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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
Acts of Renewal
A unique marriage enrichment event
Featuring: Jim and Carol Shores
Friday, February 28
5:30 - 8:30pm
Saturday, February 29
8:00am - 12:30pm
Cost: $89 per couple (includes Friday dinner & Saturday light breakfast)
Childcare available by registration only
More Info: Jennifer (589.9733, ext. 238 or email@example.com)
Enjoy a fun and engaging marriage event that will have you laughing and reconnecting in great ways. Speakers Dr. Jim and Carol Shores connect with couples, weaving professional comedy/theater into their talks communicating in a most entertaining way about relationship issues. The Shores' presentations offer hilarity, but also insightful approaches to improving some of the everyday challenges of marriage. Whether you're in a rough patch or in a good place, married 45 years or 45 minutes, Jim and Carol's honest style speaks to couples right where they are.
An encouraging, fun and practical event you won't want to miss!
“Jim and Carol are dynamic speakers. They have a wholehearted passion to share God's truth through their authentic hilarious theatre and interactive presentations. What stands out is that they simplify complicated relationship issues so that the audience can make immediate personal application. Prepare for ministry that is fun, refreshing, enlightening, and enriching. You will definitely enjoy what Jim and Carol present about marriage and healthy relationships."
Dr. Greg Smalley, author and speaker
THE CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE
Learning to Love Well
Saturday, October 26 | 5:30 - 8:00pm
Community Center | $35 per couple
Enjoy a romantic night out with elegant dining (attire is dressy casual to semi-formal). Take in the ambiance of low lights, piano music and concert, and hear an encouraging word on loving your spouse well. Childcare available by pre-registration. Sign up early, space is limited.
HABITS OF A HEALTHY MARRIAGE
Marriage Livestream Event
With Dr. Paul David Tripp
Friday, March 8
5:30 - 8:30pm
Saturday, March 9
8:00am - 1:00pm
Cost: $40.00 per couple (dessert and breakfast included)
Sign up at the Church Office
Every Marriage is guided by a set of habits. The question is: Are they healthy habits that result in a God-honoring and joyful marriage, or are they bad habits that lead to a self-centered and strained marriage? That’s why we are so excited to present “Habits of a Healthy Marriage” conference.
If you’re a married couple, an engaged couple, or a single person thinking about marriage, please make this a priority and invest in your marriage.
In this conference, Dr. Paul Tripp will show you how to:
• Develop Good Habits
• Pull Weeds and Plant Seeds
• Deal With Your Differences
• Protect Your Marriage With Prayer
Thank you so much for your consideration to attend the Habits of a Healthy Marriage conference and we hope to see you there! For more information call or email Jennifer Brittian at 661-589-9733 (ext. 238) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 8
$25.00 per family
Tickets available at the door
Taking our daughters on a date and spending quality time with them strengthens our relationships. Please bring a dessert or snack. Memorable photos will be available for an additional cost. Tickets available on the patio, in the church office or online beginning January 20.
For more info, call Steve Henslee at 619.8811 or email email@example.com.
January 13 - March 3, 2019
9:00am | CC, Room 120
$25.00 per couple
"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them." ~Psalm 127:3-5.
Parenting is a hard but most important work. Family Life's Art of Parenting workbook study will help you set up a parenting framework that is biblical, reliable, and intentional. It will help you aim your child's heart toward God. Whether you're parent, stepparent, single parent or grandparent this material will be helpful in raising children of all ages.
"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.
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
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
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
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
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
Dedicate Your Baby: Parent Dedication is a formal commitment of parents with their child(ren). This is a public statement expressing 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. Exceptions only by prior approval with Pastor Brent at 589-9733. If you have already been to the class, your attendance again is not mandatory, but you must call in to confirm vital information. Parent Dedication is typically offered twice per year. Please call the Church Receptionist at 589-9733 to get on the notification list.
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. Traditionally thought to be only for engaged couples, this class is also suitable for couples who are "courting" or seriously considering marriage, as well as for newly married couples and those embarking upon a remarriage. Our Premarital Counseling series can assist any couple in building a strong and lasting relationship. Let this marriage be for life!
Wednesday evenings September 23 – November 4 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: Spring 2021.
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.