COVID-19 Response

Standing Together to

Declare Peace

Offer Your Support or Request Assistance

Released to Respond


At Riverlife, we consider ourselves a family. Whether you are part of our regular family or a member of our wider community, we welcome you.

We want to be a family that reflects the generous and compassionate nature of God. As we face these unprecedented challenges as a global community, our desire is that we might be able to support and encourage our local community in a very practical and sustainable way.

We want to empower and resource you as ‘the church’ to walk with our community over the coming weeks and months, we will be updating this page with resources, connection points and updates to ensure you have one centralized place to either request assistance or offer support.

Now more than ever, we stand together with you and we declare the peace of God to be present in the midst of your circumstances today.

Request Assistance

Click here to submit a request for assistance

Offer Your Support

Click here to offer your support for those areas of need

Make a Financial Contribution

If you would like to contribute to Riverlife’s response over and above your regular commitments, you can make a contribution in one of two ways. For more information on the allocation of resources, see the related FAQ section below.

1. To make a financial contribution online to our COVID-19 Relief Fund, click here to visit our online giving portal
2. If you would like to discuss a possible contribution, arrange a bank transfer, or designate the destination of your gift toward a specific need (i.e. specifically local, specifically overseas, or for a specific group of people), please email accounts@riverlifechurch.org.au

Need Prayer?

Prayer is powerful, and it changes things! And testimony reminds us just how powerful prayer is. When we commit to praying, we draw near to the Father. If you or someone God has placed on your heart can be upheld in prayer, we would love to pray for you.

Click here to request Prayer

Share Your Testimony

The most important step, but the one many of us forget, is to go back and tell others of how God answered our prayers. We would love to hear how God answered prayers in His perfect timing. By doing so, we give our families and our community something to look back on and continue the legacy of faith.

Click here to submit a testimony

Community Resources

Over the coming days we will release links to community and government resources that may assist you and your family at this time.

FAQ

What is happening with Sunday Services?
We can’t cancel church any more than we can cancel family! So in this season of safe distancing, we will still persist in gathering (remotely) together. Join us online for our regular Sunday Services at 9am and 5pm via our Live Streaming platform. Feel free to invite your friends – we’d love to see you! Don’t forget to take advantage of the chat function during the Live Stream to request prayer or let us know how you’re doing.

If you are unable to join us live on Sunday, you can view our services on YouTube throughout the week from Sunday at 7pm through Saturday 9am. Visit our YouTube Channel here.

Will there be any Easter Services?
Yes! We will be running our regular services at 9am Good Friday and 9am and 5pm Easter Sunday via our Live Streaming platform. and we’d love you to join us! Who could you share the online streaming link with in your neighbourhood or family or friends, to have an opportunity to encounter Jesus this Easter!

Is the Church office still open?
No, the church office and building are temporarily closed until further notice. You can still reach us during business hours on 3378 3595.

Are any regular ministries still running?
While our building is temporarily closed, we are endeavouring to provide support for ministries online where possible. Please keep checking back for more updates as they become available!

Kids Church
If you’d like to receive weekly emails with information for you to teach Kids Church at home, please email church@riverlifechurch.org.au Even if Riverlife is not your normal church home, we’d love to help support your children during this time!

Youth
We will continue to Live Stream our regular Youth Program each Friday night during the school term via our Live Streaming platform.

English Conversation Classes
Classes will be going online via Zoom for Term 2 starting Tuesday 28th April. For more information please email church@riverlifechurch.org.au Attention: English Conversation Classes

How do we book LifeCentre and Counselling appointments?
Our LifeCentre appointments have been suspended at this time. To enquire about an appointment, please email lifecentre@riverlifechurch.org.au
Counselling appointments will be happening via online platforms like Zoom until our offices reopen. To make an appointment, please email counselling@riverlifechurch.org.au

How can I request prayer?
We’d love to pray for you during this time! Simply fill out our prayer request form here.

How do I contact a Pastor?
Our Pastors are all still working remotely and would love to chat with you if you need support during this time. You can reach them via email church@riverlifechurch.org.au or by phoning 3378 3595.

How is Riverlife responding to the COVID-19 Crisis Overseas?
Riverlife works with local partners in Lebanon, India, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda who we are keeping in weekly contact with. These partners are keeping us informed of specific needs and prayer requests to which Riverlife will look to respond to as the needs become clearer and additional resources become available.

Making a financial contribution to Riverlife’s COVID-19 Relief Fund will enable us to further resource our Overseas Partners to declare and demonstrate Jesus great love for those who cannot afford or are unable to access medical treatment and uphold and protect the widows, orphans, elderly, vulnerable, those left homeless, the poor during this unprecedented time.

For more information please email church@riverlifechurch.org.au Attention: Mission Pastor

Is Riverlife able to help people who have found themselves unable to access Government assistance?
Riverlife is watching carefully and seeking to understand who is able to access Government support and who might still be in need, vulnerable or at high-risk. Riverlife has deep engagement with international students, those who are non-English speaking or who are without a support network. If you or someone you know is in this situation, please reach out to us via the Request Assistance Form. We will assess on a case-by-case basis.

How will Riverlife use funds raised for the COVID-19 Response?
Riverlife will apply funds raised in two specific ways:

COVID-19 Response REACHout will enable Riverlife to directly respond to Brisbane Community Needs as a result of the health crisis and economic hardship flow on effect. These responses will range from immediate crisis responses to responses required as our community emerges out of the period of social isolation restrictions. Riverlife is in close communication with our local, State and Federal Members of Parliament to coordinate response efforts now and going forward. Click here to visit our online giving portal

Riverlife has a dedicated pool of resources for assisting those who have found themselves ineligible for all of the range of financial support offered by the Federal and State Governments. Please let us know via the Request for Assistance form if you or someone you know is experiencing financial difficulty and is unable to access the support or assistance they need (this might include recently settled asylum seekers, newly arrived migrants, non-residents who find themselves still in Brisbane, or those not eligible for Medicare subsidies when accessing medical help) .

COVID-19 Response REACHbeyond will enable Riverlife to further resource our Overseas Partners respond to the COVID-19 Crisis in countries such as Lebanon, India, Thailand, Turkey, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Uganda and Kenya. Click here to visit our online giving portal

These funds will be disbursed in keeping with Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission external conduct standards and reported against accordingly. Visit WWW.ACNC.GOV.AU for more details.