We are so excited to WELCOME your children to Otterbein Church!

At Otterbein we use a secure check-in system. The first thing you’ll do when you arrive at church is go to one of the assisted check-in stations in the main church lobby or in the lobby of the Ministry Center building. A volunteer will ask you to fill out a welcome card and they will enter that information into our check-in system. You can also DOWNLOAD it here and bring it with you. This will give us emergency contact information for your child and this is when you can provide information about food allergies or special needs that your child might have.

All of our children’s ministry volunteers have applied for their positions and they go through a screening process that includes a background check.

Scroll down to check out specific information for your child based on the service time you plan on attending!

8:00am Service:

Nursery:  The nursery is located in the lower level of the main brick church building. The easiest way to access the nursery is through the doors closest to the lower parking lot. Babies can be taken directly to the nursery and a volunteer will have you fill out a Welcome Card and a Nursery Info card. Parents using our nursery facilities (for newborns through age 1) are assigned a beeper/pager. This allows parents/grandparents to attend programs with assurance they will be called if their child needs them. The nursery is fully staffed for all three services with carefully-chosen help. Babies and walkers are separated in different rooms based on their age and maturity.

Preschool (age 2-5 preschool): Preschoolers age 2 through age 5 (not yet in Kindergarten) go to the nursery on the lower level of the church during the first service. During this service time the preschoolers play with friends, hear a story, sing songs and have a snack. The babies and preschoolers are separated in different rooms during the first service.

Elementary: (Kindergarten – Grade 5)  Elementary Kids go upstairs to the 3rd level of the church during the 8am service.

9:20am Service:

Nursery: The nursery is located in the lower level of the main brick church building. The easiest way to access the nursery is through the doors closest to the lower parking lot. Babies can be taken directly to the nursery and a volunteer will have you fill out a Welcome Card and a Nursery Info card. Parents using our nursery facilities (for newborns through age 1) are assigned a beeper/pager. This allows parents/grandparents to attend programs with assurance they will be called if their child needs them. The nursery is fully staffed for all three services with carefully-chosen help. Babies and walkers are separated in different rooms based on their age and maturity.

Preschool (age 2-5 preschool): During the 2nd service preschoolers meet in the Ministry Center building (Look for the building that says OCKids).  2 year olds meet in the YELLOW room. 3 year olds meet in the BLUE room. 4 & 5 year olds who don’t attend kindergarten yet meet in the RED room!

Elementary: At 9:20 all of our elementary students meet in the Ministry Center Building. This building is the long warehouse type building located across the parking lot from the main church building. There are check-in stations in the Ministry Center lobby where first time guests can sign their children in. The 9:20 service includes a praise and worship time using contemporary songs kids love, a large group teaching time and a small group discussion time. Children in grades K–2 meet in The Avenue. Children in grades 3–5 meet in The Intersection.

10:45am Service:

Nursery:  The nursery is located in the lower level of the main brick church building. The easiest way to access the nursery is through the doors closest to the lower parking lot. Babies can be taken directly to the nursery and a volunteer will have you fill out a Welcome Card and a Nursery Info card. Parents using our nursery facilities (for newborns through age 1) are assigned a beeper/pager. This allows parents/grandparents to attend programs with assurance they will be called if their child needs them. The nursery is fully staffed for all three services with carefully-chosen help. Babies and walkers are separated in different rooms based on their age and maturity.

Preschool (age 2-5 preschool): During the 3rd service preschoolers meet in the Ministry Center building that says “OCKids” on the side. 2 year olds meet in the YELLOW room. 3 year olds meet in the BLUE room, 4 & 5 year olds who don’t attend kindergarten yet meet in the RED room!

Elementary: All elementary students meet in the Ministry Center during the 10:45 service.  This building is the long warehouse type building located across the parking lot from the main church building. There are check-in stations in the Ministry Center lobby where first time guests can sign their children in. The 10:45 service includes a praise and worship time using contemporary songs kids love, a large group teaching time and a small group discussion time. Children in grades K–5 meet in the classroom called The Intersection (look for signs in the hallway).