Children’s Ministry
Sundays | 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. | Oak Brook
10:00 a.m. | Butterfield

Children’s Ministry

Family Worship | July 3, September 5
Childcare only for children 4 years old and under

Children are a vital part of the church today. During all our services, our team of faith mentors teach the Bible and lead worship, spurring our children to love Jesus wholeheartedly and carry His light into their world. Our Children’s Ministry is a place where kids ages birth-grade 5 receive tangible expressions of God's grace and truth through fun, age-appropriate activities.

Before coming to church on Sunday, we ask that you register your child for Sunday School for the 2022-23 school year using the Register Your Child link. If you are new to our church, please register all your children using the same link. Once you arrive to church, ask a greeter where to find a kiosk. At the kiosk, you will enter your phone number on the touchscreen. You will be able to choose a class for your child that corresponds with his or her age or grade. Once checked in, a nametag and a security pick-up tag will print. Place the nametag on your child and drop him or her off at class before the service starts. After the service, bring the security pick-up tag to your child’s class to hand to the teacher in order to pick up your child.

If you have already registered your children but have a child in either grade 4 or 5 who wishes to be released from class on his or her own, please fill out the Release on Own form. 

If you would like to hear about our special events like Bible Class, Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Camp, and VBS, please Subscribe to Our Newsletter! We will email you with information relevant to the age group you specify. Contact Jennie Amidei if you have any questions.


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    Children’s Ministry Online 
    Weekly Online Biblical Lessons



    Weekly online lessons for the entire family to enjoy together.

    We encourage the entire family to come together and enjoy these Biblical lessons and include voice-overs and fun videos to share the story. Each week through February 27 you will find a new lesson for your family and worship songs to glorify God.

    PRESCHOOL Lesson – Jesus Taught About Prayer: Luke 11: 18 (February 27)

    ELEMENTARY Lesson – Jesus Taught About Prayer: Luke 11: 18 (February 27)

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    Vacation Bible School | VBS Volunteers
    June 27–July 1 | 6:00–8:30 p.m. | Butterfield


    Vacation Bible SchoolVBS Volunteers

    June 27–July 1 | 6:00–8:30 p.m. | Butterfield  | $35

    Give children a grand-new perspective! Go off-road for a Monumental adventure through the colorful canyons and sunbaked trails of the southwest. By exploring God's awesomeness, kids form a rock-solid faith for the road ahead!

    VBS is for children 4 years old (by 9/1/2022) and potty-trained through incoming Grade 5.

    During VBS, your child will experience large group worship and then rotate to different interactive stations to further explore that day's Bible lesson. They will enjoy and learn through music, cinema, a Bible story and games. If you have any questions about our COVID guidelines, please see our VBS FAQs.

    We are looking for VBS Volunteers for both weeks. Rising 6th graders can start volunteering at this event. Click on link below to register. Email Jennie Amidei if you have any questions.

    Please do not let money be an issue. Need-based scholarships are available upon request. Contact Jennie Amidei for VBS Oak Brook and Cathy Fiala for VBS Butterfield. Please note refunds will not be given after April 1.

    UPDATES June 22, 2022: 

    • VBS Butterfield still has many open spots. VBS Oak Brook is full.  
    • VBS Volunteer Trainings were June 4 and June 8.
    • VBS Oak Brook Take-Down will take place after the Volunteer Pizza Party on June 24 (last day of VBS). If you weren't volunteering, please arrive at 1:00 p.m.
    • VBS Butterfield Materials to Prep at CHURCH will take place June 24 at 2:30 p.m. and June 25 at 9:00 a.m.
    • VBS Oak Brook will doing a FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION all week. Please see list for items to donate.

    Join us for Church on June 26!
    All children who attend VBS Oak Brook are invited with their families to church the Sunday after VBS, June 26! You can drop off your child at class while you attend the 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. service. The children will be singing the VBS songs in class. To save time on Sunday morning Register Your Child ahead of time. Then you will be able to check-in your child at a kiosk when you arrive which will print out a nametag for your child and a security pick up tag for you.

