The Grove is a children's ministry uniquely designed with your child in mind! Every Sunday all children (babies through 5th grade) experience safe, age-appropriate environments where the Bible is taught in a creative and relevant way. We love your kids and are excited about helping them meet Jesus on their level.
What to Expect
First Time Here?
Look for our First-time Guests table, just inside the entrance. We’ll help you get your child registered, answer any questions you have, and walk you to their classroom.
How does check-in work?
You can sign your kid in at the station at The Grove table just inside the main entrance. When you do this, you’ll receive two nametags – one for you, and one for your child. Your child will need to wear theirs, and you will need to keep your matching tag. You can walk your child to his Grove classroom. You’ll be able to check them out at their classroom after the service ends.
What We Value
Our time with the birth – preschoolers focus on three core values – God made me, God loves me, and Jesus wants to be my friend forever!
In our elementary-aged environments, we focus on these core elements of faith – I need to treat others the way I want to be treated; I can trust God no matter what; and I need to make the wise choice.
Every summer, our 3rd -5th graders are invited to attend Camp KidJam...or as they refer to it, their most awesome four days of the summer! Camp KidJam is a high-energy camp experience with hundreds of other kids that helps kids follow Jesus and grow in their faith in an environment that works for them. A group of loving, committed volunteers attend with our kids to make it a safe, memorable, positive experience.
What does Child Dedication Mean?
Radiant Life Fellowship believes that children are a gift from God. We believe that parents are the spiritual leaders of their home. A family choosing to dedicate their child is simply saying that they understand this responsibility and ask the church to partner with them to help their child grow spiritually. This dedication does not take the place of a personal decision to follow Christ. Children are a gift from God and we believe in acknowledging that, just as Hannah did in 1Samuel 27-28, " I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life will be given over to the Lord."
Why dedicate my child?
It is an outward symbol of a family's desire to declare they want to help their child grow to be the person God intends them to be. It is also a way in which the church can affirm their commitment to help you grow spiritually as a parent and partner with you in your child's spiritual journey.
What do I have to do to dedicate my child?
We as a church ask that you speak with the lead pastor, or children’s minister to begin planning the dedication. We ask all families to write a blessing that will be spoken over the child during the dedication. We believe speaking a blessing over a child is scriptural, as shown by Jacob (Israel) speaking a blessing over each of his sons in Genesis 49. We also ask that you send a current picture of your child, their full name, and date of birth to our worship pastor so they can make a slide to show for the dedication.
What should be in our blessing?
Many families chose to share scripture, the significance of their child’s name, and other hopes, wishes, and desires they have for their child. Each family blessing is personal and unique so there is no right or wrong way to do it. We do ask that each family write out their blessing because it is an emotional event in your life and having something written to refer back will come in handy.
How will the actual dedication service go?
The dedication will take place towards the beginning of the worship service, typically after a few worship songs. We then ask a family to come forward, introduce each family member standing with them, and then one parent reads the blessing over the child. Then a brief statement is read by the pastor or children’s minister and the family “affirms” this statement. Then the pastor or children’s minister reads a few other brief statements to the congregation and asks them to “affirm” these statements. At the end of the dedication each family is presented with a certificate and a book related to spiritual parenting.