specialty life groups

In addition to our Life Groups, we have many specialty groups called Specialty Life Groups. These seasonal classes and groups have a specific topic or emphasis and seek to incorporate Life Group DNA. Our Specialty Life Groups are open to everyone and are offered on a variety of days, places, and times. All provide an opportunity to help you deepen your understanding of God and your ability to walk with Him so you can more effectively love and serve others. Check below for the different specialty group options.


AWANA is a mid-week ministry for children where they will memorize verses, play games, sing worship songs, and hear a short message from the Bible. Cubbies (3-4 years), Sparks (K-2nd), Truth & Training (3rd-6th). Infant/toddler care is also available for those attending the Thursday evening service or participating in a Life Group at that time.

When: Thursdays @ 6-7:30pm

Where: River Valley Downtown Campus

Cost: $30 (covers all dues, vest/shirt, and book - scholarships available) Infants/Toddlers are free.

cancer support group

"Every storm is an opportunity to grow." Alex Costanzo is totally blind and has cancer, yet she has learned to walk by her faith in God and not by sight…literally! If you, or someone you know, is struggling with cancer, come join us in this ground-breaking group that focuses on support, information, and GOD’S presence, while ministering to cancer survivors, their loved-ones, care-givers, and more. 

When: Sun 2:30-4:30pm

Where: O-101, Downtown Campus

Registration: Join anytime

Chronic & Invisible Illness Support Group 

“We are Strong”…’Our Mission Statement’ To be heard. To be understood; To be accepted; To be equal; To be loved; …… “2 Corinthians, 1:3-4 NIV “… Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”. Open-ended, join anytime.

When: 5-6:30pm, 2nd and 4th Saturdays

Where: 0-101, Downtown Campus 

Registration: Join anytime

Kindred moms

A place of grace, hospitality, and encouragement. Where Mom’s can flourish as they connect in intentional relationships with Jesus and one another.  We meet the last Saturday of every month. Child Care offered for ages 1-6 by request to kindredmomsrivervalley@gmail.com

When: Sat 10-11:30am, Mar 30 – Dec 26, 2020 

Where: E-204, Downtown Campus

Registration: Join anytime

Messy Grace

Has your family member or friend recently come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or asexual? Do you want to be better prepared to enter into conversations with them? Join us at Messy Grace where you will find a safe place to process and ask questions. Email Adam or Renee Meyer at messygracelife@gmail.com with questions.

When: Mondays, 6-8pm - Sept 16th-Oct 14th

Where: Rm O-102

Cost: Free

prayer for our nation

1 Timothy 2:1-3 tells us to pray for those in authority so that we may live peaceful lives for our Lord. Come join our small gathering to intercede for our nation and our state. Ongoing group, join us anytime.

When: Saturdays at 4-5pm, Join anytime

Where: O-102, Downtown Campus

Registration: Join anytime 


Are you wondering how to follow Jesus and experience fellowship in the Church while experiencing ongoing same sex attraction? Have you longed for a safe place to discuss topics of sexuality and identity, but have found the Church to not be a very safe place for you to ask questions? Do you identify as LGBT+ but want to explore more about relationship with Jesus and gender identity issues?

Cost: Free

Registration: Call Beth Plymale at 503-896-4786 or email messygracelife@gmail.com.

W.H.O (Women Hanging Out)

W.H.O. is for women who want to spend time in fellowship together on the second Friday of every month. All women are invited! There will be a potluck meal, games, jewelry making, crafts, etc. Please bring a dish to share.

When: 4:30-9pm, every second Friday of the month

Where: E-102, Downtown Campus

Cost: FREE