Spotlight on Little Fishes (With Sarah Cornthwaite)

Sarah is responsible for under 12’s curriculum development at Vinelife Church in Manchester, whilst also running Adventures with Jesus. Sarah trained as a teacher and has been involved in serving and leading children in churches, schools and summer camps for over 19 years. She regularly speaks at different Children’s Leaders training days and conferences. At Rivercamp, Sarah leads our young children’s group – Little Fishes.


“My heart is for children to encounter Jesus for themselves; to recognise his voice, grow confident in hearing, seeing and sensing him and to live from a place of being his best friend, knowing they are powerful and significant in God’s family”.


For people that haven’t been to Rivercamp before, what is Rivercamp like?

Rivercamp is a wonderful family friendly camp with something for everyone! At its heart is the value for all of us, however old or young we are, to meet with Jesus and be transformed.

What is amazing about Little Fishes?

Little Fishes, for children aged 6 months to four years, is a place of fun, exploration and connection with Jesus! We get to team up with Holy Spirit to see these little ones meet with him. We’ve seen God do amazing things over previous camps such as children choosing to be forever friends with Jesus, praying and seeing each other healed, whole families blessed and impacted as well as tonnes of peace and joy in our venue!

What does a day look like?

A day in Little Fishes starts with praying for each other as a team and checking we are ready for the children to arrive! Children are with us from 9.45am till 12.30pm over four mornings. Each team member will have the same group of children for the duration of camp so we really get to know them and they feel super happy with us. Team members can choose which age group they’d like to be with.

During the morning we have worship, story time, exploring and craft, sensory play, snack and time to connect with Jesus as well as loads of free play indoor and out. Each day has a theme to enable the children to really engage with God, such as ‘I am a treasure to Daddy God’ or ‘I can see, hear and feel Jesus’ or ‘I can be filled with Holy Spirit!’ This year will be bug themed!

What sort of person are you looking for?

I’m looking for team members with a heart for under 5’s, who like to play and have fun and want to learn with the children!

If Little Fishes sounds like something you might be interested in, why not apply to join the team this year? Each team place comes with a free place, a family price reduction and Breakfast and Dinner included.