Be Our Guest
No matter what you think church is or what you’ve experienced before, we want you to know that The River is not that church. As a first time guest, you are going to be treated with extra special care. Join us on Sundays at 10 am.
We hope that our worship service will give you a chance to experience God and that He will change your life. That’s what happens to us each time we come close to Him. We hope you will join us.
Our band leads our local church into the presence of God during every worship experience. These anthems capture the heart of our church as we celebrate God’s faithfulness and our gratitude for the work of Christ in our lives.
Whether you are a devoted follower of Christ, a skeptic trying to figure out what life is all about or somewhere in between – you are welcome here! At our church we will never assume you have your life together, if you won’t make that assumption about us. We are a group of imperfect people seeking a perfect God, and regardless of where you are in life, we hope The River will be a place you can call home.
We have a great children’s program for your kids (birth through 4th grade). Our River Kidz program seeks to love your children and provide a safe place where they can experience God on their own level. We have separate nursery areas for infants and for toddlers, Elementary school age. River Kidz is a fun environment with games, activities, discussion and lessons that center around teaching our kids the love of God through Jesus and His word.
What to Expect
When you arrive at The River you will be greeted with a smile. You will be invited in and have a chance to get some coffee or juice and get comfortable in our worship center. If you have children we will help you get your kids, birth through 1st grade, to our cool children’s area. You can expect an environment with upbeat music and a chance to meet new people. Our service will begin with a welcome. While we try to be creative with what we do in our services, we usually sing along with the band, hear a message from the Bible, and a chance to offer back to God. Our offering goes to support the ministries of our church and to reach out to the community. If this is your first time we do not expect you to give.
Our gatherings also include great music with a rocking band, fun videos, messages that apply to your life, and new friends in a casual, non-judging environment. Please feel free to come exactly as you are.
Through the use of preaching, worship, and creativity, we strive to present the timeless message of Jesus Christ in a clear and fresh way. And although our approach to church is anything but traditional, we believe in and maintain a conservative theological position.
At The River, we believe that God’s Word has the ability to change lives. The transforming message of the Gospel is waiting to be experienced. We hope that you will join us.
How to Get Here
We are at the Corner of NC HWY 150 and Welcome Arcadia Road. Enter our parking lot on Welcome Arcadia Road.
who we are
The River Church is more than a building, an organization, a man, or a Sunday. We are not about religion, rules, or tradition. We are passionate about being a part of a movement of God that makes Him famous through Loving God, Loving People, and Changing the World through the power of the Gospel! At the River you will find a group of people united by a common relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our VisionWe seek to make followers of Jesus Christ who love God, love people, and change the world.
Love GodWe believe the most important thing in life is to love God with all of who we are and to grow in our relationship with Him. People need to know this. We desire for people everywhere to come to know and love God through the life changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then to glorify Him with their lives.
Love PeopleWe believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of the Christian life. We do this by bearing one another’s burdens, by praying for one another, by participating in community groups, and by serving others as the body of Christ.
Change the WorldWe believe that God has called us to be a movement beyond ourselves that serves our community and plants the Gospel around the world. We believe that every Christian is created and gifted for ministry and has been given a mission. We are called to live as missionaries to share the message and the love of Jesus Christ with our neighbors, in our community and beyond our borders. Our mission is to make disciples, send missionaries, and plant the gospel.
The River is an elder-led church. Elders at The River are called by God to shepherd and lead the local church. They meet regularly to establish direction of the church, discuss theology, and lovingly disciple people at The River.