Our Beliefs


Riverdale Presbyterian Church at University Park/Hyattsville is a reformed faith community that believes the Word of God as revealed through scripture, prayer and corporate worship.


We thank God, our Father, for his love and tender mercies in our lives. We confess that we have all sinned and fallen short of God's plan for us. We acknowledge God's greatest gift in the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ through whom we are forgiven and receive eternal salvation. We rely upon God's Holy Spirit to continuously transform and empower our lives.


As believers, God has called us to be the Body of Christ and has given us special gifts. In gratitude, we seek to use these gifts to proclaim the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to those around us. We also seek to show God's love and compassion to all who are suffering. We seek to offer hope to those who are overcome by the stresses and difficulties of their lives


We are one community and one in the teachings of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Our Mission Statement encourages us "....to invite and strive to provide a warm welcome to people of varied religious viewpoints, cultural backgrounds and personal lifestyles...." to the families and individuals of our surrounding communities. We, as a church, recognize the need to proclaim the Word of God as it is written.


We believe as brothers and sisters in Christ's Church that we are called to be active in service within the greater community in which we live. As we strive to generate connections within our own church, we are called to witness to our community and to accept as ours their hopes and challenges, their joys and sorrows.


In so doing we become part of their lives and they become part of ours. Together we become a nurturing faith community in which Christians find fellowship and support from others who share a  common set of beliefs and values derived from our faith in Jesus Christ.


We also believe that we are part of the larger missionary church through which we participate in bringing God's love and salvation to people all over the world.


Our Mission Statement


The Face of the Congregation of Riverdale Presbyterian Church of University Park/Hyattsville


With a core of members with young, growing families we also nurture single adult members, families with teenagers, couples and senior citizens. We are a regional church located in University Park with members from many surrounding communities.


As a church family, we are friendly people open to all and committed to welcoming new members. Members of our congregation enjoy Coffee Fellowship as a way of reaching out to visitors, new members and socializing with friends. During summer worship we enjoy 'Lemonade on the Lawn' after services on Sunday morning.



Committed To Serving The Community And The Congregation


Our church has a long history of serving God and our local community. We have a strong Christian Education Program from pre-school through adult education, including Bible Study.


Our highly acclaimed music ministry is an integral part of and significantly enhances our worship services. We have highly skilled musicians and directors.


We support a number of local and regional mission causes and are always looking for new opportunities. We also support national and international missions through the PCUSA.