Children's Ministry: Birth through 4th Grade

Sunday Morning Experience

Open Arms Nursery

provides infants through toddlers with a routine of welcome, Bible stories, playtime and snack. Once a toddler is three and potty trained, they "graduate" to the Preschool classes. Available during the 8:15 am, 9:45 am and 11:15 am services. 


Preschool Classes

are open to children who are three years old through Kindergarten. Here they will enjoy a time of singing and dancing, a Bible story and corresponding craft or game to develop the truth from God's word. Available during the 9:45 am and 11:15 am services.

 

Elementary Classes

are open to children in 1st through 4th grade. The classes begin together with a time of worship and then split into different grades to participate in a Bible lesson and an application game or craft. Available during the 9:45 am and 11:15 am services.

Resources Available

Monthly Children's Ministry Newsletter

Sign up to receive our monthly email including highlights from Sunday morning curriculum, upcoming events, conversation starters to share biblical truths, ideas to reach your child in the phase they are at, and more! Click here to sign up for the monthly Children's Ministry newsletter.


Childhood Discipleship at Riverwood

It is our hope that the plan for childhood discipleship at Riverwood would encourage and enhance the discipleship efforts of the parents and guardians of Riverwood children. We believe that understanding the phase your child is in will help you and us communicate God’s truth in a way that each child can understand and respond to.

Click here to read the Children's Ministry Childhood Discipleship plan.

The Gospel Project

For Riverwood's Children's Ministry, it is all about Jesus. That is why we use The Gospel Project curriculum to teach our children the stories and truths found in God's word. The Gospel Project is a three-year journey through the entirety of Scripture, showing that every story centers around the cross. 


The Gospel Project for Kids immerses kids and preschoolers in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Ultimately, the gospel message changes everything; heart transformation can only take place when a child experiences the gospel. Through The Gospel Project for Kids, kids and preschoolers will understand the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story - God's story of redemption. The Gospel Project stories are told through teaching, visual media, and hands on activities which help kids learn and have fun at the same time.


Every week, families have the opportunity to know what the children are learning in class by observing the big curriculum timeline in the Children's Ministry hallway, by grabbing a Gospel Project Big Picture card (which includes a summary of the story and questions to ask on the drive home) at the check in station, and by seeing their children interact with the Gospel Project take home activity. It is our goal to help parents and families bring the gospel-centered conversations that begin in the classroom into their vehicles and into their homes.


For more information about The Gospel Project, check out:

It's Just A Phase

We believe that understanding the phase of life that each child is in will help families and Children's Ministry volunteers communicate God's truth in a way that each child can understand and respond to. That is why we use the It's Just a Phase: So Don't Miss It project by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy to inform how we do Children's Ministry at Riverwood. Each phase of a child's life presents opportunities for the gospel and love of Jesus Christ to be made known. Click the image below to see how Riverwood aims to partner with parents in each phase.


For more information about the It's Just A Phase: So Don't Miss It project, check out justaphase.com.

Questions?

Have questions or want more information on children's ministries at Riverwood?


Josh Miller

Children's & Student Ministries Director

josh.miller@riverwoodchapel.org | 330.678.7000 ext 118


Christina Gordan

Children's Coordinator

christina.gordan@riverwoodchapel.org | 330.678.7000 ext 116


Amy Adkins

Nursery Coordinator

amy.adkins@riverwoodchapel.org

Upcoming Events for Children

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  • Baby Dedication

    Sunday, May 12

    At Riverwood, we dedicate babies or children, we do not baptize them. Dedication means that the parents will be totally committed to their own spiritual growth as well as raising their child in a healthy Christian environment. Dedication does not mean that the child is a Christian for he/she is too young to place faith in Christ.


    The Bible states that we should first "make disciples" and then baptize. Riverwood follows this order; a person should repent and then be baptized. An infant does not have that understanding, and we encourage children to wait to be baptized until they can develop a deeper understanding of what it means to publicly proclaim their faith. (Click here to learn more about baptism.)


    Interested in learning more about baby dedication, click here to read more.

    Click here to register to dedicate your child.