Children


Younger Church Summer Arrangem

Younger Church Help Required
  • Tiny Tadpoles Creche 

    0 - 3yrs, During Morning Service, 11am to noon

    Tiny Tadpoles crèche was set up seven years ago when I realised many mums, dads and carers were missing out on being able to listen to the word of God preached on a Sunday morning. As a mum and grandparent myself, I was aware of how important this need was. I felt I wanted to start this ministry. The first six months was difficult for some small children to experience being left without their parents, but they soon settled in and enjoyed their times with us. We have a great team of volunteers (men and women, mums and dads, all DBS checked) who work together in the crèche caring for the little ones and because we have 12 people on the rota – each person only takes their turn once every seven weeks. Wonderful! We have a large selection of toys available for 0-3 years. Our toddlers especially like the swing, the cooker, the house, the trampoline and the balls. Each child has their photograph on the wall above their own coat peg. Also plenty of books to read and some leaders sing songs … which always bring a smile to their little faces.


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    Thank you to all who serve and are involved. You are all such a blessing not only to me but to all the lovely parents/carers who can spend eight weeks in the whole service – without distractions! 

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  • Stargazers Youth Club 

    School Years 1-6, Thursdays Term Time, 6:30 to 8:30pm

     

    It meets on Thursday evenings in the Large Coffee Area at the Christian Life Centre during term-time from 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm.  For break dates 2016/17, please see the chart below.

    Each week, the children get involved in a range of activities eg craft, cooking, painting, euro hockey, card making.

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    Stargazers is led by our Pastor, David Cope, assisted by a team of volunteers from both River of Life and other local Churches.
    At the end of the club a cold drink is provided for the children and there is a tuck shop where sweets and crisps can be bought.

    There is a subs of 50p on entry which goes toward the cost of crafts and most of the children also pre-pay an additional 50p on entry for their tuck.

    River of Life is registered with the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service and we have a Safeguarding Policy in place.

    All the Stargazers Youth Club volunteers undergo Safeguarding checks, including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosures.

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  • Toddlers 

    Pre School, Fridays Term Time, 10.00 - 11.30am

     


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    We are so blessed at River of Life Church with a large area for the toddlers and their parents/carers to meet in, with a carpeted floor and open plan setting. Chairs are positioned around the perimeter of the space to allow maximum playing areas where the adults can keep an eye on their charges as well as chat freely to others nearby.

    The group starts at 10am with registration and closes at 11.30am on Fridays in term time for children under school age and we ask for a donation of £1 for each family, irrespective of how many children you bring along, to cover refreshments, new toys and end of  term 'treats'.

    Our group conforms to the child protection policy set out in our church for working with children and some helpers are also First Aid trained on a regular basis.

    It is our intention for all attending to feel they are entering a safe, clean and caring environment each week and we have baby changing facilities and an adult/child toilet as well as a disabled one besides the usual toilets.

    As well as toys, puzzles, books, bouncy castle, trampoline and ride on’s to play with we hold a craft session between 10am and l0.45am. Once this is tidied away the tables are cleaned for “snack time” when we ask the children to sit down to eat and drink together, supervised by those who brought them to the group. Biscuits and fruit are served to the toddlers with a drink whilst the adults are served with tea or coffee from the kitchen hatch along with homemade cake. A short Grace is sung before eating to thank Father God for His provision and afterwards this area is cleaned up and the children can continue playing with the toys in the larger area. Later a CD of suitable songs is put on and percussion instruments are provided where the bouncy castle and play tents had been erected. While the music is playing helpers will begin to put the toys into the cupboard at the far end of the large area, We ask that children do not enter this cupboard as it also contains the Sunday School and Youth Group equipment so could be a health and safety issue to little ones. Toys can be left outside the cupboard so they can be put in the correct restricted space on the shelves by the Group’s helpers.
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    Families attending our Toddler Group are always invited to the various events happening during the year at church as well as Sunday Services and there is a welcome table with literature on from which you may help yourselves to find out more about our fellowship. We hope your Friday mornings spent here will be happy and enjoyable. Should you wish to discuss anything just approach one of our helpers and they will be pleased to chat,

