Childcare is available for infants and preschoolers during both Worship services and Sunday School in room 102 in the Monroe Wells Building. Our nursery is staffed with paid caregivers who provide consistent, comfortable care for our youngest friends so parents can fully participate in Worship and Adult Sunday School. Our childcare staff provides loving care in the infant nursery and balances time on the playground with Bible stories, crafts, and yummy snacks each week for our preschoolers.
Pathways is our Sunday School program for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. All children begin in Hillside Theater at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday for music by our Music 4 Kids music staff. A Storyteller shares the Bible story (or stories) for the day to the whole group. Following the story, the Kindergarteners and 1st graders gather as a class for a group activity. 2nd through 5th graders are invited to interact with the story of the day through different learning centers. These activities may include crafts, worksheets, videos, cooking, and more! The rooms are monitored by volunteers while the children take advantage of the opportunity to select their activity. Upcoming lessons:
February 18 - Parable of the Sower and the Mustard Seed (Things #74 and 75); Janie Smith, Storyteller
February 25 - Walking on Water (Thing #52); Storyteller needed for this week.
The 100 Things Challenge
This is a church-wide effort to educate our children in basic Bible literacy. It is also a fun and exciting way to help your child growth in faith. Each family receives a copy of the book on which this program is based as well as the Bibles that are used during Sunday School. Each child is given a passport to track his or her progress in encountering all 100 Things in two years of Sunday School. Each week in Sunday School, one of the 100 Things will be the focus for the lesson. After completing an activity, the children will receive a stamp in their passports. Regular attendance at Sunday School is the key to filling their passports. All K-5th graders at RRPC are participants in this program - look for your name on the tree outside of the church office in the main building.
6th and 7th Grades
Our 6th and 7th Graders gather for high energy and interactive experiences designed to engage youth in meaningful opportunities to explore their faith. Students build an understanding of how God’s word fits into the life of a middle schooler and discover ways to connect with faith, friends … LIFE. Breakfast Fellowship kicks off this class in Room 206 taught by Dana and Doug Moore.
8th Grade (Confirmation)
This class allows students to spend a full school year exploring the issues regarding professing one's faith in Jesus Christ. Church membership is always a choice for the student and the parents. The Confirmation Class meets in room 208 and is taught by Heather Jenkins, Bob Spicknall, and other RRPC staff and leaders.
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
A nursery is provided in room 102 in the Monroe Wells Building by our trained childcare staff during each worship service for our infants and preschoolers. However, as Jesus welcomed little children, we encourage you to bring your children to Worship. You may want to visit the Children's Library in the Monroe Wells Building beforehand so your child may choose a special book to read. Children are encouraged to attend Informal Worship at 9:00 a.m., and at our Traditional Worship at 11:00 a.m., Worship Bags are provided for pre-readers and readers with Bible-themed worksheets, some drawing paper, and crayons. Also at the Traditional Worship, there is a Time with the Children with a special message from our Director of Christian Education or other adult leader.
During the school year, Extended Session takes place following the Time with the Children during Traditional Worship. Children in Kindergarten through second grade participate in a survey of the Bible using the Spark Story Bible led by our youth volunteers. This engaging Bible for children will be used along with a simple craft and/or some coloring pages and worksheets. Extended Session takes place in the Monroe Wells Building. Upcoming topics:
February 18 - Parable of the Sower
February 25 - Walking on Water
RRPC Summer Kids
Explore, create, and play with RRPC this summer on Wednesday Mornings, July 5 to August 9, 10:00 a.m. to Noon. This program is for ages - 2 Years to rising Kindergarten. We invite your child to join us for thematic creative play on Wednesday mornings as we explore God’s Big Backyard. Each session offers young children the opportunity to explore God’s amazing creation through stories, art, music, science, drama, and play. Sign up for one or more sessions – open to RRPC members and RRPC Childcare patrons at no charge. Please provide a snack and water bottle for your child. Contact Leigh Anne Ring at 804-740-7083 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Register online here.
Family Fellowship Group
The Family Fellowship Groups consists of young families who meet in a variety of ways for Christian family nurture, fun, and fellowship. This group often meets during the day with moms and kids, in the evening for family time, at a member's home or restaurant for dinner. These events foster relationships and shared interests. Upcoming events include the following. Check back for upcoming events.
Vacation Bible School
Each June, RRPC offers a Vacation Bible School for children from three years old to rising 5th Graders. Vacation Bible School has grown to be a vibrant and exciting week of Christian based learning and adventure for our children and their friends. This program provides excellent opportunities for adult members to share time and talents to ensure a successful program for our church, our children, and the community. We encourage you to join us, get involved, and invite friends during VBS each year.
For 2017, the VBS theme was Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God, and it took place June 26 - June 30.
We encourage families with children to get involved in our Christian Education program at River Road Presbyterian to strengthen, and nurture your faith in Jesus Christ.