Ministries

Community Groups

Community groups at ECC Riverside provide small group gatherings and sermon based discussions in order to encounter God in Scripture, build relationships, deepen community and work to gather to reach and serve our community.

Each community group meets at a different time.  Current schedules are:

  • Sunday Afternoon (2nd and 4th Sundays of the month)
  • Tuesday Evening (1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month)
  • Wednesday Evening (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month)

Contact the church office here if you are interested in joining a community group!


Children’s Ministry

The children’s ministry aims to provide Biblical teaching for our young people that fosters a personal relationship with Jesus, our Savior. We hope that your child/children will find church a fun, inviting place to be as they are nurtured in their Christian faith.

Note: Care is provided for children under 3 years of age in the nursery room off of the gym. Please note there is also a “Mom’s Room” off of the nursery for nursing babies should you prefer to nurse in private. The worship service is broadcast live to this room.

Children ages 3 years old through 5th grade will be dismissed from the sanctuary following the children’s message to attend one of three Sunday school classes.

Preschool children (ages 3-4) will report to the downstairs preschool room. (Room 1)

Grades K-2 will meet upstairs in the library.

Grades 3-5 will meet in the end classroom on the upper left of the gym.

Classes are taught by a rotating team of teachers. Our teachers are enthusiastic and excited to share their love of God with your children!

Please pick up your child(ren) at their room promptly following the service and sign them out. If your child has food allergies, please ensure that the Sunday School teachers are informed! We also would appreciate your communication regarding any other needs your child may have. A student information sheet should be filled out and given to your child’s teacher. These are available from the Sunday School teachers or can be downloaded here.

Students in grades 6-8 are invited to Confirmation classes that meet during the Sunday School time on an every other week basis. Please inquire for more information!


Youth Ministry

Our youth group meets on Wednesday evenings and is led by a great team of adults. Our youth ministry seeks to provide a welcoming atmosphere for our youth where they can grow in their faith. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm

Grades 6–12 welcome!

For more information, visit the Youth Ministry’s Facebook group here.


Bread of Life Food Pantry

The Bread of Life Food Pantry is a ministry of six churches in East Providence:

  • Bethany Church of the Nazarene
  • Church of the Epiphany
  • Haven United Methodist Church
  • Newman Congregational Church
  • Evangelical Covenant Church of Riverside
  • St. Margaret Church

At the Bread of Life Food Pantry, clients choose food items according to the needs and size of their households.

For more information, visit the pantry’s website here.


Loaves and Fishes Rhode Island

Loaves & Fishes Rhode Island (LFRI, formerly Mobile Loaves and Fishes-RI) is a ministry to the poor and homeless that began in Austin, Texas, in 1998, when a handful of parishioners from a church ventured into the community to serve meals out of their minivans to those in need.  The ministry grew to include multiple churches in 5 different states.   A shared catering truck is stocked and manned by volunteers from the participating churches, providing food and other necessities at various homeless facilities throughout the state.

For more information, visit their Facebook page here.