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!

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve… what a special night in the life of our church. We are used to dressing up in special Christmas clothes, bringing canned goods to worship, seeing the nativity story acted out as it is read, and lighting our candles as we sing Silent Night. This year, we hope to keep some of these pieces in place because it is still such a spectacular night in our lives. Nothing is more important than Hope and Love and Peace being born into our world.

There will be two special pieces to our Christmas Eve worship and celebration. Make plans now to be a part of both.

Christmas Eve Drive-Thru Worship & Food Collection


Wednesday, December 23, 2020
4:30-5:30 p.m., North Parking Lot

At 4:30 p.m. there will be a drive-thru nativity at church. When you arrive, you will have the opportunity to contribute canned goods for those in need, after which you can proceed through scenes from the Christmas story.

If your children want to dress for Christmas for the drive thru experience, they can do that. If they want to dress like a shepherd or an angel, that is wonderful, too. Most of all, we want to share in a meaningful experience, celebrating God’s arrival in the world.

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

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Virtual Christmas Eve Service

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Online Service

Early in the day, our traditional Christmas Eve service will become available at  so that your family can participate in it when it suits you best.

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.

The audio story will be available the week of Christmas. You are encouraged to share the link with your family and friends.

Sunday Services

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

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

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

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 20, 2020
11:00 a.m., Worship Online at
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
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze
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!

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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

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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, 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. A minister will also be present for this time.


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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 on the Plaza

In light of the rising COVID-19 cases in the Richmond metropolitan area, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to cancel Wednesday’s Caroling and Christmas Music on the Plaza. While we had a number of safety precautions in place, we felt it was in the best interest of our congregation’s health to cancel this event. We will miss seeing everyone and hearing your voices this season.

Youth Family Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

December 18-20, 2020