What to Expect

We know it can be uncomfortable coming into an unfamiliar church—hopefully this information will get you up to speed. Got more questions? Please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

When is worship service?

Riverside gathers year round for worship at 10 A.M.

Where are you located?

405 Riverside Ave N, Sartell, MN 56377

Where can I park?

We have a parking lot accessible from 1st Avenue N with designated visitor spots right around the corner from the main entrance.

Where do I go when I enter the church?

Come on up the stairs or use the elevator and you’ll be right at the entrance to the sanctuary or the children’s ministry check-in table.

Your church looks kind of old—what is the congregation like?

We are a mix of young and old. You’ll find families with young kids worshiping next to widowers, singles sitting next to retired couples. People at all different places in their relationship with and understanding of God are invited. We believe the church is called to offer the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ to all—all are welcome. We will do everything in our means to make the spiritually curious feel comfortable in our service, while still maintaining an atmosphere of worship.

What about communion?

We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of the month. We believe that Jesus, the true bread from heaven, feeds us spiritually as we receive the elements in faith. Communion is open to all baptized followers of Christ and baptized children who have been approved by the church Session.

What are your beliefs?

We are a theologically conservative reformed, evangelical, and missional congregation belonging to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Click here for more particulars.

What do I do with my kids?

You’re more than welcome to keep them in the service with you. However, if you prefer, we have a Kingdom Kids program for ages 1-3 during the entire service. Just take your kids downstairs — the room is clearly marked. During the summer we offer a Children’s Church program for kids age 3–2nd grade during the sermon. Kids get dismissed to go downstairs. During the school year we offer children’s Sunday school starting at 11:20.

What if my child gets fussy?

We also have a cry room in the back of the sanctuary if you’d like to take your infant/toddler somewhere where you can hear but not be heard.

What should I wear?

God does not look at the outward appearance as man does, but rather sees the condition of our hearts. You’re encouraged to examine the condition of your heart before you come; you’re also encouraged to come dressed however you feel comfortable. There is a wide variety of dress among those who attend our services. Our pastor typically wears khakis and a button down.

What is worship like?

We believe the very character of God and what he has done through Jesus Christ merits our worship and exaltation of him. We gather not because of what we can get out of the service but in worship of God as a response to what he has done in our lives. Yet, since we believe through worship we have the opportunity to come into God’s presence, we do look forward to how we might be changed as a result of a genuine encounter with the one true living God.

How long do services last?

Our services typically last an hour and you’re invited to join us downstairs afterwards for coffee and snacks.

Will I be asked to donate money?

Our ministry is supported by members’ giving. One place this occurs is in the worship service as collection plates are passed. We do invite guests to fill out visitor cards at that time, but no one will ask or expect you to give money.

What kind of music do you have?

Riverside recognizes the value in yesterday’s traditional music, as well as today’s contemporary music: so we sing both. All our music is projected on a screen and led by keyboard and/or guitar. We sing to praise God and to encourage and bless one another (Colossians 3:16).

What happens after services?

After the benediction, we make our way downstairs for coffee and treats. Children are dismissed for Sunday school at 11:20.

Will I be singled out as a guest?

You can expect to be greeted and welcomed, but no one will make you stand up and introduce yourself.