RiverLakes is deeply committed to helping marriages and families grow spiritually. We offer a wide variety of opportunities to help you grow in your marriage and family life such as Marriage Enrichment Classes, Couples Date Nights, Couples Retreats, Marriage Conferences, Parenting Classes, Seminars, etc. For more information, please contact Brent Van Elswyk or Jennifer Brittian at the church office.
LeaderBrent Van Elswyk (661.589.9733 ext. 211 or email@example.com)
Saturday, October 4
Childcare by RSVP only
Continental breakfast and lunch included
Purchase tickets online HERE.
FamilyLife® announces “I Still Do”, a one-day marriage event that will strengthen your marriage and rekindle the romance. Enjoy engaging speakers, musicians and worship leaders, and be encouraged to continue to invest in your marriage and live life as a team.
Brent Van Elswyk
GOD. LOVE. MARRIAGE.
with best selling authors & international speakers
BILL & PAM FARREL
"Ten Best Decisions a Couple Can Make"
Learn to Build a Love That Lasts
Friday, March 4 // 6:30 - 9:00pm
Saturday, March 5 // 8:00am - 12:30pm
$69.00 per couple
Childcare available upon request
Tickets are available at the church office or at the door the day of the event
RiverLakes Community Church
Oneness in marriage doesn’t just happen. It takes intentional investment of time and a biblical understanding of marriage to create a oneness that will grow and deepen over the lifetime of a marriage.
The Marriage Oneness class will equip couples to grow in true intimacy, connection, and purpose. Along with a profile to evaluate and address each couple’s own oneness level, Marriage Oneness includes Circle Up small group discussions, Oneness Work application exercises to complete together, and a personalized Next Steps Planner.
Marriage Oneness equips couples in seven key areas:
Sundays at 10:45am in the West Portable
October 9 - December 4
The Couple Checkup Conference is a unique marriage enrichment event that applauds your strengths and provides specific direction for how you can rise above your growth areas as you seek to increase intimacy and satisfaction in your relationship.
March 31 & April 1, 2017
with Ron Deal
Registration: Please pay careful attention to each deadline below.
Childcare available upon request only.
Registration Closes: March 26, 2017
For more information, call or email Jennifer Brittian at 661.589.9733 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 10
7:00 - 10:00pm
Tickets: $25 per family
Taking our daughters on a date and spending some quality time with them can make lasting memories. Daughters seem to remember their dates with dad long after they are over. Plan to join us this year for our Father-Daughter Dance. Please bring your favorite dessert or snack. Memorable photos will be available for an additional cost.
Friday, February 9, 2018
$25.00 per family
Tickets will be available beginning 1/21 online, Sundays at the kiosk, or in the church office. Please bring a favorite dessert or snack to share.
Memorable photos available at an additional cost. For more info, call Steve Henslee at 619.8811 or email email@example.com.
RCC Marriage Conference with Dr. Paul David Tripp
"What Did You Expect?"
April 20 - 21, 2018
$35 per Couple
Register at the Door
4301 Calloway Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93312
Somehow, some way, every marriage will become a struggle. If you want to enjoy a beautiful, lifelong relationship, you will need more than romance. You will need something deeper than shared interest and mutual attraction. According to bestselling author and marriage expert, Dr. Paul David Tripp, you’ll need realistic expectations, you need radical commitments, and more importantly, you will need grace!
Friday, April 20: 5:30 - 8:30pm (Dessert Only Provided)
Saturday, April 21: 8:00am - 1:00pm (Hot Breakfast & Snacks Provided)
Childcare Available by Request (Snacks and lunch provided for children)
For more info, contact Jennifer Brittian at 661.589.9733 (ext. 238) or Jenniferb@riverlakeschurch.org
Saturday, July 28
5:30 - 8:30pm
$25.00 per couple
Join us for an evening of Bunco for Couples! Enjoy a great time of fun and fellowship as we engage in the game of bunco!! It's an interactive game that everyone can learn to play and possibly win a prize! This evening will also include a delicious catered dinner and dessert.
Childcare is available by pre-registration only. Children will be served pizza for dinner.
Online registration is closed but you may still sign up at the church office or at the door the night of the event.
"What Did You Expect....Redeeming the Realities of Marriage"
with Dr. Paul David Tripp
Sundays, September 30 - November 18
10:45am - Noon | West Portable
Sign up at kiosk table on Sundays beginning on September 9.
The Bible teaches that we all bring something destructive into our relationships – sin. Yet we buy into the delusion that our biggest problem exists outside of us. We blame our spouse and we blame our circumstances, but we rarely take seriously the nature of our own sin.
This video curriculum will help you get to the bottom of your struggles - your heart - and help you find lasting hope for your marriage. It’s only when you worship God as Creator, Sovereign and Savior that you will ever love as you should. What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage will challenge you to look into the mirror of God’s Word and see yourself with accuracy.
The Not-So-Newlywed Game
Saturday, November 3 | 5:30 - 8:00pm
$25 per couple
Get ready for a night of fun and laughter!
The Newlywed Game is back... with a twist! Testing Newleyweds to see how well they know each other is fun, but the REAL challenge is the test of TIME!
Maybe you’ve been married a year or 50 years but how well do you know your spouse? Join us for a fun night of great food and fellowship to find out!
Childcare available by pre-registration.
Dedicate Your Baby on Sanctity of Life Sunday: Parent Dedication is a formal commitment of parents with their child(ren) on January 20, 2019 at the service of your choice. This is a public statement telling others of your love for the Lord, your intention to model that love to your children, and your willingness to be held accountable. Attendance at Parent Dedication Class is required of both parents on Sunday, January 13 at 6:00pm in the Community Center, Room 120. Exceptions only by prior approval with Pastor Brent at 589-9733. Please, no children over 6 months in Parent Dedication Class. The Nursery/Sunday School program is available for childcare needs through 4th grade. If you have already been to the class, your attendance again is not mandatory, but you must call the Church Receptionist in the office at 589-9733 by Jan.14 to confirm vital information.
The next Parent Dedication will be Mother’s Day May 12, 2019 with Class on May 5.
Premarital Counseling: Getting Ready for Marriage, with Dr. Brent Van Elswyk, will help couples construct a solid foundation upon which to build an enriching, fulfilling and growing marriage. Plan now to prepare for your marriage, not just your wedding. Wednesday evenings September 19 – October 24, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Community Center, Room 120. Call the church office to sign up at 589-9733. $150 includes resources and couple inventory.
The next Premarital series: 1/23/19-2/27/19; 4/3/19-5/15/19.
Premarital Counseling class includes lecture, worksheets, reading, workbook and discussion. On the first day you each receive a packet of material (including outline & worksheets), a workbook for assignments, and a number of resources/books to use as a couple. Topics include: Why Marry?; How Men & Women Differ; Expectations; Communication; Conflict Resolution; Issues (money/anger/etc); and Intimacy. Plus, along the way, you will take an individual Personality Assessment and do an online Prepare Test (or similar option for remarriage). Toward the end, or shortly thereafter, Dr. Brent will provide appointments to meet with each couple alone for couples counseling and review of test results (for which he is certified).
If you prefer Premarital Counseling elsewhere, just as a couple and not in a group setting, we can recommend a licensed Christian professional. We have found the group format more affordable while offering the benefit of learning from others as they may share and inquire from different perspectives. But this style does not appeal to everyone's taste or schedule. If you would like a referral, call Debbie at 589-9733 x222.