LATEST UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus Covid-19 Update

You'll find all of Riverside's update about all things Coronavirus here.

Riverside Friends


Starting November 8th, 2020 - Service Times & Protocols

We are excited to worship with you and have new Sunday service opportunities to share with you. At our 9 AM & 11 AM worship services you will have the option to remove your mask once you are seated, but will need to wear a mask anytime you are not at your seat.


As always our services will be broadcast over live stream on our Website, Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo.


Here are the details of the steps we are taking to help ensure safety:

  1. 9 & 11AM is a mask Mask To Your Seat Service, once seated you may remove your mask if you wish, while you are at your seat.
  2. All greeters & Volunteers will have face masks on
  3. We will not be passing out bulletins, so please visit our website to use the YouVersion bible app. This app allows you to follow along in the message and take notes.
  4. We will not be passing the offering plate, but there will be stations where you can drop your offering. Or feel free to take advantage of online giving.
  5. We are opening the doors 15 minutes before service.
  6. We have an outside viewing area for those that want to be on campus but not inside.


Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate this new season. 



Starting September 13th, 2020 - Service Times & Protocols

We are excited to worship with you and have new Sunday service opportunities to share with you. At 9 AM our in-person worship service will be mask required, or at 11 AM the worship service you will have the option to remove your mask once you are seated, but will need to wear a mask anytime you are not at your seat.


As always our services will be broadcast over live stream on our Website, Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo.


Here are the details of the steps we are taking to help ensure safety:

  1. 9AM is a Mask Required Service
  2. 11AM is a mask Mask To Your Seat Service, once seated you may remove your mask if you wish, while you are at your seat.
  3. All greeters & Volunteers will have face masks on
  4. We will not be passing out bulletins, so please visit our website to use the YouVersion bible app. This app allows you to follow along in the message and take notes.
  5. We will not be passing the offering plate, but there will be stations where you can drop your offering. Or feel free to take advantage of online giving.
  6. We are opening the doors 15 minutes before service. 


Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate this new season. 


July 1st, 2020 - Service Times & Protocols

Our doors are open for worship. However, we always have our stream on Sundays for you to enjoy live and later in the week.


Our in-person service time 10:00AM. Services will also be a little shorter than usual to allow us time in between services to sanitize and reset for the next group. 


We will be live-streaming the service on our website, Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo. Make sure you've subscribed, followed, liked, and turned on notifications for the platforms you use. 


Here are the details of the steps we are taking to help ensure safety:

  1. We are taking reservations to allow us not to overfill our space so we can maintain social distancing.
  2. It is a mask required service
  3. All greeters will have face masks on
  4. We will have separate entrances and exists
  5. We will dismiss by groups to minimize bottlenecks at exits
  6. We will be using our black plastic chairs to facilitate better sanitation 
  7. We will not be passing out bulletins, so please visit our website to use the YouVersion bible app. This app allows you to follow along in the message and take notes.
  8. We will not be passing the offering plate, but there will be stations where you can drop your offering. Or feel free to take advantage of online giving.
  9. We are opening the doors 15 minutes before service. 
  10. We are taking reservations to allow us not to overfill our space so we can maintain social distancing.


Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate this new season. 


Service Times and Procedures Update

Our doors are once again open for worship services. However, we always have our stream on Sundays for you to enjoy live and later in the week. See below for times.


Our in-person service times will be at 8:00 am9:15 am, and 11:00 am. Services will also be a little shorter than usual to allow us time in between services to sanitize and reset for the next group. 


We will be streaming our 9:15 and 11:00 services. So feel free to jump on our website, Facebook, Vimeo, or YouTube to tune in. And as always, please, be sure to like, subscribe and share our Digital Services. 


Here are the details of the steps we are taking to help ensure safety:

  1. We are taking reservations to allow us not to overfill our space so we can maintain social distancing.
  2. The 8:00 service is a mask required service
  3. All greeters will have face masks on
  4. We will have separate entrances and exists
  5. We will dismiss by groups to minimize bottlenecks at exits
  6. We will be using our black plastic chairs to facilitate better sanitation 
  7. We will not be passing out bulletins, so please visit our website to use the YouVersion bible app. This app allows you to follow along in the message and take notes.
  8. We will not be passing the offering plate, but there will be stations where you can drop your offering. Or feel free to take advantage of online giving.
  9. We are opening the doors 10 minutes before each service. 
  10. We are taking reservations to allow us not to overfill our space so we can maintain social distancing.


Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate this new season. 


