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.

Gospel Project

The Rescue Begins

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 Rescue Begins teaches kids about Jesus' early life and preparation for ministry. Sessions discuss His baptism, temptation in the wilderness, and personal encounters with ordinary people that changed their lives in extraordinary ways. 



God the Son: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He grew up and began to prepare for His ministry. Jesus demonstrated from a young age that He understood His role as God's Son. When Jesus was baptized, God confirmed His sonship. Jesus was subsequently tempted by Satan, but He did not sin. 

God Among Us: After Jesus' victory over temptation in the wilderness, Jesus began His earthly ministry. As Jesus traveled throughout Judea, His personal encounters with ordinary people changed their lives in extraordinary ways. Jesus revealed that He was God the Son in human form, living among God's people and bringing salvation in Him alone.

FALL 2018:

  • OCTOBER 14 - Jesus at the Temple - Luke 2
    Jesus came to earth to do His Father's plan.
  • OCTOBER 21 - Jesus Was Baptized - Matthew 3
    Jesus obeyed God by being baptized. 
  • OCTOBER 28 - Jesus Was Tempted - Matthew 4
    Jesus was tempted and never sinned. 
  • NOVEMBER 4 - Special Lesson Presentation
  • NOVEMBER 11 - Jesus Met Nicodemus - John 3
    Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again. 
  • NOVEMBER 18 - Jesus and John the Baptist - John 3
    Jesus came from heaven to earth.
  • NOVEMBER 25 - Special Lesson Presentation. 
  • DECEMBER 2 - From Abraham to Jesus - Matthew 1
    Jesus' earthly family included Abraham, David and other.
  • DECEMBER 9 - Mary Praised God - Luke 1
    God chose Mary to be Jesus' mother.
  • DECEMBER 16 - Jesus Was Born
    Jesus was born to be God's promised Savior.
  • DECEMBER 23 - Christmas - NO SSP- No Gospel Project
  • DECEMBER 30 - Special Lesson Presentation
  • JANUARY 6 - Jesus Met a Samaritan Woman - John 4
    Jesus told the Samaritan woman He is the Massiah.  
  • JANUARY 13 - Jesus Rejected in Nazareth - Luke 4
    Jesus explained that the Scriptures tell about Him.
  • JANUARY 20 - Jesus and Lacchaeus - Luke 19
    Meeting Jesus changed Zacchaeus forever.

gospel project

stories and signs

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. 

Exile and Return teaches kids that God's people were sent into exile due to their sin, but God sustained them, brought them home, and helped them rebuild the temple. Go'd provision is shown through accounts of Esther and Nehemiah. Even after their return home, the Israelites continue struggling to obey God, and Malachi warns them not to be lazy in their worship of Him. 

gospel project - STORIES AND SIGNS


WINTER 2019:

Jesus the Storyteller - Jesus told parables, or stories, to help people understand what the kingdom of heaven is like. Jesus' parables show what it looks like to live in God's kingdom where Jesus reigns supreme. One day, these stories will become our reality when Jesus returns and reverses the curse of sin.

Jesus the Miracle-Worker - Jesus' miracles were part of His purpose in bringing glory to the Father. His miracles proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. They strengthened people's faith and met people's needs. Through Jesus, God did what is impossible for us to do on our own. He provided forgiveness, salvation and eternal life.

Jesus the Healer - In the Old Testament, God described Himself as the Lord who heals. In His mercy, God gave the prophets Elijah and Elisha power to heal diseases and raise the dead. Jesus, as the only Son of God, is greater than the prophets. Jesus not only healed the sick and raised the dead, He also defeated sin and death once and for all when He died on the cross and rose again. Jesus will return one day and eliminate sickness and suffering forever. 


  • JANUARY 27 - Parable of the Sower - Matthew 13 & Mark 4
    Not everyone who hears the gospel believes it.
  • FEBRUARY 3 - The Unmerciful Servant - Matthew 18
    God shows mercy to us so that we will show mercy to others.
  • FEBRUARY 10 - The Good Samaritan - Luke 10
    Jesus calls us to love others as He has loved us
  • FEBRUARY 17 - Three Parables - Luke 15
    Jesus is the One who seeks and saves the lost.
  • FEBRUARY 24 - The Pharisee and the Tax Collector - Luke 18
    God rejects the proud but gives grace to the humble. 
  • MARCH 3 - The Wicked Tenants - Matthew 21
    God will judge those who reject Jesus.
  • MARCH 10 - Jesus Turned Water to Wine - John 2
    Jesus' first miracle was to turn water into wine.
  • March 17 - Jesus Provided Bread from Heaven - Matthew 14
    Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.

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.