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    Rock ‘N Canoe | July 17–19 (WAITLIST)
    Elementary Camp | Grades 4 & 5

    Rock ‘N Canoe

    July 17–19 |  Baraboo, WI | $295
    Incoming Grades 4 & 5

    UPDATE June 6, 2022: There will be a Parent Information ZOOM Meeting on June 13 at 7:00 p.m. Steve Noble will provide an overview and answer any questions. Click here for zoom link. Passcode: 245227

    Join in on an exciting adventure at Rock ‘N Canoe Summer Camp! Bring a friend! This is a great chance for the kids to be away on their own, meet new friends, build stronger relationships, and try new experiences like rock climbing and canoeing. Above all, they will have the chance to develop the most life-impacting, valuable relationship of all – a friendship with Jesus! We will take busses from church to Expeditions Unlimited and return from camp on busses arriving to church on July 19.

    ***We have hit our capacity and only have spots on the waitlist available. Register your camper on the waitlist with the link below.

    If you would be interested in being an RNC Camp Leader, please register with the link below, and Shari Knutson will be in touch with you soon.

    Please do not let money be an issue. Need-based scholarships are available upon request. Email Jennie Amidei. Please note refunds will not be given after April 1.

    RNC Bucks
    RNC Bucks are the only form of “cash” that will be accepted at the snack shop. Rock 'N Canoe (RNC) Bucks are sold in $10 increments for your camper to use at the snack shop. Candy and snacks are $1.00–$2.00 each. Souvenirs (water bottles, sweatshirts, etc.) are $10.00–$20.00. RNC Bucks will NOT be sold at check-in when you drop off your camper. Campers will receive their Bucks when they arrive at their cabin at camp. (Leftover funds after camp will be transferred to next year's RNC scholarship fund. No Refunds.) RNC Bucks must be purchased by July 11.

    Camp Forms
    Camp Forms must be emailed to Jennie Amidei within 1 week of registering for camp. Find links to all forms below:

    Expeditions Unlimited Forms (required for all campers and camp leaders)

    Medication Permission Form (required for all campers)

    Authorization to Administer Medication (required if camper bringing medication to camp)

    RNC Pack List and Camp Communication Sheet

    RNC Schedule 

    Please contact Jennie Amidei with any further questions. 

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    Children’s Ministry Faith Mentors
    Become a part of the Children's Ministry Team!

    Children’s Ministry

    Do you have a heart for serving children?

    Faith Mentor Training Videos and Registration

    Want to love, connect, learn from, guide and laugh alongside God’s children during our Children’s Ministry Sunday morning worship this school year? Learn more about being a faith mentor by watching one of our workshops (links below) and send us an email letting us know you are interested in serving. We would love to partner with you!

    Grades 1 - 5 Faith Mentor Training Video
    Contact Colleen Guisinger with any questions.
    Birth - Kindergarten Faith Mentor Training Video
    Contact Jan Barker with any questions.
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    Discovery Center Open Play
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays I 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Oak Brook

    Discovery Center

    Open Play | Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
    10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    The center will be closed:
    June 20–23
    July 4–7, and July 18–21
    September 5

    Families are invited to play at the Children’s Discovery Center, an indoor playground housed at the Christ Church Oak Brook campus. Kids, toddlers through grade 5, will have a great time playing in the Oak Tree Climber, the Clubhouse and the puppet theater. 

    Please direct questions to Jennie Amidei.


    • Sign your child(ren) in before playing.
    • Be present. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    • Encourage children to be kind to everyone.
    • Be safe. No climbing on the outside of the Climber and the Clubhouse.
    • Be respectful. Keep the play area clean and return equipment to its proper place.
    • Food and drinks are permitted in the tiled floor rooms.


    • Restrooms, including a diaper-changing station, are in the yellow-tiled room.
    • Garbage receptacles are located throughout the play area for your convenience.
    • Christ Church of Oak Brook is not responsible for any injuries or the security of your personal property.


