Welcome to The River!

"TheRiver" is actually a nickname we go by. Our full name is Riverbend Friends Church. It tends to get shortened to Riverbend Church or just Riverbend. Our favorite is "TheRiver". It has a double meaning. We are located at where The River Raisin enters Red Mill Pond. So literally, we are @TheRiver. It also reminds us that the Bible tells us that life flows from God like a river.


We are big on the idea of community. Why? Because the Bible makes a big deal about it. We gather together to worship, to learn, to encourage, to laugh, to have fun, to pray, and to serve.


Being a Christian means following Jesus, growing in our understanding of who he is (abiding) and then practicing what he taught (obeying).


Going is as close as your family, friends, and neighbors. It is far as the other side of the world, or any point in between. Going is about serving God and others, using your gifts and talents for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Going is telling people the good news about the Kingdom of God. Going is introducing people to Jesus. It's that simple.

Where & When

Weekly Schedule:


  • 10:00a - Sunday Morning Discipleship Class
  • 11:00a - Sunday Morning Worship Gathering
  • 11:00a - RiverKids Discipleship (During Adult Message)
  •  4:30p - Women's LifeGroup

  • 6:30p - Celebrate Recovery @ Covenant Church

  • 7:00p - Boy Scout Troop 632

  • 6:30p - Wednesday Life Group

  • Serve: Dinner On Us @ Church of Christ


  • The Women's LifeGroup has started a new study by Priscilla Shire titled "Discerning God's Voice". This group meets Sunday afternoons at 4:30p. See Dawn or Yvonne for more information.
  • Pastor Mike is teaching a Discipleship Class entitled "Meet the Evangelical Friends Church". Class begins at 10:00a on Sunday moring. This is class is one step in our membership process
  • At 8:00p on Sunday, April 15, 2018, the Multiplication Team of Evangelical Friends Church, Eastern Region will hold a corporate prayer event. We will be praying for the lost to become disciples of Christ, and for new churches to be started. If you are in the Canton, OH area you can attend Awaken at Malone University to participate iin the event. If you are unable to attend in person, the event is being broadcast live via Facebook. You can join in via the live stream from any device connected to the internet, or host a viewing party in your area.
  • Soul Blast is coming April 27-29, 2018 at Battle Creek Friends Church. Grades 6-12 can attend the whole weekend for $55.00. The public can attend the Friday night and Saturday night concerts. See Mike or Dawn for details.
  • Evangelical Friends Disaster Service has upcoming teams going to the Houston, Texas area to continue Hurricane Harvey clean-up and rebuilding. The teams will be there April-June. See Pastor Mike if you are interested.
  • Our new website is underway. We have published the new front page. Additional pages and resources are in progress. Thank you for your patience!

Upcoming Events

  • EFC-ER Multiplication Team's Prayer Concert

    8:00p - 9:03p, Sunday, April 15, 2018. Live @ Awaken, Malone University, Canton, OH & Simulcast via Facebook. Facebook Event Page
  • Soul Blast 2018

    April 27-29, 2018 @ Battle Creek Friends Church, Battle Creek, MI. Check the Soul Blast website for more information
  • EFC-ER Pastors Conference

    May 7-11, 2018, Pipestem, West Virginia
  • EFC-ER Yearly Meeting

    July 21-23, 2018, Location: First Friends Church, Canton, OH
  • EFC-ER's Church Planters Assessment Center

    July 24-27, 2018, Location: First Friends Church, Canton, OH
  • National Friends Church Multiplication Conference featuring Dave Ferguson

    August 1-3, 2018, Location: Barclay College, Haviland, KS
  • Friends Summit 2018 (EFC-North America)

    December 28, 2018 - January 1, 2019, Denver Marriott Tech Center, Denver, CO. Friends Summit is an Evangelical Friends Church - North America gathering of young adults ages 16-25. Details at the Friends Summit website or Facebook page