Children & Families
Please note: Church School is out for the summer and will resume on Homecoming Sunday, September 24.
Every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., except the first Sunday of the month, our children’s ministry team provides an engaging and exciting time of worship and praise. Preschoolers and kindergartners meet on the 6th floor and 1st graders through sixth graders meet on the 4th floor of the MLK wing. Children begin the hour with grade level Sunday School groups, taught by our team of volunteers. They conclude the hour with a special worship service designed to allow children the opportunity to praise God with their whole being – wiggles and all!
On Communion Sundays, which are the first Sunday of the month, we worship together with our families at 10:45 a.m. in the Nave. The Riverside Church recognizes the value of experiencing this sacred time in family units and we encourage families to attend together and sit together. On these Sundays we have Worship Kits available for kids that include activities to help them worship and follow along with the service in a fun and engaging way that is accessible to their understanding of God. We also know this time can be challenging for young people. Parents should feel comfortable taking children to the bathroom, engaging children in the pews with paper and pencils, and whispering thoughts and answering questions during the service. Is your child feeling restless? Take a quick walk through the lobby and come back when you are ready to sit. Do what you need to do to help your children feel welcome and safe in our Nave.
Preschool classes remain open on the 6th floor on Communion Sundays.
Our nursery is open for children two and under. It is located on the Cloister level.
If you have any questions or if you would like more information on our programs and special events, please email Mandy Meisenheimer.
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