Children's Ministries update

Children's programing is suspended at this time due to COVID-19. We are hoping to re-open Sunday school in the fall. Activities and DIY Sunday school supplies are available for families worshipping at home. Please contact Brittany for more information. 

VBS is cancelled for this summer. 

Questions? Contact Brittany Dutter our Director of Children's Ministry

Sunday School Schedule

Every Sunday: Children 0-4 years old may be checked in as early as 9am into  their nursery/toddler classroom. The sign in/out clipboard is on your child's classroom door; please sign your child in and out every time. All children should be picked up and checked out on the clipboard after the 9:15 service.

1st Sunday of every month (Communion Sunday): On Communion Sunday, we offer a Children’s Moment during our 9:15 service. All children, any age are invited to come up with our without their family to sit and listen to a story just for them. 

All children 5 years old (entering Kindergarten) and older do not have Sunday School on Communion Sunday. On these Sundays, children stay in church with their families the entire church service. We have busy boxes available for busy little hands to use during the service and to be returned at the end of the service. These white busy boxes are at the back of the church on a labeled shelf. 

On this Sunday, pre-k kids will have a special craft with Sunday School teachers and will be dismissed during the 9:15 service after the Children’s Moment. 

Every Sunday except the 1st Sunday of the month Communion Sunday): Children 4 years old and older attend church with their families until the all-kid dismissal to Sunday School (about 15 minutes into the 9:15 service). Parents should check in their kids at the table in front of the church before the 9:15 service. Parents may escort their children to Sunday School  at the dismissal or they can go with Sunday School Staff. 

After the 9:15 church service, please remember to pick your child up at their Sunday School classroom and sign them out using the sheet on their classroom door.  

All children big or small are always welcome in church at all times. Please have your child stay with you in church or attend Sunday School on any Sunday.

OPC Children's Ministry Faq's

It's my first time at Ojai Presbyterian Church! What do I do when I arrive?

Please stop by the: OPC Sunday School check in table

 in front of church and they will assist you with the Sunday School child check process.  Every week we would liked all children to be signed in to Sunday School in the front of church,and signed out after Sunday School at the classroom on the clipboard. Look for our bright blue t-shirts worn by the Children's Ministries team around church! They can assist you at any time! Sunday School is only offered at 9:15am. If you are a first time visitor or this is your first time attending Sunday School this school year, we ask that you fill out a new child registration card at the Sunday School check in table at 9am. 

Where are classes located?

Our nursery thru 8th grade Sunday School classrooms are all located in our Sunday School Courtyard down the kitchen hallway (please follow the signs). There are a couple secure gates that keep your child safely in Sunday School. Please remember to close gates behind you, so that all children remain safely in the secure gates while they wait for their parents to check them out.

Is there a security system in place?

Yes, there are a number of systems and policies in place to ensure safety for all children. Signing your child in and out every Sunday is one way we try to keep kids accounted for. Our Sunday School teachers and classrooms never leave the church grounds. And most importantly please remember to close the secure gates behind you when you enter the Sunday School Courtyard Area.

Is it safe to leave my child with your volunteers?

All of our Children's Ministry volunteers have had a background check and complete training. We strive to have the safest possible environment in all classrooms. 

What if my child needs me during the church service?

If for any reason your child needs you during the service if you provide us with your cell phone number at the sign in clipboard Sunday morning,  we can  text  you. Please talk directly to your child’s teacher when you drop them off Sunday mornings.

What if my child is sick or was sick recently?

Parents will be requested to refrain from bringing their child to Sunday School if their child has a temperature or has had a temperature within the last 24hours, has a rash, or diarrhea. Please be mindful of other children that will be at Sunday School that day.

What if my child is upset at drop off?

If a child was upset when being dropped off we encourage the parents to say goodbye to their child, and  go to church. We let the parents know that if the child is crying or upset for other 10 to 15 minutes we will text you if you left a phone number you left on the sign in sheet.

Will my child's photo be taken?

In order to keep current, or Children's Ministry is now using many avenues of social media. This enables us to post pictures of all the great things that happen Sunday morning at Ojai Presbyterian Church and at special events. Please be advised that your child's picture may be used on a social media site. Children will not be tagged or identified on these sites. If you do not want your child's picture posted to any social media site please contact Brittany Dutter

How can I serve in Children's Ministries at Ojai Presbyterian Church?

There are many opportunities for serving at Ojai Presbyterian Church. Please contact Brittany Dutter for opportunities.