe and loving place where we can ask questions and share concerns about our children, husbands, and to be honest, about ourselves.

We begin our meetings with delicious food and time to chat with new and old friends. We then enjoy listening to a speaker and finish our meeting with discussions around our tables about the speaker's topic. During four of our meetings, instead of a speaker we will do a craft and have a conversation meeting – which allows for more time to get to know one another on a deeper level.

During our meeting, our children enjoy themselves in the MOPS Kids program. There is a $31.95 annual registration fee and a fee of $5 per meeting to assist with program expenses. All mothers are invited to join us. Financial assistance is available.

Contact:  Alisa VanHekken, MOPS Coordinator

Register

 


Camp Wonder :  1 & 2 -WaterWorks  and 3...the Bible Tell Me So!
3-5 years olds
 (3 years old by March 1, 2017 and potty trained-entering kindergarten Fall 2017)

1. May 31-June 2  $63   2.  June 6-8  $63   3.  July 10-14, 2017  $105

Camp Wonder

Camp Wonder

Join us for a special time of Bible stories, crafts, music, games, science, snacks, and play!


Camp Wonder is for 3-5 year olds (three years old by 3/1/2017 and potty trained - children entering kindergarten Fall 2017).  Camp Wonder is a fun place for children to wonder about God, God’s World, and God’s People. 


SESSION ONE:     May 31 - June 2  $63
9:00 a.m. - Noon

WaterWorks1: Splashing around in the wonder of His Works!

SESSION TWO:    June 6 - 8    $63

9:00 a.m. - Noon
WaterWorks2: Splashing around in the wonder of His Works!

SESSION THREE:  July 10 - 14   $105
9:00 a.m. - Noon
…the Bible Tells Me So! :  God’s Word forming our hearts

Register for one, two or all three sessions! Each session requires a separate registration.