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!

5th-6th Grade Class

The 5th-6th grade class meets upstairs in Classroom 1 on the main hallway.  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 usually head back to their classroom where they can engage in age-appropriate learning and grow together.

introducing The Gospel Project

In the fall of 2015, Oakwood Community Church is beginning a church-wide journey of studying through the Bible together using Lifeway's Gospel Project curriculum. The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered Bible study resource that looks at the big picture of God's story—the story of redemption through Jesus Christ. Each week, kids of all ages will follow a chronological timeline of Bible events, all the while learning how each story points to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Sunday morning messages and adult small group discussions will align with what our kids and students are learning, allowing families to learn, interact and grow together on a whole new level.  You can stay up-to-date with key verses, family discussion guides and more helpful resources on the Gospel Project page of Oakwood's website.

FALL 2016: 



In the beginning, God created everything for His glory. He made people in His image. When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, God revealed His plan to bring people back to Himself through a descendant—His own Son.

  • SEPTEMBER 11 - God Created the World (Genesis 1:1-25)
  • SEPTEMBER 18 - God Created People (Genesis 1:26–2:25)
  • SEPTEMBER 25 - Sin Entered the World (Genesis 3:1-24)
  • OCTOBER 2 - Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-16,25-26)
  • OCTOBER 9 - Noah and the Ark (Genesis 6:5–9:17)
  • OCTOBER 16 - The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)


God entered a covenant relationship with Abraham and all of his descendants to continue His plan of redemption. It is through this family, the nation of Israel, that God would bless the entire world by bringing forth the Messiah, Jesus.

  • OCTOBER 23 - God's Covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-21; 17:1-9)
  • OCTOBER 30 - God Tested Abraham (Genesis 22:1-19)
  • NOVEMBER 6 - The Promise Reaffirmed (Genesis 25:19-26; 26:1-6; 28:10-22)


God remained faithful to the covenant He made with Abraham and renewed His promises to Jacob despite Jacob’s sin. God used Joseph to provide for the people of Israel and bring them into Egypt, which also set the stage for a glorious demonstration of God’s power to deliver.

  • NOVEMBER 13 - The Stolen Blessing (Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-45)
  • NOVEMBER 20 - Jacob's New Name (Genesis 32–33)
  • NOVEMBER 27 - Joseph Sent To Egypt (Genesis 37:1-36; 39:1–41:57)
  • DECEMBER 4 - Joseph's Dreams Came True (Genesis 42:1–46:34; 50:15-21)

Laura Red, sonshine park 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.