The River

Welcome Home

The River is a place of hope, meaning, and purpose. Come as our guest, but become more. Be part of a movement that is changing lives.

Our Mission

Helping people know Jesus, grow in faith, and go into the world equipped to serve.

We Pray

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thes. 5:16-18)

Sundays 9 & 11 am

Come worship the Lord Jesus with us. You may come as a stranger, but you'll leave as family.



The River Church is video recording Pastor Mike's message every week. These videos are posted on The River's YouTube channel—"River Church Frankford."

For the safety of the Worship Team, worship videos have been discontinued.

To access these videos go to the current sermon series notice and click the "WATCH" button.

After carefully considering a number of factors related to the rapidly changing situation around the COVID-19 virus, The River has decided to temporarily suspend all group activities until further notice.

You will be notified on a case by case basis if selected activities are not canceled. 


Check back periodically for additional information.

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for
one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."


If you are over 65 and need help getting groceries or prescription meds, call Wilma Petenbrink.

If you are under 60 and can help shop and deliver items to those who need them, call Wilma.

If you are grocery shopping, please pick up a few extra items for people's unmet daily needs, for kids home from school, and for single moms in need of help. Please bring these items to The River Church on Mon-Thurs between 9 am-3 pm.

Current Sermon Series

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"Unseen—Fighting Life's Invisible Battles," is The River's current sermon series. There are many unseen battles we must fight in life—some on a daily basis.

We can only fight these battles by putting on the full Armor of God every day and relying on the power of God working in us, through us, and around us. Amen!

The River has set up a YouTube channel, "River Church Frankford," to provide Pastor Mike's weekly messages while The River is closed because  of the COVID-19 virus issues.


Watch this week's service

Listen to this week's message

Join The River's  Online Adult Bible Study Class at 10:30 AM on Sundays 

The River is offering an online, adult Sunday School class on Sunday mornings at 10:30. You can participate using the free Zoom conferencing app. The focus of the class is an in-depth study of the Gospel of Matthew. The class is a balance of teaching and discussion.

Larry Kaplan leads this group and he encourages all attendees to actively participate. To connect with the class through the Zoom app, email: for a request to join the class (preferably by Saturday) and he will send you a link to join the zoom session.


River Kids Sunday School Lessons

Why don't you homeschool your children with the River Kids Sunday School Lessons!

Click on the "Homeschool" button and go to the the River Kids ministry page and the Sunday School Lesson links.


We worship the Lord through song, prayer, and teaching. Come and join us. Our Sunday worship services are at 9 and 11 am.


We receive powerful Biblical teaching every Sunday. It teaches us how to grow our faith, and it empowers us to reach the world for Jesus Christ.


We serve each other, our community, and beyond. As we serve, our hearts and minds are turned away from ourselves and toward the needs of others.

News at The River

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God's Word For The Day

Daily Words Of Wisdom For Our Journey Of Discipleship


Click on the image to the right to go to "God's Word For The Day."


Come visit us this Sunday!

Services at 9:00 and 11:00 am
Nursery and Kids church during both services
Adult Bible studies at 9:30 and 10:40 am


  Directions to The River

The River, A Wesleyan Church - 35175 Roxanna Road, Frankford, DE 19945 - 302-436-8841