Vision Statement of OEPC...
Connecting to God, Connecting to Each Other, Connecting to Our
Connecting people to God through gospel-focused classes and studies
to one another in hospitality, nurture, and discipleship
to our neighbors and world in outreach and mission
OEPC’s mission extends to
even the youngest among us. We recognize
that childcare offered in the church’s nursery is the child’s earliest
experience of connecting to God and to each other in the Lord’s church. We offer a clean, safe, and happy space for
the youngest of the Lord’s lambs. Our
childcare volunteers 18 or over must have a child protection clearance as
defined by the state of Pennsylvania. Two
adult volunteers with clearance or one adult with clearance and two teenagers
(14–17 years old) must be present at all times in our ministry programs when
children are present, including in our nursery.
All childcare volunteers are required to work through and be quizzed on the
church’s Child Protection Policies and Procedure Manual, to educate those
serving about child safety protocols.
But beyond observing the
legal requirements of the state, each of our childcare volunteers have a
sincere interest in the nurture and well-being of the children in our
congregation. At each sacrament of
infant baptism we renew that pledge by affirming the solemn obligations upon us
- Do you, the members of this congregation,
acting for yourselves and on behalf of the whole Body of Christ, assume
responsibility with these parents for the spiritual nurture of this child?
- Do you commit yourself to set a godly example
before this child, and to provide, as far as you are able, all that is
necessary that this child may one day confess Jesus Christ as Savior and
Childcare at OEPC is
recognized as the first stage of Christian discipleship in obedience to the stated
wish of our Lord: “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven/God belongs to such as these.’” Matt. 19:14/Mark 10:14/Luke 18:16