Frequently asked questions

What do I need to bring?

1. Clearly labelled diapers, wipes, bottles & pacifiers.
2. If your child is potty training, please bring a change of clothes for them in case they have an accident while at church.
3. Details concerning feeding and napping schedules. Teachers will have forms available for parents to fill out with this information.

Will my child be provided snacks?

Children over 1 year old will be offered a snack of: Plain Cheerios - Ingredients: whole grain oats, modified corn starch, sugar, oat bran, salt, calcium carbonate, oat fiber, tripotassium phosphate, corn starch, wheat starch, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) added to preserve freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Iron and zinc (mineral nutrients), vitamin C (sodium ascorbate), A B vitamin (niacinamide), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrocholoride), vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), vitamin B1 (thiamin mononitrate), vitamin A (palmitate), A B vitamin (folic acid), vitamin B12, vitamin D. Children over 18 months will be offered a snack of: Ritz Crackers - Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Raising Agents (Ammonium and Sodium Bicardonates, Disodium Diphosphate), Salt, Glucose Syrup, Barley Malt, Flour. Contains: traces of milk, mustard, sesame seeds and egg. Pretzels - Ingredients: enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid) salt, malt, vegetable oil, (contains one or more of the following: canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil), leavening (contains one or more of the following: yeast, sodium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate) Contains: wheat Manufactured in a facility that uses peanut butter If your child is allergic to a snack being served please notify the teacher as we do have some alternate snacks available for children with allergies.

Wellness Policy

To ensure a safe and healthy environment for every child, we request that parents take responsibility for making sure their children are well before coming to church. Please make sure children are symptom free for at least 24 hours before bringing them to their class.

What if my child is unable to stay in class?

We want everyone to have an incredible worship experience and that's why we offer parent rooms and nursing rooms to accommodate those with fussy or vocal children. These rooms have play areas for the kids along with TV monitors of the service so you don't miss what's happening. If your child becomes too active or fussy, we kindly ask that you take advantage of these options.

How do I dedicate my child to the Lord?

We believe dedicating children to the Lord is a very important step in raising them in a God-honoring way. We offer a Baby Dedication Class as well as Celebration for parents who would like to dedicate their child to the Lord. For more information and to register for the class and celebration.

Frequently asked questions

What is a Life Group?

LifeGroups are an exciting way for you to meet and connect with others at James River Church! By meeting in homes across the area, LifeGroups provide a fun-filled, relaxing environment for people to engage in meaningful relationships by doing life together. Life Groups are focused on building relationships, growing together in your walk with God and praying for one another. They make a big church feel small!stions" button.

When do Life Groups meet?

LifeGroups meet once a week typically on Sunday nights but some meet on other days throughout the week.

How are groups structured?

LifeGroups are comprised of 10-14 people who meet weekly in homes all throughout the area. Groups are available for adults of all ages, stages of life, and spiritual maturity. To get started you will search for a group based on your stage of life (college, young married, young professionals, young families, parents of teens, men and women only groups, etc.). From there you can read the descriptions of the various groups to find a group that’s a good fit for you.

What is a typical Life Group meeting like?

Most groups have snacks or dinner each week so typically the group will begin by enjoying some good food. Then you would move into a time of talking about Sunday’s sermon followed by praying for one another’s needs.

What type of study does the Life Group follow?

Life Group discussions are centered on the current Sunday sermon at James River Church. This Sermon Based approach helps group members consider how the passage applies to their lives throughout the week.

What about childcare?

Not every group provides childcare but of those that do, some groups offer childcare at the home where they meet while others have childcare at a separate location. When inquiring about a group online, you can ask the leader how their group organizes with children.

How do I join a Life Group?

Joining a Life Group is simple and done all online on our Find A Group website.
1. SEARCH: Search for a Life Group in your stage of life at, then click “Find A Group.” (Groups are not organized by campus)
2. FIND: Find a Life Group to visit.
3. CONNECT: Connect with the Life Group by contacting the leader and visiting their group.

What if I don't connect with the Life Group I visit?

Our goal at James River Church is to help you find meaningful relationships in which you can grow. We understand that it may take checking out two or three different groups to find the right fit. With that in mind, we encourage you to give each group a few weeks before trying a new one. It usually takes a few weeks for people to break the ice and begin connecting.