• Sunday Club 3

    Children's Church

    22nd May

    Are 'The Ten Commandments'
    relevant today?


    And God spoke all these words:
    “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt,
    out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:1-2)

    Lesson Title

    'The Ten Commandments'

    Focussing on the first five Commandments

    Lesson Overview for Parents

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    Classes are managed by a dedicated team of volunteers who are all
    DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Certified in a safe environment.
    Children join class from the main Sunday Service at 11am until Service finishes, around noon.
    Parents must accompany children to classes and collect them when the service is completed.

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    In Past Weeks

    28th November 2021
    "The Promise of Christmas - Part 2"

    This past week
    Children made a beautiful
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    It's become an annual tradition at RoL Church for children to craft
    a special Christmas Card in which members can sign and donate rather than
    sending individual cards.
    All proceeds go directly to TearFund

    21st November 2021
    "The Promise of Christmas"

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    We learned about foretelling of the birth of Jesus by the Prophets some 700 years before his arrival!

    7th November 2021
    "Preparing for Remembrance Day"

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    Oh what a great Sunday morning we all enjoyed!
    This was the first of a two part series focussing on Remembrance Day.
    We compared the sacrifice of soldiers to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross
    which followed on very appropriately from the "Heaven Series" just completed.

    31st October 2021
    "Alternative Halloween"

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     This past week we took the traditional pumpkin theme and applied a chistian lesson about the origin of the fish symbol.
    We carved a pumpkin and the children produced a wondeful wall display.

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    24th October 2021
    "How do I get to Heaven?"

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    This week we learned that there is only one way to "God, the Father in Heaven" as we studied verses in John 14:1-14 along with Ephesians 2:8 "It is by GRACE you have been saved..."

    We had fun recapping over the message of Grace, playing, "The Price is Right" to demonstrate that Heaven is a Free Gift and spending time in craft sessions. It was a blessing to hear many of our children reciting the "Lord's Prayer" from memory and moreso to know they understood each line of the prayer so well.

    10th October 2021
    "Why did God Create Heaven?"

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    This week we looked at the reasons God created Heaven, we circled back to the Garden of Eden from an earlier lesson,
    refreshed our knowledge about sin and God's provision for a New Heaven.
    We built a model of "The Tree of Life" which was placed in "The New Jerusalem" model from the previous week's lesson.

    3rd October 2021
    "The Beauty of Heaven - The New Jerusalem"

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    27 September 2021
    "What will Heaven be Like?"

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    20 September 2021
    A Fresh Look at "The Lord's Prayer"

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    During recent sessions we had a great time in Sunday Club learning how
    God made Man & Woman

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    Children helped "breathe" air using a bicycle pump into balloon faces of
    Adam & Eve which they'd decorated themselves.

    We also had a visit from the "Serpent" which suddenly jumped out to startle the class leaders!



    15th March 2020
    (The last time we met together before COVID)

    Continuing the Jeremiah Series

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    This Week - "Jeremiah Buys a Field"
    Read all about it in Jeremiah 32:1-15

    Lesson plans are taken from the brand new Scripture Union BLUE Compendium having lots of interesting activities and crafts to occupy children's minds and maintain interest.

    EZRA series now completed


    Nehemiah series now completed


    Children enjoyed building in this series

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    A massive THANK YOU to all Teachers & Helpers who work hard
    each week to make these lessons so interesting & exciting.

    Solomon series now completed


    David series now completed

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    Little Lobsters created some great work during this series

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    Joshua series now completed

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    This exciting Joshua series finaly reached a climax in October as our children heared about the Walls of Jericho falling down. They were encouraged to learn to trust God and follow what He says, even when they are scared. God found a way for Joshua and the Israelites because they trusted Him and He will do the same for us!

    Jacob series now completed



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    Children's Artwork from Little Lobsters group - pretty impressive eh?

    Children in Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs groups learned about the Life of Jacob in this exciting 5 part series starting in Genesis 28 with "God's promises to Jacob" and culmininating in Genesis 45 to illustrate "God at Work." 

    Noah Series now completed


    In this four part series our children learned some valuable lessons about God's ways and His promise to all mankind.

