Planning Your First Visit


We realize that going to a new church for the first time can bring up lots of questions, especially during the time of social distancing.  And without answers, many people may delay going to church for the first time or feel some anxiety leading up to the first visit.

This information is available to answer some of our most frequently asked questions.



What will a typical weekend service be like?

Each service on a weekend is identical at Rivers United Church except that there is no childcare at the 9:30 service. You’ll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with exciting, contemporary worship music and a practical, relevant message.

What will happen during my first visit?

If you are visiting for the first time, we will not embarrass you, have you stand up, or ask you to give money. We know that many people want to check out the church and “be anonymous” for a while—and that’s fine with us! Come out, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and see if this is the church for you.

What will happen is you’ll leave realizing that our church is full of normal people like you.


What do I need to wear?

You could see everything from casual clothes to business suits at a service. Come wearing what is comfortable for you, because Rivers United Church is not about what you look like or what you wear.

I have kids, what will they experience?
For the time being, in-person kid-specific programming will be available during the 11 am service only.  We take the health and safety of your children seriously and have taken extra steps to ensure our children’s environments are as safe and clean as possible.
I still have questions. What should I do?

No worries.  We are more than happy to help you.  Just use our Ask Us Anything form and we will get back to you.  Or, give us a call at 757.986.0808.