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Welcome to River Kids! The Children’s Ministry of New River Valley Community Church.


Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

In River Kids, we desire for every child to become a fully-devoted follower of Christ. With that in mind, we are committed to partnering with parents to help build a strong spiritual foundation in your children’s lives, so that, in God’s timing, each child will develop a vibrant relationship with Christ.

Nursery/Toddlers – Our infants and toddlers are taught the very basics of God and His love through simple stories and songs.

Preschoolers – Preschool children play and sing and hear Bible stories as we help build a solid foundation of Bible truth.

Elementary Students – In our elementary children’s program, we begin to teach students how to apply God’s Word to their lives. With hands-on activities, worshipful songs and age-appropriate lessons, we dig into God’s Word each week and discuss its meaning in our lives today.

River Kids has a full program for infants/toddlers and students in Pre-K through the first semester of 6th grade during our 10:30am service.


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)

About Our Director

Jay Mathis

I am a retired United States Navy Chief Petty Officer and a Worship Leader at NRVCC. My wife Angela and I, along with our 14 year old daughter Mackenzie, have called the New River Valley and NRVCC home since 2006. I have a strong belief that the church is at war with the world for the souls and lives of our children. It is our church’s earnest prayer that we empower our children to learn about Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him, their families and their communities.