Children & Youth
After the Children's Lesson, toward the beginning of worship, children grades K through 8 go to Sunday school classes during the school year (Sept.-Oct.). On the first Sunday of each month we often have a puppet show or other child friendly elements, and children are invited to stay through the service or return at the end for Communion. A number of adult and youth members take turns teaching and mentoring our children. We are also blessed to have a pastor who was a professor of Christian Education before coming to OPCC, and a new Christian Education director who has been a Montessori teacher and is trained in the Godly Play curriculum (see "Godly Play" below).
Confirmation classes begin in October every other year and meet approximately once/month through April, with confirmation taking place in May. The next class will begin fall 2017. If you or someone you know would like to participate please contact Pastor Ted.
Youth in grades 6 – 12 meet approximately once a month for a "Fun Friday" evening of food, fun, and fellowship. Youth also participate in local and international missions, summer camps, and our Family Sunday Puppet Pulpit ministry. For more information on Youth activities contact: Mary Pearce: firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office: opcommunitychurch.org.
Nursery arrangements can be made as needed for children 4 years old and under.
A "crying room" is available at the back of the sanctuary for infants and parents.
Godly Play Sunday School Curriculum
We are very excited to be using the “Godly Play” curriculum. This is a wonderfully engaging and interactive way of teaching Bible stories and the rhythms and values of Christian faith.
All children from Kindergarten to 8th grade will enjoy and benefit from the Godly Play lessons each week. After the initial lesson there are opportunities for various activities, with older and younger children in separate rooms as necessary. As in the past, children will be dismissed from the worship service around 10:15 following the children’s lesson to go to their Godly Play classes.
To learn more about Godly Play, visit their website: www.godlyplay.org/