At OCEC we want every person to have a growing relationship with Jesus, no matter what age they are. We believe this can begin in the nursery, where each child is loved, prayed for, and cared for. This continues into OCEC Kids Ministry, where children are taught about the amazing God who made them, loves them, and sent Jesus to teach and to save them. Our kids are learning how we get along as a church family, and how we love, care for and forgive each other daily. Our staff loves Jesus and they love His kids!
9AM & 10:45AM
Spiritual transformation happens when kids come to KNOW Jesus,
rather than just know ABOUT Jesus.
Our goal is to prepare the soil of kids' hearts so
seeds of faith can grow, and a true relationship with Jesus can happen.
Jesus cared for the little children and so do we! Our Nursery is a place of love for all of our babies, and our trained staff does everything possible to make sure each and every one of them is getting the care they need every Sunday. Whether a baby needs to walk, crawl, sleep or just be held, our staff is on it! Every staff person has been approved through our Child Protection Policy process and is excited to spend time with your child, sharing their love for Jesus with them while you are worshipping or serving in another ministry.
2 year olds – 4 year olds // Room C-1
(Kids starting Kindergarten 2021 or later)
Here our kids are learning through purposeful hands-on play designed to engage their senses and imaginations. Kids get to interact with Jesus personally as they worship together and discover God's truth. We want them to know that the Bible is real and relevant and they can be transformed by a real relationship with Jesus!
Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten // Room C-4
(Kids starting Kindergarten 2019 or 2020)
Our lessons create experiences where kids are making discoveries, helping them to take ownership of their faith and be transformed by a real relationship with Jesus while they dive into what Scripture has to say about their lives. They are worshipping God together, learning kid-friendly songs that help them engage personally with Jesus.
Grades 1 & 2 // Room C-8
We don't want kids to just know about the historical Jesus, we want them to personally know him. At a stage in life when it's easy to just teach kids information, we want them to believe and live out the truths in God's Word. Our 1st and 2nd Graders are learning from excited and enthusiastic adults and teens who share their own faith stories, who build trust, friendship and a faith that sticks. A portion of each class involves joining with students from other classes for worship, scripture memory activities and small group discussions to encourage growing in relationship with Jesus.
Grades 3, 4 & 5 // Room D-3
Our times together incorporate interaction, conversation, discovery and storytelling. We are helping kids talk to each other as they process thoughts and concepts instead of just listening to information, which capitalizes on the reality that, for some kids, “interacting with my friends” is a key motivator. A portion of each class includes joining with students of other classes for worship, scripture memory activities and small group discussions to help them grow in faith and in relationship with Jesus.