This ministry of Olivet is held during the 10am service. It is a time for children in Preschool through 3rd grade to enjoy a Worship service that is meant just for them. We sing songs, say the Lord’s Prayer, collect an offering, hear a lesson and participate in small groups. Each week   varies a little: sometimes we have a game or craft, sometimes we have a video or skit. The goal of Children’s Church is to help students understand the Love of Christ and to help them experience a little more what “Big Church” is all about. During the school year, Children’s Church will follow the themes being discussed in “Big Church” and starts at 10am. During the summer months, we follow a summer theme and are dismissed to Children’s Church right before the sermon. This summer our theme is “Toy Story.”

4th and 5th grade During the school year, our 4th and 5th grade students have a sermon time built just for them at the 10am service. They are dismissed right before the sermon and head to the Journey room. There they use their “Hands On Bible” and it’s activities to help guide them through a two year study of God’s Word. Since the majority of the students in this class will have completed the Communion course, they will return to the sanctuary on Communion Sundays.

Additional Opportunities
– 3rd grade Bibles (usually held in the fall) 
– First Communion (usually held in the spring) 
Contact the Church Office if interested or want more information


Director of Family Ministries
Trish Kapelke and her family are excited to be joining the Olivet family as we continue to reach the Coulee Region with the love of Christ. Trish and her husband, Jim, have been doing ministry together for over 20 years. She has spent most of her career years as a middle school teacher and a Children and Family Minister. Her hobbies include singing, sewing, reading, spending time with her family and playing volleyball. A verse that challenges and inspires Trish is Psalm 139:14, which talks about how each of us are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and how God’s works are “wonderful.” This means that each student, child, adult and stranger have been made by God’s hands and deserve to know the amazing love that He has for them. Another verse that she strives to live out everyday is Genesis 50:20.  This verse talks about how the sinful world may desire to harm us or speak poorly about us, but God uses our circumstances to bring Him honor and glory. Jim and Trish have been married for 24 years and have seven children.

Nursery Coordinator and MOPS/”MOMSnext” Coordinator Kelly Remus

Kelly Remus is a French Island native who had lived down the street from Olivet since Kindergarten and joined Olivet as a member in 2009. She graduated from Winona State in 2009 with her degree in Elementary/Middle School Education.  Since then, she has held different teaching positions within the local area and Southeast Minnesota. She joined the Olivet team in July 2016 as the Kids’ Church Assistant, as it was a good fit and kept her in the education realm, having decided to stay home with her children and also provide in-home daycare.  Kelly and her husband, Brian, live in Holmen. They have three children, Lillianne (5), Adelina (2), and Emelia (under 1). In her free time, Kelly enjoys running, hunting, camping, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys coffee, hiking, being in the woods, reading, listening to music, cooking, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Kelly is extremely passionate about teaching children and families more about the Lord and the light of life. If you have any questions about the Birth-PreK opportunities for your family, 
                                                            please contact her at, or stop in and visit her some Sunday at Children’s Church!
Children’s Church Assistant
“I was born and raised in Devils Lake, North Dakota on a farm. I have a B.S. degree in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Montana, Missoula. I have lived in Montana, Oregon, North Dakota, and now Wisconsin- all beautiful areas. I work at Gillette Pepsi in the pricing department. While I was a truck dispatcher at a freight brokerage company, I prayed that God would bring a nice man into my life. Lunar Transportation called me for a freight load and the rest is God’s blessing! Brad and I enjoy fishing, gardening, wine making, and Kids’ Church together. We have 2 cats and live in Onalaska. I love antiquing, reading, cooking new recipes, and Jelly Belly’s. Brad and I would love to have a hobby farm. My favorite Bible story is the love of Jacob and Rachel. I can’t wait to meet Mary Magdalene in heaven. My life verse is Psalm 90:12  “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

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