Being and making disciples who know God and make God known through worship, community, and mission.

DEAR FAMILIES...


During this season while we are unable to meet in person as a church an our kids can't gather in their RV KIDS classes, we wanted to provide some content that will help you with times of family worship and in continuing to teach and disciple your kids at home.
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RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:

GOD'S BIG STORY PODCAST (LINK) 
God's Big Story is a new podcasted family discipleship resource. They teach the Bible, sing the Bible, and talk about what it means.

WORSHIP SHEET FOR KIDS (PDF DOWNLOAD)
This resource allows kids to begin learning how to engage at a deeper level during the worship gatherings, calling their attention to the songs we sing and content of the preaching & teaching.

KIDS BIBLE READING PLANS (CLICK HERE)
It’s never too early to give children help in learning how to navigate the Bible. With a little intentionality, adults can help build a foundation of biblical literacy in children from an early age.

NEW CITY CATECHISM (CLICK HERE)
The New City Catechism is a modern day resource aimed at helping children and adults alike learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith via 52 questions and answers.

THE BIBLE PROJECT (CLICK HERE)
The Bible Project produces creative videos helping people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. These videos include overview of biblical books and biblical themes.

THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE (CLICK HERE)
The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible, pointing to Jesus as our Savior. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will clearly see that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation—and at the center of their story too.

THE PROMISES OF GOD STORYBOOK BIBLE (CLICK HERE)
A conversational, whimsical, biblically faithful retelling of more than fifty key Bible stories, The Promises of God Storybook Bible lets your child hear favorite stories with new ears,  assuring them that each word is proof of God’s unstoppable love and unbreakable promises to His people.

EMBLEMS OF THE INFINITE KING: ENTER THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LIVING GOD (CLICK HERE)
In an imaginative journey through the grand story of the universe, this book introduces kids ages 10+ to God’s radiant beauty using the main categories of systematic theology: God, humanity, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things. Full of captivating illustrated “emblems” meant to symbolize key facets of Christian doctrine, this unique book seeks to bring theological truths from words to life. The creative design combined with rich theology will challenge young readers to search God’s Word for important answers to big questions about themselves, God, and the gospel. This resource if for older children ages 10+.

THE BIGGEST STORY: HOW THE SNAKE CRUSHER BRINGS US BACK TO THE GARDEN (CLICK HERE)
The Biggest Story leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth. With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message―how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden―will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think.

GOD'S VERY GOOD IDEA: A TRUE STORY ABOUT GOD'S DELIGHTFULLY DIFFERENT FAMILY (CLICK HERE)
God’s very good idea is to have lots of different people enjoying loving him and loving each other. This stunningly illustrated journey from the garden of Eden to God’s heavenly throne room shows how despite our sinfulness, everyone can be a part of God's very good idea through the saving work of Christ. This book will help children see how people from all ethnic and social backgrounds are valuable to God and how Jesus came to rescue all kinds of people. It will also excite them about being part of church.
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If you would like to talk with us or ask any questions about how to do family worship or how to do Sunday School at home, please contact me at bob@rivervalleyyc.org and we can set up a time to meet online.

With love, grace & peace...

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me..."

Matthew 19:14

KIDS MINISTRY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN CHILDCARE...IT'S DISCIPLESHIP!

Children are precious to God and we recognize that they are the future leaders in the church and the world. Our River Valley Kids ministrry was desgned from the ground up with this in mind. We desire our children to grow into adult maturity as committed disciples of Christ, filled with a knowledge of God that dramatically transforms both their work and home environments. Students are challenged to move from examining God to experiencing Christian friendship to expressing their faith at school and in their families. Our RV Kids staff seek to demonstrate a love for the Lord and a commitment to seeing their students grow in their understanding of who God is, who they are and what God has done for them in Jesus Christ.

River Valley Kids believes...

...the Bible should be presented to children with an emphasis on God's story of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Romans 1:16-17)

...the responsibility for a child's spiritual growth rests primarily in the hands of his or her parents or . We desire to come along side of, support and encourageparents in their role as spiritual leaders (Ephesians 6:4)

...we should pray for the children and rely on the Holy Spirit to regenerate their hearts through the faithful teaching of His Words (Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:4-10)

 ...in living a life before children that models how Christians respond to God's call, each other, and the whole world around them (Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 11:1)

...caring for children is not a right, but a privilege. We are accountable for the way we minister to and care for them (Matthew 18:5-6)


River Valley Kids offers the following classes...
Nursery (0-3 years); Preschool (3-5 years); K-1st Grade; 2nd-3rd Grade, 4th-5th Grade


River Valley Kids utilizes The Gospel Story curriculum for our Preschool through 5th Grade classes. We also utilize The Attributes of God from the Village Church for our K-1st Grade class as well as the New City Catechism for 2nd - 5th Grades.


Family Worship Sundays:
Our K-5th graders join us in the worship gatherings every 1st Sunday of the month. These weeks are opportunities for parents and kids to attend the Sunday worship gatherings together. We hope you will embrace the opportunity and engage your kids in the songs, the message, the giving, and the community.

Kids Worship Sheets are provided in the foyer to aid families to learn to engage in the worship gathering together.

Other ideas for helping your kids transition and begin engaging in worship can include:
Bring paper and crayons
Ask kids to draw what they see and hear
See what words they recognize in the songs
Encouraged older children to follow along and  take notes

Child Safety:
Our goal is to create the safest environment possible for our children and to provide as much peace of mind as possible as parents/guardians leave their children in our care. To this end, all adults (18 years and older) who serve in RV Kids are first background checked, as well as re-checked every 2 years, via Checkr. We also utilize PCO Check-Ins to ensure that all children are securely checked into RV Kids before they go to nursery or a classroom and that only authorized parents/guardians, with the issued security tag, are able to pick their children up.


If you have any questions about RV Kids, or are interested in serving, please contact Bob Comarsh at 530-933-9465 or bob@rivervalleyyc.org.