Youth Programs and MinistryPhoto of campers.

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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
Four one-day adventures for K-2nd graders and 3rd-6th graders in June and August. 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 West Campus in Victoria, 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, and is FREE except for 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.

Jun
27
June 27
Tuesday 8:30 AM
Come and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship, and learn about ways we connect with God through prayer. 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!
Conference and Retreat Center ,
Jun
28
June 28
Wednesday 8:30 AM
Come and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship, and learn about ways we connect with God through prayer. 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!
Conference and Retreat Center ,
Jun
29
June 29
Thursday 8:30 AM
Come and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship, and learn about ways we connect with God through prayer. 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!
Conference and Retreat Center ,
Jun
30
June 30
Friday 8:30 AM
Come and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship, and learn about ways we connect with God through prayer. 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!
Conference and Retreat Center ,
Jul
20
July 20
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.orgRegister: https://www.mtolivet.org/forms/children--family
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124
Jul
20
July 20
Thursday 6:00 PM
Spend an evening out at the West Campus enjoying an outdoor movie night with your family! This is a perfect chance to gather for a bonfire and movie night with friends and family. Bring a blanket or outdoor chair to enjoy the show – movie selections to be announced. Cost: Free. Contact: Amber Kuntz (AmberK@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (TashaH@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504) or Josh Nelson (JoshN@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2284) with questions.
West: No Room Needed
Jul
25
July 25
Tuesday 8:30 AM
Come and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship, and learn about ways we connect with God through prayer. Pack your bags and join us on this two-night stay! 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!
Conference and Retreat Center ,
Jul
27
July 27
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.orgRegister: https://www.mtolivet.org/forms/children--family
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124
Jul
31
July 31
Monday 8:30 AM
Focus on God’s call with our Summer of Awesome Programs (SOAP). Help with personal, community, national and international service projects at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center. We’ll be together for the day, and end the week with an overnight. Cost: $160. Includes transportation from both Mpls and West campuses, lunch, snacks, crafts, t-shirt and materials. SOAP Volunteers (7th – 12th gr). Cost: Free!
Conference and Retreat Center ,
Aug
01
August 01
Tuesday 8:30 AM
Focus on God’s call with our Summer of Awesome Programs (SOAP). Help with personal, community, national and international service projects at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center. We’ll be together for the day, and end the week with an overnight. Cost: $160. Includes transportation from both Mpls and West campuses, lunch, snacks, crafts, t-shirt and materials. SOAP Volunteers (7th – 12th gr). Cost: Free!
Conference and Retreat Center ,