Kids Rock is a 15-week spiritual formation and mission program for kids in Kindergarten – 4th grade.
Registration for the 2021-2022 program year is open now! Please click here to register your child.
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.
A Day at Kids Rock
The program has morphed this year to accommodate the structures of the continuing pandemic, though we are planning on going back to being in person starting this fall. A typical day at Kids Rock looks like this:
Daily Schedule (3:15 pm – 5:30 pm)
3:15 – 3:25 – Gathering
3:30 – 3:55 – Opening Large Group
4:00 – 5:10 – Small Group Rotations
5:15 – 5:30 – Closing Large Group
During Large Group, all of the kids come together to sing a worship song, hear about the Virtue of the month, and learn about the Bible Story for the day. Large Group helps set up the conversations and activities the kids will do in Small Group.
Small Groups serve as the place where kids learn how to apply the Virtue and the Bible Story introduced in Large Group to their daily lives. Small Groups are consistent over a five week period and are comprised of 6-8 kids with one adult Shepherd. Small Groups are where kids make the connections that will help them to build resiliency.
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. In our co-op model, the Shepherding Team is the default assignment for all parent volunteers. All volunteers must serve at least 8 times during the 15 week program. Volunteering teams include:
- Shepherding Team (8 weeks). The default assignment for all parent volunteers. Shepherds travel with a consistent Small Group for the whole program year. Each Small Group consists of 6-8 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.
- Professor Team (8 weeks). Professors lead the rotations for our Small Groups. Rather than be responsible for a single group of kids, Professors work in teams to plan and teach one of our rotations: Recreation, where kids learn to use play to build up their community; or Random Acts of Kindness, where kids perform some Act of Kindness for the community. This is a great team for creative people, and staff will help you source ideas for your rotations.
- Other Volunteer Roles (all 15 weeks): We have a very limited number of outside-hours volunteer roles, including managing items in the Sanctuary pews, for families who cannot volunteer Wednesday afternoons but have other flexibility during the week.
- Please note: Because we have eliminated dinner for at least the Fall and probably the Winter Sessions, we have no Table Leader team this year.
Tuition for this program year is $200 per child.
2021-2022 Program Dates
Orientation: October 13th
Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about this year’s program.
What are your COVID-19 protocols?
We will be following and implementing all guidelines recommended by both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Contra Costa County Health Services (CCCHS). These restrictions may shift and change according to those organizations’ recommendations, but currently, those restrictions include:
- Masks are required for all camp participants.
- Cohorts of kids and adults will remain consistent.
What changes have you made to Kids Rock this year? For example, what happened to dinner?
Dinner is a very important part of the Kids Rock program that, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate right now because of the pandemic. We will not be doing dinner for the Fall Session, and we do not anticipate doing it for the Winter Session. It is our hope to bring dinner back for our final Spring Session, but that will depend on when children can be vaccinated, case rates in the Contra Costa County area, and other factors.
Because we are not doing dinner, we have eliminated the Table Leader volunteering opportunity for now. We have also eliminated the Fellowship rotation (since there are no tables to set) and the Cooking rotation (since we will not be eating on campus) and collapsed our Service rotations down to our Random Acts of Kindness rotation.
Dinner has traditionally served as our nightly endcap for the program, so we will instead do a short Closing Large Group time to wrap up each week.
This is also why tuition is cheaper than it has been in years past; because we will not have a dinner expense for at least 10 weeks, we do not need to include that expense in your tuition cost.
I have more questions about the program. Who can I contact?
Please contact incoming Director of Children’s Ministry Lori Robinson at Lori@LOPC.org with questions.