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Birth - 5th Grade

ENGAGING KIDS IN A LIFETIME OF FAITH!

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God has a special love for children. Jesus always took time out to bless the children. At River of Life we have a tremendous love for children and provide something for every age group where they can learn about our Lord at their level.
We have a brand new look with lots of fun and great worship, relevant and fun Bible stories and object lessons. Currently, we are going story-by-story through the Bible!

Check in is through the main doors and to the right, just past the cafe.

River Kids Services:

8:00AM.
River Kids only offers a service for children 1st-5th grade during 1st Service at 8:00AM.

9:30AM & 11:00AM.
During 2nd & 3rd Services River Kids offers a service for all children Birth-5th grade.

Kristel King

Meet Our Children's Pastor
KRISTEL KING

ABOUT KRISTEL:

Kristel has a passion for God, His word, and His children! In the past few years, she's taken our River Kids through the books of Genesis, Exodus, Samuel, the Gospels, Acts, Ephesians, James, and MORE!

Her vision is for children to come to River Kids excited to be there, to fully engage them on their level, and teach them that Jesus is exciting, relevant, and real, and for them to build relationships with their peers, mentors, and Christ.

She strives to create an atmosphere that engages kids in the Bible. She wants to help kids see that this is a lifetime journey of growing in their walk with God. Her job is to create kids who grow into adults who attend church and are doing the work of God's kingdom!

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New River Kids Volunteers
WE NEED YOU!

Our children's ministries are growing here at River Of Life and we need more help!
We have been unable to offer childcare during our 8:00AM service for our younger age groups because we don't have enough help.
Serving in River Kids is fun and exciting! If being around kids isn't for you, we also need help at our kids check-in desk or running the computer in the Rapid's room sound booth!

Areas to serve include:

  • Raindrops Room (Age 0-1)
    • Volunteers supervise, hold, or sit with with babies as they play, crawl, or nap.
  • Puddle Jumpers Room (Age 2-3)
    • Volunteers supervise/interact with toddlers as they play, and serve them at snack time.
  • Riptides Room (Age 4-K)
    • Volunteers supervise kids as they play, serve snack time, help with craft time, and teach a Bible lesson.
  • Rapids Room (Age 1st - 5th Grade) 
    • Volunteers help pass the offering buckets, count the offering, play with the children/supervise the game room (basketball, carpetball, air hockey, and other games), help kids find and read verses in their Bibles, help pass out kids binder notebooks during the kids sermon, help with game time, and participate in praise and worship with the kids. 
    • Other volunteer positions include running the sound and computer in the sound booth during our children's service.
  •  Kids Check-in station. 
    • Volunteers greet parents, type in the names of children on our check-in laptops, and print their name tags for service. 
If you would like to volunteer in any of these positions for first, second, or third service, please email our children's pastor, Kristel King at: riverkids@riveroflifewellington.org

Thank you!
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Check-In

Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the start of service:

  • 7:45am for 1st service
  • 9:15am for 2nd service
  • 10:45am for 3rd service

Your child is important to us. On your first visit, we will have you sign in as a one time guest. You will be given a welcome form from River Kids explaining the rooms and ages we serve along with a registration form that should be filled out that includes the following information:

parent/legal guardian names, children’s names and birth-dates, address, phone number and any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for each child.

Please drop the registration form off at the Welcome Center after worship service and we will enter the information into our River Kids database to help maintain our secure check-in system. The next time you come to check you children in, the system will have your child's information and you will be able to check-in quickly.

We use a security tag system for child check-in and pick-up, and will display the unique code on the front screens for parents/guardians in case we need to reach you during the  worship service.


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RIVER KIDS AGE GROUPS:


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Birth - 2 Years Old
(Meets in the room across from the restrooms.
Please check-in in the fellowship hall.)

Sercives at 9:30AM & 11:00AM


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Pre-K
(Meets in the room next to the cafe.
Please check-in in the fellowship hall.)

Services at 9:30AM & 11:00AM

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4 Years Old - Kindergarten
(Meets in the room across from the cafe.
Please check-in in the fellowship hall.)

Services at 9:30AM & 11:00AM

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1st - 5th Grade

(Meets in the children's church room.
Please check-in in the fellowship hall.)

