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

  • Riverwood Day at the Rubber Ducks

    Sunday, June 23

    Game starts at 2:05 pm | Rubber Ducks Stadium (Canal Park, Akron, OH)

    Get your family or friend group together and join us as we watch the Akron Rubber Ducks take on the Erie Sea Wolves. Kids are welcome to play catch on the field beginning at 1:00 pm.

    Click here to purchase discounted tickets with the Riverwood group (sitting in Section 15, behind home plate on third-base side). Last day to buy tickets is Friday, June 21.

  • Ambassadors Soccer Camp

    Tuesday, July 9 - Saturday, July 13

    Tues – Fri: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Sat 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Ambassadors Football strives to offer a distinctive, cross-cultural experience to children and their families as they participate in the yearly summer soccer camps. The camps are run by teams of international coaches that come to work at the camps from Ambassadors Football programs around the world. It is not unusual to have coaches in a camp from Africa, Brazil, England, Ireland, Holland, and many other parts of Europe. The learning takes place on and off the field as the children gain a greater understanding of both soccer and the Gospel.

    • Open to all students who are 6 years old - 14 years old.
    • Early Bird Cost (April 1 - May 31): $150 | Cost after May 31: $160

    Click here to sign up to attend Ambassadors Soccer Camp!

  • Camp X

    Sunday, August 11 - Tuesday August 13

    Sun: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Mon & Tues: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    The best three days of summer for incoming 5th - 7th graders. It’s packed with high energy games, competitions, food, and discovering truths together about life and Jesus. Open to all students who are going into 5th, 6th, or 7th grade this fall. Invite your friends!  

    Click here to sign up to attend Camp X


    Join us on mission to reach the next generation with the good news about Jesus! Whether it is interacting with students in small groups throughout the night or engaging the students through games or welcoming student at registration, we could use you! 

    Click here to sign up to volunteer at Camp X

    (All volunteer opportunities are open to believers who attend Riverwood. If you do not attend Riverwood, we would love for you to join us in praying for God to work through us to reach the kids in our community.)

  • Converge Sunday

    Sundays, August 18

    Converge is a worship service for all generations and phases of life to gather to worship God and celebrate what he is doing in our church body. Students in 1st grade and older are invited to participate in this intergenerational service in the Worship Center.

Upcoming Events for Children

Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...