Our Family Ministries serve children from birth through 5th grade and their parents.
Our goal is to help parents build a spiritual foundation in their children that will help them grow in faith as they live and learn about Jesus. In our classrooms, you will find volunteers who will love your kids, sharing lessons that are experiential, fun and relevant. We strive to keep the lessons simple and clear so that kids walk away with a message that will stick with them.
Together we can lead our children to become disciples of Jesus Christ who will love God, love others and serve the world.
Family-friendly activities take place throughout the year. Opportunities this past year have included an all-church sing-along movie, game nights and our annual Advent Gathering.
3Fs (Family, Fun, and Fellowship), the group for families including elementary school-age children, meet periodically thoughout the year. They have had Easter egg dying, Pumpkin Patch visits, parties, picnics, and other fun, and sometimes spur-of-the moment, gatherings.
Families are encouraged to attend the Magruder Family Camp in the summers. Some members of this group have acted as the dean of the camp!
Children are warmly welcomed at all-church suppers and events, and child care is available in the church nursery during all services during activities that might not be child-appropriate or that children might not enjoy.
RAD (Radically Active Disciples) is open to all children grades 3, 4, and 5. This group typically meets twice a month on Sundays from 5:00-6:30. This is a time for children to have fun making Christian friends and exploring their relationship with God in a safe place.
Every summer 90+ children, ages four through entering the 5th grade participate in a week of morning activities that includes stories, music, recreation, and their favorite – snacks.
In 2016, the kids "...caught the wave of God’s amazing love" during Surf Shack VBS! The kids were active and happy as they moved from station to station discovering how to surf through life with God and others. The church was bustling! By the end of the week, they all knew the songs by heart and had made lots of new friends. $940 was collected for Imagine No Malaria and food and money was collected for Backpack Buddies!
If you have any questions feel free to contact our Education Director, Stacey Bernal!
The Lake Oswego Indoor Play Park, opening in fall of 2017, is envisioned to be a gathering space to embrace controlled chaos for children ages 0-5 years old. Developed and directed by a volunteer who is a former teacher and mother of two, the Play Park will offer a clean, safe, and dry environment for caregivers to play and learn with children Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The space, inside the Lake Oswego United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, will be divided into two areas: Large Motor Skill Play (i.e. bounce house / jungle gym / pedal cars) and Small Motor Skill Play (i.e. playhouse / reading center / blocks).
Fundraising efforts are going on now to support equipment purchases, play park staffing requirements, and maintenance supply purchases. Your contributions, no matter the size, will go toward fostering a creative outlet for caregivers and children. Please help us make this great idea happen!
See you at the park!
"Play is the highest form of research." - Einstein