We are glad that you found our website! Riverside is made up of people from all walks of life and at all different places in our spiritual journeys. If you are considering joining us for our Sunday worship, we are confident that you will find people just like you who want to understand God more deeply, share life with others, and make a difference in our community and world. You can find out more about our goals at Our Mission.
Where and When Does Riverside Meet?
Riverside meets at 1850 Woodland Avenue in West Lafayette, Indiana. Our facility [it’s less scary on the inside :)] is near the corner of Lindberg and Salisbury. We gather for Sunday worship at 9:00AM and 10:45AM. Both services are identical.
What Should I Expect At the Sunday Worship Service?
Wear what you want. On Sunday mornings some wear shorts and t-shirts while others wear dress shirts and dresses. When you arrive, you will be greeted at the door and can help yourself to coffee and a doughnuts in our Welcome Center. If you have children, you can either check them in downstairs in our Nursery or RiverKids or let them to sit with you during the worship service.
Our worship services begin with an opening song and some sharing about what is happening in the life of Riverside. We usually read a Psalm and then sing several more songs together. We spend some time in prayer and then one of our pastors will read a passage from the Bible, talk about what it means, and share how God is inviting us to live it out. An example sermon is provided below and other sermons can be found here. Finally, we sing a final song together, share a final blessing, and continue worshiping God the rest of the week in our homes, workplaces and community. Our worship services last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
What Does Riverside Offer for My Children?
On Sundays mornings, during both our 9am and 10:45am worship services, Riverside cares for our youngest children (0-2 years) through our Nursery Ministry. Older children (3 years – 6th grade) are given the opportunity to participate in our RiverKids Children’s Ministry during both our 9am and 10:45am worship services.
Riverside’s Youth Ministry serves older students through a Jr. High group and a Sr. High group that meet on Sunday evenings.
What Does Riverside Believe?
On one level, the answer is quite simple. When new members join Riverside, they are asked two questions about belief: “Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and promise to follow him as Lord?” and “Do you accept the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct?” They are then asked if they intend to live as faithful followers of Jesus and as members of Riverside and our network of churches.
That’s it. That is what we think is most important.
But on another level, of course, there is more that can be said about what we believe together. To find out more about what we believe explore our What We Believe page.