Children & Youth
This coming Sunday (20 January)
In Part 3 of this four week series our children will be learning about God making Sun, Moon & Stars from the book of Genesis Chapter 1 verses 14 - 19 - the children are really enjoying these sessions and there will be plenty opportunity to produce their own creations during the practical time of craft work - here are some samples produced by the Little Lobsters group in past weeks. Depicted here are beautiful flowers created by God on Day 3 of Creation, many have lovely perfumes so the children were also able to smell the scents and feel the delicate petals and leaves.
In this New Year we have a great new teaching series looking at God's Creation in the Bible book of Genesis Chapter 1.
In the first session entitled, "God Makes Light & Sky" our young ones learned about God creating light out of darkness and will continue week by week to understand more about God's magnificent power. This is a great time for children of all ages to visit River of Life Church and discover the truth of creation. In each successive session we'll be looking at each day of God's wonderful creation as it unfolds in the very first book of the Bible. The children of Little Lobsters class are seen here enjoying the lesson about Light & Dark and Sky.
Weeks Gone By...
Sunday - 16th December
The young ones were really looking forward to this day as they rehearsed their carols and learned all the actions; and what a wonderful occasion it turned out to be. Our children didn't disappoint, their performance was completely faultless and many attendees claimed this was the best ever RoL Christmas Carol Service - wow, what an accolade - take a bow children and give yourselves a big pat on the back; we are so proud of you!
Children from Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs Classes participate in the Carol Service
Sunday - 9th December
This was the last chance to practice all three of the Christmas Songs before the Carol Service on 16th December.
Parent's and Carer's - thanks for attending and encouraging your children, we love you being with us and it really was a great final session of practice. Please also take some time to invite friends and family to the afternoon Carol Service which starts 3pm Sunday 16th December. Also note the RoL Community Cafe is open from 1pm on same day serving festive menu at very reasonable prices - a great excuse to enjoy lunch before the service!
Following the Carol Service, refreshments, including non-alcoholic mulled punch and mince pies, were served and gifts were presented to each attending child.
Carol Service Stage Rehearsal
Stage Rehearsal was a great success and our children really made a massive effort to sing out loud at the same time as remembering all the actions. It's a busy season for all children and many of our youngsters are also involved in Nativity Plays and other Christmas performing events in school.
The Christmas Story
Sunday School lessons for our Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs Groups have now entered the Christmas season with teachings leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. Last Sunday, lessons entitled "Look for the Star" & "Royal Visit" revealed the prophesy and reality of the arrival of King Jesus through scripture passages Isaiah 60:1-3 and Matthew 2:1-12. This coming week we continue the Christmas message with lessons from Luke 1:26-38 "The Birth of Jesus Foretold" - the nativity scene is already on display and there's a buzz of anticipation as the children practice new songs for the Carol Service which starts 3pm on 16th December this year. This will be a joyful family event with presentations from all the Younger Church Ministry Groups - come early to enjoy lunch or snacks from 1pm onwards in the Community Cafe.
What an exciting time this is for young children; we encourage parents to follow the message at home whenever the opportunity arises, spending valuable family moments together.
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Each Christmas, RoL Church supports Tearfund by donating money that church members would have otherwise spent on Christmas Cards. Of course we still have a giant card for people to sign and our Younger Church get the opportunity to learn more about Tearfund by making the card during Sunday School classes.
This year our Sunday School children set to work on a massive Christmas Card which went on display for the first time on Sunday 25th November. Seen here are members of the Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs groups putting the finishing touches to some beautiful artwork which will be added to all the other scenery produced over the past few weeks. Please support this project generously with your donations but also take a moment to thank our little ones for their efforts.
During Remembrance Sunday our children participated in the main service with parents and experienced some moving video clips, traditional hymns and two minutes silence at 11am. In class they learned about the significance of the Poppy and produced some beautiful artwork using paints and apples! If you look closely at the poppy shapes below, perhaps you can recognise the shapes of apples cut in half? Well done children - fantastic job!
Christmas is Coming...
Little Lobsters and Cool Crabs groups continued rehearsals for the Christmas programme, now into the third week and we are delighted that new families are joining in the fun.
This video clip was taken during the first week of Christmas song rehearsals - we think it's a pretty awesome result for just 20 minutes of practice! Well Done Children and also Caroline, Luminita and Jayne for leading the children so well - I have no idea how you are able to manage those events but you are all doing a great job!
The 4:12 Teens Group also kicked off their Christmas plans but it's top secret - watch this space for further news.
Cool Crabs Spring Clean in November!
Phase 1 of the Cool Crabs classroom clean-up was completed recently as the team finally got to grips with an accumulation of waste paper, old materials and artwork which had already reached its sell-by date. Shown here are Del, Elizabeth and John pulling the place apart before deciding what should be retained. Phase 2 will follow later with new storage containers, wall painting and decoration - volunteers welcome!