Are you aware of the involvement from the Church in the night time economy? Have you heard of Street Pastors and Street Source?

Since 2003 an organisation called 'Street Pastors' started to support all those who who visit our busy vibrant night time centres, whether they go out to celebrate or commiserate. They're not out there to convert people but help, love, care and listen.

Currently there are 11000+ Street Pastors working in 280+ locations across the UK. And they operate in Sleaford from Riverside Church on Saturday evenings (10:30pm to 2am)

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Riverside have been operating The Source, a Multi Use Centre since September 2007 following the completion of an extension to our buildings.  A Multi Use Centre is a building that has been adapted for flexible use where members of the public can access information and services and find a space for their meetings.  It is part of our mission as a town-centre church to make our buildings available for community use.

At the heart of The Source is our community cafe, currently open several days a week.  We offer drinks, light meals and snacks at low cost,

The Source is managed by a full-time employed Centre Co-ordinator who is the first point of contact for all matters regarding letting of meeting rooms, the cafe, and other services provided by The Source.

Click here to go to The Source website.

Short mat bowls

Our Short Mat Bowls club began in August 2002, when Ruskington Bowls club kindly donated a mat to us.  Short mat bowls uses the same bowl as outdoor, but is played indoors on a short mat. A 'block' is placed in the centre of the mat ensuring that bowls are 'curved' into the jack creating a challenging game.

The group meet on Tuesdays evenings in our hall, at 7:30pm. When there are sufficient people, we can play on two mats.

The standard of play ranges from absolute beginners to those with much more experience, and friendly, supportive coaching is given to those who are newer to the game.

If you are interested in coming along and trying your hand (and arm and eye!), you will be welcomed.

We know the value of Christians gathering in small groups for fellowship, prayer, worship and Bible study. Several who used to be part of our church and have gone on to full-time ministry in the Church testify that meeting in a small group was foundational to their spiritual growth and in recognising their call. Because of this, one of the key values that we hold as a church is to encourage all members to become part of a home group where people will be committed to one another in prayer, support and time, and which will be open to include and serve those currently outside the Church.

Riverside currently runs six small groups that meet for this purpose:four meet weekly, and one meets fortnightly - all in members' homes; one group meets weekly in church.

What do we get up to? Well, fellowship is about friendship, and we find that we get to know each other quite well as time progresses. But it is not just about human friendships. The purpose of these small groups is to learn more about God, and strengthen our friendship (i.e. faith) with Him. We do this by reading small parts of the Bible and learning about Him. The Bible also has a lot to say about how we should be living today.

We also pray - prayer is how we can speak to God. We thank Him for good things and ask Him for help in the difficult things; if people are ill or struggling, we ask him to heal or help them.

The groups normally start with a cup of tea or coffee or other refreshments, although the fortnightly group starts with a full meal.

The most important role of home groups is to help us grow in our discipleship.

How do I join? None of the groups are a club - you are welcome to come along to any of the groups without any commitment at all. Speak to someone from the church and they will gladly give you more details, and introduce you to one of the group leaders or members, so that you will at least know somebody in the group that you would like to go along and visit.

You can use the contact page to enquire when and where the group meetings are.

At Riverside, we know it is important to have fun! To this end, we have a number of social activities each week.

On Tuesdays evenings, our Short Mat Bowls club meets in the hall. Again, you do not have to be old to play bowls as part of this friendly group.

On Wednesday mornings, a gentle exercise class takes place at the church. This is particularly aimed at older people and those with limited mobility or a restricted ability to engage in more vigorous workouts.

These groups are always open to new people, both within the church fellowship and those who are not regular worshipers at Riverside - the more the merrier

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Carol Service
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Home group
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Home group
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Short Mat Bowls
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