Children's Ministry

Children are an important part of Riviera United Methodist Church. Here at Riviera, we are committed to showing each child how much God loves them. We are devoted to nurturing vital faith and fostering the spiritual lives of children and families. We offer a variety of programs each week and throughout the year providing opportunity for worship, spiritual formation and lots of fun! For more information about our ministries with children and families, please contact Dena Babb at

Sunday Mornings at Riviera

Worshiping together as a family is something we value at Riviera. On Communion Sundays, the first Sunday of the month, we do not have Sunday School in order to to allow for families and children to worship together. Activity bags are available at the entrance to the Sanctuary, and the nursery remains open for our youngest children. 

On all other weeks, our children join the “grown-ups’ for the first ten minutes or so of worship, stay for a Children’s message and then head off with their Sunday School teachers for a time time of playful learning geared just for the kiddos. Through music, crafts, and fun activities, children put the weekly themes into action and learn to apply their young faith to their everyday lives.

Sunday School

With trained and respected teachers, a warm and welcoming environment, and structured lessons, children will not want to miss a week of Sunday School! Through storytelling, song, crafts and games, children learn about God’s love for them. 

Children’s Choir

Every child ages 4 and up is invited to participate in our Children’s Choir. The choir rehearses on Sunday mornings from 11:15am-11:45am. They sing in worship once a month and also perform musical productions at Christmas and in the late Spring. 

Nursery Care

We have an excellent nursery for infants through toddlers. The nursery is staffed by a loving, trained and experienced childcare provider and several volunteers throughout the Sunday morning hours.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is a fun-filled week in the summer of Bible stories, games, crafts, singing and silliness! It is a wonderful week of laughter and joy as children learn about God’s unconditional love for them. All children are welcome!

VBS 2018 will be July 23rd-27th from 9am-12pm. Registration and more information are available at

Family Events

We believe in Faith, Family, Friends and Fun! Several times a year we gather for family fun and faith building. Family ministry events include Trunk or Treat, Advent Festival, Family-Style Mardi Gras celebration, and so much more!


Safe Gatherings

The United Methodist Church’s Safe Gatherings policies ensure that every church is a safe place where children, youth and elders may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith.

Our church staff and persons working with our children and youth have completed a comprehensive background check and training to ensure that our campus and programs are safe for children. Children are our top priority and we make every effort to ensure their physical, emotional and spiritual safety while they are in our care.