Child Friendly Church AwardRiverside 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.

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)

Dippers

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).

The 1st Sleaford Girl's Brigade Company is an active part of the life of Riverside. In addition to the weekly Brigade meetings, they form part of our joint Brigades Band.

There are four sections within our Girls Brigade:

  • Explorers for girls aged 5 to 8yrs
  • Juniors for ages 8 to 11
  • Seniors for ages 11 to 14
  • Brigadiers for ages 14 and over

Since 2003, we have been to Kenya as part of an exchange that we have initiated. We had hoped that it would result in a party of Kenyan Brigades' members coming to Sleaford but for two years running, and after incurring significant expense in applying, they were refused visas to enter the UK.

The Girls' Brigade forms part of the Brigade Band. For more information contact the Girls Brigade Captain at the church (address), or visit the Girls' Brigade web site.

We also have a Boys Brigade company.

Riverside is home to the 1st Sleaford Boys' Brigade Company. The Boy's Brigade is a uniformed Christian youth organisation, with members aged from 4 to 18. In addition to the weekly BB meetings, we have a joint Brigade Band with our Girls' Brigade Company.ANCHOR

The 1st Sleaford Boys Brigade There are four sections within our Boys Brigade:

  • Anchor Boys for boys aged 5 to 7
  • Junior Section for ages 8 to 10
  • Company Section for ages 10 to 15
  • Seniors for the over 15's

During 2003 we went to Kenya as part of an exchange that we have initiated, and have been back several times since. The Boys' Brigade forms part of the Brigade Band.

For more information contact the Boys Brigade Captain at the church (address) or visit their own web site (http://1sleaford.boys-brigade.org.uk/). The Company is part of the South Lincolnshire Battalion.For national information visit the BB Home Page.  

We also have a Girls' Brigade company.

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Thu Jun 30, 10:00 - 14:00
Source Cafe
Thu Jun 30, 10:30 -
Home group (Leasingham)
Thu Jun 30, 18:00 - 21:00
Girls Brigade
Fri Jul 1, 18:30 - 21:00
Home group (fortnightly)
Sat Jul 2, 10:00 - 14:00
Source Cafe
Sun Jul 3, 10:45 - 12:00
Morning Worship (10:45)
Mon Jul 4, 07:30 -
Prayer Meeting (Zoom)
Mon Jul 4, 09:30 - 11:30
Riverside Ducklings Children's Group
Mon Jul 4, 10:00 - 14:00
Source Cafe
Mon Jul 4, 19:00 - 21:00
Short mat bowls
Tue Jul 5, 10:00 - 12:00
Coffee morning
Tue Jul 5, 11:00 - 12:30
Home group at Church
Tue Jul 5, 19:00 - 21:00
Short mat bowls
Wed Jul 6, 10:00 - 14:00
Source Cafe

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