A church should be about people, and Riverside Porto is proud of the love and care that it shows to its members, friends and visitors. Here, in our church community, you will find true family, a genuinely warm welcome and time to share together before and after the meeting.
During the summer of 2003, several unconnected people in Porto and Cascais started to believe that God wanted a new English language church community in the North of Portugal. Later that year a team from Riverside International Church of Cascais (near Lisbon) and Christian Associates International, a church planting organisation based in the USA and in Holland, met with the Porto based mission team of Grace Brethren International Missions, an American missionary society, and with a number of individuals and church leaders in the city. The outcome of those meetings was that, after a year of planning and preparation, Bill and Tina Mason moved to Porto and the new church opened its doors in Aguda, Vila Nova de Gaia.
In October 2013, the church moved closer to the heart of the city of Porto, just off the Boavista roundabout. It was an opportunity to not only be in a more accesable and central location, but also to be closer to our community. Riverside Porto now shares a building with Comunidade Cristã Restauração, a Portuguese speaking church. The bigger space was just what was need for the church to grow and expand its ministries.
In January 2014 the founders, Bill and Tina Mason, stepped down from leadership pending their return to the UK and Carlos and Ria Silvéria have been chosen as the new leaders. Riverside Porto is partners in ministry with Riverside International Church - Cascais, Lisbon, Coimbra and Albufeira (Algarve).
Since the opening of the church we have had the pleasure of the company of literally hundreds of internationally minded people. Some visited us for a very short time; many for much longer, but our vision has never changed. The church provides a place of meeting and friendship for the international community; it provides a place for believers to grow in their faith during their stay in Portugal; it provides a safe place for anyone to hear the Good News that man can have a restored relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
As our influence has grown we have been involved with the sporting community; the business community; the expatriate population and the university community amongst others. We are thrilled that the Kingdom (or the influence) of Almighty God is spreading in this region.
WHO WE ARE
We are a Christian Church that combines traditional values with a contemporary style.
WE ARE MISSIONAL
We aim to tell those who have not yet heard the Good News that mankind can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
WE ARE WELCOMING
We welcome everyone warmly, regardless of their beliefs (or not), while remaining true to our God and our faith.
WE ARE INCLUSIVE
Our family includes people from all major branches of the Christian Church and from many countries; respecting the values of all and embracing the differences that make each of us unique.
WE ARE INTERNATIONAL
At a typical meeting we find at least 8 nationalities represented.
Carlos & Ria Silvéria
WHAT WE BELIEVE
At Riverside Porto we strive to maintain unity in the essentials, while enjoying diversity in the non-essentials and in everything showing charity (or love) for those who may believe differently from ourselves.
We are committed to serve Jesus Christ in accordance with those beliefs that have formed the basis of Christian faith for many hundreds of years and are shared by most mainstream churches in the form of the creeds. For us these essentials are: