WHO WE ARE

 

We seek to provide a loving, nurturing environment to develop our personal relationships with God, to increase our knowledge of God’s love, and to share God’s love with others.

 

We believe true joy and happiness are found in life in relationship with God and in service to God. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we wish to share the blessings of God with those around us. Our work and mission are shaped by our trust in the truths proclaimed by Jesus the Christ.

 

Our building is handicapped-accessible and open for meetings of all kinds of groups. Our Sanctuary is warm in winter, air conditioned in summer. Our Sanctuary also has an induction loop assistive listening system. This system is compatible with all telecoil-equipped hearing aids, cochlear implants and induction loop receivers. Parking is available on the surrounding neighborhood streets and in two handicapped-only spots in the front driveway, which is also used as a quick drop off and pick up point. Please contact us if you have any special needs or concerns.

THE BLESSINGS OF RIVERSIDE

 

We believe that Christ has created Riverside Church in order to be a blessing to the greater community of LaSalle and the Towns of Niagara and Wheatfield. We believe true joy and happiness are found in life in relationship with God and in service to Him. By the power of the Holy Spirit we wish to share the blessings of God with those around us. Our work and mission will be shaped by our trust in the following truths proclaimed by Jesus:

 

I. Happy are those who worship the Lord, for they shall experience the presence of God

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul.”

Worship is the core of our Church’s life together.

 

II. Happy are those who open themselves to others, for they shall discover human relationship

Love one another even as I have loved you.”

The fellowship of our Church in central to its strength.

 

III. Happy are those who care for those in need, for they shall find Christ

When you have done it to the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

The Church is to minister to people in need.

 

IV. Happy are those who are learning God’s word, for they shall become the people God intends them to be.

Be ye perfect.”

The Church is to foster the spiritual growth of its men, women and children that they might become better disciples.

 

V. Happy are those who share the good news of Christ, for their own faith is strengthened.

Go into all the world…”

The Church is to proclaim and teach the Gospel of Christ.

‘SERVICE’

 

We reach out to the community in many ways through many venues to show God’s presence in the world and to care for our neighbors, those close to home, those far away, and everyone in between.

DEACONS MONTHLY OUTREACH

 

Each month the Deacons, the church’s elected board for planning and carrying out mission projects, designates an organization or project for which church members gather materials or money. Carolyn House   Heart and Soul   Medical Mission to Mexico   Youth Mission Trip   Socks and Mittens    Christmas Gift Tree for Catholic Charities   Passage House    Heart & Soul   Center for Joy     Niagara Community Action Program (NIACAP). All winter: collecting hats, gloves and mittens for NiaCAP, and socks for the Sock-it-to-me program.

HEART AND SOUL SOUP KITCHEN

 

Teams of Riversiders man the soup kitchen at Heart and Soul, a local food pantry and program center at 939 Ontario Avenue, near Main St. in Niagara Falls’ inner city, on the third Saturday of each month through June. Workers meet at the church by 9:30AM and carpool to Heart and Soul., usually finishing by 2:00PM. Heart and Soul is a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding those in need and improving their quality of life. In addition to providing hot lunches five days a week, volunteers provide bags of emergency food, supply snacks for after school programs, provide job preparation in training kitchens, give nutrition and meal planning assistance to low income individuals, and distribute Christmas baskets to hundreds of families.

YOUTH GROUP

 

The Youth Group, children grades 6 through 12, perform many services throughout the year, participating in many mission areas of the church, culminating in a trip to another city to work for a local charity. The time away is eye-opening for the youth, giving them an opportunity to see how other people live, and to realize how much alike our neighbors are no matter where they live.The youth raise funds for their trip through dinners, food sales and car washes.

PASSAGE HOUSE

 

Family violence can occur on many levels. It can be as simple as verbal or emotional abuse or as threatening as physical violence. Anyone can be a victim: a spouse, a child, or an elderly family member. Family & Children’s Services meets the needs of domestic violence with the Passage program a 24-hour emergency shelter for victims, which includes support and counseling groups and education programs for victims and abusers. All donations of personal hygiene products and cash donations are gratefully appreciated.

‘FELLOWSHIP’

 

 

One of the reasons many visitors to Riverside come back and become members is they feel the fellowship and hospitality of Riverside, including refreshments and cookies after worship services each week.

RIVERSIDE WORKERS

 

The women of the church gather together to prepare for the annual Snowflake Bazaar, held the first weekend in November, to earn money for mission projects and to beautify the church. The group also collects money for a scholarship fund for people continuing their education beyond high school.

The Bazaar includes homemade crafts, a book sale to benefit the scholarship fund, a bake sale, a basement full of treasures, jewelry, a large basket auction, lunch and a chicken barbeque. Much work and many hands go into such a big project here at Riverside.  Workshops to create the crafts and plan the Bazaar are held on Tuesdays from January through October.

THE GATHERING OF FRIENDS

 

We meet in the dining room at Riverside Church the 4th Friday of every month at noon! Bring Your own Lunch. Beverage and Desserts are ALWAYS served. After lunch, we play games of choice… Mexican Dominos, Yahtzee, Euchre, etc. Additional games are welcome. Please come and have Fun No meeting...just a gathering of friends Chairpersons: Margaret Smith  (716) 283-0528 Sylvia Davis  (716) 283-7901

TGIF COFFEE BREAK

 

Join us for a coffee break! 9:30AM to 11:00AM  Fridays, Perrine Room  Visit with Rev. Laura and friends for coffee and conversation

MOM’S MORNING OUT AT PANERA BREAD

 

Moms come in all shapes and sizes, have their own ups and downs and their own style - but one thing’s for sure, ALL moms need the support of other Moms! Come join us ON the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:00am for coffee and conversation with rev. laura.

LUNCH BUNCH

Anyone and everyone is invited to join us for a “dutch treat” lunch at a different location once a month! COME JOIN US AT NOON ON THE 3RD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH FOR SOME GOOD FOOD AND FUN CONVERSATION!

NAOMI GROUP

Naomi is a group of women who seek socialization and have no one to share their enjoyment with. We meet once a month and plan our calendar of activities for that month. (Dinner, lunches, movies, dominoes and theater events). We believe no one ever needs to go alone. We provide transportation to all events to anyone of need.