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Youth

Coordinators: Galen and Angela Draper

Kingdom Kids provides a safe and structured learning environment for children ages 2-5 during the 10AM Sunday morning worship hour. 

Kingdom Kids incorporates crafts, games and activities to enhance the Sunday school lessons in a different way while providing an age appropriate environment for continued learning.

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Image Lads to Leaders/LeaderettesCoordinators: Kenny Yoder and Todd Hamm

Deep River Church of Christ continues to support training youth for service and leadership through the Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes program.  Boys and girls from ages K-12 may choose from a variety of events in which to particpate, including oral bible reading, debate, song leading/songs of praise, speech, puppet theater, art, multimedia, and Bible Bowl.  Many Deep River youth, parents, and supporting adults travel to Atlanta, GA for the Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes annual convention.

There are abundant opportunities to help support our youth in the Lads to Leaders ministry, such as coaching students as they prepare for events, assisting with speeches, making props, and judging events.

More about Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes (From lads2leaders.com):

"L2L is the oldest and largest leadership training program used by the churches of Christ today. It is a tool churches of Christ can use to help prepare their youth and adults for service in the Kingdom of God and help develop their overall leadership potential.

The goal of L2L is to provide churches of Christ with effective, year-round leadership training tools that can be adapted to individual congregational needs. 

The purpose of L2L is to help local congregations instill the Word of God into youth and adults so that they will stand firm in the faith.  Teaching students to do “Bible things in Bible ways” is the essence of L2L."

Learn more about Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes here.

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Coordinators: Rhiannon Whitley

The Nursery Committee allows of children under 3 to worship without interruption. We provide fun, loving, Christian child care for an hour during Sunday morning services.

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Image Vacation Bible School (VBS)Coordinators: Greg and Ashley Patterson

VBS is a ministry for the children of the Deep River congregation.  It is also an opportunity for outreach to families with young children in the community.  Children ages 3-12 yrs meet for one or more days to participate in fun Christ-centered activities including: Bible teaching, Crafts, Games, and Songs.  The scriptures teach us to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6).  VBS is an opportunity to do this training and to let the children know that God loves them.

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Image Youth/Children’s EducationCoordinators: Leslie Bell

Ministry Contacts:
Cradle Roll & Pre-school: Betty Bell
Journey Land: J. Leslie Bell
Pathways: Rick Stanley

The purpose of the Youth/Children’s Education Ministry is to introduce to children God’s word as the building blocks of a solid spiritual foundation and the beginning of a life-long intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Ages 0-5:

Children’s classes begin with Cradle Roll through age 5.  Loving and experienced adult volunteers ensure a safe and nurturing environment for infants.  Pre-school classes (ages 2&3 and 4&5) are taught using fun-filled interactive lessons already designed by ministry members.  Volunteers who work with all of our children are vetted and background checked.

Grades 1-6:

Journey Land is a Bible-centered, interactive pre-designed curriculum for Grades 1st – 6th that teaches biblical stories/themes and principles by walking (journeying) through the Bible in monthly rotations in a three-year cycle, including the following classes:

HIStory/Memory Makers - introduces children to the biblical holy lands and geography via maps, timelines, storytelling and includes a discussion of the culture of those times.

Theater - children become intimately familiar with biblical events and scriptural principles by re-enacting the many events in the Bible

Listen Up - nurtures musical interest by introducing songs

Play Station - helps children learn memory verses and biblical facts in a workshop full of interactive games and activities

Truth Lab - instills long-term knowledge of “life” principles grounded in scripture

Gifted Hands - children create projects, prepare meals typical of the day, and other artistic activities to reinforce their knowledge of the Bible.

Grades 7 & 8:

Pathways, designed for pre-teens in Grades 7th and 8th (and as a follow-up to the Journey Land curriculum), is aimed at bringing our youth into a deeper relationship with and understanding of God, His word, and His direction for their lives.  Teachers encourage honest discussions and a safe space to talk about conversational topics such as school, family, and faith.  

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Image Youth/Teen MinistryCoordinators: David Rutherford

"The purpose of the Youth Ministry is to develop fully devoted Christian teens through Fun, Fellowship, Bible Study, Prayer, and Service, spending time with the teens, including giving devotional talks, lead singing, host teens in your house for fellowship and devotional, commit to praying for specific teens, offer to drive teens to events, plan events for teens, just spend time with the teens on some outings, lead a service project for the teens to participate in, and many other opportunities."

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