Riverside Church exercises a number of ministries, both spiritual and social, on a regular basis, as well as some occasional or one-off activities. Some of our ministries are aimed at building up members of the fellowship for further service. Other activities are aimed at reaching members of the wider community - either in simple service borne of love or evangelistically, sharing with them the Good News of Jesus Christ.
One of our key ministries to the community is found in The Source Multi Use Centre. This provides a cafe and meeting space available to hire by local organisations.
Riverside Church, Sleaford, is a church committed to including age-appropriate activities for children and young people. More than this, we have as one of our core values something taken from the United Reformed Church's document, "Towards a charter for children in the Church." One of the points in that charter says, "We will only do things in separate age groups what we cannot in conscience do together."
This means that we expect our children to play a full part in the life of the church. They can minister powerfully to adults, just as adults can minister to them. We expect God to speak to them and God to speak to the whole church through them. We have a range of age-appropriate groups and activities to help their learning and spiritual growth, but it is our intention not to exclude children from any part of our church's life unless there are excellent and compelling reasons for so doing.
Messy Church is currently not taking place at Riverside Church.
Our Sunday morning Youth & Children's Work
Our morning worship begins with all ages together in the main sanctuary. After a short time of worship together, the children and younger teenagers go out to our Junior Church groups for teaching and learning aimed at their different age groups.
We currently have two groups:
- Dippers (under 5's) & Streamers (5-10s)
- Delta (10-15s)
Welcome to Dippers—here’s some stuff about us that you may be interested to know.
Dippers is the name for our children's group on a Sunday morning looking after babies through to children in the Reception Year at school (age 5).
This is a group for pre-school children and their carers, which started in November 2009. It grew from our successful Bobby Dazzlers group that hundreds of children have enjoyed.
Each week, there is a varied programme of activities, including nursery rhymes, a Bible story, some craft related to the theme for the week, then refreshments and free play with toys. There is no charge for attending Time for Tots, but it is essential for carers (parents, grandparents, childminders, etc.) to stay with the children.
Time for Tots meets on Thursdays during the school term from 10-11:30am, and new children are always welcome.