So the next Generation Might set their hope in God...
The children's ministry at Riverview seeks to guide children into deep truths about God, showing them the glory of his character and nature. We believe God is the main character of the Bible, and so we use the Bible to show children how all of life points to him. Additionally, a strong emphasis is placed on encouraging and equipping parents to use Sunday School and other church related educational resources for at-home ministry to their children.
He has spoken by his son - AGES 2-3, 4-5, AND K
The New Testament beautifully unfolds the wonder and power of Jesus Christ. This class explores the greatness of God in Christ by noting key themes found chronologically throughout the New Testament. Bible stories are not written out; teachers prepare the lesson through the study of Scripture using a list of key themes, opening illustrations, and application questions to acquaint children with a great God who has spoken by His Son.
the ABcs of God - GRADES 1-4
The ABCs of God is a Sunday School curriculum for children on the greatness and worth of God. It uses the alphabet as a framework for learning the attributes of God and other terms that describe His character, at an age-appropriate level. (Note that attributes are purposely not taught in alphabetical order.) Each lesson asks and answers three key questions, "Who is God?" "What is He like?" and "How should I act toward Him?" as it presents a theology of God for children.
What is the Bible about? What is its message? Who wrote it? Who is the main character? The surrounding culture tells us that we are at the center of their world. The cultural mindset says, "My life is about me. I'm here to feel good; I need to be successful; I need to be working on overcoming my personal problems." This mindset places the person at the center, instead of Christ. Our goal is to grow into God-honoring, Christ-treasuring, redeemed people. All ages study the same passage of scripture each week, but in different age groups. In addition to studying the Bible, kids work on memorizing scripture, sing songs together, and complete fun activities that point them to the truth of the Bible.
At Riverview we strive to saturate people of all ages with the Bible, and to engage its truth together. Family Nights are a great way to achieve both of these goals. The Gospel Project is a program that takes children, youth, and adults chronologically through the Bible in four years, teaching theology in ways people can understand at their age level. The Gospel Project studies are unified. In other words, people of all ages study the same verses and passages from the Bible. This means that parents who participate in our adult Bible study can easily track where and what their children are learning, making at-home discipleship even more accessible and possible for all families.
At Riverview we value Bible memory. We believe that the life of faith is a fight of faith, and that believers must be quipped for this fight. This equipping can begin at early ages, which is why we encourage our children to memorize scripture. But adults need to know God's word too, because our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual principalities, so the word of God is our indispensable sword. Through memorizing and meditating on the word, this powerful sword can become a readily available weapon, providing us with ever-present counsel, encouragement, and protection.
At Riverview our worship team recently wrote and recorded songs to accompany the memory verses for some of our children's Sunday School classes. Although these songs were written to help children learn the Bible, people of any age can benefit from singing God's word. Currently we have recorded songs for 78 verses, with more on the way. Listen and download memory verse songs for free below.