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4.7.20

Covid-19 Update 3

3.17.20

3.17.20 Update
  • We will have one worship experience this week. We ask that you stay in your homes and join us as one community on our Live Stream. You can find the stream either at any of these locations: Central Hub, Facebook, YouTube, or Vimeo.
  • The Hope Center needs you. Donations now have never been more important. In times like this the vulnerable and marginalized people are affected hardest. Please consider either taking part in a drive through donation experience or by visiting the Hope Center website to make a financial donation.
  • This week the Hope Center will be serving their members through drive through only.
  • The Loft Coffee House will be drive thru only with limited menu items starting today, 3/17, out of an abundance of caution. We'll re-evaluate on a weekly basis. Check back here for ongoing details and updates.
  • Our Student Ministry will be gathering as a community via Live Stream as well this Wednesday evening at 6pm. You will be able to find the stream via any of the links above or watch here.
  • We are putting in person Life Group meetings on pause. We encourage exploring video conferencing through sites such as Zoom or Gotomeeting.

3.14.20

IMPORTANT INFO! 3.15.20 service times will only be at 10AM!!! One service tomorrow at 10AM.

3.14.20 Update

3.12.20

We, as with the rest of the world, are following the impact of the Coronavirus on our area and the world. As Jesus followers, we are prayerfully moving forward with our mission of being like Jesus and building community where people can experience what Jesus is like. Part of that is that we are called to be people of prayer and action to be wise peacemakers who bring unity and love. What a great opportunity for the church to be those people during this situation, which has caused so much fear, confusion, and pain. Riverside family, here are some ways we can engage and some things we will do as a community moving through this situation.



  • If you or your family is sick, just like normal, stay home and join us online through the website, Facebook, or on your TV (via Roku, Apple Tv, smart tv, etc.) using the YouTube app search for Riverside Community Church. You can also find the stream on our website(connect2riverside.com), Facebook, or Vimeo
  • Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands whenever you have the opportunity.
  • We will continue to have our teams and cleaning crews clean and sanitize as they always do throughout the church campus (especially in our children’s areas) after use, and will do extra passes on high volume locations. With that, if anyone stocked up on extra sanitizer or disinfectant supplies and might be able to donate some this Sunday. That would be a blessing as we want to do our best to stay on top of the global shortage.
  • Be conscious of touching your face, and please cover your nose and mouth if you have sneeze or cough. Just simple stuff we get onto our children about all the time.  
  • As wise peacemakers, let us move forward in wisdom from our medical community, maybe we do a fist pump, or better yet a wave, or an elbow bump instead of the normal handshake or hug. Let us make sure our faces are kind and welcoming since maybe we cannot be with our normal southern hospitality physically that we know and love. Let us commit to loving each other and others in this way that anyone can feel the same and comfortable in community until this passes. We can always be kind and always be considerate, no matter the circumstances. 
  • Consider the calling of being a peacemaker, that is different than keeping the peace and very different than living based on fear. Consider how you communicate with people regarding this situation; am I doing so as wise peacemakers? Are my words representative of what Jesus might add to this situation, or am I inflaming fear? Cautious wisdom is not the same as fear, and we can help our world during this season.
  • Pray and pray some more. Pray for the medical community as they work hard to deal with Covid-19. When we look past the fear, we can see our global medical community demonstrating beautiful collaboration and tireless work to help those who are sick and stop the spread of this virus. 
  • Pray for our leaders (regionally, nationally, and globally). They, just like us each day, need Godly discernment as to how to handle this situation in ways that brings healing, saves lives, and brings peace instead of fear. 
  • Pray for those who are infected, pray for healing, pray for God to reveal to the medical community answers regarding medications and vaccinations. If all good things come from God then whether people admit it or not, we can be assured God is a part of the process. 
  • Pray for those who have been impacted, who have been quarantined, lost income, and especially for families where lives have been lost. Pray for comfort and peace that passes understanding and for the church to be a beacon of love and hope for those suffering.
  • Bring your own travel-sized antibacterial hand sanitizer and use it without fear of judgment while around others. Jason Carlettini likes this part, especially because he is a germaphobe and hopes this will continue after this virus passes.  
  • On Sunday, we will begin practicing this consideration based on wisdom from our medial communities in our greeting process and during our welcoming time in service. Still say hello, let someone know you are glad to see them but maybe with just that elbow bump, some kind words, and a smile. 
  • Let us be the people that push against emotional isolation as people can easily get disconnected because of situations like this. Instead, let us find ways to stay connected and care for one another via life groups, technology, etc. “Alone is bad” is one of our mottos, so let’s not allow this situation to push us or others away from what God calls us to, community. 
  • Check-in with friends and family who you have not seen lately, and please let us know if someone is ill so that we can join together in prayer. https://connect2riverside.com/prayer
  • Online giving has been a growing convenience for many families, and during this season, it might make even more sense for your family. https://connect2riverside.com/giving 
  • As we go forward, we will consider adjusting things like the way we do communion during this situation, and we appreciate your patience, understanding, and openness to new experiences. 



We know that this is a lot of information. As followers of Jesus let us commit too engaging in this situation from a faithful, wise, prayerful, peacemaking perspective. Now that could be a beautiful picture of Jesus to a world experiencing a lot of fear and pain right now. 



Grateful for Jesus and You,

Pastor John, Riverside Staff, and Leadership