Elementary | 1st - 5th Grade

The elementary area is a place where kids from first through fifth grade learn that they can grow in their relationship with their Creator by studying His Word, worshiping Him with wholehearted praise, and serving like Christ.

On Sundays, the elementary kids meet in the gym during the 9:30am and 11:00am services.

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Special Needs

We strive to integrate every child into age-appropriate programming and provide individualized assistance for children with specific needs. Please email us at   if you have a child with special needs.

From the Blog

Sherwood Kids COVID Response (Update 1)
Mar 24, 2020

We serve an awesome God! He transforms the ugly into the beautiful, fear into faith, social distancing into new modes of connecting and building community, and more. It is so encouraging to see His transformative work all around, and I hope that you are finding ways to keep in tune with what God is doing through and around you.

Today, the Sherwood Kids staff and I met to discuss our ministry plan for the circumstances we're all facing. We've decided that it would be best for us to officially cancel some of our scheduled activities. So, here's a list of what's cancelled at the Bloomington East location:

  • AWANA/Choir | March 25-April 29
  • What's Next Jr. High Parenting Workshop | March 29
  • Palm Sunday Children's Program (including palm-branch march and choir performance) | April 5
  • Easter Sunday Children's Program | April 12
  • Volunteer Appreciation Dinner | April 27
  • Childcare | March 23-May 31 (we'll re-evaluate for June)
  • What's Next Elementary Parenting Workshop | May 3
  • VBX Block Parties | June 1-5
  • Sunday Morning Children's Programs | March 29-May 3 (we'll follow MCCSC's plans)

We're sad about the cancellations, too! Please know, though, that the preparations will not go to waste. Many of you are already using the AWANA handbooks to have faith conversations at home. We're planning to use the Palm Sunday musical next year, so the kids will keep building on what they've already learned. We're planning to use the SK! Easter plan and VBX Block Party curriculum next year as well. 

(An additional note about VBX Block Parties: this was a very tough decision for us. We made the decision mainly based on the logistical work and planning that takes place 6-8 weeks before the block parties: ordering supplies, building kits, training volunteers, etc. We also thought that the block parties might not be the best way to serve the community at this time. That said, though, we are planning other events that would build our faith community and serve the Bloomington community when we get to the other side of this pandemic. We'll keep you updated on these plans!)

For the next several weeks, the Sherwood Kids team and I will focus on new ways to equip you all to have faith conversations with your kids during this time. So, keep a look out for the following options that you can use at home:

  • "SK! Faith Tools" Activities - We'll send a list of four activities out (via email and social media) every Friday for you to use the next week with your kiddos. These activities are based on spiritual disciplines and will include a service activity, prayer activity, Bible story craft/game activity, and a worship activity. Please feel free to incorporate any or all of them into your schedule as you see fit. 
  • "SK! Teachable Moments" Devotionals - We'll continue to send 2 devotionals each week--one on Mondays and the other on Wednesdays. These devotionals are designed to help you shepherd your child's faith by connecting your child's experiences to their trust in God. The goal of the teachable moments is for your child to learn how to listen to Jesus, see Jesus at work in him/her and around him/her, and to express his/her love and appreciation for Jesus through his/her words and actions.
  • Social Media Connection - We'll post various videos and pictures through our social media pages to connect with you all and continue to build community throughout the week. 

Well, we hope that this information helps a bit! As always, if you need anything or have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email us at

From the Blog

March News for Sherwood Kids!
Mar 01, 2020

To learn what's happening in the children's ministry at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, check out the information below:

