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NextGen Kids: A Program with A Purpose


Church programs can be dangerous. Most of the time, the danger lies in that many programs tend toward losing purpose, and often begin to serve the program itself rather than its intended purpose. We’ve probably all been a part of church programs that have long outlasted their relevance or effectiveness. That’s how (as an example) a church ends up spending thou...

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Ministry, Minors, and Millstones: On Protecting the Children We Receive in Church


On paper, we Americans are all about putting children first. You see it everywhere – from politicians who perennially promise “to leave a better world for our children and grandchildren,” to people who step out of public life to “spend more time with their children,” to otherwise divorcing couples who vow to stay together “for the childr...

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Hey Brother, Can You Share Some Change?

Hey Brother, Can You Share Some Change? It’s probably happened to you. You’re at church one Sunday morning and see a face that doesn’t look familiar. Wanting to be a good host, you approach and introduce yourself. “Are you new to OBC?” you ask. “Well I’ve been attending for about 6 months,” they reply. After overcoming yo...

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Why take our kids to worship?

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Taking your child to the Sunday worship service can be jarring, but helpful! Pastor Jared Bridges, Elder over Family Ministry at OBC, believes this is helpful for discipleship, education, tradition, and opportunity....

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How to Help a Child Attend a Worship Service

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We invite you to reread Jared's helpful post "How to Help a Child Attend a Worship Service," as we get ready for the upcoming change to our Sunday morning schedule. With that transition and the holidays approaching, please take note of schedule for the next few weeks: December 11 & 18 (Worship Services and Sunday School at 9:30am & 11:00am) December 24 (Chr...

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