DeVonna Drey,  Children’s Pastor | Email:
Careth Trerise.  Administrative Assistant I Email: 
Melissa Muller, Nursery Coordinator | Email:
 Welcome to COD Kids Ministry!  
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 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.
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Sunday School

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.


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. 
 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. 
Open Door Soccer League (ODSL)
ODSL is a character building soccer program that serves to teach basic soccer skills to children from our surrounding communities. We partner with Azusa Pacific University, using students as coaches & mentors. The season runs September through November. 
ODSL info and registration is coming in mid-August.
Check back then! 
KidsFest Live Summer Themes
June 24 – Crazy Hair Day
July 1 –     Patriotic Day (red/white/blue)
July 8 –    Cultural Day (dress up)
July 22 –  Sports Day (wear favorite jersey)
July 29 –  Hawaiian Day
Aug 5 –    Pet Day (bring pet in crate or container)
Aug 12 –  Fun Food Day (cooking together)
Aug 19 –  Missions Day with the McDougalls!
                                                                                            Live Wires
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 from 7:00-8:30pm in U21. We occasionally gather for special events (family hikes, Minute to Win It, special boys and girls nights out, movie nights and more!) 

7 Ways to Set Your Summer Up for Success

   by DeVonna Drey 

Summer is supposed to be the time when you throw the schedule out the window. But, here’s the thing: if you have no plan for your summer days, they’ll slip by with nothing to show for them. And before you know it, summer will be gone!

“Summertime is a grand opportunity to make amazing memories! I encourage parents to be prepared for summer with your kids…rather than surprised by how badly it can go if there are no plans.” DeVonna Drey, Children’s Pastor at Church of the Open Door .

With nearly two decades of experience in Children’s Ministry, DeVonna is  “crazy passionate” about shepherding children and their families — here are seven ways DeVonna shares to make memories and set your summer up for success:

  1. Plan something special for your family each week…maybe a Friday night camp-out in the back yard…like a “night-cation” “day-cations” are amazing as well!
  2. If you are a stay at home parent in the summer, plan a weekly beach or pool day with neighbors and friends.
  3. Maybe offer a fun cooking class for your kids and a couple of friends…video tape them learning how to cook spaghetti or tacos…let them watch it later while they eat!
  4. Do things for others! Make some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and homemade cookies, pack 10 sack lunches and as you are going through the day running errands and may see a homeless person, hand out the lunches…this is a great opportunity for your kids to see simple ways of showing kindness to others.
  5. Take your kids to an animal shelter to pet the animals if it is possible.
  6. Arrange a time of collecting clothes and toys they no longer use and have them help wash and clean them and take them to a thrift store. Be purposeful in allowing your kids to do as much of the tasks as possible.
  7. Parenting Magazine has named VBS as one of the top 10 activities for your child’s summer calendar for many years. I say take your kids to as many of these summer day programs as you can – start with our Vacation Bible Adventure June 11-15th! They will enjoy the different themes and make lots of new friends. They will learn and grow in their faith and in their love for God. 

DeVonna’s advice to all parents this summer, “Give extra hugs, enjoy every moment…as a mom of three amazing grown sons…I can tell you…my memories of summers with my boys are amongst the sweetest I have.”

JUNE 26-30, 2018
 (I’D RAther FOllow JEsus!) is an overnight on- campus
children’s camp designed specifically for kids who have
completed 3rd -5th grades. 
Questions about this year’s camp? Please contact Mandy at 


  • For God to bring 120 campers ready to grow in Christ and for 5 kids to be saved.
  • For the theme of Hang Ten (the 10 Commandments) to stir souls & for kids to take the lessons into their homes and schools.
  • For our leaders to branch out and push themselves to explore abilities and talents (leadership, teaching or counseling) they’ve never explored before.
  • That the camp leadership is unified and bold.
  • For safety in all areas – physical, emotional and spiritual.
  • For our speakers.
  • That our every thought in teaching, talking to and guiding and discipling these kids would be love, grace, wisdom and truth.
  • That the parents’ hearts and minds would be at peace leaving their kids on the hillside.

COD has a long and rich history of using AWANA as one of the ways we teach our kids how to learn, memorize, and study the Bible. We have been blessed to have so many faithful people love our children through this ministry. THANK YOU to all who have devoted themselves by serving in AWANA recently or in the past. 

While we remain committed to discipling COD kids, we have had to acknowledge that we have faced some challenges resourcing and supporting AWANA. After much prayer and discussion over the past few months, the elders and pastoral staff feel that God is leading us to take a break at the end of this year and ask Him how we should continue with COD kids discipleship in the future. 

We love AWANA and would love to see it return to COD, but we are committed to waiting on God to lead. We will continue to pray and seek God’s help and the assistance of our local and national AWANA missionaries before we consider any next steps. Would you please pray with us? We look forward to seeing how God will provide and guide as we wait on Him.

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