Children

Children
Children’s Ministry believes children can learn from an early age. Therefore, we strive to make the most of the hour and half your children are in Sunday school.

We believe God made children tender and are ripe for learning spiritual truths. This is the best time to help them grow spiritually.  Matthew 11:25-26 says, “At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” The Cambridge Bible says of this passage, “The secrets of the kingdom are not revealed to those who are wise in their own conceit, but to those who have the meekness of infants and the child-like eagerness for knowledge.”

It is encouraging to know that we serve a Big God, who wills for our children to understand His word and who has given us everything we need to disciple our children; His Son, His Word, and the Holy Spirit.

Our Challenge to our families:

  •     We will be a church who says, “As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
  •     We will be a church who raises Bible literate people who KNOW Jesus, who will GROW in their relationship with Him and who will GO share their faith.

In fact, that’s our Mission Statement:

Children would

  •     KNOW Jesus at an early age,
  •     GROW deep roots into His Word and

  •     GO share their faith with others.

Objective

    To support families’ discipleship in the home by teaching God’s Word through loving volunteers.

Vacation Bible School 2020

Vacation Bible School 2020

July 13 - 16

Time: 8:45am-10:35am

Kindergarten through 6th Grade

Limited capacity:  

36 Kindergarten

40 1st Grade

30 of each 1st - 6th Grade

We also have a limited capacity Nursery/Preschool Program for volunteer's children.

**Important** We will NOT take registration the week of VBS.  

Detailed Info:

Here is what you will need to know:

Shorter Week (4 days) - Dates: Monday - Thursday, July 13 - 16

Shorter Time: 8:45am - 10:35am

Center Leaders will rotate as students stay in place.

Space is limited but we will still have 263 students including our Nursery & Preschool.

Cost: $20 for Toddlers through 6th Grade and no charge for infants not walking.

Remember, the nursery through 4-year-olds is for volunteers' children.

Students will receive a t-shirt, a photo, writing supplies, and some great crafts!

Drive by Drop Off at the curb in the North Parking lot off Calloway:

(you'll be directed & treated like royalty)

Pick-up as follows:

  • 3 pick-up locations to park (one at the North parking lot and two at the SW parking lot)
  • 1 parent/caregiver per family on campus 
  • 30-40 parents/caregivers at a time to maintain social distancing
  • We will direct you
  • We have a plan for speeding up the process

Entry Doors:

  • 4th, 5th & 6th Grade - Main Auditorium Lobby
  • 2nd & 3rd grade - Community Center Lobby
  • 1st Grade - HS Room's outside stairs
  • Kindergarten - Education Building's Back Stairs
  • Nursery & Pre-k (3s & 4s) - Front door of Education building
Hartland Junior Summer Camp

Hartland Junior Summer Camp

4th - 6th Grade

​July 28 - August 2

$405

$35 deposit to hold your spot (included in balance)

VBS 2019

VBS 2019

Join us for VBS 2019!

July 15 - 19

8:45am - 12:35pm

Kindergarten - 6th Grade

(Preschool program for children of volunteers)

Throw on your camera strap and buckle your seatbelt. VBS 2019 takes you on a wild adventure—with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As you seek out exotic animals, you’ll also find snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture. Kids go from bewildered to believing as they get In The Wild at this summer’s VBS.

$20/child

Pre-registration has closed. New registration will open at 8:00am Monday morning in Community Center, Room 120.

Volunteer Registration

VBS Parent Letter

Hope for the Ages

Hope for the Ages

Sunday, 12/16 | Main Auditorium

Dessert/Fellowship: 5:30pm | Program: 6:00pm

Come for a special night celebrating the birth of our Savior. Featuring performers of all ages, this multi-generational service will be a great time for all of us to be together as a whole church family. Be sure to come early and enjoy a time of fellowship with special Christmas treats.

RiverLakes Families:

Sunday is almost upon us! Whether your children are singing in the program or not, we hope you will attend this gathering of our church community. 

We will provide child care for children four-years-old and younger Childcare Hours are 5:30 - 7:30pm Please email your RSVP by emailing marias@riverlakeschurch.org

Here is the information for those who are singing in the choir

Night of the Program, Sunday, December 16:  Wear black bottoms and your best, deep-jewel-tone, Christmas tops–ruby, sapphire, gold, navy & black & white. Dresses are fine. 

5:00pm: All Arrive  * Preschool (3s, 4s, Kinder & 1st grade): report to room 110 in the Ed building  *All other choirs – meet in the main auditorium - please get in your places as soon as you arrive. 

7:30pm: Parent Pick Up  Please pick up your children immediately after the program to enjoy a snack and fellowship in the lobby and patio. 

