Join us in our social hall for fellowship and light refreshments after worship every Sunday (except Easter). Greet visitors and new acquaintances, catch up on news with long-standing friends, perhaps even conduct some church business over coffee, tea, or juice.
Welcome the approach of warm weather at our all-church picnic after worship on the first Sunday in June. The church provides the main course and beverages. Snacks, appetizers, salads, side dishes, and desserts are potluck. There’s always plenty to go around!
Open Mike Night
Once a year, we provide an opportunity for all to share their talents at music, dance, storytelling, or – or whatever – in a night of fun for all ages. Our own “Little River Irregulars” band backs up the performers. Refreshments are served as we enjoy the show and each other’s company.
Dinner and Silent Auction
Generally annually, the youth host a silent auction and dinner as a fund raising event to support the Summer Youth Mission Program. Tickets are sold for the dinner, and silent auction donations of goods or services are solicited from the community, members, and friends with all proceeds benefiting the youth programs. All this and the entertainment provided makes for a fun evening for all ages.
Advent Fun Shops
Little River’s Advent Fun Shops are a wonderful tradition for the whole family held the afternoon of the first Sunday in December in preparation for the Christmas season. Craft stations invite everyone to create ornaments, make gifts, or decorate gingerbread houses. Singing Christmas songs and carols, decorating the sanctuary for the holiday season, and enjoying Christmas cookies round out the program for all ages.
White Gift Service
On the second Sunday of December, at 5 p.m., we celebrate one of Little River’s oldest and most cherished traditions, the White Gift Service. In preparation for the service, a Christmas tree is placed in the atrium of the church a few weeks earlier, with tags listing gift suggestions for specific underserved children. During the service, the story of the Magi bringing their gifts to the infant Jesus is reenacted, and the children’s and youth choirs lead us in familiar Christmas music. The highlight of the service occurs when members of the congregation come forward bearing their own gifts – purchased to fulfill the wishes stated on the tags – wrapped in white (the liturgical color of Christmas) for distribution to children served by local agencies. The symbolism of the gift-giving and the outpouring of generosity evident by the abundance of gifts left at the manger scene are inspiring to all who participate – from very young children to adults who have come for many years. Refreshments follow the service in the social hall.
Additional all-church events include dinners, missionary visits, and This Old Church work parties!