What Can You Expect When You Come?

What Should I Wear?

If you visit The River for a Sunday morning service, one of the first things that you might notice is that many people are dressed casually.  Now if you would feel more comfortable being dressed up, you are welcome to do so, but you won’t feel out of place in your jeans and T-shirt either.

Coffee’s Always On

It’s likely that you will also notice the presence of coffee and other breakfast items.  How many times have you heard the words, “Let’s get together over coffee sometime?”  We want you to feel as welcome in our services as you would walking in to a friend’s home.

Opening Song & Announcements

Music is used in our services as an opportunity for reflection and prayer. Sometimes we have things we are thankful for and we want to express that. Other times we might come to mourn the loss of something or someone that was important to us.  People are always encouraged to use the musical times of worship in a way that feels best to them.

The opening song is followed up by a few announcements which will help you get a sense of what else is happening at The River besides Sunday morning services.

Practical Messages

Each week a member of our speaking team will give a 30 to 35 minute message.  The messages offer practical insights and are punctuated by personal stories.  Some people wonder if they should bring a Bible to church. You are welcome to if you would like. Many people do not, however, because all of the verses we will be using are printed right in the program. 

Prayer and Worship

Each Sunday morning message is followed by prayer.  After the prayer time, we usually take 15 to 20 minutes to reflect and pray during a time of worship through song.  We try to choose from a variety of genres.  You may experience gospel, rock, traditional hymn, R&B, hip-hop, folk, latin or reggae.  You will also notice that the way that people worship is as varied as the music.  Some may be clapping, raising their hands, dancing, or praying.  Others may be more quiet and reserved, maybe kneeling.  All of these are possible expressions to God and while all are possible, none are required.

Communion & Offering

During worship we take communion together.  You are welcome to join in, but there is no pressure to do so.  Towards the end of the service, there is a chance for those who consider The River to be their home church to give financially, but our hope is that guests will not feel pressured to give in any way.

What About My Kids?

Creating a great environment for your kids during the service is one of our top priorities.  All of our kids church teachers are trained to create a space where your kids can have fun while learning.  Whether the medium is a craft, a song, a story, a snack, or even playtime, the goal is for the kids to be experiencing a practical, relatable, and age-appropriate message.  This service is currently available for kids ages 6 months to 10 years.  If you have older kids, we don’t have a youth service yet, but they are welcome to join us in the main service.

So That’s It

So that’s a little bit about what to expect when you come to a service for the first time.  Our goal is to have a fun together, to get recharged for the week ahead, to experience meaningful healing if we need it, and to be able to connect both with each other and the larger world over issues that matter to us.