Riverside Christian Reformed Church

Worship on Sundays at 10:15am
including COVID-19 protocols
602 Comstock Blvd. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505​
(616) 361-0604

November COVID-19 Update

Categories: Messages from Pastor Ben

Dear faith-family of Riverside,

I’m confident that all are well aware of the recent exponential rise of COVID-19 in our state and local community over the past few weeks—not only giving rising concern for the health and safety of those we know and love—but also concern over the threat this time poses to our health-care system. Most importantly, the health and ability of our healthcare workers on the front lines during this difficult time to administer care amidst weariness from long shifts, extreme stress, and the trials of their own health and well-being.

It is on account of this that I write to all of you today, on behalf of myself and the elders, to inform you of the decision to suspend all in-person gatherings, including in-person worship, at Riverside effective immediately.

Leadership sincerely wishes we were not in the situation to have to make this decision. But we are. And this makes the decision necessary for the sake of our members and our community. For now, Riverside will return to online worship which will be made available for Sunday mornings.

Lastly, though this initial decision has been made there are still questions and details that need to be processed to discern a plan for moving forward. Leadership is in the midst of that process now and the plan will be communicated to our faith-family as soon as possible.

If you know of anyone who may not receive this communication by email or Facebook, please extend them the courtesy of a phone call to let them know.

In Christ,
Pastor Ben

Pandemic, Responsibility, and Hope

Pandemic, Responsibility, and Hope

All in-person gatherings, including in-person worship, at Riverside are suspended, effective immediately. Pastor Ben takes us through “Pandemic, Responsibility, and Hope” as we face continued and life-changing restrictions.

A podcast version is also available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.

Ben Browneye
Author: Ben Browneye

Pastor Ben is a 2005 graduate from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He received his Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2012, and has served as a delegate to Synod in 2016. As Pastor, Ben has a passion for preaching and teaching and has been at Riverside since April of 2013. On the personal side, Ben is an avid outdoorsmen, a loyal Detroit sports fan, and is married to his wife Ellie. Pastor Ben seeks to preach and teach in an educational and engaging way that brings the deep truth of the Bible into our lives today for every generation.