Christ Church Kids
Sundays | 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. | Oak Brook
10:00 a.m. | Butterfield

Christ Church Kids | Birth–Grade 5

Christ Church Kids meets every week during both services with a few exceptions:
November 27 | Family Worship Grades K–5 | Child Care Birth–4 Years

December 18 | Gather Sunday for Grades 1–5 | Fellowship Halls

Children are a vital part of the church today. Every week 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. Christ Church Kids is a place where kids ages birth–grade 5 receive tangible expressions of God's grace and truth through fun, age-appropriate activities.

Register Your Child
At the start of every school year and if you are new, we ask that all children be registered for Christ Church Kids. Please use the link above. You will be unable to check in at a kiosk and print a nametag for your child on Sundays if he/she is not registered.

Sunday Check-in Process & Security Pick-up Tag
We recommend arriving 10–15 minutes before service to have ample time to park, check in your kids, and walk them to their classrooms. If you enter the church through doors 1 or 17, you will find our Christ Church Kids CHECK-IN area between both doors. A greeter will be able to point you in the right direction, and a member of our Christ Church Kids team will then guide you through the check-in process. When you walk up to a kiosk, enter your phone number on the touchscreen and choose a class for your child based on age and service time. A nametag and a security pick-up tag will immediately print. Place the nametag on your child and drop him or her off at class before the service starts. After the service, it is required that you give the security pick-up tag to your child’s teacher in order to pick up him or her.

Pre Check-in on Christ Church Connect App
For faster check-in, you can download the Christ Church Connect App. On Sundays before arriving, you can open the app and click on your profile picture to find "Pre Check-in". Choose your child's class and then a QR code will appear that you will scan at a kiosk. After scanning the QR code, your child's nametag and security pick-up tag will print for you. Pre Check-in only works if your child has been registered with the link above.

Release On Own | Grades 4 and 5
If you have a child in grade 4 or 5 who wishes to be released from class on his or her own without a parent or guardian showing a security pick-up tag to the teacher, please click on the Register Your Child link above and choose the RELEASE ON OWN class. Be sure to set up a common meeting spot for your family.

Gather Sundays | Once per month | Grades 1–5
Most Christ Church Kids say this is the most fun Sunday of the month! It is a large group setting with fun games, crafts and worship. See more details below.

What does Family Worship and Child Care Only mean?
There are several Sundays throughout the year that we like to give our volunteers a break from teaching and encourage our families to have Family Worship which means your children attend service with you. However, there may be times when child care is available for children 4 years and younger. Family Worship is typically scheduled on holiday weekends.

Want to know more about Christ Church Kids?
If you would like to hear about our special events like Third Grade 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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    Christ Church Kids Gather Sundays
    December 18 | 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

    Christ Church Kids Gather Sundays

    December 18 | 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 during the school year (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. Please don't forget to still check in at a kiosk.

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

     

     

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    Christ Church Kids Volunteer
    Become a part of the Children's Ministry Team!

    Christ Church Kids Volunteers

    Do you have a heart for serving children or for helping families check-in before service?

    Volunteer Training Video and Registration (Classroom or Check-in Volunteer)
    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 our Christ Church Kids Team by watching our training video (link below) and register (link below) so that you can inform us of your preferences with when and what capacity you would like to volunteer. We would love to partner with you!


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    Contact Jennie Amidei with any questions.

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    Family Movie Night
    December 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Oak Brook

    Family Movie Night

    December 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Oak Brook Auditorium

    Come as a family to enjoy a favorite Christmas movie. All ages are welcome. Feel free to be “comfy” in your holiday jammies or wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater. Take a break from the holiday craziness, invite another family, and join us for a night of fun! No registration is necessary.

    Email Jennie Amidei if you have any questions.

    If you want to find out more about these special events, please subscribe to our newsletter here.

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    Discovery Center Open Play
    Monday–Thursday | 12:00–4:00 p.m. | Oak Brook

    Discovery Center

    Monday–Thursday | 12:00–4:00 p.m. 

    The center will be closed:
    November 21–24
    December 26–29

    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.

    PLEASE DO

    • 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.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • 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.
  • MOPS: Mothers of Preschoolers

    First & Third Wednesdays* | January 18May 17, 2023
    9:15
    11:15 a.m. | Oak Brook | Fellowship Halls

    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.

    * Visit the Fall 2022 Calendar for specific meeting dates & topics.

    To receive updates via text, text WOMEN to 630.206.3597.

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

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    MOMSnext

    MOMSnext: A Community for Moms with School-Aged Kids

    First & Third Wednesdays*| September 14–May 17, 2023
    9:15–11:15 a.m. | Oak Brook | Fellowship Halls


    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  Fall 2022 Calendar for specific meeting dates & topics. 

    To receive updates via text, text WOMEN to 630.206.3597.

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

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    Third Grade Bible Class and Celebration
    Oak Brook

    Third Grade Bible Class and Celebration

    Bible Class | Sundays in February During Services | Oak Brook
    Bible Celebration | March 5, 2023 | Oak Brook

    The third students in our Children's Ministry are at an exciting stage of spiritual development as they begin to learn how to navigate the Bible 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 providing your third grader their very own Bible.

    This is an opportunity for third grade child to attend Bible Class every Sunday during either church service in February. The students will explore their new Bibles with their faith mentors, ask questions, and dive into the living Word of God! Bibles will be kept at church until March 5 when they will be presented to the third graders at the Bible Celebration during either church service. Registration is required for participation in the Bible Class and Celebration.

    Registration coming soon.

     

     

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    Special Needs

    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:

    Shari Knutson | Children's Ministry Director | sknutson@ChristChurch.us | 630.321.6772

    Steve Noble | Director of Family Ministries | snoble@ChristChurch.us | 630.321.3939

    Cathy Fiala I Family Ministry Coordinator - Butterfield I cfiala@ChristChurch.us I 630.321.6748

     

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    Vacation Bible School & VBS Volunteers
    June 19–June 23, 2023 | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Oak Brook

     

    Vacation Bible School 

    June 19–June 23 | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Oak Brook

    VBS is for potty-trained children 4 years old (by 9/1/2023) 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.

    We are looking for VBS Volunteers. Rising 6th graders can start volunteering at this event, and all volunteers will attend a training. We will also be asking for volunteers to help with at-home material prep and in-person decorations. Email Jennie Amidei if you are interested in volunteering.

    If you have any questions, contact Jennie Amidei for VBS Oak Brook and Cathy Fiala for VBS Butterfield. Please note refunds will not be given after April 1.

    All children who attend VBS will be invited with their families to church the Sunday after VBS. You can drop off your child at Christ Church Kids while you attend the 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. service. The children will be singing the VBS songs in their 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.

    Registration opens February 1, 2023.

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    Rock ‘N Canoe Elementary Summer Camp 
    July 16–18 | Grades 4 & 5

    Rock ‘N Canoe

    July 16–18, 2023 |  Baraboo, WI 
    Incoming Grades 4 & 5 

    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 early morning from church on July 16 to Expeditions Unlimited and return from camp on busses arriving to church after dinner on July 18. Contact Jennie Amidei with any further questions. 

    RNC Camp Leaders
    If you would be interested in being an RNC Camp Leader, please email Jennie Amidei.

    Registration opens February 1, 2023.

     
     
     
     
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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