Children

We are dedicated to passing on sound biblical principles to our children so they can grow in character and develop a solid foundation for living a good, happy, blessed life.


Nursery: Infants to age 5.  The Lil' Lites Nursery is designed to care for and nurture your child in the earliest years of his or her life. Sundays 9:30-11:30 am.  


Children's Class I: Ages 5-9. This class meets before the morning service - 9:30-10:15 am.

Children's Class II: Ages 10-14. This class meets before the morning service - 9:30-10:15 am.


Children's Church: Ages 6-12. Children are dismissed before the morning message - about 20-25 minutes into the morning servi. Our dedicated volunteers present a biblical lesson and use hands-on activities to help instill God's message and to give children something concrete to carry home and share with their families. 


As a small but growing church we are eager to attract new families who want to be part of building a fully functioning Children’s Ministry at RVFC. While we are attracting more and more families, we have not yet crossed the threshold for having a full Children's Ministry. You and your family can make the difference!  

Helping Hands

South Park Inn Shelter Ministry

Three or four times a year about 5-7 people from River Valley go to the South Park Inn Shelter in Hartford on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to prepare and serve a hot, home-cooked dinner for about 150 homeless people. It is a busy and fun 4-5 hours, but it is very rewarding knowing you have met a basic need for some of the most vulnerable members of our society.


Operation Hope Tote

The month before Easter we participate in the Springfield Rescue Mission’s Operation Hope Tote – an outreach to Greater Springfield’s homeless men and women. We bring in hygiene items (shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) and deliver them to the Springfield Rescue Mission, who distributes them. These items help homeless people clean up and feel better about themselves. They help give hurting people “hope to hold on to.”


Gifts of Love @ Christmas

There are many parents (often single parents) in our community who cannot afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children. At River Valley we usually sponsor a couple families through Suffield Emergency Aid, buying Christmas gifts for the children and adults.

Outreach

Servant Evangelism

A few times a year we try to demonstrate the love of God in a practical way – no strings attached – by serving people. For example, at daylight savings time we remind people to change their clocks and give them a 9V batteries for their smoke detector. At the start of cold and flu season, we give them a little bottle of Purell.  We give out scotch tape for wrapping Christmas presents. You get the idea.


Bridge Events

We want to provide opportunities for people to invite their friends to a "church event" that is fun and not very "churchy," for example, a movie night, or church picnic, or bowling night. 


Door Hangers

We want to let people know who we are, where we are and what we are about, as well as to invite them to a special event we are having.  So a few times a year we put together information, put it in a clear bag that can be hung on a door knob, and spend an hour on a Saturday morning walking neighborhoods, hanging them. 

Discipleship

The goal of our discipleship ministries at RVFC is to help believers become mature followers of Jesus Christ. This happens as people prayerfully read and study the Word of God, depending on the Holy Spirit to apply it to their lives.  

 

We understand that real growth in the Christian life is defined in terms of transformation, and not just head knowledge. The ultimate goal for every believer is to be like Christ. This requires transformation in three major areas of our life: 


1) our knowledge and worldview

2) our character (values, attitudes and desires)

3) our practices and skills.  


Besides the Sunday School class, Sunday sermon and Fellowship Groups, we offer one-to-one discipleship, or small groups of three or four. We also periodically offer a 5-6 week topical study that usually meets on Sunday evenings.