sonshine park children's ministry

SONshine Park is Oakwood’s Sunday morning program for children. It provides a nurturing environment where kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade can grow spiritually and develop godly values in an age-appropriate environment.  In SONshine Park, the kids start their morning singing praises to the Lord with music that is designed for their ages. Then, our Bible-based curriculum uses Large Group Lessons and Small Group Connections to help them make connections between the truth of God’s Word and their own lives. SONshine Park is a place where Jesus Christ is honored through praises, lessons, prayers and actions!

Kindergarten - 4th Grade Class

The Kindergarten - 4th grade class meets in Acts located in the Lower Level during the 9:00am and 11:00am services. 

5th & 6th Grade Class

The 5th-6th grade class meets in Romans located in the Lower Level during the 11:00am service only. After getting checked in, these students go with their teachers into the worship center for the beginning of the worship service.  After the opening worship set they return to their classroom where they can engage in age-appropriate learning and grow together.


prophets and kings

Prophet and Kings teaches kids of God's love and faithfulness to His people through the lives of prophets like Elijah, Isaiah, Hosea, Jonah, Joel, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. God continues to pursue His people even as their continued disobedience leads to their captivity. Sessions reveal God's plan to send a Rescuer, Jesus, to save His people from their sin, demonstrating God's compassionate and merciful character.  

wINTER 2018: 



Israel and Judah, governed predominately by evil kings, continued to disobey God. God sent prophets like Elijah and Isaiah to reveal His power, love and faithfulness to His people. God reminded them of His plan to send a Rescuer, Jesus to take away their sin.  

  • JANUARY 7 - Elijah Confronted Evil Ahab - 1 Kings 18
    The one true God defeated the prophets of Baal.
  • JANUARY 14 - Elijah Ran From Jezebel - 1 Kings 19
    God revealed Himself to Elijah in a whisper. 
  • JANUARY 21 - Elisha and Naaman - 2 Kings 5
    God healed Naaman's skin disease.
  • JANUARY 28 - God Called Isaiah - Isaiah 6
    Isiah saw the holy God in His glory.
  • FEBRUARY 4 - Isaiah Preached About the Messiah - Isaiah 53
    God said the Messiah would be a suffering servant. 
  • FEBRUARY 11 - Hezekiah, Judah's Faithful King - 2 Kings 18-20
    God answered Hezekiah's prayer. 
Despite His people's continued sin, God continued to pursue them. God used Hosea's life to show that He still loved Israel, though she was unfaithful. God called Jonah to the capital of a godless nation, showing that no one is beyond the reach of God's compassion. God used Joel to remind Judah that judgment was inevitable but that God is merciful and was ready to welcome them back. 
  • FEBRUARY 18 - Hosea, Prophet to Israel - Hosea 1-14
    God loves people when they do not deserve it.
  • FEBRUARY 25 - Jonah, Prophet to Nineveh - Jonah 1-14
    God showed mercy to the Ninevites. 
  • MARCH 4 - Joel, Prophet to Judah - Joel 1-3
    God warned His people to repent before the Day of the Lord.
God called Jeremiah and used him to tell the people about the coming of a new covenant in which sin can be forgiven once and for all. Judah continued in sin and was removed from the land, but even during the captivity, God used Ezekiel to foretell the coming of Jesus, in whom people can find new life. 
  • MARCH 11 - God Called Jeremiah - Jeremiah 1
    God chose Jeremiah as a prophet to the nations. 
  • MARCH 18 - Jeremiah Prophesied a New Covenant - Jeremiah 17 & 31
    God promised a new and better covenant. 
  • MARCH 25 - Palm Sunday - Easter Lesson 1
  • APRIL 1 - Easter Sunday - Easter Lesson 2
  • APRIL 8 - Judah Was Taken Into Captivity - 2 Chronicles 36 & Jeremiah 38
    God sent Judah into captivity because of their sin.
  • APRIL 15 - Ezekiel Told About a Future Hope - Ezekiel 37
    God planned to bring His people back to their land and give them new life.

Laura Red, sonshine park Co-director


I have attended Oakwood and been involved at some level in the children ministry for about 25 years. My husband, Leo, and I have been married for 34 years, live in Clarkston and have raised two sons, Lance and Lyle, both of whom attend and serve at Oakwood. I work full-time as a Lease Administrator/Bookkeeper for a local Commercial Real Estate Developer and in my free time enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, scrapbooking, golf, riding motorcycles and spending time with our large extended family.

I am truly thankful for the opportunity to work with the children in and around our community. Serving our Savior in the children's ministry at Oakwood over the years, getting to know so many wonderful people and reaching children with the gospel of Christ has and continues to be one of my greatest blessings.


I have been attending Oakwood Community Church for over 15 years with my parents, Roger & Mary Sovis and my siblings. In May 2017, I married Lyle Red, one of the leaders in the SoulFire Youth Ministry. My first volunteer position was in SONshine Park Children's Ministry, as a leader in training. Through high school and college, I was both a small and large group leader. This has given me a great understanding of our children's ministry. I have a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development. I also serve on the Worship Team. I have a passion for education, reading, music, and sharing the Gospel. I am so excited to see where God leads me at Oakwood and in SONshine Park to bring glory to His name.