River City Church believes children are an integral part of the plan God has for River City. By investing in the children of River City, we are investing in our church, our church families, and our community.
River City Kids exists to exalt the greatness and worth of God and His glorious work completed through Christ.
In partnership with parents, River City Church strives to present the next generation as mature in Christ. As Christ’s ambassadors we labor to nurture the faith of children by proclaiming Christ and His infinite worth. We recognize the need to abide in Christ as the vine from which we draw life and wisdom to be ministers, not of the letter of the law, but of the Spirit (John 15:1–5, 2 Corinthians 3:6).
VISION FOR PARTNERSHIP
We believe that parents are given the greatest responsibility to nurture the faith of their children through instruction, correction, and modeling (Ephesians 6:4, Deuteronomy 6:4–9). The Church’s role is to encourage, exhort, resource, and train parents in their role as spiritual leaders of their children, taking particular attention to encourage fathers as the spiritual leaders in the home (Ephesians 4:11–16, 1 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:14).
VISION FOR DISCIPLESHIP
Recognizing that children are born spiritually dead in their sins (Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12–19), we believe that the primary task of parents and the church is to prepare children for the Day of Judgment. This eternal perspective is a call to be first and foremost proclaimers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We do not assume that the children in our church are saved, but rather are in need of salvation until Jesus specifically and particularly redeems them.
The primary means of grace to the children in our church is through the intentional and faithful teaching of the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:14–15). Therefore our aim is to acquaint the children with the full counsel of God, including a wide range of Bible stories, a chronological history of God’s work through the Old and New Testaments, the message of the Gospel, and systematic and biblical theologies.