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To know God. To make God known.


Children’s ministry may be the
most important ministry
in the church.

Children's Ministries at Red River ChurchChildren’s ministries help set the foundations of faith, built on the gospel.  As those who love Jesus and love our children, we take this fact very seriously.

Sunday School

Sundays at 9:00 am (September - May)

  • 3-5 year olds
  • K - 1st grade
  • 2nd - 3rd grade
  • 4th - 5th grade
  • 6th - 8th grade (Junior High)
  • 9th - 12th grade (Senior High)

According to John 4:23, worship is to know God and to love God in Spirit and in Truth.  Sunday school is a place that children of all ages are given the opportunity to worship by leading them to acknowledge who Jesus is and to express love for Him personally and corporately. Students worship by singing, praying and listening to Bible stories. They worship when they are involved in activities that have been carefully planned by a loving teacher who relates Bible verses and Bible stories to each students' life.

Children’s Church

Sundays at 10:00 am (September - May)

Before the sermon begins during the worship service, children ages 3-5 are dismissed to children's church.  Children’s church is a great place for children to learn to worship Jesus.  We do this by helping children:

  • Experience real worship on their level
  • Learn about the elements of worship
  • Become familiar with Bible stories and Bible characters
  • Hear the good news of Jesus Christ
  • Apply what the Bible says to their lives
  • Prepare themselves to become a part of the larger church corporate worship service.

Children are not required to participate in children’s church. If you would like to keep your child in the church service, you are welcome to do so.


Sundays at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

We offer nursery for children 0 - 5.  Our nursery is staffed with volunteers who love Jesus and love children.


We want the youth
in our community
find our church
a place to fit in

Youth Group

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Youth GroupRed River Youth Group is a small group ministry for grades 6 - 12, meeting meet every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm.  This is a place where our students are loved, encouraged, challenged and strengthened as they grow in their faith.  Our youth group is open to everyone, regardless of their church affiliation.

Our Wednesday night gatherings are structured after the 4 W’s:


Focus: One another
Aim: Building relationships within the group

The welcome time is an ice-breaker or a game to get the group interacting together. These activities vary from questions we ask to get to know one another, to games play to interact together, to activities we do to laugh together.


Focus: Us to God
Aim: To focus our attention on Jesus

The worship time is when, as a group and as individuals, we turn the focus away from ourselves and focus on God.  This is often done through singing worship songs.


Focus: God to Us
Aim: Allow God to speak to us as we study His word

The word time is focused on lessons and topics that are relevant to teenagers. We dig into God’s word and read the scriptures and learn together what the Bible is teaching.


Focus: God to others - through us
Aim: Allow God to reach and minister to others outside of this group through us

The witness time includes a time of prayer with an expectation that God hears us and uses us to reach our community for him. Along with prayer, we spend time together discussing ways to apply what we have learned, how to live in this world being set apart from this world - being world changers.

Fun Nights

In addition to our weekly Wednesday night gatherings, we have regularly planned game night/outings to gather and build our community on a personal level. Fun nights are a great opportunity to WITNESS by inviting friends to a safe, fun, and welcoming environment.

Next Fun Night Scheduled for

Events & Trips

Youth Group Winter Retreat

Winter Retreat

January 25-27, 2019
Theme: Jesus, the "I AM"

Our annual winter retreat is the 4th weekend in January. This is a highlight for the youth every year.

Past Themes:
2015: Worship
2015: Prayer
2016: Sacrament
2017: Love your Selfie
2018:  Hello My Name Is:  Names for God

*Must be an active youth group participant to attend.

Summer Trip

Our summer trip is on a three year rotation.

Year 1: Mission Trip - Week Long

Our year 1 rotation is a service project where we focus on others and God.

Where: Beauxmont, TX
When: Summer 2018
What: Hurricane Harvey Relief Work

Year 2: Music festival/Long weekend Event

Our year 2 rotation is a trip that we focus on our relationship with each other and with God.

Where: Detroit Lakes, MN
When: Summer 2016
What: HopeFest Music Festival

Year 3: Rocky Mountain High - Senior High Retreat to Colorado

Our year 3 rotation is a retreat put on through the RCA. We focus on our relationship with God.  Learn more about Rocky Mountain High at

Where: Colorado
When: Summer 2020
What: Rocky Mountain High

*Must be an active youth group participant to attend.


Lock-in’s are scheduled periodically.

Christmas Caroling

December 19, 2018

Youth Group FundraiserFundraisers/Donate

Calendars: November-December
Rummage Sale: April
Sub Sandwich Sales: Sell in April - Deliver in May

16:18 Music Group

Who: Youth grades 6 - 12
What: Learn to play guitar, keys, bass, cajon
When: Sundays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

We have a passion for music! We have a heart made to praise our Creator. There are so many ways of praising God and 16:18 is a chance for our youth to strum, drum, and key out their heartfelt worship. Currently, our youth can choose to learn guitar, bass, cajon or keyboard.

On the 16:18 Music Group nights, we meet for an hour and a half.  We start our time practicing our instruments separately.  Then we join together for a jam session!  We work through common praise and worship music that our youth connect with.  At then end of the night, it is exciting to see the “band” come together and the worship come from playing a song together.


  • Pastor Ron Van Peursem (main contact)
  • Jodi Van Peursem (main contact)
  • Scott Billingsley
  • Trina Billingsley


Our desire is to help
each adult connect
with God and others
in a real way

Adults can be involved in many different ways at Red River Church, whether it is volunteering in one of the many areas of service or being involved in a small group Bible study.

  • Sunday morning at 9:00 am - Adult Sunday School
  • Tuesday night - Women’s Bible Study
  • Wednesday morning - Women’s Bible Study
  • Wednesday evening - Men’s Bible Study

Our church has a subscription to a resource called RightNow Media.  It a large database of Bible studies and resources for all ages.  We would love to share it with you.  Click on the following link to sign up.


Members attend Camp Lebanon in central Minnesota at different times throughout the year.

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