We know that your first time at a church, or anywhere, brings up some questions. Where do I go.. what should I wear...what about my kids...what should I expect at the worship services? Here is a quick look at what you will experience each week at Riverside.
Where do I go? Once you drive into the Riverside parking lot, you will see Riverside Church main entrance. There is visitor parking on the right just past the entrance, but you are welcome to park wherever you would like. At the doors to the entrance you will be quickly greeted by one of our friendly informed people who will offer you a smile and some direction on where to go.
What should I wear? Come as you are. We have people who wear jeans and others who wear dresses. Whatever you feel comfortable wearing is fine.
What about my kids? Our kid's classes are designed for ages birth to 5th grade. If you have kids, you can make your way to our Welcome Table, where someone will be happy to talk with you and sign in your child. We have developed a security system to ensure that your children are safe and well cared for, and all of our children's volunteers have been screened with a background check and approved. After signing in your child, head back to the lobby, grab yourself a cup of coffee and engage with us in a worship experience for you. If you choose, you are welcome to keep your kids with you for the worship service. It is all up to you.
The Worship Service
Before the Gathering: Grab some coffee and a donut and enjoy getting to know some of our other wonderful Riverside members. While you wait, you can complete the info card in your worship guide with as much information as you are comfortable sharing with us. This card is simply our way to communicate with you and get to know you better - you will never be singled out during a service. You can place the cards in the offering plate as it passes at the end of the service.
During the Service: Our services are designed to be very engaging. In a typical service you will experience passionate music that comes from the heart and messages that are real and relevant to your life. We do not shy away from teaching Truth - we want to hear from the heart of God. If we do it right, you will hear solid Christian theology that is communicated in an intelligent, understandable and engaging way.
After the Service: You are invited to stick around and join us for Bible study. We have Bible study for all ages and there is sure to be one to fit you and your family.