We want all kids to discover who Jesus is and learn what it means to follow Him. Because we understand that parents are the primary faith trainers of their children, we partner with families to help the next generation know and follow Jesus.
The purpose of the Baby Blessing Milestone is to encourage and equip parents, and bless our newest babies. A Parent Training Class and Baby Blessing Ceremony are offered to parents of newborns through age two. The parent training session is designed to provide tools that empower parents as the primary faith trainers of their children. Moms and dads listen to experienced parents give wise counsel in the primacy of prayer, and in raising and spiritually training children. The Baby Blessing Ceremony is presented in the worship service after parents complete the training class. During the ceremony, parents respond with verbal affirmations to commitments, followed by a time of prayer and blessing over their babies.
Baby Blessings occur twice a year, typically in January and June.
Pathway to Kinder
Pathway to Kinder is a milestone event for parents and their preschool-age children who are entering Kindergarten. Parents participate in a workshop to learn first-hand what they can expect once their children begin Kindergarten. An Elder couple also addresses the parent group to encourage and inspire parents to pray with their children, value the Bible as their guide for living, build trusting relationships with their children, and foster the value of family worship.
Pathway to Kinder occurs once a year in the Spring.
Agape Trail is designed to bring our fifth graders into a greater understanding of who they are in Christ. Agape Trail also supports our fifth graders and their families in the transition from Bibleland to Student Ministries. Through monthly Bible lessons (September-April), students are reminded of the love that comes from Jesus, their parents, and their church. They also learn important virtues and Bible truths. In addition, we offer a monthly class led by OHC leaders to help encourage and equip parents to be the spiritual leaders of their children. Agape Trail culminates with a three-day retreat in April that reinforces these teachings and brings students closer together knowing they have the love and support of family and friends.
The Challenge 8 milestone is designed to help 8th graders and their families navigate the transition from middle school to high school. It's a time when grades matter, clothes matter, friends change, and the question, “Who am I, really?” is asked. Each year, parents and students attend an overnight retreat together where they laugh, play, learn,and serve together. This is a great opportunity to pause, share experiences, and strengthen relationships as they move into the high school years.
Senior Celebration is a special time to celebrate the accomplishments of your teenager and prepare them to follow Christ as they leave home.