Kids Rock is a 15-week spiritual formation and mission program for kids in Kindergarten – 4th grade.
Registration for the 2019-2020 program year of Kids Rock will open up in mid-August 2019. Check this page for further updates!
The Kids Rock program is primarily set up to form children around the values of Kindness, Justice, and Mercy. All of the pieces of the program work together to provide a foundation of spiritual formation and mission to help kids both see where God is moving in the community and do the work of making our community better.
For the whole program year, kids are placed in 8-10 person Small Groups, with two adult Shepherds. Kids stay with these groups for all fifteen weeks, building relationships with each other as they learn how best to enact the values of Kindness, Justice, and Mercy. Please note that while we are able to honor some friend requests, the program itself seeks to build relationships among all of the kids, and we reserve the right to place kids in groups where they will be successful participants regardless of friend requests.
A Day at Kids Rock
A typical day in Kids Rock looks like this; the order of Formation, Recreation, and Service can be mixed up depending on the group:
Daily Schedule (3:15 pm – 6:00 pm)
3:15 – 3:25 – Check-In
3:30 – 3:55 – Large Group
4:00 – 4:25 – Formation
4:30 – 4:55 – Recreation
5:00 – 5:25 – Service
5:30 – 6:00 – Dinner
We begin checking kids into Kids Rock at 3:15; please do not arrive before 3:15, as we will not be ready to receive you. During this opening time, kids have a chance for free play and to eat a small snack – this is a time to wind down from school and get ready for Kids Rock.
During Large Group, all of the kids come together to sing worship songs and hear about the Virtue of the month and the Bible Story of the day.
The Formation rotation serves as a place where Small Groups learn how to apply the Virtue and the Bible Story introduced in Large Group to their daily lives. Led by Professor Rena Brantley, this rotation will also give Shepherds and their groups to chance to do some hands-on mission projects.
At Recreation, kids get a chance to burn off energy while participating in active, cooperative-style games designed to build the whole group up.
This component of the program is designed to get kids involved in actively practicing Kindness, Justice, and Mercy by directly serving the community in one of three ways:
- Fellowship: Two groups each week will help Fellowship Coordinator Ellen Stuart set the Fellowship Hall up for dinner, including setting tables and putting up decorations.
- Cooking: Two groups each week will assist in preparing some part of the nightly meal, from side dishes to dessert.
- Random Acts of Kindness: Two groups each week will perform some Act of Kindness for the community.
At the end of the Kids Rock day, the kids will share a meal together with their own adult Table Leaders. These Table Leaders are members of the LOPC community who are eager to build relationships with our Kids Rock participants. Table Groups can differ from Small Groups, giving kids a chance to see and meet more friends during the program day.
Because of their unique developmental needs, Kindergarteners have their own separate track. They will still experience the same types of activities as the rest of Kids Rock, though their activities may be shortened or lengthened as needed. Kids in Developmental Kindergarten are welcome as long as they are 5 by September 1st. There is limited enrollment for our Kindergarten track.
Kids Rock is at its best when parents are involved in its leadership and behind the scenes work. We require a parent from each family to serve; the Shepherding Team is the default assignment for all volunteers, though you may apply directly for one of the other assignments listed below. Parents will be able to sign up for their volunteer team and dates once their child is registered. All volunteers must serve at least 8 times during the 15 week program. If families are unable to fulfill the volunteer commitment, there are a limited number of buyouts available. Childcare is available for children 6 months to 4 years old on the Wednesdays a parent volunteers.
- Shepherding Team: The default assignment for all parent volunteers. Shepherds travel with a consistent Small Group for the whole program year. Each Small Group consists of 8-10 kids led by a group of 4 Shepherds, with two Shepherds working together on any one day. This gives each Shepherd the chance to pick their schedule and to work together with another person to manage their Small Group, while giving kids consistent faces from week to week.
- Kitchen Team: Assist in preparing and serving the meal for both Kids Rock and YOW. Kitchen volunteers must go through a special Kitchen Training to be qualified, and priority for this assignment will be given to volunteers who have previously served in the kitchen.
- Professor Team: Lead children through Recreation or a Service activity. If you have previously supervised kids in a Recreation-style capacity, led kids through a Cooking activity, or are excited about teaching kids how to do Random Acts of Kindness, apply to be a part of the Professor Team.
- Volunteer Buyout: Alternatively, families who are unable or choose not to accept a volunteer commitment may pay a $400 Volunteer Buyout (only one payment per family). There are only a few buyouts available each year and they are application-based, so we encourage families to find creative ways to fulfill their volunteer commitment.
For a small number of families, parents who cannot volunteer during the main hours of the program may be able to serve all 15 Wednesdays as a Table Leader during dinner or as part of our Clean-up Team at the end of each program.
Tuition for Kids Rock is $250 per child for the program year for the first child in a family, $200 for the second child, and $150 for each additional child. Tuition is due at the time of registration. Cost should not be an obstacle to participation in Kids Rock; please contact us if you would like to apply for a program scholarship.
Orientation: October 10th
November 14th (Family Night)
February 6th (Family Night)
March 20th (Family Night)
For more information about the Kids Rock program, email Ryan Timpte at ryan@LOPC.org.