Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect if I visit The River?

We appreciate the opportunity to worship with you and to get to know you and we hope you feel welcomed and accepted.  We gather together at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings at 401 East Fourth Street, in downtown Chaska.  Our service combines contemporary worship music, fellowship, and a Biblical message from the Word of God. During the sermon time, the children break off into another theater for their own teaching time.

Is this church part of any denomination?

Yes. We are affiliated with a denomination called the Christian and Missionary Alliance, or often shortened to ‘The Alliance’ or ‘The CMA’. There are numerous other Alliance churches in the area, including churches in Excelsior, Waconia, St. Bonifacius, Norwood Young America, and Belle Plaine. Additionally, Crown College in St. Bonifacius is affiliated with the CMA. For more information about the CMA, visit the national website or our district website.

What do you believe?

To find out more about what we believe you can check out the CMA statement of faith.  The River Church is a safe place to ask questions, to wonder, to disagree, and to grow and journey together.


What do people typically wear?

The River is definitely a, “come as you are” kind of place.  You can be comfortable in jeans or shorts, or in a sportcoat.   There is no dress code and everyone is welcome.

What is the worship style?

Our worship is mostly contemporary.  We begin our worship service with about 20-25 minutes of worship music.  Our goal is for that time to be a time of worshiping the Lord in Spirit and in Truth and a time of experiencing God.   We invite everyone to “taste and see that the Lord is good.”

What about kids?

We have a nursery called “The Pond” for our youngest kids and then “Brooks and Streams” for our preschool and elementary age children.  We also have a youth group that meets on Sunday evenings at 6:30.

What about other events during the week?

We have men’s and women’s groups meeting regularly as well as one-on-one and small group discipleship and mentoring happening as well.  We also get together for special occasions at different regularly as well.  Give us a call at 952-448-1755 to find out what is coming up.

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