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

Jesus saves

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. 

Jesus Saves teaches about Jesus' last week leading up to His death on the cross and His resurrection. Sessions include His anointing by Mary, His cleaning the temple, the Last Supper, His death and resurrection and His appearances and final teachings to His disciples. 




SPRING 2019:

Jesus the Anointed One - As people began to turn against Jesus, He journeyed toward Jerusalem where He knew He would be arrested and crucified. Jesus continued to tell people that they needed to repent, and He prepared His true followers for His death.

Jesus the Savior - Soon after Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, He was betrayed, arrested, tried, and crucified. However, the darkest moment of the story became the brightest when Jesus rose from the dead to provide forgiveness for all of God's people.

Jesus the Risen King - After Jesus rose from the dead, He spent 40 more days proving that He is alive and preparing His followers to continue His mission after He returned to heaven to be with His Father. 

  • MARCH 24 - Jesus Was Anointed - Matthew 26
    Jesus said Mary anointed Him for burial.
  • MARCH 31 - Jesus Cleansed the Temple - Matthew 21
    Jesus drove out the people who were misusing the temple. 
  • APRIL 7 - The Last Supper - John 13
    Jesus and the disciples ate the first Lord's Supper at Passover.
  • APRIL 14 - Jesus' Crucifixion - Matthew 27
    Jesus was crucified on the cross.
  • APRIL 21 - Jesus' Resurrection - Matthew 28
    Jesus was resurrected on the third day. 
  • APRIL 28 - The Emmaus Disciples - Luke 24
    Jesus taught that all the Scriptures point to Him. 
  • MAY 5 - Jesus Appeared to the Disciples - John 20
    Jesus appeared to His disciples. 
  • MAY 12 - Jesus and the Doubter - John 20
    Jesus showed His hands and side to Thomas. 
  • MAY 19 - Jesus Forgives and Restores - John 21
    Jesus forgave Peter and gave him a mission. 
  • MAY 26 - Jesus Gave the Great Commission - Matthew 28
    Jesus gave the disciples the Great Commission.
  • JUNE 2 - Jesus Ascended to Heaven - Acts 1
    Jesus ascended to heaven in a cloud. 

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. 

Stories and Signs teaches kids about Jesus' ministry on earth. Sessions discuss His parables about God's kingdom; the miracles He preformed to show He is the Messiah, God's Son; and the healings that showed His power over sickness, sin, and death. Jesus' parables, miracles, and healings point to His crucifixion and resurrection as a way to bring us into God's eternal kingdom. 

gospel project - STORIES AND SIGNS


SUMMER 2019:

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. 


  • JUNE 9 - Jesus Walked on Water - Matthew 14
    Jesus walked on the sea.
  • JUNE 16 - Four Friends Helped - Mark 2
    Jesus healed a man and forgave his sins.
  • JUNE 23 - Jesus Has Power Over Evil - Mark 5
    Jesus healed a man with many evil spirits. 
  • JUNE 30 - Jesus Heals a Woman and Raised a Girl - John 11
    Jesus healed a bleeding woman and raised a girl from the dead.
  • JULY 7 - Jesus Raised Lazarus - John 11
    Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

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.