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    Children’s Ministry Gather Sundays
    No Gather Sundays in July and August

    Children’s Ministry Gather Sundays

    Returning in Fall | 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. | Fellowship Halls

    Elementary children (grades 1-5) experience being in community with one another on the second Sunday of each month (with a few exceptions). Join us for games, activities, crafts, prizes worship, a Bible lesson and a whole lot of fun. Signs will be posted on Gather Sundays to remind your children to go to Fellowship Halls.

    Invite a friend and bring your Bible! It is definitely a Sunday you will not want to miss!




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    Mothers of Preschoolers

    MOPS: Mothers of Preschoolers

    Fall Kick-Off | August 31 | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Christ Church Playground
    First & Third Wednesdays | September 14
    May 17, 2023
    11:15 a.m. | Oak Brook | Fellowship Halls

    Join us for Summer Park Play Dates!
    July 13 | 9:15 - 11:15 | Darien Community Park (Darien)
    August 11 | 9:15 - 11:15 | Harvester Park (Burr Ridge)

    Christ Church MOPS believes in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. We rally women to help them become more brave, kind and honest by providing a safe and loving community to journey through motherhood. We know that mothering can be challenging at times, and so MOPS is here to create a space where moms can be themselves.

    Our specialty is serving moms. Whether you are a soon-to-be mom, first-time mom or seventh-time mom, you are welcome here. Whether you are an adoptive mom, young mom, seasoned mom, foster mom, stepmom or any other type of mom, you are welcome here.

    We begin meetings with a delicious spread of food to choose from and a time to chat with new and old friends. We enjoy listening to a speaker and finish our meeting by discussing the topic around our tables. 

    Childcare is given to children from infants to kindergarten through our MOPS Kids program. Mothers can relax and enjoy our meetings knowing the MOPS Kids program is caring for their children in the best possible way. The quality care, fun lessons and biblical teaching that MOPS Kids offers helps moms get the most out of their time in the meeting.

    Check our 2022 Winter/Spring Calendar to see a sample of our meetings!

    To receive updates via text, text WOMEN to 630.206.3597.

    Questions? Contact: Cathy Lapinski | Women's Ministry Coordinator

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    A Community for Mothers of School-Aged Children

    MOMSnext: A Community for Moms with School-Aged Kids

    Fall Kick-Off | August 31 | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Christ Church Playground
    First, Third & Fifth Wednesdays | September 14–May 17, 2023
    9:15–11:15 a.m. | Oak Brook | Fellowship Halls

    Join us for our Summer Park Play Dates!
    July 13 | 9:15 - 11:15 | Darien Community Park (Darien)
    August 11 | 9:15 - 11:15 | Harvester Park (Burr Ridge)

    Christ Church MOMSnext serves mothers of school-age kids, providing a safe and accepting community that helps you learn and grow as you journey through motherhood. During our time together, you will have a chance to socialize with other school-age moms, enjoy great conversation, listen to relevant speakers and participate in creative activities.

    Check out the 2022 Winter/Spring Calendar for a sample of what our meetings look like!

    To receive updates via text, text WOMEN to 630.206.3597.

    Questions? Contact: Cathy Lapinski | Women's Ministry Coordinator

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    Make Your Own Instruments

    Make Your Own Instruments at Home!

    We want children to enjoy worshiping and praising God!
    Here are two great links to make instruments yourself with items you have at home.
    Check out these amazing links online:
    Homemade Instruments
    DIY Instruments
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    Made in the Image of God Family Discussion Guide


    Our hearts are broken with the events in Minneapolis and we join you and all our families in praying for unity and change. In light of what is happening we thought it would be a perfect time to gather your family together to talk about some important values that God calls us to have for one another.

    We have put together a family discussion sheet and other resources for you to use while you tackle this extremely vital topic with your child.

    Preschool and Younger Elementary
    Made in the Image of God Family Discussion Sheet & Resources - Preschool and Elementary

    Older Elementary Students - High School

    Storytellers with Phyllis Smith: A Conversation about Race, Injustice and Redemption



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    Special 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:

    Colleen Guisinger | Children's Ministry Coordinator Elementary I  | 630.321.3901

    Steve Noble | Director of Family Ministries | | 630.321.3939

    Cathy Fiala I Family Ministry Coordinator - Butterfield I I 630.321.6748