sonshine park children's ministry

Available during 11am service only

SONshine Park is Oakwood’s Sunday morning program for children. It provides a nurturing environment where kids in Kindergarten through 5th 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 - 3rd Grade Class

The Kindergarten - 4th grade class meets in Acts located in the Lower Level during the worship service. 

4th & 5th Grade Class

The 5th-6th grade class meets in Romans located in the Lower Level. 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.

current SeriesUnknown Heroes

We all know about Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel and Ester as heroes of the faith. But the Bible is filled with stores of men and women who - although you may not know their names - served God in big ways. In this series kids will learn that you don't have to be famous to do big things for God.

sonshine Park 2019 Christmas video


letters to god's people

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. 

LETTERS TO GOD'S PEOPLE teaches about the challenges the early church faced and how church leaders addressed problems in person and by writing letters of encouragement and correction. Sessions include Paul Confronted Peter, Love One Another, The Fruit of the Spirit, and Heroes of the Faith. This volume includes sessions for Jesus' Triumphal Entry and Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection.

gospel project - letters to god's people


The God Who Leads - The early church's rapid growth led to some disagreements and problems. The leaders of the church addressed these problems by reminding everyone that Jesus is their ultimate leader and that they share the common mission given by Him to take the gospel to the entire wold. 

  • FEBRUARY 16 - Paul Confronted Peter - Galatians 2:11-21
    Paul wrote that we are saved through faith in Jesus alone. 
  • FEBRUARY 23 - The Church was Divided - 1 Corinthians 1:10-31
    Paul wrote that Christians are joined together by faith in Jesus. 
  • MARCH 1 - The Church Showed Favoritism - James 2:1-13
    James calls us to treat people with mercy because Jesus shows us mercy. 
  • MARCH 8 - Love One Another - 1 John 3:10-18
    John wrote that others will know we are Christians because we love one another.
  • MARCH 15 - Paul's Letters to Church Leaders - 1 Timothy 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1
    Paul encouraged church leaders to teach God's Word. 
The God Who Changes Us - Paul and other leaders began to write letters reminding the church of how the Holy Spirit changes a person's mind and heart, making it possible to love and serve Jesus and fulfill His mission.
  • MARCH 22 - Children of God - Romans 8:12-39
    When we trust in Jesus, God gives us the Holy Spirit and makes us His children.
  • MARCH 29 - A Transformed Mind - Romans 12:1-18; 1 Corinthians 1:9
    God wants us to show friendship and love to one another.
EASTER - God's plan for redemption, which began before creation, culminates with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus was welcomed as King but days later was crucified by the people. Christ's sacrifice on the cross and subsequent resurrection provided salvation for sinners and restores our relationship with God. 
  • APRIL 5 - Jesus' Triumphal Entry - Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19:28-44
    People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.
  • APRIL 12 - Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection - Matthew 26;36-28:10
    Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive.

The God Who Changes Us - Paul and other leaders began to write letters reminding the church of how the Holy Spirit changes a person's mind and heart, making it possible to love and serve Jesus and fulfill His mission.

  • APRIL 19 - The Fruit of the Spirit - Galatians 5:16-26
    The Holy Spirit changes the way we think and act to be more like Jesus. 
  • APRIL 26 - The Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-19
    God gives us what we need to stand strong against evil. 
  • MAY 3 - A Cheerful Giver - 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; 9:6-15
    God is generous to us, so we an be generous to others.
  • MAY 10 - Heroes of Faith - Hebrews 11:1-12:2
    The Bible tells us about people who lived by faith.

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.