Information for Visitors
Who are we?
Rivergate consists of people of all ages and different backgrounds. Whoever you are, you are assured of a very warm welcome at the church.
When to arrive
If it is your first visit, then it is probably best to turn up around 9:50am. If you are driving, then you'll be pleased to hear that there is plenty of free parking in the school car park. On your arrival, you'll be greeted on the door by our welcoming team who will give you some information about the church and notices of forthcoming events.
What to wear
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We are an informal church and accept people as they are. Some of our folk dress formally, whilst others prefer casual wear.
What to expect
Here is a quick summary of what you can expect at Rivergate. You'll find we are a friendly bunch; if you don't understand something, please ask. We start our service at 10:00am. The program varies but generally starts with a time of singing accompanied by a range of instruments. Our service leader then gives a welcome, a prayer and some notices. At this point, depending on the week, we have either communion, mission spot, a kids' talk or a sharing time. The finale of the service is a 30-minute Bible talk/sermon from our Pastor (or a visiting speaker). These normally follow a series, where week by week we work our way through a whole book of the Bible, chapter by chapter, drawing application that Jesus-centred and is relevant and meaningful to our modern lives. Our emphasis, thus, is on teaching the Bible; the whole of the Bible.
After the service, refreshments are served and there is an opportunity for you to receive prayer and/or seek counsel. If you would like to speak privately with the Pastor or a member of our leadership team, just ask.
Our hope is that, whether you are just looking into Christianity for the first time or have been a Christian for many years, you will be blessed at Rivergate as you hear God speak through the Bible, as you respond to Him in faith and praise, and as you enjoy the fellowship of the church family.
At Rivergate, we value children and thus encourage them to participate in the first part of the service. After that they normally go through to kids' church, where they have lots of fun discovering Jesus through age-appropriate Bible teaching and interactive activities.
For those with disabilities
We aim to be an all-inclusive church. However, our resources are limited, so we try to provide for our current attendees. If you wish to discuss specific needs, please contact us. Sign language can be provided with advance notice. The church is accessible for those with disabilities, including disabled parking spaces.
If you're new to Christianity, then in preparation for your visit you may find the 'what's life about' video on the Home page useful for discovering more about God and the Christian journey.
A final note
If you enjoy your time with us and would like to pursue things further, then you may be interested in a short course called Christianity Explored. This is a great way to find out more about God and and the relevance of Christianity to modern life. The course is completely free of charge and includes literature for you to take away.