The mission of Little Oaks is no different than the mission of our church: to glorify God and make disciples by bringing restoration through the gospel to Cincinnati and the world. The Scriptures teach that parents are to be the primary disciple-makers in the lives of their children, so our hope at The Oaks is to come alongside parents and partner with them to this end.

We do this in many ways, but we give a special focus to our Sunday gatherings. The weekly gathering of the church is so formative for our children. So we want to take every opportunity to use this time wisely by having engaging Bible lessons, prayer, singing and more.

The Scriptures teach us that children are a gift from the Lord. Knowing what a great stewardship we have in raising the next generation, we take very seriously the safety and security of children at The Oaks Church. All of our volunteers are screened, background checked, and trained before they are able to serve on a Sunday morning. Many of our volunteers are moms and dads themselves. If you have any questions about our Little Oaks ministry, feel free to ask anyone wearing a teal Little Oaks shirt this Sunday morning!

Sunday Mornings – General Info

 

Q: What are the age ranges for Little Oaks? Which ages are grouped together?

A: We provide child care on Sunday mornings for infants through age 6. We have a nursery for infants, and a “kid room” for toddlers through 6-year-olds. We recommend that your child moves up to the “kid room” when he or she starts walking.

 

Q: What is there to do in service for kids 7+?

A: We have activity sheets, clipboards, and crayons at the check-in table for older kids to use during the service.

 

Q: What is the check-in process like?

A:When you arrive, head to the check-in table at the back left corner of the room. A volunteer will be T the table to help you check in. If it’s your first time with us, you will fill out some basic information to be entered into our system. Be sure to grab a gift bag with some helpful family resources as well! Then we will print out check-in stickers: one for your child to wear, one to label their belongings, and one for you to keep. If you have an infant, you will also fill out an Infant Care Card with instructions for feeding, sleeping, and any other helpful notes.

 

Q: What does a normal Sunday morning look like?

A: Toddlers through age 6 have free-play time for the first 30 minutes. At 10:30, we do a Bible lesson, followed by an activity (craft, game, etc.) and a song & dance. Around 10:50, we come together to pray and eat a snack. Then they have free-play time again until pickup!

 

Q: What will my kids be learning?

A: Our curriculum is centered around scripture. Kids will learn about the Bible in a way that resonates with their developmental stage. Beyond simply telling stories, we connect each lesson to what it reveals about God and how it points to the gospel. Each Sunday, we write the title of that day’s lesson on the chalkboard at the check-in table so that you can see what your child is learning. We encourage you to follow up with them afterward to ask them specifically what they learned and continue the discussion at home!

 

Health & Safety

 

Q: What if my child has allergies or dietary restrictions? 

A: When you check your child in, there is a place on the form to indicate any allergies or dietary restrictions. This also gets printed on their check-in sticker that they wear so that our volunteers can clearly see. We will take any precautions necessary to keep the environment safe for them. We also keep some alternative snacks in stock – but feel free to bring your own alternative snack for your child if preferred!

 

Q: How would a parent be reached in service if their child needed them?

A: If the need is urgent, volunteers will come find the child’s parent in the service immediately. If the need is not urgent, volunteers will first try to reach the parent by texting the number listed on the child’s check-in sticker (which is provided in the check-in form).

 

Q: Have the volunteers been background checked?

A: Yes! All volunteers must go through a background check before serving with kids.

 

Q: How many volunteers are there compared to children?

A: For the nursery, we have at least one volunteer for every 2 babies. For our older kids, we have at least one volunteer for every 4 children.

Family Worship

One of the most important components of our children’s discipleship is regular family worship. This discipline will vary from family to family, but we encourage families to regularly read the Bible, pray, and sing with their family. Some families will be able to have family worship every day, others will have it once a week. The most important thing is to simply begin to cultivate this grace-filled discipline in the lives of our families.

Recommended Reading For Parents

Family Worship by Donald Whitney

The Faithful Parent by Martha Peace and Stuart Scott

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Hubbard

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full – Gloria Furman

Recommended Reading For Kids

The New City Catechism – Kathy Keller

The Biggest Story – Kevin DeYoung

Jesus Storybook Bible – Sally Llyod-Jones

The Big Picture Storybook Bible – David Helm

Everything a Child Should Know About God – Kenneth Taylor

The Radical Book For Kids – Champ Thornton