The focus of the Riverside’s Girls Ministry is relationships – relationships with other girls, with the leaders, and, most importantly, with Jesus. Building these relationships is at the heart of everything we do, from playing games and doing crafts, to studying the Bible, to ministering to our neighbors. Every Wednesday night, after a time of gathering and playing, we split up into three small groups: PRIMS for the youngest girls, STARS for the girls in the middle grades, and FRIENDS for the oldest girls. Each group works on badges, or units, such as “music”, “friendship”, “childcare” or “Bible”. For each unit, the girls complete 4-6 lessons and memorize a Bible verse.We do various special activities throughout the year. For instance, we have swim parties and games nights just for fun. We also learn about ministry and share the love of Christ with our neighbors. For example, we regularly visit an assisted living complex next door the church where we play games with the residents, make crafts, and just talk.