We are Proud to serve the Rockford community!
We have three options to help you on your serving journey; join an existing local missions team, partner with a local non-profit organization, or start your own local missions ministry. Once you find a team here you want to join or are ready to start a new one, contact Rodney Combs here.
We provide various service opportunities throughout the year, that reach out to our community that are currently being led by River Valley volunteers. When you contact us, we will get your name to the group with which you want to serve.
Carpenter’s Place is a place of hope, help, and healing for those often referred to as the “street” population: the homeless, addicted, mentally ill, or otherwise severely distressed individuals of our community. You can get more information at www.carpentersplace.org. River Valley volunteers serve lunch here once a month, so it’s easy to get involved in this meaningful ministry. You can help just by donating food items, or by preparing or serving food. Join the team by calling (815) 395-1555 or by sending a message to Pastor Rodney with the tool on this page..
Spring Creek Elementary School Partnership
We are partnering with Spring Creek Elementary School, its Parent Teacher Organization, and the staff there. We have chosen this local school to help meet their needs and affect change in the school culture and in staff and families’ lives. Our hope is that in serving the felt needs, we will eventually serve the spiritual needs as God opens the doors. There will be many service opportunities througout this partnership to pull from everyone’s talents. Our CrossRoads Kids Club meets there every Monday from 2:15-3:45 p.m. Join the team by calling (815) 395-1555 or by sending a message to Pastor Rodney with the tool on this page. For opportunities to learn about CrossRoads Kids Club, go to www.crossroadskidsclub.com
Love INC, Love in the Name of Christ
Love INC brings Christian churches together, across denominational lines, to help the poor by meeting immediate needs such as food and clothing, & providing life skills training and transitional housing. Love INC helps River Valley cooperate with other local churches and service agencies to provide care for the disadvantaged. You can be a Church Ministry Coordinator, a volunteer, or a direct servant at the Love INC local office. For opportunities to learn about the national Love INC and service with them, go to www.loveinc.org and to contact the local ministry, call 815-962-5683, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KidzKits supplies short-term, critical supplies to children who have been removed from their homes by state welfare services. Packaged in a backpack, KidzKits are designed to reassure children during the first hours of transition, as they are moved to a positive, long-term family situation. KidzKits does this by lovingly filling the gap between home removal and foster care with familiar items a child will likely need: a blanket, a stuffed animal and small toys, toiletries, activity books, pajamas, underwear and socks, bottles, formulas and diapers. The goal is to reinforce the child’s self worth during a time when uncertainty abounds. For more information, please see call the church at (815) 395-1555.
We’ve formed partnerships with several non-profit organizations that focus on meeting the needs of our local community. We do not see any need to duplicate the ministry they do with excellence. So, if you are interested in serving the community, you might want to contact these ministries and partner with them. Let them know you are a part of the River Valley Community Church mission force. If you know of other ministries we should tell our church about, please let us know.
Lydia Safe Families
When a crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and friends for support. Some families do not have that safety net. Often for them, a straightforward problem such as postpartum depression or unemployment can be debilitating. Children in these situations often suffer neglect or abuse; some eventually are removed from their home and placed in state custody. Lydia’s Safe Families program arranges for these children to stay with a Christian family while the parents address the issues that led to their situation. For more information, go to www.lydiahome.org. To contact our local ministry call Robb Rennix at 815-978-8151 or email Rockford@lydiahome.org.
Shelter Care is an outreach of Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Rockford. They exist to serve families who are homeless and adults living with mental illness while they move to self-sufficiency. Their programs include emergency housing, transitional housing, soup kitchen, the Jubilee Center (helping people with mental illnesses), and Maya’s House (meeting the needs of homeless children and their moms). For opportunities to learn about Shelter Care and service with them, go to www.shelter-care.org
Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat welcomes all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other differences to build simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter. For opportunities to learn about the national Habitat ministry and service with them, go to www.habitat.org. To contact the Rockford Area Habitat, call 815-636-4573.
Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry
The Reachout Jail Ministry works within the Winnebago County Justice Center to provide worship services, Bible studies, distribute Bibles, provide pastoral counsel, and connect ex-offenders with local community resources (churches, housing, food, and jobs). For opportunities to learn about the national Reachout Jail Ministry and service with them, contact Michael Sowell, Senior Chaplain, at email@example.com.
Rockford Rescue Mission
The Rockford Rescue Mission shares hope and help in Jesus’ name to move people from homelessness and despair toward personal and spiritual wholeness. They offer crisis and life recovery services for men and women, medical service, meals, and an innovative education center. For opportunities to learn about the Rockford Rescue Mission, go to www.rockfordrescuemission.org.
Becca’s Closet donates formal attire to high school girls with financial need who otherwise would not be able to attend their schools’ military balls, homecomings and proms. In Becca’s memory, scholarships are awarded to deserving high school students to advance their education. Becca’s Closet of Rockford is the only active chapter in Illinois and they currently have over 1,800 dresses available.
If you have a dress to donate, just look for one of the Dantuma girls at church (Cindy, Tracie, Kristie or Lori). They volunteer with this good cause and would be happy to tell you more or bring your donation to Becca’s Closet.
You may be asking, What if I don’t fit any of the ongoing ministries at River Valley? Can I start a new ministry?Absolutely! If God put you in our church, then he is shaping our ministries around your S.H.A.P.E. (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experiences). We want to support you and unleash you to do what you are made to do.
In order to start a new ministry at River Valley, you need to have six things. We call them The 6 P’s. Think and pray through these and put them in a ministry proposal, some written form that explains The 6 P’s of your new ministry idea. You can download the PDF of this here RVCC the 6 P’s. When you are ready to go, present The 6 P’s to Pastor Rodney.