SOPC Children and Youth

Your Children and Youth will love Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church!

SOPC Children and Youth has a team trained to teach your kids!

Kathy Keane - SOPC Kids Pastor

Welcome!

Children: Children ages 4 – 5th grade attend Godly Play, our children’s Sunday school curriculum. If children are younger, we transition them into the class at their own pace. The Godly Play accepting environment and open- ended questioning fosters not only a relationship with Jesus Christ, but also with each other. When the children form relationships with each other, they feel comfortable answering questions and sharing more of themselves. We also integrate “ Faithful Families” activities throughout the children’s program. These activities center on practical, intentional ways that families can easily make space for Jesus in their daily lives. Children meet in the Godly Play room in Building “A”, which is where the nursery is also located. At this time, our parents want their children with them during worship, so we have a Children’s Corner (4-4th grade) where children can go during worship, after the Children’s Message, for worship related activities. Nursery is provided for ages 0-4.

 

Youth: Youth are from grades 6 – high school. The youth who our churches are serving now need encouragement that God's promises hold true, even in a world full of false promises and frequent chaos. We realize that meeting our youth at wherever they are in their faith journey requires a listening ear and open heart. The SOPC youth program offers a Sunday morning class before worship, and a Sunday evening youth group experience. In both of these settings, we strive to demonstrate acceptance and love as we share the good news of Jesus Christ. Our youth and their families are involved in planning activities for youth group, and we include a balance of worship, missions and fellowship in our gatherings. They participate in the Sunday morning worship service an average of twice monthly by sharing scripture or leading parts of the service. The youth meet in the youth room for all activities.

Pre-Register my Children and Youth

SOPC is using the “Plan a Visit” button. Press this button and let us know if you would like to visit us and make an appointment to take a
tour on a week day before you come for worship. Press this button to let us know you will be here on a specific Sunday and we can meet you
to show you around, and take you to where you need to go. For other questions you can call the church office and someone will get in touch
with you. We look forward to meeting you.

Your First Visit

If you press the "Plan Your Visit" buton, we will be in contact with you before you attend one of our services. We would be happy to arrange a tour of our campus and describe our programs, and listen to your questions and concerns. If you choose to come directly to our worship service, there will be a greeter at the door to welcome you, introduce you to several of our members, and get you situated to enjoy your first-time experience with us.

Safety

SOPC has a “Child Protective Policy” that states that all classrooms have at least 2 teachers that are unrelated in each classroom. All teachers or persons that come in contact with children or youth have a background check. In building “A”, the nursery and Godly Play rooms have a walkie talkie that can connect to the sanctuary. Teachers watch a training video. First -aid kits are in every building. Children and youth rooms have blinds on all windows. Emergency Procedures are posted in all classrooms for fire, tornado, and lockdown or stranger on campus. There are frequent discussions about updating safety procedures and protocols. Cameras and more outside lights have been added to the buildings.

What We Teach

Children: The children use Godly Play during the Sunday school hour. This curriculum is Montessori based therefore created for multi-age groups. This is a child-centered, hands-on approach that, through storytelling and questioning, fosters a relationship between the child and Jesus Christ. Each Godly Play lesson has 4 components. The lessons begin with a story being told. Manipulatives are used, then open-ended questioning

about the story such as “Where did you see yourself in the story?”. Next, there is a response time where children respond to the story by

choosing drawing, painting, creating, retelling the story, etc., ending with a feast with prayers being said. “Faithful Families: Creating

Sacred Moments at Home” is integrated within the overall children’s program. A quote by Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families is: “Faith

is learned as it is woven seamlessly into the fabric of daily lives”. “Treasure Box Tuesdays”, a weekly digital newsletter written by Traci

Smith, gives us many ideas and other resources. With both of these programs, teachers stay in contact with parents as we work to grow faith of children and families together.

 

Youth: Our Sunday school program consists of a PCUSA curriculum that uses a Coffee House format, which encourages discussion and fellowship. For our SOPC Youth Group, we use the weekly PCUSA lectionary passages and information as a guide for youth devotionals. We add games and activities that are relevant to the passages. We also use the Alpha Youth program that offers inspiring discussions for living and sharing your faith.



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