In addition to reading our response please also watch our Coronavirus Response video here to hear the latest decisions and response from River House Church.
After much discernment and prayer, and in light of recent events locally and globally, the leadership at River House Church has decided to suspend the next two Sunday gatherings, those being March 15th and March 22nd. We will be doing a livestream-only service at 5pm on these Sundays.
- Livestream will be available through:
• our Website – https://
• our App – River House App
Additionally, we are suspending Journey to Wholeness this weekend, as well as our Tuesday and Thursday morning prayer sets. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will make a determination about further Sundays and future meetings as the week progresses. However, we do anticipate that this will last for more than two Sundays.
To those of you who may wonder about the motivation for these actions, we want to make it clear that our compelling force in this is love. We are called to pastor our city, not just our church. To do this well, and be good neighbors to the weak and vulnerable of the Treasure Valley, we feel these actions are the best course. Though River House has many young and healthy people, the reality is we all rub shoulders with many on a regular basis who are not. To love them well, we make this sacrifice with joy.
As a church, we want to love well and we recognize that making these decisions now will help in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Quarantine is a historically effective approach in helping to prevent the spread of a virus.
Under the state guidelines that are being implemented in many areas across the country, non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed ONLY if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (older people and people of all ages with sever underlying health conditions) should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.
Americans should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. The community can take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.
Steps to Prevent Illness
What to do on Sundays?
As we have said many times at River House, the church is a people movement. Now, more than ever is a time to embody this. We will be livestreaming weekly worship and sermons on Sundays at 5pm. You can access this via the church website, riverhouseministries.
We are asking that in lieu of the corporate gathering you gather with family and friends at home and share fellowship together, following healthy hygiene guidelines. We encourage you to utilize this opportunity, experiencing the richness and vitality of what the “house church” gathering has to offer.
To aid you in this, we will be using online media to equip you during this time of suspended corporate gatherings, creating daily rhythms of prayer and intercession that we will be sending out through our River House App as well as through other methods of communication outlined below. We are also going to be creating a curriculum for your family that will include a family devotional and activities for your kids to stay connected.
If you are in a Revival Group, you should be hearing from your Revival Group Leaders soon about updates and guidelines for meetings moving forward. If you are not in a Revival Group, we encourage you to join one if you are able. For now, we are not limiting the meetings of our Revival Groups or Youth Group.
Below, you will see other ways we are preparing for the events that are unfolding. One way is the creation of a Crisis Care Team that will be able to meet the growing demands of those in our church community and city who are being affected by COVID-19, or who are required to isolate due to underlying health conditions. We have also created a form (link below) to help identify those that have been affected by coronavirus and are at high-risk through helping meet practical needs.
In this time, we encourage you to engage our city as a non-anxious presence, lead out of faith in the midst of fear, pray for our community, city, nation and the world, and practice radical generosity in the midst of uncertainty. We are shifting many of our resources to begin caring for the needs of our community during this time. Please consider giving below.
This is a time where the world needs the Church to rise up and operate in the Spirit of Christ. God is at work building His Kingdom on Earth, and even in these trying times, God is desiring to partner with His Church to make Heaven on Earth reality.
Abounding in hope,
Pastor Jordan Verner