Events at the Church of the River

Find out what's happening at our church by viewing our calendar, receiving our monthly newsletter, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and coming to church. Here are many of the special events that we have annually.

River Sunday

August 18, 2019, 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join us as we begin a new church year and pay tribute to the Mississippi River. This celebration includes a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser and a Splash Party with water slide and kiddie pools in the Oasis.

Leadership Retreat

September 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Board and members of the Policy Committee meet to review policies and have a leadership planning session.

Memphis Pride Festival and Parade

September 28, 2019, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (festival, 1-2 p.m. parade)

Join the Mid-South LGBTQ+ community for Mid-South Pride's 15th Annual Memphis Pride Fest, this year returning to Robert Church Park. Memphis Pride Fest is one of the Mid-South's largest and most colorful civic events. Enjoy a full day of entertainment, music, food, drink, education and celebration. Church of the River will march in the Pride Parade down Beale Street and sponsor a booth at the Festival.

Trunk or Treat

October 27, 2019, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Join the fun - a cookout and trick-or-treating from the trunks of decorated cars in the parking lot following the morning worship service. Watch the children in their costumes gather treats and fill their UNICEF boxes while enjoying an outdoor lunch prepared by the Children’s Ministry Team Grillers. With proceeds from food ticket sales benefiting UNICEF, this event is sponsored by the Children’s Ministry Team and the CMT Grillers.

Remembrance Day

October 27, 2019, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Held on the Sunday before All Souls Day, Remembrance Day is a time for lifting up the names of those we have lost in the last year. This event will be part of our regular Sunday service held in the church sanctuary.

Covenant Sunday

November 3, 2019, 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Our annual Canvass campaign culminates in Covenant Sunday the first week of November. Everyone is invited to enjoy a catered lunch immediately after the worship service as we celebrate our shared commitment to this faith community.

Stone Soup Sunday

November 24, 2019, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Stone Soup Sunday is celebrated. Families who attend church that day bring a cup of cut up raw vegetables and a cup of cut up fresh fruit to contribute to lunch for the congregation. Each family’s church service donation goes to MIFA, and everyone is invited to stay after the church service for lunch. During the church service, the minister reads the story of Stone Soup, an old French folktale. Meanwhile, soup is cooking in the kitchen. Lunch is complete with soup, fresh fruit, bread, and fellowship. This event is hosted by the Hospitality team.

Holiday Shindig

December 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Family, friends and neighbors are invited to gather at the river to get into the holiday spirit with a special Wednesday Night Shindig (replacing the Holiday Spirit Potluck Dinner). Nifty Gifty (holiday gift making) will be the children's programming for the evening. Come join the fun and bring a favorite dish to share.

Alliance Bake Sale

December 8, 2019, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Delicious fundraiser for our Alliance. Bring your baked goods to donate before the service and purchase goodies before and after the service. It’s all good! Proceeds will be used to purchase books for students at Shady Grove Elementary. Contact Rachell Anderson for more information.

Christmas Candlelight Service

December 15, 2019, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

On this Sunday at dusk, everyone joins together for a traditional family service featuring choir music, carols and special readings. Sixth grade girls play the roles of Santa Lucia and her attendants. A sixth grade boy presents the opening reading. Children bring forward their gifts for the baby which go to needy mothers of newborns. Childcare is provided for children ages 3 years and younger.

Caroling Around the Tree

December 22, 2019, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Church members gather around a Christmas tree in the Mississippi River Room. There, church families (singers and non-singers) ring in the season with the annual performance of the Twelve Days of Christmas, complete with a collection of props.

Christmas Eve Service

December 24, 2019, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Come join us for a Christmas Eve service with carols, lessons and time for reflection. Our Christmas Eve service will also include an impromptu Christmas pageant production of A Charlie Brown Christmas.> All are welcome to participate in the pageant; no rehearsals necessary!

Un-birthday Shindig

January 15, 2020, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

This special Wednesday Night Shindig will include our annual Un-Birthday Celebration. The Un-Birthday party is a multi-generational celebration. Twelve brightly decorated tables represent the months of the year and are adorned, not only with a cake, but the name of a famous Unitarian whose birthday is that month. Children and adults sit at the tables representing their birth month and enjoy the Shindig dinner and birthday cake. It is called the >un-birthday> because, although it probably isn’t anyone’s birthday that is present, everyone celebrates their birthday month together.

Winter Congregational Meeting

January 26, 2020, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

The primary purpose of the winter congregational meeting is to approve the budget for the new year and hear financial reports.

Love and All That Jazz

February 9, 2020, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

On the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, this memorable church service includes music and reading, celebrating the gift, glory and trouble of love. Jazz musicians and the Awesome Little Choir are featured.

Awesome Little Choir Soup, Salad and Dessert Lunch

February 23, 2020, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Stay after church to enjoy lunch featuring a tasty lunch lovingly prepared by members of our Awesome Little Choir. You won’t go home hungry. Your generous donations support the Music Fund.

Youth Sunday/Coming of Age Service

March 29, 2020, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Each year, the high school youth take responsibility for all aspects of a Sunday worship service. Planning and preparation for Youth Sunday is done with the help of adult advisors and is an important part of the Religious Education Program. Note: Middle and High School students remain in the Sanctuary for entire service. 

Kite Day

April 5, 2020, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for the annual kite flying day on the Mississippi River. Our youth groups will offer picnic lunches and kites for a donation. Hoping for warm breezes and blue skies to celebrate spring on the river.

Maundy Thursday

April 9, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

A special worship service held on the Thursday before Easter and commemorating the washing of the feet and Last Supper of Jesus.

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt

April 12, 2020, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

After the worship service, children enjoy an egg hunt on the church grounds. Eggs are donated by the congregation and hidden by junior high "bunnies" during church. Adult supervision ensures safety as well as fun.

Children's Ministry Volunteer Recognition

May 3, 2020, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

To celebrate the many volunteers who make children's ministry possible, we recognize our volunteers during the worship service and then host a brunch just for them immediately after the service.

Alliance Bake Sale

May 3, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Delicious fundraiser for our Alliance. Bring your baked goods to donate before the service and purchase goodies before and after the service. It’s all good! Contact Rachell Anderson for more information.

Mother's Day and Flower Communion

May 10, 2020, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

On this special Mother's Day Sunday, a flower is brought by everyone and placed in a communal basket. After the church service, everyone takes a flower as they leave, symbolizing the diversity and community of the church.

Spring Congregational Meeting

May 17, 2020, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

The primary purpose of the spring congregational meeting is to hear budget and financial reports and to address any issues that require a congregational vote including annual elections.

Spring Music Fest

June 7, 2020, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

A special worship service held the first Sunday in June. The Choir prepares a program and the minister reads poetry. Guest musicians often perform.

River Sunday

August 16, 2020, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join us as we begin a new church year and pay tribute to the Mississippi River. This celebration includes a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser and a Splash Party with water slide and kiddie pools in the Oasis.