Who We Are
Orchard Hills Day School is the newest ministry of Orchard Hills Church (OHC), which opened its doors in January 2003. Since then, OHC has experienced tremendous growth, and in 2014, we realized that we could not continue to grow without expanding our current facility.
Construction on our new children’s building began in 2015 and was completed in June 2016. For the first time, this allowed us to consider how we could better serve families with young children in the area on a daily basis.
Most families seem to have two working parents, and after some research, we realized that infant care in the area is sparse. Our vision is to provide a high-quality preschool program that prepares children for elementary school, while also delivering individualized, loving infant and toddler care. All children between the ages of 2 and 5 will participate in the preschool program between 9 am and noon. The rest of the day will be filled with fun and play (and naptime, of course).
One of the many unique things about OHDS is our 2500 square foot indoor play space, so that even on rainy and cold days, OHDS students will get plenty of excercise!
What We Believe
We recognize the importance of keeping God at the center of our lives, so we will pray before meals and incorporate Bible verses into lessons.
We place a high value on education, but we understand the importance of fun! Children of all ages will enjoy lots of indoor and outdoor playtime and activity.
The History of OHC
In 1997, the vision for Orchard Hills Church (OHC) was birthed by the leadership team at Church of the Holy Spirit (CHS) in Roanoke, Virginia. Their vision was to plant a church with a similar style to CHS 15 to 20 miles away in Botetourt County in 5 years. In 2002, the decision was made to send Scott McLucas, Administrative Pastor of CHS, and his family, along with 49 adults and 42 children from CHS, to plant OHC. Quigg Lawrence, Pastor of CHS, and the CHS church family provided a significant investment of people and financial resources.
This core group of people met in the basement fellowship hall of CHS throughout the summer of 2002 as they developed community among themselves, implemented teams and strategies for doing ministry, and began looking for a meeting place in Botetourt County. After much searching, an opportunity arose to purchase the Valley Christian Center on Cloverdale Road, an ideal location for a new church. The facility was being used as a church and day care center at the time, was located on a major road, and included 9 acres of land.
OHC closed on the property in December 2002, and January 2003 marked the start of Sunday morning services with just over 100 people in attendance. Within a year, the number doubled to more than 200. In the fall of 2004, a second Sunday service was added, and by 2010, more than 400 people were attending Sunday services.
Steady growth and a focus on small groups over the years have created a vibrant church that has helped make the community a better place. Through a direct partnership with Young Life, teenagers and families have been transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. In 2012, the Backpack Ministry and the Orchard Hills Achievement Center were established at OHC to bless underserved children in the area and their families.
Additionally, OHC has helped to plant seven churches in Virginia:
- The River in Blacksburg in 2005
- Church of the Good Shepherd in Lynchburg in 2007
- Blue Ridge Church in Christiansburg in 2010
- Christ Church Between the Rivers in Yorktown in 2011
- Restoration Church in Salem in 2012
- Upland Church in Grandin Village in 2015
- Rockbridge Church in Lexington in 2015
There are already plans in the works for additional church plants in the near future.
In addition to a focus on the local community, Orchard Hills has been significantly involved in global missions from the start. This young church has been blessed to give away hundreds of thousands of dollars and is hoping to give away even more.
Orchard Hills Day School is the latest example of how OHC is intentional about maintaining an outward focus. Now that our new children’s building is complete, we are able to serve children not just on Sundays, but throughout the week. And, we are excited about the possibilities! We’d love to have you come tour our facility and see how we are preparing to serve even more families with young children in the Bonsack area and beyond. People truly are investing in people for eternity at Orchard Hills! We believe the future is bright and greater things are yet to come!