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

    Children’s Ministry

    Children’s Ministry Faith Mentors

    Contacts and workshop recordings below

    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
    Contact Colleen Guisinger with any questions.
     
    Birth - Kindergarten Faith Mentor Training
    Contact Jan Barker with any questions.
     
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    MOPS
    Mothers of Preschoolers

    M.O.P.S.: Mothers of Preschoolers


    First & Third Wednesdays | September 15May 18, 2022
    9:15
    11:15 a.m. | 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.

    Free 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.

    View the Fall 2021 Schedule.

    To receive updates via text, text "WOMEN" to 630.206.3597.

    Questions? Contact: Suanne Camfield | Women's Ministry Director

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    MOMSnext
    A Community for Mothers of School-Aged Children

    MOMSnext: A Community for Moms with School-Aged Kids
    Fall Kick Off | August 25 | Christ Church Playground | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. 
    First & Third Wednesdays | September 15 - May 18, 2022
    9:15 - 11:15 a.m. | 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.

    View the Fall 2021 Schedule.

    To receive updates via text, text ”WOMEN” to 630.206.3597.

    Questions? Contact: Suanne Camfield Women's Ministry Director

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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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    The Discovery Center

    Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Discovery Center is closed for Open Play until further notice.
     
    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.
     

    DISCOVERY CENTER POLICIES

    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 2022

    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

    June 20 - June 24 | Oak Brook
    June 27 - July 1 | Butterfield

    Registration coming February 2022!

    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 will be looking for VBS volutuneers for both weeks. Rising 6th graders can start volunteering at this event. Email Jennie Amidei if you or your child may be interested.

     

     

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    Rock ‘N Canoe 2022

    Rock ‘N Canoe for incoming Grades 4 & 5
    July 17–19, 2022 |  Baraboo, WI

    Registration coming February 2022!

    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!

    Please contact Jennie Amidei with any questions.

     

     
     
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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

    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:

    Elementary Ministry I ChristChurch@ChristChurch.us  | 630.654.1882

    Rev. Pete Stearns | Family Ministry Pastor | pstearns@ChristChurch.us | 630.321.3947

    Amy Moran I Children's Ministry Coordinator - Butterfield I  amoran@christchurch.us I 630.321.6745