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.

Join us as we prepare for Christmas and honor the holiness of this season together!

Sunday Services

The First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 27, 2022
9:45 a.m., Sunday School
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze

The Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 4, 2022
9:45 a.m., Sunday School
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Brian Foreman, CBF

The Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 11, 2021
9:45 a.m., Sunday School
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze

The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 18, 2022
9:45 a.m., Sunday School
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze

Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25, 2022
No Sunday School or child care
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and
Christmas Stories that Shape Us by River Road Family Members
Christmas sweaters encouraged!

Epiphany Worship
Service of Worship & Holy Communion
Sunday, January 1, 2023
No Sunday School or child care
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and

Church Hill Christmas Store Gifts & Drop Off

Sunday, November 27, 2022, YA #173

Please do not wrap gifts but place them, separately, by child, in a bag, clearly marked with the child’s ID, which is two initials followed by a number, example: LJ#1.

Sundays, November 20 and 27 have been set up for drop off of all donations. The donation drop off location is in YA #173 in the Youth Area.

Questions can be directed to either Donna Bower or Letty Wood. If other arrangements need to be made for drop off, due to the holiday weekend, please also call Donna or Letty. All gifts must be delivered to the Church Hill Wellness Center by November 30.

ADVENTure Lunch
Sunday, November 27, 2022
12:15 p.m., Fellowship Hall

All families are welcome to sign up for ADVENTure lunch. A light lunch will be provided and each family will make an Advent wreath to take home. Sign up by Sunday, November 20.

Christmas Decorating
Indoor and Outdoor
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Friday, December 9, 2022
9:00 a.m., Sanctuary and Plaza

Our church will be adorned for Advent and Christmas inside and outside on December 1 and 9, beginning each day at 9AM. We need helpers to hang 64 wreaths and 165 yards of roping in high and low places. You will not be asked to do any floral design, but rather to climb ladders, fluff bows, carry wreaths here and there, etc. Come join us on either or both days.

Sentiments of Dr. Seuss express hopes for the days: “Welcome Christmas, while we stand/Heart to heart and hand in hand.”

Christmas-Themed ​Young Adult Theology on Tap
Thursday, December 1, 2022
7:30-9:00 p.m., The Home of the Whittys

Church-wide Grounds Workday
Saturday, December 3, 2022
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Plaza

The House & Grounds Committee invites individuals and families to join together in caring for the beautiful grounds at River Road Church. There is plenty to do for all ages and skills. Work to include: weeding, and general cleanup of branches and pinecones. Trucks are especially helpful, as we cannot leave brush for pickup on the street. Some tools are available from the church, but participants are encouraged to bring labeled tools with them. Begin Advent with fellowship as we join together to spruce up the property for this season of joy. Sign ups requested so that we can best prepare for your participation.

Please bring your work gloves and tools. If you have any questions, please contact John Whitty.

Thoughtful Faith Community
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
5:30-6:00 p.m.: Carol Choir
6:00-6:30 p.m.: Supper
6:30-6:45 p.m.: Prayer Time
6:45-7:30 p.m.: Program: Carols Around the Fireplace in the Courtyard
6:45-7:30 p.m.: Youth Study Hall
7:30-9:30 p.m.: Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
5:30-6:00 p.m.: Carol Choir
6:00-6:30 p.m.: Supper
6:30-6:45 p.m.: Prayer Time
6:45-7:30 p.m.: Program: Starlight Service in the Sanctuary Chancel (childcare provided)
6:45-7:30 p.m.: Youth Study Hall
7:30-9:30 p.m.: Chancel Choir Rehearsal

A WOW Event
Wonder Through Movement with Briar Chatterjea
The Twelve Days of Christmas and The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 10, 2022 (please note the date change)
9:30 a.m., Chapel Hall

Join Briar Chatterjea and the RRCB movers as we continue with the Wonder through Movement Workshop Series and move toward the Christmas holidays. Learn Indian hand gestures (Mudras) to accompany the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas lyrics. Explore the holiday classic “The Nutcracker Ballet” through the appreciation of the diverse cultural influences and ballet vocabulary woven into this creation of this work. Maybe you will share your dance as an offering to family and friends this season. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Briar is a trained and recognized dance instructor who has been blessed with opportunities to learn and teach abroad and at home in the states. Time under her calm leadership is gift.

There is no cost. Sign ups are helpful for planning purposes.

Christmas VBS
Saturday, December 10, 2022
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Come and enjoy a morning of games, songs, crafts, a Bible story, and lunch. Ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to participate. Sign up by Saturday, December 3.

E. Carl Freeman Concert Series at River Road Church
Annual Advent/Christmas Concert
River Road Chancel Choir
Sunday, December 11, 2022
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

The program includes the works:

  • Britten – Ceremony of Carols
  • Biebl – Ave Maria
  • Duruflé – Gloria (from Messe cum jubilo)
  • Carols by Philip Hancock, June Nixon, Harold Darke, and Elizabeth Poston

Children’s Pizza Party & Tacky Lights Tour
Friday, December 16, 2022
5:00-7:00 p.m.

All kindergarteners through 5th Graders are invited to join Mrs. Sandy for a Tacky Lights Tour and Pizza Party. We will meet at church for pizza at 5pm and then take the church van for a Tacky Lights tour. Please let me know if you would like to chaperone.

Youth Christmas Party
Sunday, December 18, 2022
5:45-8:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

We will begin and end in the church Fellowship Hall.

5:45-6:30 p.m.: Dinner at 5:45
6:30-7:30 p.m.: City-wide Photo Scavenger Hunt
7:30-8:30 p.m.: $5 or under White Elephant Gift Exchange and Dessert

Adults — drivers are needed. If you are super competitive, this is the night for you. You will not be paired with your youth (unless you really want to).

Bring a $5 or under white elephant gift for a gift exchange.

You must sign up by December 16 so teams can be formed.

Youth Christmas Movie Night
CampRVA Event
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
7:00-9:30 p.m., The Byrd

Supper & Dress Rehearsal for Nativity Service of Lesson and Carols
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
5:00-7:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary

Young Adult Christmas Party
Thursday, December 22, 2022
7:00-10:00 p.m., The Home of the Baileys

You are invited to the annual Young Adult Christmas Party on December 22nd from 7 to 10 pm! We will be meeting at Beth and Colin’s home for some fellowship, light dinner and dessert, Christmas games, and a White Elephant gift exchange. For the gift exchange, please bring gifts no more than $15 — try to pick something unique, fun, silly, or all of the above.

We also welcome you come dressed as your favorite Christmas movie/story character — prizes will be given out for the best costumes!

Please note below if you have any food allergies or preferences. You are more than welcome to bring friends and significant others, just note that in the comments.

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.

Nativity Service of Lessons and Carols
Saturday, December 24, 2022
4:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Family Service. This service tells the Christmas story through lessons and song, and is led by our children and youth.

We will collect non-perishable goods for Welborne UMC Community Food Pantry. These can be dropped off in the narthex prior to the service. (You do not need to wrap the gifts in white paper.)

Service of Candlelight & Holy Communion
Saturday, December 24, 2022
8:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Join us for our traditional Christmas Eve Service of Candlelight and Holy Communion. This service will be broadcast live at