  • Sherwood Kids! Pajama Sunday is on March 8. Set your clocks to Daylight Savings Time and plan to let your kids wear their pajamas to church.
  • Save the date! VBX Block Parties 2020 will be on June 1-5. Times and locations will vary. Trainings for site leaders will take place at the beginning of April and May. For more information or to register to be a site leader or volunteer, visit socc.org/kids. (Child registration will open on April 5.)
  • "What's Next?" Junior High Parenting Workshop at Bloomington East on Sunday, March 29, from 11:00am-1:30pm. This parenting workshop is one of 4 workshops designed to encourage intentional, Christ-centered parenting in each phase of a child's life (i.e., Nursery, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Jr. High). If you have kids new to or about to enter the Junior High Phase, please join us on March 29 as we look ahead to this phase and work together to prepare for it. Lunch will be provided. To learn more or to register, visit socc.org/kids. (Note: The other 3 workshops focus on the other three phases respectively. The Nursery workshop will be offered in October, Early Childhood in August, and Elementary in May.)
  • Sherwood Kids! Palm Sunday on April 5. Join us in the Worship Center during the 9:30 or 11:00 service see the SK! Choir perform while the early childhood kiddos wave palm branches. (There will be regular programming for kids of all ages.)
  • Easter service options for kids at 5:00pm on April 11 and 9:30am and 11:00am on April 12. Sherwood Kids will provide two options for kiddos this year. Families can grab an activity bag from a greeter and attend the main service together in the Worship Center. Or, kids can attend their age-appropriate children's program: ages 0-24 months in the Nursery, ages 2-3 in the Early Childhood Area, and preschoolers through 5th graders in the gym for an Easter production.
  • The Sherwood Kids! staff has a new member! Marisa Ledbetter has accepted the position as the Sherwood Kids Production Coordinator. We are thrilled to have such an organized, talented, and caring leader in this role. When you see her in the halls, give her a big welcome.

If you would like more information about the goings-on in Sherwood Kids!, please feel free to visit our webpage (socc.org/kids), follow us on Instagram (@sherwoodkids_east), and join our Facebook page (Sherwood Kids!). As always, please don't hesitate to contact us at , if you have any questions or concerns.

From the Blog

February News for Sherwood Kids!
Jan 31, 2020

To learn what's happening in the children's ministry at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, check out the information below:

  • Joining God's Family class begins this Sunday, February 2, during the 11:00 service. This four-week class will take place in Room 204. Visit www.socc.org/kids to learn more and to register.
  • The next Parents Night Out will be on Friday, February 14, from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Visit www.socc.org/kids to learn more and to register.
  • SuperStart registration for 5th graders ends this Sunday, February 2. This overnight event is a great opportunity for 5th graders to learn from some outstanding teachers, to connect with their peers and leaders, and to meet the Jr. High minister. It will take place on March 6-7, and the cost is $50. Visit www.socc.org/kids to learn more and to register.
  • SAVE THE DATE: VBX Block Parties will take place from June 1-5. It will be an exciting time for us to build relationships and have spiritual conversations with our neighbors that will continue even after the event is over. Site leader registration will open on March 1, and participant registration will open on April 5. For more information in the meantime, feel free to contact us at .
  • Sherwood Kids is currently looking for a part-time Production Coordinator. To learn more about the position or about applying for the position, please email Stephen Figert at . We will accept applications until the position is filled.
  • Sherwood Kids is in the process of stocking the nursery rooms with Little People toys. If you or someone you know would like to donate Little People toys, please contact Desiree Chenault at .
  • WANTED! Every SK! area is in need of more volunteers who will spend one hour every week or every other week for this spring semester (January-May) building relationships with a small group of kids and helping them grow in their relationship with Jesus. Please contact Stephen Figert ( ) to learn more about joining the SK! volunteer team.

If you would like more information about the goings-on in Sherwood Kids!, please feel free to visit our webpage (socc.org/kids), follow us on Instagram (@sherwoodkids_east), and join our Facebook page (Sherwood Kids!). As always, please don't hesitate to contact us at , if you have any questions or concerns.

