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Sunday Mornings

Birth - 3 years old (10:30AM - 11:45AM)

Preschool - 6th Grade (DISMISSED FOLLOWING OUR BREAK)

We at River of Life value family and fellowship, and believe it is important for our children to see parents worshiping. Our Family Worship allows students to see a full body of believers singing and praising together, tithing, and greeting one another. Our worship leaders will announce when students age 4 - grade 6 may make their way to Discovery Land, assisted by our helpful teachers.

Our church has partnered with Discovery Land Global, a unique children’s ministry program that exists to equip the local church to reach and disciple kids for Christ. The Program’s year-round curriculum brings the Bible to life for kids.

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Discovery Land curriculum was developed to teach children’s ministry students the following: 

The Bible 
The big picture of the Old Testament and New Testament as a whole, unified revelation of God’s Truth to us

The Gospel of Jesus 
Salvation by grace through faith as presented through the entire Bible

The Basics of Christianity 
Life transformation through prayer, worship, evangelism, Scripture memory, baptism, communion, tithing, fellowship, serving, missions, etc.

Questions? Connect with our Children’s Ministry Chair, Michelle Harder (651) 755 - 4165


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Wednesday Nights

September - May

Pre K - Grade 6 (6:10PM -8:10PM)

AWANA reaches kids for Christ through fun, Scripture-rich experiences that lead them to know, love, and serve God. Themed nights throughout the year make Wednesday nights even more fun, and give the students the opportunity to express themselves. To many children, AWANA is the highlight of the week! They love their vests, the exciting games, and spending time with leaders and friends.

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What can I expect?

Wednesday evenings are full of worship, games, and learning how to apply what the Bible says to your child’s everyday life as a student. We utilize handbooks to introduce students to practices that will help grow them as followers of Christ, such as bible study activities, scripture memorization, and evangelism opportunities.

Our gifted leaders walk alongside your child’s journey to a deeper relationship with God. We are so thankful for those who serve in our ministry and are wonderful examples to our students.

Looking to get connected? Connect with our AWANA Directors, Michelle Harder (651) 755 - 4165 and Rachelle Kimmes (715) 205 - 5502

Find Your Fit

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Ages 3 - 5

Cubbies® celebrates the spiritual potential of preschoolers (3- to 5-year olds) by helping them develop respect for God, His Son and His Word.

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K - Grade 2

Sparks® ignites the curiosity of early elementary-age kids to learn about the people and events of the Bible, building a foundation of wisdom for knowing Christ.

Grade 3 - 6

The T&T (Truth & Training) curriculum teaches kids the truth of God's Word, trains them to follow Him and practice His grace.


Meet Our Team

Michelle Harder   Michelle’s top five passions in life are: JESUS, children, music, teaching, and food! She has loved using her gifts and passions to serve the children and families at River of Life Church for the past 9 years.  As Children’s Ministry coordinator, Discovery Land Director and AWANA co-director, Michelle’s greatest joy is to see and hear children learning about Jesus, growing in their faith, and having fun while doing it!

Michelle Harder

Michelle’s top five passions in life are: JESUS, children, music, teaching, and food! She has loved using her gifts and passions to serve the children and families at River of Life Church for the past 9 years.

As Children’s Ministry coordinator, Discovery Land Director and AWANA co-director, Michelle’s greatest joy is to see and hear children learning about Jesus, growing in their faith, and having fun while doing it!

Rachelle Kimmes   Rachelle's AWANA journey began over 13 years ago as a Cubbies (3-5 year olds) helper. She was the Cubbies Director for many years, until she stepped into the AWANA co-director position last year.  Rachelle has been connected with our Sunday morning program, Discovery Land, since it's beginning. She has supported Discovery Land wherever needed--organization and cleaning are fun to her! She loves using the Bible, songs, and hands-on activities to show the B3 (Birth-3 years olds) class how God loves and cares for them!

Rachelle Kimmes

Rachelle's AWANA journey began over 13 years ago as a Cubbies (3-5 year olds) helper. She was the Cubbies Director for many years, until she stepped into the AWANA co-director position last year.

Rachelle has been connected with our Sunday morning program, Discovery Land, since it's beginning. She has supported Discovery Land wherever needed--organization and cleaning are fun to her! She loves using the Bible, songs, and hands-on activities to show the B3 (Birth-3 years olds) class how God loves and cares for them!

Carol Forrest   Carol first became involved in youth activities over 50 years ago. Her dedication to her family and serving in Sunday morning kids programming for 20 years has given Carol a deep love of sharing Christ with the next generation.  You can find Carol using her artistic talents in our quilting ministry, as well as scrapbooking at craft events. She lets her creativity shine in Discovery Land while working with her preschoolers. She loves to share with them the beauty of God’s creation!

Carol Forrest

Carol first became involved in youth activities over 50 years ago. Her dedication to her family and serving in Sunday morning kids programming for 20 years has given Carol a deep love of sharing Christ with the next generation.

You can find Carol using her artistic talents in our quilting ministry, as well as scrapbooking at craft events. She lets her creativity shine in Discovery Land while working with her preschoolers. She loves to share with them the beauty of God’s creation!