Youth Programs and MinistryPhoto of campers.

2nd-3rd Grade

 Mount Olivet Church offers a variety of programs forchildren and youth of all ages.  If you have questions regarding youth ministry, please contact a member of the youth ministry team or call the church office at 612.926.7651 for additional information regarding programs at either of our campus locations.

September-May Programs
Sunday Church School
Join us as we introduce important Bible stories using storytelling, craft time and dramatic play.  Each week we build on the fundamentals of faith, learning about the stories in the Bible and God’s love for us.

Hosanna Choir
A choir designed for 2nd and 3rd graders who are now "reading to learn." Instruction focuses on expanding the child’s knowledge of music fundamentals, as well as beginning the process of reading music.

Summer
Camp Cheer
Join Betty LiaBraaten, Edina Cheerleader, and her mom, Amee, Edina PhyEd teacher, for three fun-filled mornings of Camp Cheer!

Cathedral of the Pines Camp
Cathedral of the Pines, a youth camp located 260 miles north of Minneapolis, combines some of the best ingredients for a positive summer experience...prayer, praise, education and recreation. The camp schedule includes separate weeks for children entering third grade through high school graduating seniors. Adult and family retreats are offered throughout the camping season.

FunDays
One-day July. Click above for dates, details, and registration.

God's Kids Sing!
God's Kids Sing! is a fun-filled creative arts camp for children entering 1st through 6th grade. Every day participants will have a blast singing, moving, and making awesome art projects in sessions lead by professional educators and enthusiastic high school counselors. Bring a school friend and make some new ones - God's Kids Sing! is tons of fun for everyone!

King's Kids Camps
King's Kids Camps are held at our Retreat Center in Farmington, MN.  Students meet at either our Minneapolis or West Campus in the morning. Campers and counselors will have fun with outdoor and indoor activities, crafts, swimming (with a certified lifeguard), games, faith-building activities, chapel time, and so much more! Members, non-members, and friends welcome!

Vacation Bible School
Summer offers the perfect time for some of our youngest friends a chance to grow in their faith and make new friends through Vacation Bible School. Together we explore God’s great world and learn Bible stories, create crafts, play games and activities, and sing songs in a special 4-morning summer adventure.  Available at both campuses.

Year-round
Children & Family Ministry Events
Whether it is through a special Advent family event or volunteering together on a service project, fun-filled, faith-building events are held throughout the year. Families or all shapes and sizes welcome.

Parents Share
Parents Share meets Wednesdays from 9:30-11am, there is a nominal childcare fees and three multi-week book discussions each year.  Come for great learning and conversation throughout the year. The group is facilitated by Marilyn Sharpe, a long-time parenting educator and Mount Olivet member.

Jul
19
July 19
Thursday 9:45 AM
We will play, read, and sing at this weekly faith-based hour-long class developed by a children librarian and early childhood specialist. Babygarten focuses on reading, rhyming, and activities. It is more than a playgroup or storytime - Babygarten provides pre-literacy skills for children in a faith-based environment. Amy Porthan, early childhood educator and Minneapolis nursery coordinator, will guide parents with activities and discussion on how to include God and faith with their child. Cost: $72/6 week session (includes all materials) Questions: Amy Porthan 612.767.2224 amyp@mtolivet.org
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124
Jul
24
July 24
Tuesday 9:00 AM
Rah! Rah! Rah! Mother/daughter team Amee and Betty LiaBraaten invite all kids entering K-2nd grade to learn cheer basics, create crafts, and perform a routine for your families on the last morning!

Betty is a cheerleader at Edina and Amee is a Physical Education teacher in the Edina Schools; both have volunteered as Sunday Church School teachers for years! Their cheerleading friends will help lead this fun and faith-filled camp.

Cost: $35. Includes: Crafts, T-Shirt, and PomPoms
Minneapolis: Gym
Jul
25
July 25
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Rah! Rah! Rah! Mother/daughter team Amee and Betty LiaBraaten invite all kids entering K-2nd grade to learn cheer basics, create crafts, and perform a routine for your families on the last morning!

Betty is a cheerleader at Edina and Amee is a Physical Education teacher in the Edina Schools; both have volunteered as Sunday Church School teachers for years! Their cheerleading friends will help lead this fun and faith-filled camp.

Cost: $35. Includes: Crafts, T-Shirt, and PomPoms
Minneapolis: Gym
Jul
26
July 26
Thursday 9:00 AM
Rah! Rah! Rah! Mother/daughter team Amee and Betty LiaBraaten invite all kids entering K-2nd grade to learn cheer basics, create crafts, and perform a routine for your families on the last morning!

Betty is a cheerleader at Edina and Amee is a Physical Education teacher in the Edina Schools; both have volunteered as Sunday Church School teachers for years! Their cheerleading friends will help lead this fun and faith-filled camp.

Cost: $35. Includes: Crafts, T-Shirt, and PomPoms
Minneapolis: Gym
Jul
26
July 26
Thursday 9:45 AM
We will play, read, and sing at this weekly faith-based hour-long class developed by a children librarian and early childhood specialist. Babygarten focuses on reading, rhyming, and activities. It is more than a playgroup or storytime - Babygarten provides pre-literacy skills for children in a faith-based environment. Amy Porthan, early childhood educator and Minneapolis nursery coordinator, will guide parents with activities and discussion on how to include God and faith with their child. Cost: $72/6 week session (includes all materials) Questions: Amy Porthan 612.767.2224 amyp@mtolivet.org
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124
Jul
30
July 30
Monday 8:30 AM
Need an ark? We Noah guy! Come two by two and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship as we learn about Noah’s Ark this week. Cost: $150.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A
Jul
31
July 31
Tuesday 8:30 AM
Need an ark? We Noah guy! Come two by two and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship as we learn about Noah’s Ark this week. Cost: $150.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A
Aug
01
August 01
Wednesday 8:30 AM
Need an ark? We Noah guy! Come two by two and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship as we learn about Noah’s Ark this week. Cost: $150.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A
Aug
01
August 01
Wednesday 10:00 AM
The Baby Bunch: A New Moms Group - Wednesdays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 10 -11 a.m.
If you are a mom with a newborn to 6 month old – we invite you and your child to join the Baby Bunch! This group of mothers and babies will meet in the nursery at the Minneapolis Campus for fellowship, conversation, and a weekly devotion facilitated by Nursery Coordinator, Amy Porthan. No cost and no registration necessary. Questions? Please contact Amy Porthan, amyp@mtolivet.org or 612-767-2224.
Minneapolis: Usher/Brides Room 114
Aug
02
August 02
Thursday 8:30 AM
Need an ark? We Noah guy! Come two by two and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship as we learn about Noah’s Ark this week. Cost: $150.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A