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Eden Lutheran Church-Elca

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To love God and all people in Jesus Christ, drawing others into a relationship with Him, working together to expand His reign of hope, justice and peace in our community and the world.


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Youth Programs

Eden School

For over 20 years Eden School has served the downtown Riverside community. The program is designed for children from 2 to 5 years old and operates from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday School

Eden's Sunday School program runs from September (kicked off on Rally Day) through the first part of June. Eden has a very exciting and dynamic program called Firelight. Firelight is set up much like VBS with several interactive workshops meeting simultaneously providing hands-on experience. The Firelight Kids and Leaders meet each Sunday for an hour starting at 9:15 a.m. which is the same time as our Contemporary Praise service. Firelight is known as a Rotational based format. We spend four weeks on the same Bible story which allows the children to absorb and learn about the characters and meaning in different ways. We open with all ages (3 - 11) together and read the Bible Story. A different story is read each week reinforcing the message and key learning of that month's rotational theme. The kids have a Bible Verse to memorize with each rotation which they recite in front of the group when ready. Then we sing a few songs, take offering, celebrate birthdays, and share personal highs and lows of the week before breaking into our Workshop groups. The kids are divided into three groups--Ages Pre-K, Grades 1 - 3, and Grades 4 - 6.

The Workshops include Drama, Art, Puppets, Video, Science, Computers, Food, Nature, Storytelling, and Games. Four workshops are selected for each rotation. Every week each age group attends one of the workshops after the opening. The following week, they will then rotate into another workshop and so on each week until they have experienced each of the workshops---each of which focuses on the story theme of the month.

The opening lasts about 20-25 minutes and then the rest of the time the kids are in their workshops. We have found this rotational format to be fun not just for the kids, but for the teachers/adults/parents as well. Each rotation has a different team of leaders---so that means if you volunteer as a workshop leader, you are only committing to three weeks. Workshop leaders are comprised of parents, adult members and even members of our Youth group. Firelight is truly a multi-generational experience!

Firelight Kids have also enjoyed other activities as a group outside of Sunday School such as whale watching, baseball games, Eden's annual Sunday School program at Christmas and riding on our church's float in the local Riverside Parade.

The Firelight Kids are a vital part of the growing ministries at Eden.

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