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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    It's a Wonder-Full Day!
    Faith-Enrichment for Ages 3-5 (Childcare Provided)

    Fridays 9:15 am - 10:45 am

    Wonderful day is a phenomenal two part experience for our little ones and their parents. 

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

     

    Winter Session: Jesus Tells Us Who He Is...I am Statements

    January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15 - $75

    Session 3: Jesus Loves Me – How the Bible Tells Me So

    March 1, 8, 15, 22 and April 5 - $62.50

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    HomeFront
    A Community of Parents with Young Children

    Saturday | January 12, 2019 | 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Student Center | Oak Brook
    Join our community of parents with young children (infant through 5th grade)! We gather on the second Saturdays of each month for interactive teaching, engaging conversations, encouragement in faith formation and fun family meals.

    This coming month, we will start our year off talking about Intentional Parenting. Come join us! The Family Ministry team will lead you and your spouse through 5 conversations that will set you up well for family experiences in 2019! We will also hold our second annual Chili Cook-Off and our first annual Corn Bread Bake-Off.  Let Kathy know if you are eager to participate in either or both of the competitions. Please name your chili for voting! Worship programming for children is provided from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Children join the family meal from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. We will also have macaroni and cheese for those kids not favorable to chili!

    Save the date: the next gathering will be February 9!

    Contact: Kathy Woods | kwoods@christchurch.us| 630.321.6782

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    MOPS
    Mothers of Preschoolers

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays | Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall
    September 12, 2018 - May 8, 2019 | 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. 
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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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    Curious Club

    2018-2019 School Year
    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 please register below and we will contact you with the necessary DCFS required forms for registration.

    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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    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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    Children's Choirs
    Ages 4 - Grade 6

    Weekly rehearsals begin Sunday, September 9 and run through December 16 and again from January 6 - April 28. 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 via email, on the website and hard copy in September.

    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:

    Closed Monday and Tuesday, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1

    Special Open Play Hours:

    Wednesday and Thursday, December 26, 27, 2018, 10am - 4pm

    Wednesday and Thursday, January 2, 3, 2019, 10am - 4pm

    DISCOVERY CENTER POLICIES

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

    • 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:

    Kathy Woods I Elementary Ministry I kwoods@christchurch.us | 630.321.3915

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

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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