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Partnering with Parents. Pointing kids towards God.
Jesus rebuked the disciples because they were hindering the children from coming to him (Matthew 19:14). So it's obvious children are very important to Jesus and he wants them to know him. Children and their families are important to Olive Branch too. Our passion is to partner with parents to help them point their children to Jesus Christ. Our philosophy echoes the psalmist who prayed God would not forsake him until he was able to declare the power of God to the next generation (Psalm 71:18). Below are the ways we are helping families and their children have a personal and strong relationship with Jesus. Please join us in loving and leading children to Jesus Christ. To receive emails about Olive Branch's children's activities, subscribe by clicking HERE.
Our goal is to partner with families to teach your kids how very much God loves them and to make Sundays mornings the best part of their week.
9:00 am Worship Service
During this service we have childcare for infants and toddlers in the nursery.
Sunday School (10:10 am)
During Sunday School we have classes for children, youth and adults of all ages. Information about Sunday School classes and where they meet can be found HERE.
11:00 am Worship Service
During this service we have childcare for infants and toddlers in the nursery. Children in preschool through 5th grade participate in the worship service in the sanctuary until the sermon. At that time they are dismissed with their teachers to Children's Church.
During the school year from September through May we have ministries for boys and girls each Wednesday night from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The children meet in the Welcome Center then go to the fellowship hall for a meal. The rest of the evening they have games, a Bible lesson, and a craft or project. Some activities are done as a group, while some are done in separate groups of boys and girls. There are also special activities throughout the year. To register for the 2020-2021 school year click HERE.
LIFEWAY KIDS APP
Do your children ever give you a blank stare when you ask them what they learned at church? With the LifeWay Kids app you can know before you ask. You can see what they're learning and reinforce it at home. Go to the app store or google play on your device and search for LifeWay Kids. Once you have downloaded the app you will see different quarterly "magazines." In the magazines you will find games, the Bible story for each week, and things you can do with your children at home to reinforce each week's lesson. There are also lots of interactive games in the app to help your children know the Bible better. In Sunday School we are doing Bible Studies for Life, Winter 2019-2020. On Wednesdays we are doing the Gospel Project, Volume 3 which is Spring 2019.
Easter Egg Hunt in Centennial Park - March 27, 2021 from 3-5 pm. There are games, face painting, crafts, food, photo opp with the Easter Bunny, live animal exhibition/interaction area, and of course the egg hunt. Children hunt eggs in age groups to keep things fun and fair. Everything is FREE .
Vacation Bible School - Check Later for 2021 Date
VBS is for children in preschool through 5th grade. Each year children learn stories from the Bible while they also enjoy crafts, music, food, worship and learn about missionaries.
Trunk or Treat - October 27, 2021.
Children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes. Children will walk by cars whose trunks are filled with candy and receive their candy treat.
ANOTHER LEVEL BASKETBALL
Another Level Basketball is a basketball league for children in K-5th grade. Boys and girls are on separate teams. Registration begins around the first of December. It begins the first Saturday in January and concludes the last Saturday in February. The first Saturday is evaluation day so that teams can be selected. The second Saturday is a practice day. Games are played on the rest of the Saturdays. There is a tournament on the last Saturday of February. There are no practices during the week. Every child receives a team t-shirt and his guaranteed playing team each game. The program is FREE!
Unfortunately, the 2021 Another Level Basketball Season has been cancelled. The governor's restriction of only 25 people in the gym, the public school's decision to not play basketball, and the continued risk of the COVID virus has made having the season virtually impossible. We may have something in the summer, and certainly look forward to having basketball in 2022.
Each May on the Sunday before Mother's Day, we have a child dedication service. The service is an opportunity for parents to dedicate their child to God. They also make a promise before God and the congregation to raise their child in a Christian home, and to teach him/her at an early age about Jesus and Christianity. The congregation also pledges to partner with parents to raise their child in a Christian environment. Hannah is the biblical example parents follow. When God answered her prayer for a son, she dedicated Samuel to God. (1 Samuel 1:1-2:11). Parents also follow Mary and Joseph's example who brought Jesus to the temple as an infant for religious rites that God commanded in the Old Testament (Luke 2:22-40). Children of any age can be dedicated, although parents often dedicate their child the May after their child's birth. If you would like to dedicate your child, please contact one of the PASTORS.
Lunch Buddies at La Crosse Elementary - Lunch buddies have lunch with a class and have an activity with them afterward. Lunch Buddies also hosts an annual Christmas Program for the school and has a reception for the 5th graders at their graduation. For more information and who to contact to volunteer to be a Lunch Buddy click HERE.
Olive Branch is a big supporter of Camp Concord through financial gifts, volunteers, and enrollment at the camp. Camp Concord is a Christian Camp located on Kerr Lake five miles south of Clarksville, VA just off of Highway 15 South. Camp Concord is operated by the State Line Baptist Assembly, Inc. which was established by the churches of the Concord Baptist Association of Virginia. Their purpose is to lead campers in the deepening of their faith in Jesus Christ. They carefully select and screen their paid staff and their volunteers in order to provide a safe, exciting, and spiritually rewarding week for your child(ren). Camp season is the months of June and July each year. For more information about the camp including programs, cost and registration please click HERE. Camp Concord's Face Book page can be found HERE.
Rightnow Media is a Christian media streaming service similar to Netflix. Olive Branch partners with Rightnow Media to provide this service to all of our families. Rightnow Media includes many children's videos as well as engaging Bible studies for teenagers and adults and access to national training conferences. Anyone associated with Olive Branch is allowed to set up an account and stream all of the content for FREE. To set up your free account and start watching click HERE.
FREE LIFEWAY SUNDAY SCHOOL
Lifeway publishers is currently offering a free lesson video and lesson page each week. This is a great way for you to teach your children at home. The instructions to download these free resources are below:
Step 1: Go to digitalpass.lifeway.com
Step 2: Login or create an account (free)
Step 3: Click the LifeWay Kids (or Preschool) at Home icon on the main page of Digital Pass
Step 5: Download the activity page and one conversation sheet to use while watching the video session.