Youth Programs and MinistryPhoto of a 4th grade class.

4th Grade

Mount Olivet Church offers a variety of programs for children 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
Sunday Church School
Our Sunday Church School adventure integrates learning through Bible stories, faith formation and service projects. Each week we build on the fundamentals of faith, learning about the stories in the Bible and God’s love for us through storytelling, crafts and dramatic play.

Chapel Choir
A choir for the intermediate age singer.  4th through 6th graders use their musical knowledge to begin part-singing as well as explore the use of "hands on" instrumental accompaniments.  These advanced choristers will utilize their musical gifts in a variety of different ways through the choir year!

Joy Bells
Joy Bells is a handbell ensemble experience for 4th through 6th graders. Rhythmic and musical skills are learned and enhanced in this special instrumental group. Some previous musical knowledge is preferred but not necessary. The ensemble performs in worship services throughout the year and plays an important role in the yearly Christmas Concert.

Joyful Noise! - Orff Ensemble
An instrumental ensemble of xylophones, glockenspiels, metallophones, and rhythm instruments. During class time, the children, grades 4th through 6th, will learn to play the various instruments while singing, moving, playing, improvising, and composing.

Summer
FunDays
One-day adventure July. Click above link 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!

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.

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.

Jun
19
June 19
Tuesday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
West: Fellowship Hall
Jun
19
June 19
Tuesday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
Minneapolis: Fellowship Hall- Minneapolis
Jun
20
June 20
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
West: Fellowship Hall
Jun
20
June 20
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
Minneapolis: Fellowship Hall- Minneapolis
Jun
21
June 21
Thursday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
West: Fellowship Hall
Jun
21
June 21
Thursday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
Minneapolis: Fellowship Hall- Minneapolis
Jun
28
June 28
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
05
July 05
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
10
July 10
Tuesday 9:00 AM
Children who will be 3 or 4 years old (as of September 1 2018) are invited to see what Mount Olivet Preschool is all about. This is a three day "sample" preschool experience with art, music, games, stories, and all the fun that preschool provides.

Cost: $50 for three days. Includes: Snacks, Materials, Crafts. Contact: Linda Healy (lindah@mtolivet.org 612.767.2216)
Minneapolis: Classroom 257 - Preschool Large Muscle Room
Jul
11
July 11
Wednesday 8:30 AM
Mark your calendars and invite your friends for an exciting and meaningful day! We’ll work together on a service project and enjoy a field trip – more specifics to come!
Minneapolis: No Room Needed
Jul
11
July 11
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Children who will be 3 or 4 years old (as of September 1 2018) are invited to see what Mount Olivet Preschool is all about. This is a three day "sample" preschool experience with art, music, games, stories, and all the fun that preschool provides.

Cost: $50 for three days. Includes: Snacks, Materials, Crafts. Contact: Linda Healy (lindah@mtolivet.org 612.767.2216)
Minneapolis: Classroom 257 - Preschool Large Muscle Room
Jul
12
July 12
Thursday 9:00 AM
Children who will be 3 or 4 years old (as of September 1 2018) are invited to see what Mount Olivet Preschool is all about. This is a three day "sample" preschool experience with art, music, games, stories, and all the fun that preschool provides.

Cost: $50 for three days. Includes: Snacks, Materials, Crafts. Contact: Linda Healy (lindah@mtolivet.org 612.767.2216)
Minneapolis: Classroom 257 - Preschool Large Muscle Room