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We have been working on putting some fun things together to help you worship together as a family. Each week we will send out a video clip and some activity ideas you can do together. Riverside has always believed that parents are the primary disciplers of their kids and we have always seen our role to come alongside you.
Week One-Sunday March 22
This week we learn:
Jesus is stronger than Death.
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life, John 11:1-44
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25
- Print the Bible verse on a piece of long material in big letters. Wrap up a child with the material starting with the end of the verse. Get creative: toilet paper, an old sheet, fabric scraps, tape paper strips together, old school printer paper. Post online pics of what you are using.
- Hold the material at the beginning of the verse. Have the child turn in circles as you pull gently and back up to reveal the verse.
- Have your children say the words to the verse as the words are revealed. If you have room on your floor, you can place the material on the floor with the verse showing.
- Have a child lay down at the end of the verse and hold onto the end of the material and then roll towards the other end of the fabric to wrap himself up. Have someone hold the end of the fabric as the child unrolls revealing the verse. Have your children say the words to the verse as the words are revealed.
Week Two-Sunday March 29
This week we learn:
God knows what we need, we do not need to worry.
God is provider.
This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God and I trust Him. Psalm 91:2
This week you guys are gonna be the teachers! A lot of adults are really worried and stressed right now. You can help them by showing them how to trust. Sometimes grownups learn how to trust and obey God from watching kids! You guys can show them how to follow Jesus.
Remember King David? He wrote a psalm (Psalm 91) about trusting God when we feel scared or worried. Jesus also told people not to be scared or worried. Watch the video called Don’t Worry. Where Jesus tells us how God is our provider. He gives us everything we need.
Parents talk to your kids about things they might be worried about, fears they might have.
Then watch the Guided Prayer Video:
Parents: if your kids are struggling with fear and anxiety, consider checking out As we get deeper into this, I encourage you to post to our facebook or instagram page your families interacting with the lesson as a source of encouragement to one another. As always, I am only a phone call, text, or email away. Please continue to reach out. Further up and further in. Megan Mills email@example.com 765-463-4600
How is Riverside’s Children’s Ministry structured?
We have two identical teaching times at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. We use Dig-IN Bible Curriculum from Group! both services. RiverKids has free reign of the basement of our building. Come downstairs to find us!
What happens during RiverKids?
RiverKids is a fun, engaging, power packed discipleship time. Dig In Bible Curriculum, is exactly what it sounds like. Kids dig in to the Bible, using fun and exciting activities. These activities don’t just entertain, they teach important Biblical truths and help kids to retain and apply the things they are learning.
RiverKids is for children ages 3- 6th Grade
Children are checked-in and dropped off by a parent to the classroom, where their teacher is waiting to welcome them. Often there are fun activities already waiting for them. If you want to know more about it, check this out!
Once the service begins, all the classrooms join together to spend some time worshiping the Lord. During this time of worship, kids pray for each other. They learn and sing songs, and memorize scripture. This time ends with a short and often funny video to introduce the lesson for the week. After this, kids return to their age divided classrooms.
Once the children return to their classroom, they begin to dig in to the heart of the lesson. Teachers use a variety of games, object lessons and other activities to teach the Bible Story. RiverKids is not boring. It is engaging, lively, and occasionally a little loud. But don’t be fooled, real learning and real discipleship is happening.
Why Dig In?
One of the things we love about Dig In is every class is studying the same Bible passage and learning the same main Bible point. RiverKids desires to come alongside parents as they endeavor to be the primary source of discipleship in the lives of their children. We only see your kids briefly each week. When all your children are learning the same thing on Sunday it is easier to reinforce those lessons at home. Discipleship is more natural and a part of your whole family. The depth and details of the lesson are different depending on the age, but you can have a vibrant, full discussion with every child in your family. Dig In also offers a supplemental family take home sheet you can find at the bottom of this page. We also love Dig In because your children are DIGGING IN to their Bibles. Your children are learning how to navigate their Bibles and reading God’s Word for themselves. Have your children show you the Bible story they heard each week!
How do you keep children safe and secure?
Children are checked in electronically and given a name tag. Their name tags have a 3 digit number. Each parent will receive a matching tag with the corresponding number. When necessary, teachers will ask to see the matching parent sticker to ensure child safety. If we ever need a parent during the service, the family 3 digit number will appear on the small screen at the front left of the sanctuary. If you see your number, please come downstairs!
Each week you will notice an adult stationed at the entrance of the RiverKids hallway. This is our RiverGuide who helps new parents to check- in and makes sure all children are safe and secure .
In addition, all Children’s Discipleship Ministry volunteers must complete an application and adults complete a criminal background screening before teaching in RiverKids.
You are always welcome to visit any of our classrooms at any time to see how we are doing.