Welcome to the Children’s ministries of Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church! Our department ministers to the needs of our children from infancy through high school. Our purpose is to provide an atmosphere where children feel accepted, loved, and appreciated as part of the church community. We strive to provide programs that assist parents in laying a solid spiritual foundation for their children. Our goal is to provide doctrinally sound programs that are intellectually and spiritually stimulating, where children learn to love God, enjoy Bible study, and learn to listen to a sermon. We emphasize applying what is learned in daily life.
Our department offers many programs. We currently offer: Nursery care, Sunday school and Children’s church on Sunday mornings, Vacation Bible school in July, a Christmas community party in December, a Christmas pageant, and various other programs such as teacher training and parent education workshops. For a more detailed description please click on the particular program you are interested in.
In order to protect our community and our children it is the policy of this church that all individuals who work with children will be fingerprinted and have a routine background check performed. We regret that this is needed in this day and age, but we believe it necessary to protect children and honor their parent’s trust in us.
We offer nursery care for infants up to three years of age. When a child turns three they are promoted into the adult worship service and Children’s Church. We offer nursery care for both Sunday school (9am-9:50) as well as during our church service.
We strive to provide a stable, safe, calm environment for our youngest children. Our members share the responsibility to care for our little ones. We provide snacks, music, stories, and simple age appropriate crafts for the toddlers as well as loving care of our infants. We provide toys for the children to play with that are sanitized each week.
At SOPC we view children as a heritage that God has given to us. As a covenant community we expect children (even our youngest) to participate in our worship services. We understand that young children can be noisy, so a little bit of “kid” noise is acceptable during
worship time. We understand that it takes time for young children to learn to behave appropriately during worship service and trust parents to train their children to participate fully. We also trust parents to know when a child is too noisy. We want children to see other children and adults worshiping the Lord from an early age. Most of our parents wait to put their young children in the nursery until the older children are excused to Children’s church.
If you have any questions concerning the Children’s ministries, or the nursery in particular, please contact Cherilyn Larsen at (916)
Children's Ministries Director Cherilyn Larsen
Sunday school meets from 9am-9:50 Sunday mornings. We currently offer a Sunday school class for jr. and sr. high students. If parents want to attend adult Sunday school and have younger children we will provide a Sunday school lesson for those children.
The Children’s ministries use Sunday school curriculum produced and published by Great Commission Publications. The curriculum is doctrinally sound, and age appropriate. We provide a Bible lesson and in-class activities, as well as take home lessons.
A Communicants class is offered for our sixth graders in the spring each year. The communicants class covers the basic doctrines of the Christian faith and our denomination in a systematic way. The purpose of the communicants class is to make it easier for children and parents to discern if the child has saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and is ready to participate in taking communion. Upon being interviewed and accepted the child is considered a member of our congregation. Children must interview with an Elder or our Pastor before they are allowed to take communion.
We provide Children’s church for those children who are not mature enough to sit through a sermon. Of course we leave it to parents to decide when their child is old enough to be with them to hear the sermon. Children’s church serves children from 3 years-4th grade. The children are excused midway through the church service. Children’s church is taught by teachers who have committed to teaching this class for nine months. We currently provide two Children’s church classes, one for 3 years- kindergarten, and the other for 1-4th grade. We have designed the time to be interesting, spiritually significant and enjoyable. As our culture changes, the needs of parents change as well. We have found that parents of young children are coming for church service, but not attending Sunday school. Because of this Children’s church has become the primary religious instruction time for the children at our church. We use Great Commission publications Sunday school materials for Children’s church. We modify them to fit the time we have to teach the children (that can vary from thirty-forty minutes, depending on how long the sermon is).
On the first Sunday of the month the children will return to the church service in time to observe the rest of the congregation celebrate communion. We consider it important for our children to learn by observation as well as participate. Communion is an important monthly experience for our church and we want the children to participate in it.
Vacation Bible School – Art and Bible Camp
Soaring Oaks is unusual in that we provide both an intensive Bible study program as well as a multi-media art experience for the children. We provide the children an opportunity to express their creativity and problem solving skills through arts and crafts. We provide many age appropriate art stations with projects such as: fish printing (with real fish!), collage, paper dolls, spin art, hats, tie-dye, finger painting, salt prints, painting, stamping and much more! We also provide large bubbles and sand volcanoes. For the older children we provide art projects that require more patience, as well as fine-motor skills, including: jewelry making, leather working, brass rubbing, sand pictures and much more. Each year we strive to add new projects to keep the program stimulating. The emphasis of this art experience is on free expression so each project will reflect the child’s individual taste and creativity.
The children will also learn hymns and praise songs in opening and closing assemblies as well as play games. We will provide snacks.
We provide classes for children from 3 years - 6th grade.
Check back in March to see the date for the 2017 VBS
For more information you can email Cherilyn Larsen,
Young Men’s Discipleship Group
“Helping young men grow into mature Christian men.”
We provide a discipleship/mentoring program for our young men. SOPC has a lot of young men in the junior and senior high age range, and we felt they needed to be encouraged in their faith through Bible study, discussion of current issues in our society, and group support. The youth culture can have a negative and spiritually unhealthy influence on our teens. We want to provide an intellectual and spiritual framework for our youth to resist this pull. We feel that young men need older men to show them how to be a Christian man in today’s culture. This group is run by three men in our congregation with the help of many more as they are needed.
*** Just a note: I’m sure you have noticed that we do not provide similar mentoring for young women. We would definitely provide something similar for young women, but we currently do not have any junior and senior high young women. In the past we have, and provided for them.
*** Youth Group: we are in the planning stages of providing a youth group. Check back later for updates.