Question: I want to go to church here! How do I jump in?
Answer: We’re glad you like us! First, we’d highly encourage you to come to church every week, or as often as you are able. Just like it’s hard to follow the plot of a movie if you’re in and out of the room a lot, it’s hard to really feel a part of a church if you’re only there sporadically. Second, get involved in one of our small groups. Connect with Pastor Steve or Joan (or any one of the leaders) and they will help you find a group that is a good fit for you. Third, people who work together get to know one another, so we encourage people to find a place to serve on Sunday mornings. There’s lots of different areas to serve, like greeting, ushering, and hospitality. And finally, at your first opportunity, take the Journey Course. Journey is our ‘entrance class’ to get connected to the body and get to know the vision of the church.
Question: Do you have childcare?
Answer: Yes we do! Our Children’s Ministry at The River Church is Christ-centered, safe, and fun. Nursery is available during the entire service for children ages 6 months – 2 years. After the worship segment of our service children in preschool through grade 6 are dismissed for Sunday school. Ushers are in the foyer to help direct newcomers.
Question: What do you have in your church for teens?
Answer: 116 Youth! If you are between 12 and 18 years old and looking for a place to connect with young people who are seeking to know God, 116 is for you! Our teens meet Wednesday nights 7pm at the church office 510 Central Avenue. You can get connected by contacting Youth Leader Gabriel Crombie.
Question: How do I get right with God?
Answer: Are you tired of holding it all together? Many people try to live life on their own strength, trying their best to be good enough, carrying burdens the best they can . . . but it can be exhausting! We fall short of our own expectations, much less God’s expectations for us! God cares about you and wants to help you, but you need to be willing to let him run your life. He can bring good out of our messes! So are you ready to let Jesus be the boss of your life? Here’s a few things you should know:
- God really loves you. He has since the day you were born. He’s on your side and is excited that you want to get to know him! He has great things for you in life!
- Your sin has separated you from God. We’ve all inherited a sin nature from birth. As hard as you have tried to be a good person and ‘not hurt anyone,’ I guarantee that you have let someone down some time in your life. We have all fallen short of our own expectations for ourselves. More importantly, we have fallen WAY short of God’s standards for our lives. The Bible calls this sin, and with that comes some bad news: The Bible says that the penalty for sin is death, which is separation from God forever.
- The good news is that Jesus paid the penalty that you owed for your sin. He died for you! He did this so that you wouldn’t have to. And so that you would not be separated any longer from God, who loves you and desires a relationship with you!
- Salvation is a gift. You can’t earn it, but like any gift, you do need to receive it! So take it and open it with me in prayer right now:
Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and that my life falls far short of your standard of holiness. I am amazed that you love me, even knowing what I’m like on the inside. I do deserve to die for my sin. Thank you, Jesus, that you died for me. Thank you that you have forgiven me of all my sins. I receive your gift of forgiveness and salvation. I want you to be the boss of my life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to get to know you in a deeper way. I want to give my life over to your control and live in a way that’s pleasing to you. Help me do this, Jesus. I’m yours. For good.