Children: Birth through 4th Grade

Scripture calls parents to be the spiritual leaders of their children, and Children's Ministry seeks to partner with parents to support them in this role. We desire that every child who attends our classes or events feels loved and significant while receiving sound teaching on the Word of God.

Children's & Student Ministries Director: Josh Miller | Children's Coordinator: Christina Gordon


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 all three services.

Preschool Classes

are open to children who are three 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.

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.)

    Click here to register to dedicate your child.