Services at 8:00AM, 9:30AM & 11:00AM

 
Bible Lessons: In Rapids, we are going story by story through the Bible! Our kids each have their own binder with fill-in-the-blanks for each Sunday sermon so they can learn to take notes and follow along. Fill-in-the-blanks are provided for new kids too, and if you come for 4 weeks in a row, then you'll get your own binder with all your sermon notes inside.

Illustrated Messages: Often Pastor Kristel will give an illustrated message to help kids visualize the Biblical truth they are learning about form the lesson. This includes all kinds of exciting science experiments, from getting eggs to float, to burning sparklers under water, to making iodine vanish in bleach, and more!

Illustration Example: If you light a sparkler on fire, but then put it into a jar of water, it will go out. Just like we as humans make promises, but often fail to keep them, break them, or let others down when life gets hard.

However, if you wrap a sparkler in scotch tape, it will burn with an explosive power, and if you put it into a jar full of water, it will continue to burn the entire thing under the water!

Just like God, when He makes a promise, He will never break His promise - Even when it seems impossible, God will always keep His promises! And all His promises are found in His Word!

Power Verse: Every Sunday we do a "Power Verse" challenge where we put a Bible verse on the screen and every kid has to look it up and read it in their own Bible. This not only encourages kids to bring their own Bible, but also helps them to learn how to look up scriptures and read them on their own! (Bibles are provided for kids who don't have one, but you'll get extra points if you bring yours from home!)

We then start taking words away from the verse on the screen, and challenge kids to continue to say it until eventually they have it all memorized!

We are to "Hide God's word in our hearts" - Psalm 119:11 and this helps our kids to do just that!

Worship: We love to worship Jesus, and want to teach our River-Kids what it means to worship God in spirit and in truth. We usually sing at least two songs of worship every service in the Rapids River Kids room.


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KIDS CAMP
Every Summer In June:

Camp is amazing, and every year we see so many of our kids' lives changed for Jesus!

 

2024:

Registration for Kids Camp 2024 is now FULL, we don't have room for any more kids.

If you missed the sign up, we hope you can join us next year!

 

How do I sign my kid up for camp?

  • Kids Camp is held every June.
  • Registration opens months before.
  • Registration packets can be found in our Children's Church room.
  • Kids MUST be attending our River Kids services for several weeks prior to signing up for camp. Why? We cannot take kids we aren't familiar with.
  • If you want your kid to go to camp, make sure they are attending our River Kids services regularily, and be sure to be on the lookout in the spring as soon as our camp registration forms become available for camp every year!
  • Is the cost of camp a problem? Let us know! Every year we have families in the church who donate to help sponsor a kid to help them go to camp. We don't want money to be the issue your kid can't go to camp and experience Jesus in a powerful way!
  • Questions? Contact our River Kids pastor, Kristel at: riverkids@riveroflifewellington.org

PREVIOUS KIDS CAMPS:

Kids Camp 2023

2024
KIDS SUMMER CAMP!


Camp Is Awesome!
We play some crazy games, competete hard, worship harder, and grow closer in our relationship with Jesus while at camp.

We've Won Camp-Champs 3 years in a row! Go RiverKids!
 

Team Colors From Previous Years:

2023: Blue Team

2022: Orange Team

2021: Purple Team


CHECK OUT OUR VIDEOS OF CAMP FROM PREVIOUS YEARS!

Kids Camp 2023

Kids Camp 2022

Kids Camp 2021

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Past River Kids Offering: Our Kids know how to give! During 2021, our Rapids offering exceeded $3,000 and we built a church in India, dug a well in India (dug next to a church so the people of the village come to get water, and have the opportunity to hear about Jesus!), & helped to pay off our youth building, The AMP!

In the beginning of 2022, our children's offering went to support Mike and Sonja Trei - a missionary couple who preach the Gospel to the people of Peru in South America!


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Mike and Sonja Trei must travel by boat on the rivers of the jungle to reach the different tribes in Peru with the gospel. There are no roads to most of the villages they travel to. 

For more information on Mike and Sonja, and their ministry, The Treifactor, click the button below to visit their website!
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