From the Blog

January News for Sherwood Kids!
Jan 03, 2020

Happy New Year! To learn what's happening in the children's ministry at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, check out the information below:

  • The Sherwood Kids Cyber Ethics, Security, and Safety Workshop is on January 26 from 11:00am-1:30pm. If you have kids in grades 3-5, please join us on January 26 as we explore ways to be wise Jesus-followers in the cyber world. Lunch will be provided. To learn more and to register, visit socc.org/kids.
  • Joining God's Family class will begin on Sunday, February 2, during the 11:00 service. This four-week class will take place in Room 204. Visit www.socc.org/kids to learn more and to register.
  • The next Parents Night Out will be on Friday, February 14, from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Visit www.socc.org/kids to learn more and to register.
  • The Sunday morning SK! elementary program is making some changes to provide more opportunities for kids to grow and share together with their parents/guardians. So, beginning on January 12 in the gym, we will provide a Communion station, an offering station, and a prayer station for families. Please take advantage of making these practices part of your family's Sunday morning routine each week.
  • All 5th graders are invited to come with us to SuperStart. This overnight event is a great opportunity for 5th graders to learn from some outstanding teachers, to connect with their peers and leaders, and to meet the Jr. High minister. It will take place on March 6-7, and the cost is $50. Visit www.socc.org/kids to learn more and to register.
  • Sherwood Kids is currently looking for a part-time Production Coordinator who would oversee SK! productions. If you know someone who would like to apply, please tell them to contact Stephen Figert at . Interviews will begin on January 27 and will continue until the position is filled.

If you would like more information about the goings-on in Sherwood Kids!, please feel free to visit our webpage (socc.org/kids), follow us on Instagram (@sherwoodkids_east), and join our Facebook page (Sherwood Kids!). As always, please don't hesitate to contact us at , if you have any questions or concerns.

From the Blog

December News for Sherwood Kids!
Dec 03, 2019

Merry Christmas! Check out the following important news to learn about some family-friendly events for you and your One Life:

  • The Christmas Family Sunday will be in the gym at Bloomington East this Sunday, December 8, during the 9:30 and 11:00 services. This is a great opportunity for families to grow and share together during the Christmas season! For more information, visit socc.org/kids. (Please note that there will be regular programming for kids ages 3 years and under only.)
  • The next Parents Night Out will be at Bloomington East on Friday, December 13, from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Visit socc.org/kids for more information and to register by Sunday, December 8.
  • The Sherwood Kids Choir will perform the musical CAKE: Christmas Acts of Kindness Experiment in the Worship Center at Bloomington East on December 15 during the 9:30 and 11:00 services. (Please note that there will be regular programming for kids ages 3 years and under only.)
  • The Sherwood Kids Cyber Ethics, Security, and Safety Workshop is on January 26 from 11:00am-1:30pm. If you have kids in grades 3-5, please join us on January 26 as we explore ways to be wise Jesus-followers in the cyber world. Lunch will be provided. To learn more and to register, visit socc.org/kids.

If you would like more information about the goings-on in Sherwood Kids!, please feel free to visit out webpage (socc.org/kids), follow us on Instagram (@sherwoodkids_east), and join our Facebook page (Sherwood Kids!). As always, please don't hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

Sherwood Kids Staff

Stephen Figert

Stephen Figert

Director of Sherwood Kidsoffice: 812.334.0206 x221
Katie Bishop

Katie Bishop

Elementary Coordinator
Desiree Chenault

Desiree Chenault

Nursery Coordinator, Sherwood Kids Assistant
Alex Gurtcheff

Alex Gurtcheff

Youth Ministries Creative Produceroffice: 812.334.0206 x 206
Heather Knoy

Heather Knoy

Sherwood Kids Coordinator
Nate May

Nate May

Bloomington West Children's Coordinatoroffice: 812.334.0206
Kelly Pitner

Kelly Pitner

Weekday Preschool Infant/Toddler Coordinator & Mom2Mom Kids Coordinatoroffice: 812.334.0206 x203
Marie Robertson

Marie Robertson

Weekday Preschool Directoroffice: 812.335.3847
Becky Thompson

Becky Thompson

Sherwood Kids Coordinator - Bloomington Westoffice: 812.334.0206 x 274
Brittany Tucker

Brittany Tucker

Early Childhood Coordinator

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