* Student Choir can be picked up from the front reserved seats.  * Childcare for Nursery & Preschool: In the Education Building no later than 7:40pm as childcare workers are only here until then. 

ALSO: do not miss the beautiful photo booths. These are on the outside wall of the community center and are self-serve where you will use your phone or your own camera. 

Hartland Winter Camp

​Dates February 1-3

4th-6th grades

Cost $180

$35 deposit to hold spot and is included in balance

Contact-

Lisa Taylor

589-9733 x240

303-9921

lisat@riverlakeschurch.org

Current forms attached.

Hartland Summer Camp

Hartland Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Grades 4 - 6

June 24 - 29, 2018

Cost: $399

Contact Lisa Taylor for more info: 

Vacation Bible School 2018

Vacation Bible School 2018

July 16-20

8:45am - 12:35pm

Grades K - 6

$20/child (includes includes a full color t-shirt, music, cd, crafts and more!)

Pre-registration is closed. Please register in person Monday, July 16 at 8:00am. 

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

Preschool program available for children of volunteers (babies to 4-year-olds)

Your kids will grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drumline, your players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit today with Game On! VBS.

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

​​Sunday, December 17 | 6:00pm | Main Auditorium

The Christmas season is here! Join us for a very special evening celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. The RiverLakes Preschool Children will light up the stage singing and telling of the Christmas story. Come join Mary, Joseph and the Angels as we ring in this special time of year!

Please note, this will be in place of our normal 6:00pm worship service.

Harbor Sendoff Party

Harbor Sendoff Party

Saturday, May 13

10:00am - 2:00pm

11419 Equinox Ave, 93312​ 

(Hosted by the Porter family and the 4th Grade Shepherds)

Our 4th graders are about to promote to Pier 56 and say "so long" to the Harbor. We want to go out with a splash and celebrate all God has done in their time in The Harbor. Many of them have been in The Harbor for four years and that is a lot of learning God's Word and character, spiritual growth, and fellowship to celebrate!

Bring: modest swimsuits, towels, sunscreen, and chairs. The whole family is welcome but isn't required to stay.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

"Galactic Starveyors"

​July 17 - 21

8:45am - 12:35pm

Price: $20

Grades K - 6th

Full preschool program for children of volunteers!

Online Registration is closed. Register in person Monday, July 17 at 8:00am.

PARENT PACKET

Turn your kids into Galactic Starveyors! As kids focus their telescopes on the marvels painted in the sky by the Creator, they will discover the wonder among all wonders - that the God who created everything there is - the knowable and the unknowable, the visible and the invisible - wants a personal relationship with them! Invite your kids into the clubhouse and show them the God who is over the moon in love with them.

Looking for another way to get involved? Volunteer to help or consider donating some needed items from our DONATION LIST.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATES:

Thursday, July 6

6:00 - 7:00pm

Education Building, Upstairs

Tuesday, July 11

6:00 - 7:00pm

Education Building, Upstairs

Sunday, July 16

10:45 AM-11:45am

Preschool: Education Building, Room 112

Elementary: Education Building, Room 202

Volunteers who will serve at a center:

Music, Missions, Bible, Games, Snacks, Crafts for either Elementary and Preschool/Kindergarten a leader will call you to arrange a "center" meeting.

All About That Baby

All About That Baby

Performances: 

December 10 | 6:00pm | Main Auditorium

Performance Only | Cost: Free

December 11 | 6:00pm | Main Auditorium

Dinner Show (BBQ Chicken served by our Elders and Pastoral Staff)

$12 adults |  $8 kids 10 and under

Purchase Tickets

Angels and shepherds and…talking sheep? Oh, my! 

People everywhere are making the journey to the place of their birth, in compliance with Caesar’s decree that everyone should register for the census. This results in the little town of Bethlehem overflowing with people arriving from out of town. Nathaniel, a lovable but scatter-brained, late-for-work shepherd, bumps into two of those travelers, Joanna and Simone, as he rushes to take his shift at watching the flock. The other shepherds (his sisters Miriam and Abigail), along with Judah, are waiting for Nathaniel—late once again—to arrive. Thus begins a story that is All About That Baby, with some shepherds, angels, “out-of-towners”…and singing, talking sheep to guide us along the way! 

Sunday School Teacher Training

Sunday School Teacher Training

​The Fall Sunday School Season is approaching! Would you consider volunteering to be a teacher or helper this season? We will train and equip you for the task! Training is Sunday, August 21 @ 4:00pm in Room 212 of the Education Building (childcare available via pre-registration). The session runs from September 4 - May 28. Please prayerfully consider getting involved - you could impact the life of a child for eternity!​

Location
Education Building, Room 212

3rd & 4th Grade Pizza Party

​It's a party!

Just for you 3rd and 4th Graders!

