img_20160202_235721.jpgMountain View United Methodist Church is home to The River, an arts-based youth program. The River is open to all middle and high school age youth regardless of denomination or religious beliefs. Whether you like drawing, painting, or crafting, or you’re more into music, dance, acting, storytelling or story writing, or photography/videography, this program is something we’re sure you’ll enjoy.

Our goal is to guide you through using your favorite art forms as a way to interpret and communicate your view of the world around you, and to teach you how to develop and use a strong but positive “voice”, both in your individual projects and in bettering your community through positive social action opportunities that you choose as a group or individually. And, whenever we can, we make sure you have the opportunity to exhibit or perform your projects at appropriate events and venues.

You’ll find plenty of opportunities to be creative. You can make a music, dance, or spoken word video, learn or improve existing art skills, publish a book or collection of poetry or stories, or even organize your own play or musical. You’ll always have opportunities to collaborate with other members, or to work individually. It’s your choice. We’ll provide you with a topic and subject matter and then help you find your “voice”. If it requires skills our permanent team doesn’t have, we’ll work to find qualified mentors for you.

wpid-img_20151025_215321.jpgThe River meets Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Mountain View United Methodist Church. We provide a light snack and most materials needed to complete projects, so advance notice of new or visiting participants is always appreciated. If you prefer instrumental music (other than piano), photography, or videography, you should plan to bring your own instrument or equipment. If you have any questions, you can contact us directly at 865-924-8339 Monday-Friday from 9-4, or by e-mail at