Place for All God’s Children
We offer a comprehensive program of education, worship, outreach, and fellowship for children. Our mission is to grow and nurture children into young disciples, teaching them about God’s love and care and providing a positive, affirming place for them to love, laugh and learn.
Children in Worship
Children are an integral part of the worshiping congregation at Oak Hill UMC. Children are encouraged to worship with their families. Each worship service includes a special “Children’s Time” and children are always welcome at the Lord’s Table to receive Holy Communion.
We have bright, clean, inviting nursery rooms and loving, caring child care providers who are trained in first aid and CPR. Childcare is provided for children during the worship services and Sunday School, in the Children’s Building (Rooms 109 & 110). The Baby Nursery is for infants and non-walkers. The Toddler/Preschool Nursery is for children through age 5. No reservation is required.
We also offer nursery care for all worship events, church meetings and gatherings.
Sunday School Program
Sunday School for children takes place at three different hours each Sunday morning. At 10 a.m we offer separate classes for age 2 through 5th grade. Details on room locations and classes can be found on the Children’s Sunday School page. At 11:15 a.m. there is a combined class for elementary age children. Nursery care for pre-school age children is offered starting with the 8:45 am service. All of our classes for children are in the Children’s Education Building. Directories showing locations of classes are posted throughout the building. Our goal is to expose the children to our faith story while providing an experience that is positive and fun. For more information contact Jenny Holm.
Third through fifth graders may serve as acolytes, lighting and extinguishing the candles to open and close worship as part of the service. If your child would like to participate, please contact Aggie McAlester.
Acolytes at Oak Hill UMC participate in the worship service by lighting the altar candles before the worship service as a symbol of Jesus’ coming into the presence of the worshiping community. Before the extinguishing of the last altar candles, the acolytes relight their “candle lighter” and then process out into the Narthex. This symbolizes that Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere. It also symbolizes the light of Jesus Christ going out into the world where believers are called to serve. Acolytes wear robes called albs with a cincture.
Children’s Choirs: Kingdom Kids and Kingdom Cubs
The music program has a new sound for children. Sunday mornings will offer a full hour of music for 2nd through 5th graders with Ms. Kati Cox in the Great Room of the Children’s building. Children can either attend the 8:45 a.m. worship service and leave with Ms. Jenny after Children’s Time or go directly to the Great Room at 9 a.m. First graders and under will be visited by Ms. Kati during the 10 o’clock Sunday school classes for music time.
Our choir programs for young children are broken up into Kingdom Kids (2nd – 5th grades) and Kingdom Cubs (4 years – 1st grade). Kingdom Kids sing once a month in worship and Kingdom Cubs sing seasonally throughout the year. If you are interested in more information, please contact Kati Cox.
Parents: Join us for Theology Pub the first Sunday of every month. Your kiddos are welcome too. This is an informal, social gathering for fellowship and friendly conversation about living our faith. Led by Pastor Katy, we will meet at Waterloo Ice House (9600 Escarpment), 5 – 7 p.m. There will be on-site childcare offered through church, so your child(ren) can play while we talk.
Summer Programs: Vacation Bible School, Music and Drama Camp, Cub Camp, Care Camp
MaD Camp is for first grade through eighth grade students, for 2 weeks each July. MaD Camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to have fun while learning musical theatre, training in singing, choreography and acting, developing confidence in both music and presentation skills.
Cub Camp is a half day “camp” experience (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) for little ones ages 3-6 years old. The children will enjoy lots of singing, crafts, stories, outdoor play and activities, interactive Bible time and a snack. Our staff has lots of experience loving and working with children and look forward to welcoming your little ones. Cub Camp space is limited, so please register early. Contact Jenny Holm.
Full day childcare is available for those enrolled in any of the summer events. Care Camp is offered during the weeks of: Vacation Bible School, MAD Camp and Cub Camp. Children MUST be enrolled in the current morning program.
Aftercare hours: from end of morning program – 5:30 p.m. – $20/child per day (you can register for the days you need or want) SPACE IS LIMITED – REGISTER EARLY!
PLEASE NOTE: All children in aftercare should bring a lunch each day. No peanut butter or peanut products, please, in compliance with our peanut free policy. Please bring a change of clothes for young children.
Click here to download the 2017-18 Children’s Ministries brochure.