On our main floor, across from the washrooms, you will find our nursery. This space is specifically designed for infants under nineteen months and their parents. We broadcast the service into this room so you do not have to miss a minute while your infant plays, naps, and/or snacks.
What is KidsPark?
At Oak Park, we have a vibrant Children’s Ministry that we call KidsPark. KidsPark is our Sunday morning program for children from 1-year-old through grade 6. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun place for children to learn about God’s love for them. We want to partner with you as you disciple your children and encourage them to discover a personal relationship with Jesus. We use a Bible-based curriculum that encourages children to grow in their faith through four discipleship principles: spending time with God, spending time with others, knowing and using your gifts, and telling your story.
What we are learning in KidsPark:
No matter how many larger than life stories they hear, most kids will always think they are too small or insignificant to make an impact. As a result, “living for God” often ends with church attendance and rarely carries over into their daily lives. Kids need affirmation, therefore, that they individually do matter, and that God will give them the necessary tools to do the right thing for God.
In “Crossover,” we are meeting everyday people who were led to do extraordinary things through God’s gifts of extraordinary peace, strength, courage, and help–all things made available to us today!
Plan to Protect®
At Oak Park Church of Christ, the protection of children, youth and vulnerable persons is very important to us.
We have a "Plan to Protect®" Policy and Procedures in place, our vulnerable sector volunteers and staff are all "Plan to Protect®" certified, meaning they have had background and Police Checks, and have been fully trained. We do this in our serious effort to make Oak Park Church a safe and trusted place.
Check-In and Check-Out Procedure
We use a secure computer check-in and check-out system. Randomly generated check-out codes ensure that our volunteers release all children age 1 through Grade 2 into safe hands when you return to pick them up at the end of service.
If this is your first time visiting, we invite you to arrive ten to fifteen minutes early so that we can gather some important, basic information about your child. This will also give us an opportunity to answer any questions you may have, show you your child’s classroom and introduce you to your child’s teacher.
Health and Allergies
Please do not share your germs. If your child has been infectious in the past 48 to 72 hours or has a fever, please keep them with you. Our staff and volunteers retain the right to decide if a child is too sick to remain in KidsPark.
It is important that you give us accurate allergy information when you register your child with us.
There are no food or drinks allowed in KidsPark with the exception of the age 1 & 2 class.
If you or your child has experienced symptoms that could be related to Covid-19, even mild cold-like symptoms, please stay home and follow the appropriate public health guidelines.
Please ensure that you take your child to the washroom before they come up to KidsPark. There are washrooms upstairs that older children can use on their own with a volunteer waiting in the hall, however volunteers do not change diapers or assist in the washroom. If your child requires a diaper change or assistance in the washroom, you will be notified.
What to Expect
Children are checked in upon arrival and stay with their parents for a time of congregational worship through the first two worship songs. After this, they are dismissed to their classes. When the children are dismissed, parents take them upstairs to their classrooms and drop them off with our KidsPark team.
In KidsPark we strive to create a safe and fun environment where our children can learn about Jesus and God’s unconditional love for them. We do this through Biblically-based lessons reinforced through a variety of activities. We have dedicated volunteers who teach and help with all of our classes. All of our volunteers have been trained according to our Plan to Protect® training guidelines and have been extensively screened.
Your child’s safety is our top priority. This means that we have a secure check-in and check-out procedure. If this is your first time visiting, we invite you to arrive ten to fifteen minutes early so that we can gather some important, basic information about your child. If you would like to save some time on Sunday morning, please fill out this form to pre-register your children.
As long as we have your information by Saturday at 11:59 pm, your family will be entered into our database for Sunday morning. Our system is secured with randomly generated check out codes which you must provide in order to pick up your child(ren).
If your child has allergies, please indicate these on your registration form. If your child could require an epi-pen for their allergies, please send it with your child and speak with either Pastor Sara or your child’s teacher.
No food or drink is permitted in the KidsPark area. Please make sure that your child has had something to eat and/or drink before they come upstairs.
Our staff and volunteers do not change diapers, please make sure that your toddler has a clean diaper before they come upstairs, If your child has a dirty diaper while they are in our care, they will be brought to you to be changed.