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Sunday services

11.00am: Sunday service held at Parkstone Primary School. We provide activities for children at this service.

6.30pm: Many of the church family join with the larger St Johns family for the evening service at St John Newland, at the Beverley Road/Clough Road crossroads.

What sort of church is Riverside?

We are a very friendly, informal and active church with lots going on. We're an evangelical church which means we we believe that the Bible is God’s authority on all matters of belief and behaviour and that the gospel of Jesus brings real hope and real change. We are part of the Church of England.

Who comes to Riverside?

We have a great variety of people as part of the church family at St John's, from all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.

What activities do you do?

As well as our main Sunday service at 11.00am we run a wide range of other activities for ages from 0 to 100, both at weekends and during the week. Coming along to the 11am Sunday service is a great way to start being involved.

What happens at the Sunday service?

Generally we sing a few songs or hymns, pray and are taught about a section of the Bible in a sermon of about 30 minutes. The services normally last about 60 minutes. We usually take an offering of money to help pay for the work of the church, but this is for regular church members only - if you're visiting, just pass it on.

After the service there's time to chat with tea, coffee and biscuits so we can get to know each other better.

Do I have to sing?

Only if you want to. If you feel unsure about singing with other people (and many people do), just listen to everyone else.

Is there a dress code?

No, just come as you are.

Can I bring my children on Sundays?

Yes, children make up a large and important part of our church family and are very welcome. However, the 30 minute sermon is mainly aimed at grown-ups and can be a bit boring for children, so we provide special activity groups for them during the service including a creche for 0-4s. Just follow the crowd when the children go out.

Will I have to go up to the front?

No, everyone up at the front has volunteered to be there. At a communion service, anyone who is a follower of Jesus can, if they wish, go up to the front to receive the bread and wine along with other members of the church.

I'm new to the area and want to meet people. How can Riverside help?

We run a number of small groups called Home Groups where you can get to know people better. There are also a wide range of other mid-week activities. Ask one of the stewards for more information.