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First Day Festival—Updated with Signup Info!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 14. River Church is partnering with the City of Charleston to help pull off this year’s 1st Day Festival. This is a great opportunity to be the hands & feet of Jesus, and LOVE on our city.

Instead of gathering, we will be serving our city by volunteering together. During the festival, thousands of parents, children, teachers and volunteers will enjoy free school supplies, educational information, healthy foods, entertainment, boat rides and tours of the SC Aquarium.

You won’t wanna miss this!

If you are in a Community Group, you will have the opportunity to sign up to serve at the Charleston 1st Day Festival at your group meeting. But if you are NOT in a Community Group, you can click here to sign up!

Signup phase has completed.

July 3 Lunch After Gathering

On Sunday, July 3, we’re going to have lunch together! This will be fun day of connecting with your River Church family. If you are part of a Community Group, you’ll have an opportunity to let us know what dish you’ll bring when you meet this week. If you’re not part of a Community Group, you can click here to let us knowEmail with questions.

Financial Peace University—Coming Soon!

This fall River Church will be hosting Financial Peace University for the first time. Financial Peace will teach biblically based, common-sense empowerment which will give you HOPE and a PLAN whether you are financially secure or financially distressed. Click Here for more information, and sign up early to receive a greater discount. Email with questions.

April 17 Gathering Moves to Mary Ford Elementary

Since we’ll all be busy painting Mary Ford Elementary during Spring Break, we’ve decided to move our April 17 gathering to their cafeteria!

Plan to join us…and help spread the word. The Gathering will still begin at 10:30, but it will be held at Mary Ford Elementary INSTEAD OF at Orange Grove Elementary Charter School.

Children are welcome in the Gathering.

Come worship with your River Church family, and then stick around to paint! And be sure to sign up for your shifts at

Easter at River Church

Easter is coming!

Sunday, April 24 we’ll have an incredible morning celebrating the resurrection of Jesus together! This will be a great time to invite people within you spheres of influence.

After the Gathering, we’ll all share huge pot-luck lunch. River Church is supplying the meat…but we need YOU to bring the rest! SIGN UP HERE TO BRING FOOD!

LOTS of food and good time with our community for everyone!

LoveGave | Paint


The LoveGave movement continues as we set out to paint an entire school during Charleston County’s Spring Break. Mary Ford Elementary is a Title 1 school in North Charleston that is in huge need of revitalization, but is not yet eligible for funds that could fill that need.

Phase 1: From March 1st – 31st we must raise $15,000 to cover the expenses necessary to paint Mary Ford Elementary.

Phase 2: From April 1st to April 14th we must recruit as many people as possible to paint Mary Ford Elementary School.

This is not about Paint. This is about Love.

Our Funding Goals

The funding goal for LoveGave Paint is $15,000. We need hundreds of folks serving around the clock during this week. Let’s do this together! Cast the vision to everyone you know to GIVE and to SERVE. We’ll need donations of cash, paint, paint supplies, cleaning supplies, your VACATION DAYS.

What Is LoveGave?

LOVEGAVE is a movement born out of God’s vision for us to love others the way He loves us. The word love sums up who we are and what we are called to do. We believe in and are passionate about loving others by offering our abilities, resources, and time to help meet the needs of people.


River Church Celebrates Its First Anniversary

January 30, 2011 marked the first anniversary of River Church Sunday morning Gatherings. What an exciting day! Our largest crowd ever…the music was loud…and we ate a LOT of food. Take a look at some of the photo highlights from year one…

Anniversary Video from River Church on Vimeo.

What an exciting first year! Enjoy this quick look back at three of the hallmark moments that help create the first-year story of the River Church community of faith.

What an exciting first year! Enjoy this quick look back at three of the hallmark moments that help create the first-year story of the River Church community of faith.

Some of the highlights of what God has done in this first year alone:

  • He led a dozen people to baptism
  • He brought scores of people together in brand new Community Groups throughout Charleston
  • He provided funds to give 100 $25 gift cards to every adult in the church to use for showing His love to a stranger through LoveGave: Stories
  • He provided over 600 backpacks to students in Charleston through the gifts of Charlestonians during LoveGave: Schools. The goal was 300
  • He provided over 370 bikes for kids in Charleston who may have had no other Christmas Gifts during LoveGave: Bikes. The goal was 250
  • He sent one of our Partners to India for 16 days of ministry, research, and equipping of church planters
  • He brought a new staff member onboard to lead our RiverKids children’s ministry

And that’s just the shortlist.

Year two is already  set to be even more exciting.

Happy Anniversary, River Church.

Anniversary Sunday Celebration!

Next Sunday is our 1st Anniversary, and we’re going to celebrate! Bring guests as well as a dish to share at a feast that will follow the Gathering. Meat and plasticware will be provided. Sign up to bring food by emailing Stephen Parris – stephen[at], and indicate whether you’ll bring a side dish, dessert, and/or beverage.

Coffee Night – Jan 31

Our next River Church Coffee Night will be on Monday, January 31 from 6-9pm at Charleston Coffee Exchange in West Ashley. Free coffee, and an all around good time. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the faces you’ve seen on Sundays, as well as a great environment for introducing someone from your Spheres of Influence to the River Church community. No RSVP is necessary, and kids are welcome!

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Candlelight Christmas Eve

Join the River Church family for a 6-7pm Candlelight Christmas Eve Gathering at Orange Grove Elementary Charter School. It will be a memorable night celebrating the most significant birth in history.

Childcare will be available for children birth thru Pre-K.

Help us estimate seating needs by click here to RSVP.

Orange Grove Elementary Charter School is located at:

1225 Orange Branch Road
Charleston, SC 29407

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Thank you for contribution towards River Church and the River Church community.

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