DeVonna Drey,  Children’s Pastor | Email: devonna.drey@churchoftheopendoor.com
Careth Trerise.  Administrative Assistant I Email: careth.trerise@churchoftheopendoor.com
Melissa Muller, Early Childhood Coordinator | Email: melissa.muller@churchoftheopendoor.com
 
 Welcome to COD Kids Ministry!  
 
 

 Our Hope 

is that we can partner with parents in the discipleship of their children.
 
 

Our Mission

is to help kids know what they believe before they leave!  
 
 

 Our Core Values 

are safety, Jesus on their level, fun, excellence and relationships.
 
 
 
Vacation Bible Adventure registration is now OPEN!
 
June 12-16, 2017
Register by May 14 for a special discounted rate.
 
CLICK HERE for our VBA website
 
For more information about serving in or attending VBA, 
Contact Careth Trerise at careth.trerise@churchoftheopendoor.com
 
 
 
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Sunday School

9:00am
4 year olds through 5th grade

Our Sunday School classes and curriculum focus on teaching the inspired Word of God and making it relevant to each child as they become disciples of Jesus Christ. Our teachers are equipped with terrific lessons and huge hearts for your kids!

All classes are centralized on our upper campus.
 
 
 
 
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Nursery

9:00am & 11:00am
newborns through 3 year olds
 
At the Grace Place Nursery, we are committed to providing loving and appropriate care for each child’s physical, emotional and social needs based on his/her individual development level. We strive to provide a nursery where parents have a sense of confidence in leaving their children. Nursery care is provided for Sunday morning services at 9:00am and 11:00am, evening activities and most church-wide programs and special events throughout the week.
 
We value the safety of your children, so for your child’s security, we provide an electronic check in system.  Once a child is scanned in by our nursery staff, the parents will receive two matching security labels. One is for the child and the other for the parent/guardian who will be checking the child out. Parents must have the matching label when picking up their child.  Parents will be contacted on their cell phone should the need arise. 
 
 
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Children’s Church

11:00 am
4 year olds through 5th grade
 
We provide meaningful worship and instruction that is designed with their interests and wiggly bodies in mind!  We have three levels of Kid’s Church that meet on Sundays from 11:00am to 12:15pm:
 
God’s World for 
3 year olds (in the nursery facility)
Discovery Zone for 
4 year olds – K
Children’s Church 
1st – 5th grades
 
Children’s Church is not held on most 5th Sundays of the month and some holidays. For these Sundays, children will join their parents in one of our services. 
 
 
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AWANA

Clint & Tiffany Czarnota, Awana Leaders | Email: tiffczar@yahoo.com
 
AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, taken from 2 Timothy 2:15. This ministry is passionately pursuing one child at a time for the Gospel of Christ because kids matter deeply to God.
 
This program is a great way for your children to be involved in memorizing Scripture. It runs concurrent with the school year for children ages 3 to 6th grade. At Church of the Open Door, our AWANA takes place on Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30pm. The clubbers start the night with game time, then share their memory verses in small groups, and finish the night with a large group teaching time. 
 
CUBBIES is for preschoolers. This program is unique because it supports and maintains parents as the primary source of spiritual nurturing. Cubbies directly involves moms and dads in their teaching and learning process.
 
SPARKS is for kids in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. The Gospel is regularly presented at this critical stage in the child’s spiritual development. 
 
TRUTH & TRAINING (T&T) is the 3rd thru 6th grade program. T&T clubs feature a strong focus on consistent presentations of the Gospel, Scripture application, and personalization of the Word in a clubber’s life. 
 
Clubbers also look forward to a few special events throughout the AWANA calendar, such as the AWANA Grand Prix, Wacky Hat Night, Halloween Costume Parade, Backwards Night and especially the AWANA Store Nights when clubbers redeem their earned AWANA bucks for prizes! 
 
Visit Awana’s main website HERE.
 
 
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Live Wires

Mario & Deanna Ramirez, Live Wires leaders I Email: sunnydeelite77@hotmail.com
 
Live Wires is the fitting name for our active ministry designed to encourage 4th and 5th graders to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 
 
The Live Wires meet for discipleship every other Tuesday night during the school year and occasionally for special events (family hikes, Minute to Win It, special boys and girls nights out, movie nights and more!)
 
