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.


kids' travel guide to the parables

Parables were a central part of Jesus' life. In fact, He never spoke to a crowd without telling a good story. And if parables were that important to Jesus, the let's dive into them, too! Kids' Travel Guide to the Parables takes you and your kids on an adventure through the "greatest hits" of Christ's illustrations. Every lesson helps kids understand what God really wants of them.  

FALL 2017: 

Kids' Travel Guide to the Parables

  • OCTOBER 1 - The Parable of the Yeast Matthew 13:33
    God grows His kingdom in amazing ways. 
  • OCTOBER 8 - The Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14-30
    God wants us to do our best with the talents He gives us.

  • OCTOBER 15 - The Parable of the Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32
    God forgives us when we sin.

  • OCTOBER 22 - The Parable of the Lost Sheep Matthew 18:10-14
    God cares for each of us. 
  • OCTOBER 29 - The Parable of the Vineyard Laborers Matthew 20:1-15
    God is fair & gracious to everyone.
  • NOVEMBER 5 - The Parable of the Mustard Seed Matthew 13:31-32
    God makes the smallest faith grow wildly.

  • NOVEMBER 12 - The Parable of the Rich Farmer Luke 12:13-21
    God wants us to live for what matters.
  • NOVEMBER 19 - The Parable of the Sower Mark 4:1-20
    God wants to grow seeds of faith planted in us.

  • NOVEMBER 26 - The Parable of the Feast That the Invited Guest Refused to Attend Luke 14:12-24
    God wants us in heaven with Him.

  • DECEMBER 3 - The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
    God wants us to care for others.

Gospel Project Christmas Lessons

  • DECEMBER 10 - Anticipating the Coming King
  • DECEMBER 17 - Jesus is Born
  • DECEMBER 24 - Merry Christmas - No SONshine Park Today

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.