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For pastoral care, services for special occasions, and spiritual growth and empowerment, Riverside Parish Care is a good starting place. Guiding and sustaining ministries across the life cycle are available here, from compassionate pastoral ministry, to faith development and spiritual growth, church-wide fellowship events and small-group sharing. Parish Care can be called for a clergy visit in home or hospital, or to meet with a minister for spiritual counsel and personal advocacy. Large and small-group fellowship is available, as is deeper discipleship preparation, special programs for persons 65+, and focused experience through spiritual retreats and a variety of support groups.

Riverside offers both large and small group events to meet the varieties of relational needs of our congregation. Our Sunday Fellowship Hour is an occasion, after worship, is an occasion to meet others over refreshments, to learn about opportunities for growth and service, and to reach out to our many visitors.

Morning Light gathers at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday morning in the Meditation Chapel for centering prayer/meditation in the Christian tradition, followed by an informal circle of Christian community including prayers, reflection on scripture, and Holy Communion.

Weeknight Prayer Services are held at 6:00 p.m. on Mondays in Christ Chapel, and on Thursdays in the Meditation Chapel.

Space for Grace, a regular Wednesday evening service of worship with preaching and liturgy, includes healing prayers by clergy and lay ministers at the end of the service. The worship service begins at 7:00 p.m.

Riverside maintains two active Prayer Ministries: one in public worship, through the Pastoral Prayer during the Sunday morning, 10:45 a.m., service of worship; and one in a smaller, more intimate setting of the ongoing Chain of Prayer.

Persons or concerns to be held in prayer may be called in to the Parish Life office, 212-870-6762. If you leave a message, please include specific information, your own name and phone number, and whether the person for whom prayer is being requested is a Riverside member. Names are lifted up in the Sunday service for three weeks (unless the situation indicates otherwise), and then added to the Chain of Prayer. Names are retained on the Chain of Prayer for two months, unless further instructions are received.

Members may call any Riverside minister for visitation. Appointments may be made for short term counseling and spiritual guidance. A general request that a minister visit may be directed to the Parish Care office, 212-870-6762.

Compassionate Ministries are offered by trained lay members who visit those in need of care, prayer, friendly reassurance and practical support, including home Communion on request.

Organized in 1930 with a charter group of 38 women, the “B’s & P’s” create fellowship and promote cultural, recreational and social activities, along with serving as a channel for service to the church. Club members offer support to the Library, Visitors Center, Sunday Fellowship, Youth Tutoring, Career Day, wellness programs, and more. Call 212-870-6861 for information on upcoming activities, programs and volunteer opportunities

The Tower League was established to provide fellowship, education and community for retired persons. It meets weekly on Thursdays for Bible Study and Meditation, other program activities, lunch, large-group program and refreshments. Call 212-870-6808 for a brochure with activities scheduled for the current season.

Funerals and Memorial Services are available both to members and non-members. A Riverside minister must be involved in all services, who will provide guidance and leadership of the service. For further information, please call 212-870-6762.

Upcoming Events
Monday, August 1st
Art of Movement Class
Monday, August 8th
Art of Movement Class
Monday, August 15th
Art of Movement Class
Sunday, August 21st
Men's Class
Monday, August 22nd
Art of Movement Class

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Clergy On Call

A new aspect of Pastoral Care is Clergy on Call. If there is a life event or crisis, which creates a need for pastoral care outside of regular office hours, congregants may reach Clergy on Call by calling 212.870.6911 or emailing Clergy On Call. Clergy on Call will respond as soon as possible.

This number is specifically designated for Riverside members experiencing an emergency such as illness, death, accident, or hospitalization as well as those who urgently require prayer.

Please be aware that financial assistance and other social service related calls will not be responded to by Clergy on Call.

Pastoral emergencies during regular office hours may contact the Parish Care office at 212.870.6703.