Live Wires is the fitting name for our active ministry designed to encourage 4th and 5th graders to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They meet for discipleship every other Tuesday night during the school year and occasional special events
 
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Open Door Soccer League (ODSL)

ODSL is a character building soccer program that serves to teach children from our surrounding communities basic soccer skills. We partner with Azusa Pacific University using students as coaches & mentors. The season runs September through November. For more information, please email coordinators Mark & April Avila at kidsodsl@gmail.com.
 
 
VBA 2016
 

 VBA 2016 – Christ in Me

We were privileged to have 315 kids up on our hillside playing games, singing songs, eating snacks, hearing great lessons and having an all-around great time learning who they are in Christ! Several of these kids accepted Christ as their Savior and received their first Bible. Growing God’s family – what an awesome thing to be a part of!
 
These generous kids also gave over $2200 in offering money that will be given to two of our missionary families who are headed back to the mission field at the end of the summer. This will help them to purchase some necessary items for their kids when they arrive at their new homes overseas. Way to go, families and kids! You gave sacrificially for the sake of the gospel. 
 
We could not have done any of this without the incredible service of over 130 volunteers! Love having a church family that is so eager to reach out to our community!
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
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Camp IDRAFOJE (I’D RAther FOllow JEsus!) is an overnight on- campus children’s camp designed specifically for kids who have completed 3rd -5th grades. 
 
 
 
 

Five Tips to Help Your Children Settle Back into School

By DeVonna Drey
 
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It’s difficult to believe that October is here,
and while Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, there are parents still trying to help their children settle back into the school year. “With all the dynamics our children are facing today, it’s easy for them to get overwhelmed,” –  DeVonna Drey, new Children’s Pastor at Church of the Open Door. “As parents, we need to help our children navigate the day-to-day of school and to actually be excited about school and community.”
Though there isn’t a manual outlining the “best steps” every parent should follow to help their children get motivated, involved and overcome fears/obstacles they may face, DeVonna, mom of three and grandmother of three, shares these 5 Points on Helping Your Children Settle Back Into School:
1. Be flexible.
This applies to parents and children alike – things will change rapidly with new school classes and sports. A word of advice – master the mantra: “learn to roll with the punches.”
2. As a family, communicate your faith base.
Talk and pray with your children. Whatever your belief system, engaging in regular conversation with your children and praying for them and with them, are powerful ways to strengthen the parent/child relationship and set the tone for a more peaceful environment.
3. Help your children be good friends and even encourage them to find the kid at school without friends.
Many have seen the picture which recently went viral about the Florida State wide receiver who asked to sit at the table of a boy sitting by himself in the middle school cafeteria. The player, who, along with his football teammates, was visiting the school that day, didn’t know it, but the boy has Autism, which makes it challenging for him to make new friends. A friend sent the picture to the boy’s mother, who was overcome with gratitude for the nice gesture. Teach your children to be brave. The more we give, the more we get. (And, parents remember…children model what they see.)
4. Teach safety points. 
It’s important that our children know and understand safety measure caution…at home, at school, in sports and with peers. Take time to talk with your children about what to do in the case of an emergency or at any time they are uncomfortable in any given situation.
5. Be teachable. 
This one goes for children and parents alike. Maintaining a desire to keep learning is a life skill we should all nurture. And, keep in mind that it’s okay to fail, too. There’s a lot of learning that happens when we fail and try again!
 
 

Outside Resources for Parents & Kids

We want to share a few interesting and fun resources that can be found on the web. **Please note that Church of the Open Door is not responsible for the content and views expressed by these sites.
 
Just for Kids
 
Clubhouse
Kids Talk About God
Kids Zap
 
For Parents
MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers
 
 

 Serve God With Us

Been thinking and praying about serving in our Children’s Ministry? Here’s  some opportunities to consider:
 
Sunday School Teachers
Children’s Church teachers & volunteers
Awana volunteers
Nursery volunteers
Live Wires discipleship group leader
Sunday morning greeters/assimilation
Vacation Bible Adventure (VBA) volunteers
Bulletin board creators
Seasonal service opportunities
 

Prayer Requests

 
We would love to pray for you and your children. Send requests to careth.trerise@churchoftheopendoor.com.