Early Childhood

Early Childhood

From weekend worship services and weekly preschool classes, to choirs and programs specially designed for families to attend together—the Early Childhood Ministry offers a safe, loving and collaborative environment that will nurture your child’s faith and creativity. We equip parents with weekly tools and resources that will set your child up for success during these tender years.

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    Wonder-Full Friday!
    Faith-Enrichment for Ages 3-5 (Childcare Provided)

    Fridays 9:15 am - 10:45 am

    Wonder-Full Friday is a phenomenal two part experience for our little ones and their parents. 

    • Part 1 (9:15-10 a.m.) Join us as we engage both parent/caregiver and child in a hands-on sacred story, special craft and prayer time.
    • Part 2 (10-10:45 a.m.) Children stay to play, sing, and make crafts while parents enjoy 45 minutes of coffee and fellowship in our Commons area.


    $60.00 per session

    Session 1: November 1, 8, 15, 22

    Session 2: February 21, 28 and March 6, 13 - Cancelled

    If you need assistance while registering please contact the Event Registration Desk at 630.321.6752

     

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    Curious Club

    Monday - Thursday 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    We invite your child to join us for planned daily activities involving art, Bible stories, cooking, language arts, math and science. We will also provide a nutritious snack and extra time for play. Children must be ages three through six and potty trained.

    Please Note: If you are not a current member of our preschool and wish to join us for Curious Club, please contact us for the necessary registration forms.

    Contact:


    *Christ Church of Oak Brook Preschool welcomes students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available through our school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions policies.

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    Family Nights | Oak Brook
      Parents birth - 5th grade: 2nd Saturdays of the month
    Parents 6th-12th grade: 4th Wednesdays of the month

    Family Nights!

    Join our community of parents! Both Family Nights groups gather each month for interactive teaching, engaging conversations, and encouragement in faith formation and community.

    Parents of Birth - 5th Grade | 2nd Saturdays of the month | 5:00–6:30 p.m. | Oak Brook
    December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11 and May 9

    (5:00-6:00 p.m., Parents and children have programming; 6:00-6:30 p.m., families share a meal together.)

    On second Saturdays, Childcare is available for birth - 3 years-old. Children ages 4 to 11 go to KidZone for worship in the Discovery Center.

    Contact: Christina Nicholaus or Natalie Hayslip

    Parents of 6th - 12th Grade | 4th Wednesdays of the month | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Oak Brook
    No meeting in December, January 22, February 19, March 18 and April 22 

    (6:30-7:00 p.m., Families share a meal; 7:00-8:30 p.m., middle schoolers attend COW and Parents have programming.)

    On fourth Wednesdays, Childcare is available for birth - 4 years old. Middle school children meet for COW group programming from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    If childcare is needed please contact Jennie Amidei at jamidei@ChristChurch.us.

    Contact: Jennie Amidei

     

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    Hopscotch
    Handwriting, phonemic awareness, and phonics enrichment

    Thursday Hopscotch | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Friday Hopscotch | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Hopscotch is a program designed to provide preschool children with direct and one-to-one practice and instruction in the areas of handwriting, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

    • Children must be 4 before September 1.
    • The maximum class size is 12.

    For more information please contact: 

    *Christ Church of Oak Brook Preschool welcomes students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available through our school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions policies.

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    MOPS Kids Volunteers
    2nd & 4th Wedmesdays of each month | Oak Brook

    Volunteers are needed to play with and care for our infants and toddlers while moms attend MOPS (Mother's Of Preschoolers) meetings from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are asked to serve on the second and fourth Wednesday mornings of each month or as they are able to do so.

    To serve please contact Christina Nicholaus, Early Childhood Coordinator by email or call 630.321.3901.

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    MOPS
    Mothers of Preschoolers

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays | Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall
    September 11, 2019 - May 13, 2020 | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

    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 jourrney through motherhood. We know that mothering can be challenging at times, and so MOPS is here to create space where moms can be themselves.

    Our speciality is serving moms of children ages birth through kindergarten. 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. 

    To help cover program costs, there is a $70/year meeting fee that can be paid in full or by semester. The MOPS International fee is an additional $31.95/year. Your MOPS membership includes the benefits of a To the Full Welcome Kit, access to the MOPS Member Site, Tuesday Texts, a series of parenting videos and some other fun surprises. Either way, please don't let registration fees keep you from joining us. Scholarships are available!
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    ​Connect with Christ Church MOPS on Facebook!

    Contact: Heather Franklin | hfranklin@christchurch.us or Suanne Camfield | scamfield@christchurch.us

      



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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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    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​​​​​​​

    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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    Special Needs Ministry

    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

    Christina Nicholaus I Early Childhood Ministry | cnicholaus@christchurch.us | 630.321.3901

    Amy Moran I Children's Ministry Coordinator - Downers Grove Campus I  amoran@christchurch.us I 630.321.6745

     

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    Camp Wonder
    May 27 - 29 & June 1 - 3, 2020 | Oak Brook

    CAMP WONDER: MARK YOUR CALENDARS
    May 27 - 29 & June 1 - 3, 2020 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Oak Brook
    Registration will be available in early 2020!
    Ages 3 - 5 (3 years old by March 1, 2020 & potty trained)


    Camp Wonder is a place where little campers can wonder about God, their world, the Bible, and the people around them.  We will engage in science, music and art activities, along with enjoying Scripture, stories, snacks and games.  Together, we will make new discoveries and new friends and will be caught up in wonder as we explore God's Word!

     

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    Vacation Bible School
    June 22 - 26, 2020 | Oak Brook

    Vacation Bible School: Mark your calendars
    4 Years Old - Incoming 5th Grade - 9:00 am - 12:30 Noon
     
    Bring a friend along this summer as children explore God’s love for each one of us. Please save the date to join us this summer.
    Our registration will open in eary 2020!

     

    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 the button below.

     

     

Christ Church Preschool


Looking for a faith-based school to begin your child's education? Check out the Christ Church Preschool, a hands-on learning center at our Oak Brook location that is committed to partnering with you through your child's early stages of development.
 

 

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