Children's Ministry

Children's Ministry

Children are a vital part of the church today. They are not the next generation, they are part of our faith community now. We need them. They inspire us. At Christ Church we are passionate about creating environments where children and servant leaders can engage with one another and where we give space for the Holy Spirit to move and form these young hearts and minds. Creative teams 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-fifth grade receive tangible expressions of God's grace and truth amongst a vibrant, loving and caring community of faith. 

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    Digital Resources Amidst the COVID-19 Closures

    Digital resources for families amidst the COVID-19 closures

    With schools and church services canceled, our family team is working hard to produce and curate materials that point families towards God. Please check out the links below for great youtube content and fun family discussions.

    Text Updates: Receive regular updates about new content and Weekly Digital Programming. Text the following codes to the number 81010.

    • Early Childhood - @wonderzone
    • Elementary - @cc-kidzone
    • Middle School - @COW19
    • High School - @HSUpdate

    YouTube Channels: We will use these channels to create and curate video content for families and youth. Our student ministry will be using their accounts to have live programming Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Middle School) and Sundays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (High School)

    Social Media: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we regularly post content and create community engagement opportunities.

    Family Discussion Guides: Utilize these discussions in partnership without YouTube devotionals!



    Outside Resources: Great digital resources from around the web.



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    Zoom Chats: Oak Brook Branch
    Preschool: Thursday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. | Elementary: Thursday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m.

    We miss seeing all the children and having community with one another so we invite your children to join us this week to check-in with one another, share a story and sing some songs via Zoom! Hope to see you there!
    It might be helpful for you to download the Zoom App or explore it a bit ahead of time.


    Preschool Ministry Zoom (Twos – Kindergarten)
    Thursday Mornings at 10:30 a.m.
    Time: Apr 9, 2020 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    Meeting ID: 876 846 388

    One tap mobile: +13126266799,876846388# US (Chicago)
    Elementary Ministry Zoom (1st – 5th Grade)
    Thursday Afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

    Time: Apr 9, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    Meeting ID: 744 275 810

    One tap mobile: +13126266799,744275810# US (Chicago)


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    Children's Ministry Online
    Weekly online lessons for the entire family to enjoy together.

    Each week we provide new Bible lessons that we encourage the entire family to come together to enjoy. These Biblical lessons include voice-overs and fun videos to share the story. Along with the video we post family activities and age appropriate corresponding activity pages. Family discussion questions are located on the activity pages to spur amazing talks about God's word and help the message come alive.
    If you are interested in receiving a link for our Children's Ministry Online
    resources please email Shari Knutson or Natalie Hayslip.
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    Christ Church Connects
    Families coming alongside of beloved members of Christ Church.

    As followers of Christ we are called to be His hands and feet in our communities.
    We read in the New Testament of our instruction to
    "care for one another...bear one another's burdens...encourage and
    build up one another...and love one another."
    At this time, older members of our church may be feeling lonely because
    they cannot gather with friends and their family may live far away.
    Are you able to call, send cards and come along side
    one of these beloved members?

    If your family is interested in being a part of this outreach please click on this and fill out the form.
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    Children's Choirs
    Sunday Mornings | Oak Brook

    Weekly rehearsals begin Sunday, September 8 and run through December 22 and again from January 12 - April 26. 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.

    Acorn Choirs

    Children age 4 through 1st grade. Rehearses Sunday mornings from 8:45-9:15 in room 140. 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 Choir

    Children in grades 2-6. Rehearses Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:00 in room 140. All Children's Choir participants will be escorted from their respective rehearsal to WonderZone, KidZone and COW for the remainder of each Worship hour. Parents may pick them up from those areas after service.

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    Special Needs Ministry


    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:

    Elementary Ministry I  | 630.654.1882

    Natalie Hayslip | Children's Ministry Director | | 630.321.6754

    Amy Moran I Children's Ministry Coordinator - Butterfield I I 630.321.6745


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    The 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 plenty of floor space with obstacles for open play. 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, when they are supervised by a parent or caregiver, who must remain present at all times.

    Open play hours are as follows:

    Monday - Thursday from 2:00 - 4:30 PM

    CLOSED: Friday, Saturday and Sunday


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

    • Please sign-in your child(ren) before playing.
    • Food and drinks are allowed ONLY in the tiled-floor rooms.
    • Please keep our play area clean and return any equipment back to its proper place.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    Vacation Bible School
    June 22 - 26 | Oak Brook & Butterfield 

    June 22 - 26: Mark your calendars
    4 Years Old - Incoming 5th Grade
    Bring a friend along this summer as children discover the
    incredible mysteries of the final frontier!
    Oak Brook: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Butterfield: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


    Serve at Vacation Bible School!
    Make a lasting impact on our youth who attend VBS. We need over one hundred committed volunteers to make this week safe and memorable. There are many small and large-scale opportunities to make a diference. Register to volunteer at this year's VBS by clicking below.


    If you need assistance with registration or would like to register by phone, please contact our registration desk at 630.321.6752 ext. 293 between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or email Linda Caron with a time and number for a convenient call back.


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    Rock 'N Canoe 2020
    July 19 - 22 | Baraboo, WI

    Rock 'N Canoe 2020 - July 19 - 22

    Incoming 4th & 5th Graders

    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!

    After registering (by clicking REGISTER button), please return to this page and click on ALL THREE LINKS listed below. You will find all instructions and forms that need to be completed for each camper.

    There are 3 forms REQUIRED FOR ALL CAMPERS:

         1.) Expeditions Unlimited Camp Health Examination Form

         2.) Expeditions Unlimited Release of Claims and Waiver of Liability

         3.) Christ Church Medication Permission Form

    ***All forms due 1 week after registering***

    If your camper has an allergy or bringing medication to camp, you will find appropriate forms in link below as well.


    If you need assistance with registration or would like to register by phone, please contact our registration desk at 630.321.6752 ext. 293 between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday or email Linda Caron with a time and number for a convenient call back.

    Rock 'N Canoe Forms

    Rock 'N Canoe Packing List

    Rock 'N Canoe Reminders