  • 4.12 Teens

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    11 - 17yrs, During Morning Service, 11am to 12am

    The name of the group, 412, originates from scripture:
    Ephesians (4.11) APOSTLES, PROPHETS, EVANGELISTS PASTORS & TEACHERS,
    Ephesians (4.12) TO EQUIP HIS PEOPLE FOR WORKS OF SERVICE, SO THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST MAY BE BUILT UP.

    Our Young Adults need a grounding in the five ministries with the result of Ephesians 4:12-32 being brought to fulfilment in them. Our future Prophets, Apostles, Teachers, Evangelists and Pastors are developing in these Young Adults! We expect that the ‘412’ will minister to their friends and others, and equip themselves for ministry in the Kingdom of Christ.

    The group is open to all 11 year old to 17 year olds who wish to come along and hear about Jesus.
    Its Mission is to reach the Youth of Felixstowe and share the gift that Christ has given for all. Freedom from Sin and relationship with GOD.
    In today’s society and the world in general, never has it been harder to spread the Gospel and reach this generation.

    Our current 412 is a small group but is ALREADY very diverse.  God has shown us that he will give us bigger works after we get the little works right, we must step out in faith!

    So what are we, as the Church Team, called by God to do?

    • Pray for growth and blessings upon the Children; for more leaders and assistants as we grow.
    • Get stuck in!! Youth are complex and they can tell if you aren’t committed and don’t value them.
    • Respect them and listen to them.
    • Seek out new ways to train and equip these Young Adults and to prepare for an influx of Youth from Felixstowe.
    • Have a vision and Dream BIG!

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  • Little Lobsters 

    3 - 5yrs, During Morning Service, 11am to noon

    Little Lobsters meet during the Sunday morning service in a classroom close to the sanctuary in a safe environment with trained, DBS (HM Government Disclosure and Barring Service) checked supervisors. The aim of the Children’s Ministry Team is to teach the children to love God and each other, to encourage a thirst for the Word of God, to build young people’s confidence in who they are in Christ… and of course to have fun! Little Lobsters use Scripture Union ‘Bubbles’ materials for the basis of their weekly bible based teaching and our leaders in this group teach the children about Jesus through  games, Bible stories, songs and craft. Because children grow and develop more in their first five years than at any other time, Bubbles uses methods based on play and story. It applies what we know about child and faith development and the ways young children learn. It enables children to connect with the Bible and to develop a personal relationship with God.


    Parents/carers are welcome to leave their little ones in a safe environment while they enjoy the Morning Meeting.

    River of Life is registered with the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service and we have a Safeguarding Policy in place. There are currently around 30 committed Christians in the Church who work with children and young people. 

  • Cool Crabs

    5 - 10yrs, During Morning Service, 11am to noon

    Cool Crabs meet during the Sunday morning service in a classroom close to the sanctuary in a safe environment with trained, DBS (HM Government Disclosure and Barring Service) checked supervisors. The aim of the Children’s Ministry Team is to teach the children to love God and each other, to encourage a thirst for the Word of God, to build young people’s confidence in who they are in Christ… and of course to have fun! Cool Crabs use Scripture Union "Splash" resources for the basis of their weekly bible based teaching and our leaders in this group teach the children about Jesus through  games, Bible stories, songs and craft. The activities in the Splash! programme keep the sessions fun and age appropriate and, used with the variety of colourful activities in the Splash! for Children magazine, will encourage the children to grow closer to God day by day.


    Parents/carers are welcome to leave their little ones in a safe environment while they enjoy the Morning Meeting.

     

    River of Life is registered with the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service and we have a Safeguarding Policy in place. There are currently around 30 committed Christians in the Church who work with children and young people.