Children

  • Sunday Club 3

    Children's Church

    ON SUMMER BREAK

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    Sunday Club
    Taking a Break for Summer Holidays

    No class this week but we return Sunday, 11th September
    and look forward to seeing you all then.
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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.
    During Term Time, 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.
    There is however an area set up at the back of the Auditorium for Children to do
    Craft / Colouring during the Service.

     
     
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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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    "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

    FREE ADMISSION & TUCK THIS TERM!


    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

    is currently taking a break for the summer holidays and will return on Thursday 8 September.

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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.
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    Schedule 2022/23

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  • 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!
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    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:
    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.