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.

2018-2019 Fall Semester Begins

August 26, 2018

Fall semester for Faith Formation classes, for all ages, begins at 11:00 a.m. All children and youth begin in the Sanctuary with families every Sunday. They will then go to the education wing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to join their grade level classes.

Ministry Fair

September 23, 2018, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Join us in the Mississippi River Room before and after the service for the annual Ministry Fair. This event demonstrates all that we do to enrich our church community as well as the broader community. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about each ministry/committee and sign up to participate in ministries that are of interest to them. The Ministry Fair is held in the Mississippi River Room during Coffee Hour both before and after the worship service.

Memphis Pride Parade

September 29, 2018, 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 in a new location – Tom Lee Park. Memphis Pride Fest has become one of the 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 in Tom Lee Park.

Remembrance Day

October 28, 2018

We celebrate Remembrance Day on the Sunday before All Souls Day. This is a time for lifting up the names of those we have lost since our last remembrance. Please join us. This event will be part of our regular Sunday service held in the church sanctuary.

Trunk or Treat

October 28, 2018, 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 Family Ministry Team Grillers. With proceeds from food ticket sales benefiting UNICEF, this event is sponsored by the Family Ministry Team and the CMT Grillers. Check out our Tips for Trunkers and Treaters on the church calendar.

Covenant Sunday

November 11, 2018, 12 p.m.-1:30 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 18, 2018, 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.

Nifty Gifty

December 2, 2018, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to the ornament-making stations. Make holiday ornaments for a tree or to give as a gift. Shhhh....secret gift making will take place in the Nifty-Gifty hideaway. These gifts will be appropriate for parents, family, friends or teachers.

Holiday Spirit Potluck Dinner

December 7, 2018, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Family, friends and neighbors are invited to gather at the river to get into the holiday spirit with a party. Come join the fun and bring a favorite dish to share.

Christmas Candlelight Service

December 16, 2018, 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 23, 2018, 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, 2018, 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 Celebration

January 20, 2019, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Ever hear of an un-birthday party? The church has one each year! The un-birthday celebration is an inter-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 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 27, 2019, 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 10, 2019, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

On the Sunday closest to 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 24, 2019 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Awesome Little Choir Soup, Salad and Dessert Lunch 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

March 3, 2019, 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 Faith Formation Program.

Alliance Bake Sale

May 5, 2019

Delicious fundraiser for our Alliance. Bring your baked goods to donate. Enjoy the bake sale, before and after the service! Contact Rachell Anderson for more information.

Kite Day

April 7, 2019, 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.

Easter Egg Hunt

April 21, 2019, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

After church, 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 5, 2019, 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.

Mother's Day & Flower Communion

May 12, 2019, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

On this special 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 19, 2019, 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.

The Awesome Little Choir's Spring MusicFest

June 2, 2019, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

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

River Sunday

August 18, 2019, 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.