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's different now with COVID-19 and social distancing?
For a season, we will have “church on the lawn.”    You will need to bring your own chair.  Masks are a personal decision when in public gathering outside, and we recommend consulting with authorities such as the CDC and local officials to make an informed personal decision.  With our outdoor space, you will have plenty of room to spread out.  The identical services at 9:30 and 11 will be for everyone in attendance; specifically, this means there will be no separate programming for kids.  We are creating a service experience with kids in mind.  The church building will be open for restroom access; there will be an established and marked “traffic pattern.”  Please use provided paper towels to open doors when exiting a bathroom to avoid touching common surfaces.

Please keep in mind that you may decide you are personally comfortable with people being inside your six-foot personal space; others may not.  We respect each person’s personal decision and ask that you honor social distancing suggestions.

What will a typical weekend service be like?

Each service on a weekend is identical at Rivers United Church. 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 to me?

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, we are suspending in-person kid-specific programming.  We are instead creating the Sunday “church on the lawn” experience to be kid-friendly.  We also are providing a weekly on video experience HERE.

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.