Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I start to learn about Riverwood?
Several times a year we offer a three-week class called Discover Riverwood. This is a great place to start to learn about the history, beliefs, structure, and priorities of Riverwood.
How does Riverwood do baptism?
Baptism is an act of obedience and submission to the command of Christ. It is also a wonderful way of showing the world we identify with Christ. Through the act of baptism, we join in and identify with Christ's death, burial and resurrection. The Bible states that we should first "make disciples" and then baptize them, which is clear that a person should repent and believe before being baptized. This also explains why we do not baptize infants. At Riverwood, we encourage children to wait to be baptized until they can develop a deeper understanding of what it means to publicly proclaim their faith. The word "baptism" comes from the Greek which means "to dip in and under water." Baptism by immersion depicts our position with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
How can I get baptized at Riverwood?
To sign-up for our next baptism, follow this link.
How do I become a member of Riverwood?
To become a member of Riverwood you must complete the three week Discover Riverwood class followed by a one week membership extension.
If you have completed a Discover Riverwood course previously, but did not take the one week extension, you do not need to retake the Discover Riverwood Course, you may become a member by completing just the one week extension.
Baby dedication and/or baptism?
Riverwood does not practice infant/baby baptism. For our reasons behind this and what we see as the role of baptism see the FAQ above regarding baptism.
Baby dedication is based on the Old Testament example found in Samuel 1:11. In the New Testament, Mary and Joseph went to the temple to dedicate Jesus.
Dedication does not mean that the child is a Christian, for (s)he is too young to place faith in Christ. The child is not necessarily blessed in any way with special grace, and is still responsible for responding to God's Word and God's Son. It means that the parents will be totally committed to their own spiritual growth as well as raising their child in a healthy Christian environment.
How can I get my baby dedicated at Riverwood?
To sign-up for the next baby dedication please follow this link.
What are Life Groups and how do I join one?
A Life Group is made up of 10 - 20 people meeting at least twice a month or every other week. A typical Life Group meeting includes Bible study, prayer and shared lives. While the central focus is Christ and God’s Word, this is accomplished in the context of shared lives. Therefore each Life Group has a social, relational, fellowshipping atmosphere as well.
Can I get married at Riverwood?
Couples interested in getting married at Riverwood must give at least seven months advance notice and participate in premarital counseling and mentoring prior to the wedding date.