Children

  • Children & Youth

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    Whats Happening in Younger Church as we move into the Christmas season?

    Sunday - 16th December
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    The young ones have been looking forward to this day as they rehearse their carols and learn all the actions. There will be no morning service this week but the Community Cafe opens 1pm serving a festive menu - a great opportunity for families to arrive early and enjoy time together before the Carol Celebration starts at 3pm. The children will present 3 songs together with 4:12 Youth Group who have done a magnificent job in presenting their own Christmas Present for everyone - it's still a surprise but guaranteed to provide fun and laughter along with a seasonal theme. 
    Parents, it would be great if you could allow your children to arrive about 30 minutes early for a final run through and learn the seating arrangements. Don't forget to wear Christmas colours if you are able! We really look forward to seeing you there and don't forget - a gift for every child after the service!

    Sunday - 9th December

    The last chance to practice all three of the Christmas Songs before the Carol Service on 16th December. 
    Parent's and Carer's - thanks for attending and encouraging your children, we love you being with us and it really was a great final session of practice. Please also take some time to invite friends and family to the afternoon Carol Service which starts 3pm Sunday 16th December. Also note the RoL Community Cafe is open from 1pm on same day serving festive menu at very reasonable prices - a great excuse to enjoy lunch before the service!

    Following the Carol Service, refreshments, including non-alcoholic mulled punch and mince pies, will be served and gifts will be presented to each attending child.

    Carol Service Stage Rehearsal

    Stage Rehearsal was a great success and our children really made a massive effort to sing out loud at the same time as remembering all the actions.  It's a busy season for all children and many of our youngsters are also involved in Nativity Plays and other Christmas performing events in school. 

    The Christmas Story

    Sunday School lessons for our Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs Groups have now entered the Christmas season with teachings leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. Last Sunday, lessons entitled "Look for the Star" & "Royal Visit" revealed the prophesy and reality of the arrival of King Jesus through scripture passages Isaiah 60:1-3 and Matthew 2:1-12. This coming week we continue the Christmas message with lessons from Luke 1:26-38 "The Birth of Jesus Foretold" - the nativity scene is already on display and there's a buzz of anticipation as the children practice new songs for the Carol Service which starts 3pm on 16th December this year. This will be a joyful family event with presentations from all the Younger Church Ministry Groups - come early to enjoy lunch or snacks from 1pm onwards in the Community Cafe.
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    What an exciting time this is for young children; we encourage parents to follow the message at home whenever the opportunity arises, spending valuable family moments together.

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    Tearfund is a Christian Charity which is passionate about ending poverty, working alongside local churches in over 50 countries - Check out the WEBSITE HereEach Christmas, RoL Church supports Tearfund by donating  money that church members would have otherwise spent on Christmas Cards. Of course we still have a giant card for people to sign and our Younger Church get the opportunity to learn more about Tearfund by making the card during Sunday School classes.
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    This year our Sunday School children set to work on a massive Christmas Card which went on display for the first time on Sunday 25th November. Seen here are members of the Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs groups putting the finishing touches to some beautiful artwork which will be added to all the other scenery produced over the past few weeks. Please support this project generously with your donations but also take a moment to thank our little ones for their efforts.
     
    Remembrance Sunday...

    During Remembrance Sunday our children participated in the main service with parents and experienced some moving video clips, traditional hymns and two minutes silence at 11am. In class they learned about the significance of the Poppy and produced some beautiful artwork using paints and apples! If you look closely at the poppy shapes below, perhaps you can recognise the shapes of apples cut in half? Well done children - fantastic job!

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    Christmas is Coming...

    Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs groups continued rehearsals for the Christmas programme, now into the third week and we are delighted that new families are joining in the fun.

    This video clip was taken during the first week of Christmas song rehearsals - we think it's a pretty awesome result for just 20 minutes of practice! Well Done Children and also Caroline, Luminita and Jayne for leading the children so well - I have no idea how you are able to manage those events but you are all doing a great job!

    The 4:12 Teens Group also kicked off their Christmas plans  but it's top secret - watch this space for further news.
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    Cool Crabs Spring Clean in November!
    Phase 1 of the Cool Crabs classroom clean-up was completed recently as the team finally got to grips with an accumulation of waste paper, old materials and artwork which had already reached its sell-by date. Shown here are Del, Elizabeth and John pulling the place apart before deciding what should be retained. Phase 2 will follow later with new storage containers, wall painting and decoration - volunteers welcome!

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  • 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 8:00pm

    Crafts, Games & Fun!

     

    Stargazers meet on Thursday evenings in the Large Coffee Area at the Christian Life Centre during term-time from 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm.
    Each week, the children get involved in a range of activities eg craft, cooking, painting, euro hockey, card making.
    Stargazers is led by Elder, David Cope, assisted by a team of volunteersDavid Cope-0725 from both River of Life and other local Churches.

    At the end of the session a cold drink is provided for the children and there is a tuck shop where sweets and crisps may be purchased.

    There is a subscription 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 the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosures.

     
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  • Toddlers for Pre-Schoolers

    Fridays Term Time, 10.00 - 11.30am

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    Due to Popularity - we are sorry to advise that a waiting list is now in operation

    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.
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    Derek, Linda & Luminita await arrival of Toddlers after setting out the Play Area

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

    Our group conforms to the child protection policy for working with children and some helpers are also First Aid trained on a regular basis. It's our intention for all those attending to feel confident they are entering a safe, clean and caring environment. We have baby changing facilities along with an adult/child toilet in addition to  disabled and regular washroom facilities.
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    All play activities are maintained and cleaned to the highest standards

    In addition to toys, puzzles, books, bouncy castle, trampoline and ride on’s to play with, we present a craft session between 10am and l0.45am. Once completed, tables are cleaned for “snack time” when we ask the children to sit down to eat and drink together, supervised by Parents and Carers. Biscuits and fruit are served to the toddlers with a drink whilst 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. The Bubbles series has recently been upgraded with brand new lesson content and resources to make the sessions really lively and enjoyable for our 3 - 5 yr olds.  

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    Parents/carers are welcome to leave their little ones in a safe environment while they enjoy the Morning Meeting but we do ask that you complete Information and Consent Forms so that we can look after your children carefully and observe any special needs.

    River of Life Church 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, encourage the children to grow closer to God day by day.

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

    River of Life Church 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.