Welcome to Children’s Ministry at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church!
- Create a welcoming environment where children feel safe, comfortable, and loved.
- Open the pages of scripture with the children so they can meet God there, learn who they are as children of God and disciples of Jesus Christ, and find their place in God’s ongoing story of grace.
- Engage children in a variety of ways, mindful of different learning styles and behavioral challenges.
- Teach children that laughter and joy are part of the Christian faith by ensuring that classes and activities, Bible studies and service projects are also opportunities for fellowship and fun.
- Teach children the importance of being part of a faith community as they mature in their understanding of their relationship with God and find new ways to express what they believe and why.
Week of June 4, 2018
Thank you AGAIN for an amazing VBS week! It was such a blessing to be with your children, and such a needed gift to work on being God’s Peacemakers in our world; I am so thankful for your commitment to kindness and respect for others, and for ensuring that these are values we pass along to our children.
I do have more pictures to send out to you and will get that done in the next few days; but for tonight, just a reminder invitation: we would love to have you join us for worship tomorrow either at 10 a.m. (when the children will sing “I’ve Got the Joy;” or at 5 p.m., when children will sing “We Are Royals.” If possible, please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the service and wear your VBS t-shirt!
During the 10 a.m. service, children will be invited to join me for Children’s Church (which will follow the singing of their song); we will return to the service for communion.
Childcare for the young ones (Pre-K and younger) is offered during both services.
Following the 10 a.m. worship service, we will begin our “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” summer Sunday School series, which runs from 11:10 to noon. Tomorrow, we will meet in the Pavilion for a Mr. Tumnus Tea Party and games. We will cover chapters 1 and 2 of the book.
Following the 5 p.m. service, all are invited to stay for a pitch-in supper; tomorrow, we are having a salad pitch in (please join us even if you don’t have a salad to share; we’d love to have you join us for fellowship!)
Please let me know if you have any questions; once again, thank you for an amazing week!
- Our camps are about friends: making new friends, rejoining old friends, and learning how to play, work, and live together as friends in Christ.
- Camp Friendly is open to all, not just members of OPPC.
- We encourage campers (especially younger children or first-time campers) to “buddy-up” and recruit a friend to come along for the fun!
Promote spiritual growth
Foster relationships with and through Christ
Develop self-confidence and leadership
Michael and Kimberly Pietranczyk direct the Choristers Children’s choir. Refer to OPPC Music Ministries for more details.
This fellowship group for fourth and fifth graders meets once a month, usually on Sunday afternoon. A variety of activities are enjoyed throughout the year: age-appropriate mission experiences, bowling, game day, corn maze/hayrides, scavenger hunt, pottery painting, picnicking, hiking, etc. Children are encouraged to bring friends to Route 45 events. The Route 45 experience helps girls and boys recognize the importance of team building and fellowship with peers. When they reach the busy teen years, transition to Youth Ministries events is seamless.
At 10:10 a.m. during the education hour, children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade climb on up to The Treehouse where the stories of scripture are experienced through various creative workshops. Sometimes the kids participate in a drum circle (to learn the Magnificat), make a cookie recipe (to learn about Abigail), cut and sand wood (to learn about Joseph, the father of Jesus), create an art project (to learn the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000), observe a science experiment (to understand the Parable of the Prodigal Son), and more! Recently renovated in 2014, the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall rooms in the Treehouse are places where children can grow in their faith and knowledge of God’s Word through hands-on lessons and creative presentations of the biblical stories.
Time: 8:45 AM through the close of the 11:10
A pager system is in place for Rooms 126 and 127 (infant and toddler rooms). As parents sign their children in, they are assigned a vibrating pager. Should the need arise, they can be paged wherever they are in the church.
Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us. Nationwide background checks are conducted on each of our Children’s Ministry staff, both paid and volunteers. In addition, personal references are checked before childcare attendants are scheduled.
Children’s Church during the 9:00 AM Traditional Worship Service
Children’s Church during the 11:10 AM Contemporary Worship Service