COVID-19 Response

The emergence and subsequent spread of COVID-19 has forced everyone to take action to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Following the introduction and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and declines in COVID-19 cases in the spring of 2021, the CDC and local authorities have updated guidance allowing for larger gatherings. Riverside has began live services in July 2021 with adjustments to keep worshippers safe and healthy.

Update for January 2022

We continue to monitor the COVID numbers and adapt as needed. Starting in January 2022, Riverside asks in-person congregants to please wear KN95 or surgical masks at all times, including during our times of praise and singing.

Online Worship and Community Services

We continue offer online Sunday services hosted by pastor Rev. Mia McClain. Sunday services include a video of our Sunday morning service as well as the bulletin posted for you to follow along at home. Visit the online services page for additional information on how to join these services and to view past Sunday services.

We also offer online fellowship and grief support to connect with and support each other. Go to the online community page for information on options for connecting with the Riverside community.

Additional information about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

We offer the following guidelines for staying healthy and slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. You can also download these tips in PDF, Word and Pages formats.

Key Points

Sustained community spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally. Some countries have widespread sustained spread.

Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease and should consider postponing nonessential travel.

Use your head — Slow the spread

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • If you are sick, stay home and call your health care provider
  • Practice social distancing — keep distance between yourself and others and avoid crowds
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Resources & Information

  • Call the Hunger Lifeline for personalized recommendations to community food resources over the phone: 202-644-9807 (Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm).
  • Search for any of the services in food, healthcare, housing, job training and more. If you do not know your zip code, you can quickly find it here by entering your address.

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