Advent & Christmas at River Road

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River Road Church, Baptist anticipates and prepares for the birth of the Christ child and the season of Christmas by observing the church season of Advent. For four weeks leading up to Christmas, we reflect on Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love as we light a candle to represent each theme during worship, and on Christmas Eve, just before Christmas Day begins, we light the Christ candle and remember the holy moment God came into humanity as a baby in a manager.

While worshiping and gathering look different this year, join us as we prepare for Christmas and honor the holiness of this season together!

Sunday Services

First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 29, 2020
11:00 a.m., Worship Online at rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze
Soloist: Christopher Ahart

Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 6, 2020
11:00 a.m., Worship Online at rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze
Soloist: Victoria Jackson

Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 13, 2020
11:00 a.m., Worship Online at rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze
Soloist: Zachary Short

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 20, 2020
11:00 a.m., Worship Online at rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze
Soloist: Michelle Harman-Gulick and Youth Handbell Choir

First Sunday After Christmas
Sunday, December 27, 2020
11:00 a.m., Worship Online at rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Anna Perry Miller
Soloist: Seth Roberts

Church Hill Christmas Stores Gifts & Drop Off

Sunday, November 15, 2020, 12-2PM
Sunday, November 22, 2020, 12-2PM
Sunday, November 29, 2020, 3-4PM
North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance

The Church Hill Wellness Center has assigned RRCB 25 children to sponsor. Each child will receive one large toy/gift, one small toy/gift, and one clothing option. All of the slots have been filled—thanks to everyone for signing up to sponsor a child. If you have not done so, please be sure to sign up for which date you are planning to drop off your gifts. When dropping off your gifts, please be sure to mark or label your gift with the child number (child #).

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Bower or Letty Wood.

Churchwide Advent Drive-Thru

Sunday, November 29, 2020
3:00-4:00 p.m., North Parking Lot

Swing thru the North Parking Lot for intergenerational advent goodies, greet and see ministers, pick up supplies to make an Advent Wreath, and to bring gifts for the Church Hill Christmas Store. An entrance and exit will be marked off of Ridge Road. Please stay in your vehicle and follow the path marked. Sign up to learn more and to let us know you are coming.

Sign ups are not mandatory, but are helpful when planning. Advent Wreath supplies are limited to 50 and will be prioritized to those signed up. We can’t wait to see you!

Click Here to Sign Up

Youth Christmas Ugly Sweater Parties

Sunday, December 6, 2020, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Middle Schoolers on the Plaza
High Schoolers in the North Parking Lot

Middle School Sign Up

High School Sign Up

Children’s Christmas Parties

Sunday, December 6, 2020, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Preschoolers in the Courtyard
Elementary Schoolers on the Playground

Click Here to Sign Up

Starlight Service of Remembrance & Holy Communion

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
7:00 p.m., Online Service

Traditionally, we offer a special time of worship, reflection, and communion to remember loved ones we have lost during the year or perhaps in recent years. Approaching the holiday season without that person present can be daunting, sad, and overwhelming. This year, an opportunity will be available for that purpose. This year, acknowledging loss and sadness has taken on new meaning due to the pandemic.

You may need a Blue Christmas service to help you grieve or contend with any number of things. What have you lost this year that was supposed to be meaningful? What, in this COVID-19-focused year, do you need to give attention to as a real grief? What will be different about the holidays because of quarantine, reduced travels, or other reasons?

Admitting our sadness, struggle, and need for healing and hope is a healthy step. Coming together before God to confess our needs and receive God’s nourishment can be deeply meaningful. Remembering we are all one in Christ, and that God comes to us where we are can provide hope and peace. Maybe you need that right now.

On Wednesday night, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. we will have an online service, just as we do on Sunday morning. You may go to rrcb.org/live, and join the service. You are encouraged to be present if you have any reasons you are approaching the holidays with angst, pain, fear, or dread, or to encourage others who are feeling these emotions. May this service of worship be a blessing, a balm on any wound, for you.

Starlight Service Group Reflection

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
7:45 p.m., Zoom Meeting (Online)

Following the Starlight Service, you may gather with others on a live Zoom follow up conversation where we can offer listening ears, warm presence, and words of hope. Please sign up to participate in this 7:45 p.m. time of sharing and receive the Zoom link at rrcb.org/advent. A minister will also be present for this time.

Sign Up for the Zoom Link

Children’s Virtual Christmas Story & Games

Sunday, December 13, 2020
3:00 p.m., Zoom Online Meeting

Youth Virtual Reindeer Games

Sunday, December 13, 2020
5:00 p.m., Zoom Online Meeting

Caroling and Christmas Music

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
6:30 p.m., Plaza

On Wednesday night, December 16, at 6:30 p.m., you are invited to come carol on the front plaza at RRCB. Accompaniment and sheet music will be provided for us. You are asked to bring a flashlight so you can see your music.

We will be distanced, outdoors, and everyone is required to wear a mask at all times. Places for standing will be laid out clearly. Please park in the lot across River Road and as you join us on the plaza, avoid walking in the space of others.

We all need a dose of sweet Christmas spirit. Let’s sing a little in community!

Sign Up Here

Youth Family Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

December 18-20, 2020

Virtual Christmas Eve Service

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Online Service

Christmas Eve Drive-Thru Worship & Food Collection

Thursday, December 24, 2020
4:30-5:30 p.m., North Parking Lot

On this holy day, we hope to see you and your families. Drive thru the North Parking Lot to worship in a different way this Christmas season. When signing up, let us know if you would like communion elements for your family when watching the Christmas Eve service at rrcb.org/live. At this drive-thru service, we will collect our annual Christmas missions offering of non-perishable goods.

Sign ups are not mandatory, but are helpful when planning.

Sign Up Here

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

How about something fun and sweet that will add to your Christmas season?

A group of RRCB readers will be preparing a special presentation for you, reading the great and funny story by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. If you have read or heard this story, you know how great it is. If you have not, this is your chance.

Maybe you would like to listen to it while you travel in your car for the holidays. Or, maybe your family would like to get in your PJ’s, make some cookies to eat, and then snuggle in to listen on a night or two. However you choose to listen to the audio recording, we hope you will enjoy the creative efforts of our good folks. It’ll be a pageant like no other.