This is River of Life's Children's Ministry. Pastors Bruce and Theresa Bolthouse minister to the 3 through 11 year olds along with a staff of six teachers. Our goal is to teach and equip the younger saints for the work of the ministry.
We take seriously the call of God on each child's life and seek to draw out the gifts He has given in each one. We believe that the responsibility of spiritual training rests on the parents and we encourage parents to take up this call, but we are so thankful for the opportunity at church to speak into children's lives and train them for the work of the kingdom.
Our goal is to train the children in such a way that the children's ministry is not worlds apart from the adult ministry. We want this ministry to be a reflection of the whole church ministry and able to flow with the adult ministry.
We also recognize that some children come who have no spiritual training at home. We seek to provide a nurturing family atmosphere where each child is loved and carefully taught the ways of the Lord. During class we encourage praying for one another and for the needs of the church.
We teach through the Bible to give a solid basic understanding of the Word. We teach that the highest honor to have is to give one's life to the Lord .
We also train the children how to minister to visitors and those who do not personally know Jesus, by reaching out and being friendly, helping during prayer time, bringing water or tissue to whoever needs it etc.
Each service the children are with the adults in the sanctuary during praise and worship and are encouraged to participate in active worship. Most services you will find the children up front in dance circles worshiping the Lord. It is a joy to watch! We welcome you and your family to River of Life Ministries!