Thank you for taking time to visit us. It is our earnest hope that you will come be a part of our ever-growing family.
Whether you are new to Oak View, parents for the first time, or seeking to find a place for your grandchildren or other kids in your life, we welcome you to Oak View’s Children’s Ministry. Our desire is to partner with you as you guide your child's spiritual development. During this time of social distancing please follow our facebook page to keep up with what is happening online. We've included a list of family resources and activities below.
We would love to answer any questions you may have. Email Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 972-790-3629.
Oak View is committed to partnering with you as a parent, helping your children discover the bright future that is ours through Jesus Christ. We understand the unlimited potential in each and every child, and we seek to provide the kind of love, acceptance, example, and teaching that will help your child be all that God wants him or her to be.
Every week and throughout the year, you’ll discover a well-rounded program that includes Sunday morning Bible Fellowship, Vacation Bible School, camps, and retreats. These programs are available for children in 1st-5th grades.
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9:30 or 11:00 a.m. Bible Fellowship
9:30 or 11:00 a.m. Worship
6:30 p.m. Kid's Activities
Join us for an exciting week of camp at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Encampment! This is open to all kids grades 3-6 completed. The week will include outdoor activities and indoor worship. Recreation includes fields games, swimming, climbing wall, challenge course, Alpine tower, zip line, and special activities such as campfires and hayrides.
Registration and scholarship forms are available in the Children's Building. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Here are some fun activities and devotional resources to help teach your children Biblical truth while enjoying time together.
1. Tricky Kool-Aid
This is a great activity to teach kids about about sin, refer to Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23 as the objective for the activity.
Display a tray of cups with Kool-Aid made with salt instead of sugar. Offer the kids a cup. Allow them to taste the Kool-Aid and express their disgust.
Ask: "What’s wrong with the Kool-Aid? It looks like normal Kool-Aid. Are you sure that there is something wrong with it? How can it be bad if it looks OK? Sometimes Satan tricks us with sin in the same way. It looks great on the outside, but it really is bad for us."
2. Anger and Self-Control
Refer to James 3:2-8 as the objective for this activity. You will need the following supplies to demonstrate this lesson:
- A clear drinking glass
- Liquid dishwashing detergent
- 2 tbsp of baking soda
- Food coloring (optional)
Say: "Everyone gets angry but some of us don’t have much self-control when we have these strong feelings. It’s easy to allow anger to grow and then you blurt out something you regret later. According to James 3:2-8, we must not sin when we feel angry."
Demonstrate: Place the baking pan on the table to catch the overflowing experiment. Place the glass in the center of the pan and fill it nearly full with warm/hot water. If you like, drip two drops of food coloring in the water. Now add three to four drops of liquid detergent. Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Here comes the fun part—pour in the vinegar! You’ll see it bubble up!
Say: "We are like the water. The baking soda is like our anger. The vinegar is our self control. If we don’t get self-control working properly, it will cause us to do the wrong thing. God’s plan is better; stop, pray and walk away!"
3. What is Faith?
This site has a great way
for parents to have a meaningful conversation with their kids about what faith
is, and includes an easy activity to demonstrate the objective!
4. Ruth Bible Lesson and Activity Pages
The following site has free downloadable and printable materials for a lesson about Ruth.
5. Daily Children Devotionals
This site posts free, daily devotionals for children!
6. Kindness with Toothpaste
Scripture focus: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Get a tube of toothpaste for your kids. You can get them the small travel kind, and have a talk about the importance of words. I talk about how you can say something, but once it’s heard the bad effects have already started to take place. Talk about what nice words look like and how they make us feel, and also talk about how mean words might make us feel.
Next, tell them to start squeezing the toothpaste out of the tube.
The next part of the activity is to have them try to put it back in. Give them toothpicks to help. They might know right away they can't put it back, but insist they try!
After that talk to them about our words being similar. Once your words come out of our mouth, you cannot stop what has been heard, and it can have really hurtful effects on the people around you. You can ask for forgiveness, but those words can still have a lot of weight on people.
You can conclude by coming up with some nice words to say to each other!
7. The Rocks Cry Out - Great for Palm Sunday!
Luke 19:40 “And He answered and said, ‘I
tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!’”
- hydrogen peroxide (20 vol.)
- clear vase
- liquid dish soap
- packet of yeast
- warm water
- custard dish
- food coloring (optional)
Pour ¾ cup of hydrogen peroxide in the vase. (Optional: put 10 drops of food coloring in the peroxide.) Then, add three squirts of the liquid dish soap (about 3 T.) Swirl this around in the vase to mix it thoroughly. Carefully, place some clean rocks in the bottom of a clear vase, just enough to cover the bottom. In a custard cup, place 3 T. of warm water and the packet of yeast. Stir to dissolve and let set for one minute.
In the meantime, ask the children to tell you things that the rocks might cry out if people did not praise Jesus. What would burst from them? What would their praises be? The rocks in our vase are about to burst forth with their praises!
Now, pour the yeast mixture into the vase. (If the vase has a small opening, you’ll want to use the funnel; otherwise, just pour the yeast in.) Step back and watch the praises flow!