COVID-19 Response

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


In response to the spread in the community and under the advice of the CDC and local officials, the leadership of Riverside made the decision to temporarily discontinue gathering in the sanctuary for worship starting in March 2020. All gatherings at the church were postponed or suspended to help control the spread of the disease.

To address the continuing spiritual and fellowship needs during this time of uncertainty, Riverside began providing online outreach of both worship services and community services.

Regathering in July 2021

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 begun live services with adjustments to keep worshippers safe and healthy.

Online Worship and Community Services

We offer online Sunday services hosted by Rev. Nick. 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 celebrate communion during the 11:00 am prayer meeting after the online service on the first and second Sunday of each month. At 11:00 am of every Sunday, we join via Zoom to share how everyone is doing and how we can encourage each other during this difficult time. Go to the online community page for additional details on joining.

We also offer online fellowship and Bible study to connect with each other during this time of social distancing. 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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