Come hang out with your friends and leaders!

Sunday, September 27

12:30 - 2:30pm

Education Building, Room 210/212

​Outdoor Children’s Gathering Starting September 6, 2020

​Outdoor Children’s Gathering Starting September 6, 2020

QUICK CHECK-IN

Because the church is still closed, we need to stay outside on Sunday. Several families have expressed their desire to continue to have their children worship together as a family and we agree. We also think it will be beneficial to pull the children from the service after worship and give them an age appropriate lesson.  We will have 3 age groups. Please contact a Ministry Assistant if you would like to be a part of the rotating team:

Preschool - Three, Four and Five year old’s

  • Teressa Aiken - taiken@riverlakeschurch.org  - 661-293-0814
Elementary -1st - 4th Grade
  • Beth Lundberg - bethl@riverlakeschurch.org - 661-302-2025
Pier 56 - 5th & 6th Grade
  • Lisa Taylor - lisat@riverlakeschurch.org - 661-303-9921

What your Child needs to bring:

  1. A mask is strongly recommended to walk to and from their learning area. Children will be able to remove the mask once they arrive at their learning area (less than 5 minutes).
  2. A towel or small blanket to sit on. This will make the transition from worship to Sunday school, smoother and less disruptive to the service.
  3. Their Bible.

Caution - vulnerability to COVID-19 - We will do our best to keep the children distanced from each other, and us all precautions suggested by the CDC.  However, if your child or someone in your household, or someone you visit and care for has a compromised immune system, we recommend you keep your children with you. 

Here are the procedures:  

Check-In: We will have two tables with sign in sheets. The tables will be on each side of the stage.

The sheets will have your family's name with each child on it.  You will initial next to your child's name and answer health screening questions. Your child's temperature will also be taken at this time.

You can help us streamline our Sunday Check In by completing a quick, 3 question registration HERE.

Time: 8:30am-9:00am

How: The staff member who makes announcements will dismiss the children to their areas.

The team includes trained staff and volunteers - they will be waiting to escort your children.

*Important* In order to keep social distancing, Parents/Guardians will not walk their children to the teachers unless your child is hesitant and needs encouragement. We will be watching for those who need help, and we will come to you.

Pick Up - At the end of the message, our staff and volunteers will bring the children back to close in worship with you.

AWANA Club On Campus or Hybrid program

AWANA Club On Campus or Hybrid program

AWANA is a world-wide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Bible-based evangelism and discipleship solutions for ages 2-18.

AWANA is not a RiverLakes Church program, but we graciously host the club and serve in it because we highly believe in its discipleship process, both for clubbers and for families. As a separate ministry, the club does not fall under schools, nor church, therefore allowing us to continue to host the club on campus with CDC precaution guidelines. 

AWANA Club On Campus Registration Link

Program Cost: $30 Annual Dues; $10 handbook & $20 Uniform

Program Dates: September 16th, 2020 through November 18, 2020

Winter Break: November 25, 2020 through January 6, 2021

Winter/Spring Session: January 13, 2021 through May 5, 2021

New Club Time: 6:30-7:30pm in the Education Building

Due to restrictions, we will not have a game center, but will incorporate stationary games at handbook/council time.

Curbside Check In and Pick Up

*Healthscreening at check in.

 Please contact a Club Director if you would like to be an AWANA Leader: 

Cubbies - Ages 3 and 4 - must be potty trained

  • Teressa Aiken - taiken@riverlakeschurch.org - 661-293-0814
  • & Jordan Aiken - jaiken8604@yahoo.com - 661-865-6385

Sparks - Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

  • Parker Brown  - lakersgenius24@yahoo.com - 661-565-2347
  • & Greg McAvoy - gmcavoy1@gmail.com - 661-204-7753

T&T 3rd - 6th Grade

  • Girls - Lisa Taylor - lisat@riverlakeschurch.org  - 661-303-9921 
  • Boys - Mike Ford - mford@quinncompany.com - 661-619-9128

Hybrid AWANA Club Registration Link

  • The Hybrid Program consists of a parent or guardian serving as the clubber's leader which includes, signing the handbook sections for completion; keeping track of clubber points; and reporting monthly to the club secretary.
  • Clubbers will watch a recorded council time. Links will be provided later and regularly.
  • Clubbers will receive all their rewards such as jewels, completion stickers, and year end award.
  • The club secretary or club director will arrange picking up and dropping off materials.

Program Cost: $20 Annual Dues; $10 handbook 

Program Dates: September 16th, 2020 through November 18, 2020

Winter Break: November 25, 2020 through January 6, 2021

Winter/Spring Session: January 13, 2021 through May 5, 2021

Leader(s): Commander Mike Ford (661.619.9125)