    Kings Programme


    This four part series finished end June and was well received by Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs classes alike. 
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    This four part series finished early June and the children produced some lovely artwork during the the final sessions. (Photos to follow)


    Our children learned so much about Jesus with many applications for their own lives. On Easter Sunday they relived the resurrection during craft time by building a miniature garden complete with tomb and stone -  most of all they all understood that JESUS is ALIVE today!

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    Weeks Gone By ...

    January Lessons - CREATION

    In Part 4 of this four week series our children in Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs groups joined forces to learn about God making Animals & People. This was the final session in the series and there were some great resources which our teachers used to illustrate the story. Of course the message came from the book of Genesis, in Chapter 2 this week; you can follow the text by clicking HERE and watch a song by Chris Tomlin that the children enjoyed HERE .  

    The children made their own creations during the past few weeks - check out the samples below.

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    Children 1Beautiful flowers created by God on Day 3 of Creation, many have lovely perfumes so the children were also able to smell the scents and feel the delicate petals and leaves. A big thank you to Luminita for taking the time and trouble to prepare such a lovely lesson.

    In the New Year we had a great new teaching series looking at God's Creation in the Bible book of Genesis Chapter 1.
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    In the first session entitled, "God Makes Light & Sky" our young ones learned about God creating light out of darkness and will continue week by week to understand more about God's magnificent power. This is a great time for children of all ages to visit River of Life Church and discover the truth of creation. In each successive session we'll be looking at each day of God's wonderful creation as it unfolds in the very first book of the Bible. The children of Little Lobsters class are seen here enjoying the lesson about Light & Dark and Sky.


    Christmas Programme 2018

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    The young ones were really looking forward to this day as they rehearsed their carols and learned all the actions; and what a wonderful occasion it turned out to be. Our children didn't disappoint, their performance was completely faultless and many attendees claimed this was the best ever RoL Christmas Carol Service - wow, what an accolade - take a bow children and give yourselves a big pat on the back; we are so proud of you!

    Children from Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs Classes participate in the Carol Service

    December 2018

    This was 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, were served and gifts were 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.

    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, November 2018 ...

    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 2018!
    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

    After a period of closure during lockdowns, creche is open once again for Parents/Guardians to utilise during Sunday Morning Service. At the moment, the room is unattended but the service is streamed through to a TV screen so that parents don't miss any content. 

    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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    Elizabeth Goldring

    "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!"

  • Stargazers Youth Club 

    Unfortunately, due to CORONAVIRUS and in compliance with Government recommendations, STARGAZERS has been cancelled until further notice.

    Please check back on this page for latest news or contact office if you have any questions.

    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 such as craft, cooking, painting, euro hockey and card making. 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.
    Stargazers is led by a team of volunteers from both River of Life and other local Churches. 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.

  • Toddlers for Pre-Schoolers


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    We are blessed to have a large carpeted play area plus facilities for nappy changing, a child friendly toilet in addition to disabled washroom facilities.
    Of course, we now also conform to COVID rules that apply for pre-school church groups.
    We look forward to seeing you.

    Schedule 2021/22

    Toddler Group Dates 2021 2022

  • 4.12 Youth (11 - 17yrs)

    We are sorry to announce that 4:12 Group is currently closed until further notice.

    After many years of successful and fruitful operation, Youth attendance in the 4:12 group has declined to the stage where we've had to cancel more and more sessions as each week passes. Leaders remain enthusiatic to continue so, it's with heavy hearts that we have taken this decision.

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    New Ideas

    The new format for 4:12 Youth Group is slowly evolving into a new dimension - Jade chose some great worship songs to get us started last week and that will continue this coming week as others get the opportunity to make their choices. Ian led a fun time of teaching in the story of David & Goliath which reminded us of another comedian wearing similar head gear!

    This Sunday we also look forward to PIZZA in celebration of a special birthday which we missed the week before!

    We are also developing ideas for three new projects to execute during 2019 - why not come along and join the fun? 

    Christmas Project
    4:12 Group really excelled themselves this Christmas by setting off on a very ambitious project to replicate the 1984 Band Aid hit, "Do They Know it's Christmas?" Will church members help to get the project off the ground? Well, here's the result, judge for yourself!

    Origin of the Name
    The name of the group, 412, originates from scripture:


    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.