Riverview partners with Neighbors Inc. to provide clothes and food to those in need. We have an ongoing food shelf collection area and drop off bins for gently used clothes to be given to those in need. Donations can be left here on the church campus. Riverview also participates in the Neighbors Summer Feeding Program at Henry Sibley High School. Annually, Riverview helps serve 2,500 meals during the Summer Feeding Program. Click below to learn more about Neighbors, Inc.
Riverview partners with six other local churches to form the Cornerstone Jail Ministry under the leadership of Pastor James Bzoskie, to bring the gospel to men and women in the Dakota County Jail. Riverview leads a Sunday morning worship service at the jail every eight weeks and also provides support for a weekly Bible study at the jail on Wednesday mornings. Call the church office at 651-457-3831 for more information about this life-transforming ministry.
Starting in January 2018, Riverview was pleased to begin a partnership with New Life Family Services in the greater Twin Cities area. New Life compassionately opens their doors and hearts to women and men who may be experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and are considering abortion. Through practical and Christ-centered spiritual counsel, they provide education and support with the hope each client will make a life-affirming decision for their child. New Life also runs a licensed adoption agency, post-abortion counseling, and parenting classes.
Starting in October 2017, Riverview began a new outreach partnership with Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities in St. Paul. Founded in 1902, Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving people who are facing homelessness, poverty, or addiction in our community. By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs, UGM Mission is changing lives! The Mission helps people rebuild their lives by providing a variety of time-tested and proven life-changing programs. In 2018 Riverview will run a "Socks & Undies" drive for UGM as well as some other support activities.
For over 10 years Riverview has served as a regional drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. During National Collection Week in November Riverview volunteers typically receive, count, & process over 900 shoebox donations from area churches and individuals. All these shoeboxes, along with the ones donated by the Riverview congregation, are then delivered to the OCC Processing Warehouse for distribution to children all over the globe.
Project Home partners with local churches to provide housing and hospitality for families who are experiencing homelessness. Project Home also assists families in the process of securing permanent, suitable housing. Members of the Riverview congregation can volunteer as an evening or overnight host at another West St. Paul church which provides the temporary housing. Children and teens are encouraged to volunteer with their parents. This ministry is administered by InterFaith Action of Greater St. Paul.
Angel Tree is a ministry of Prison Fellowship and it provides Christmas gifts to the children of men and women who are incarcerated. Riverview receives names of children who live right in our local neighborhoods. An incarcerated parent requests both a "fun" gift and a gift of clothing for his/her child, someone in the Riverview congregation purchases that gift, and then Riverview volunteers personally deliver the gifts to each child right before Christmas. The Angel Tree is on display in late November. Wrapped gifts need to be turned in to the church office by mid-December. Click below for more information about Angel Tree.
Riverview is a supporter of Village Creek Bible Camp. Groups of adults and children regularly attend camp sessions and retreats using the camp's facilities tucked away in the northeast corner of Iowa. Members and friends of Riverview also regularly help with the staffing and physical maintenance of the camp. Click below for more information about Village Creek.