Visit Us

We invite you to visit us to experience the community we’ve created. You may very well find you fit perfectly at River Road Church!

Who We Are

We warmly welcome new members into fellowship, eager to show the love and nurturing that River Road offers.

Staff & Leadership

Meet the ministerial, support, preschool center, endowment and board/committee leaders that help support the life of River Road Church.

River Road Church embraces worship that brings us close to God through thoughtful theology, liturgy, and the issues of the world around us, all of which matter to God.

Learn more about our intentional approach to worship and join us in person or online.

Worship begins at 11AM

Gather with us each Sunday in our beautiful sanctuary for inspired music and a relevant thoughtful message.

Children's Church

Children in the first through third grade are invited to Children’s Church, where they engage in age-appropriate activities related to the theme of the day.

We encourage you to join us for worship, in-person or online via livestream.

We believe that regular participation in worship sustains both the individual and the congregation.

Watch via YouTube

Livestream replays can be found on our YouTube Channel.

Worship Bulletin

If you are able, please print the bulletin and follow along.

More Info

Read more about our live service broadcast

Warm and welcoming, River Road Church embraces worship that brings us close to God through thoughtful theology, liturgy, and the issues of the world around us, all of which matter to God.

Learn about our style of worship, as well as music and periodic special services.

Planning a wedding and interested in potentially having your service at River Road Church?

Learn more about weddings in our sanctuary as well as who to contact as part of your planning.

If you are planning a memorial service for a recently departed loved one, River Road Church, Baptist offers ministerial support and care as you grieve, as well as assistance in planning the service.

Learn about our Columbarium Memorial Garden.

Discover opportunities for faith formation, community and learning for children and their families at River Road Church.

From weekly experiences of learning and music, to special events building fellowship and expressions of service, children are valued and nurtured.

Education

Age graded groups for Bible study are provided for children from infants through 5th grade.

Opportunities

From experiences in worship, to expressions of service, play and music, children are nurtured in multiple ways.

Middle and High Schoolers

Youth are invited to participate in an open community in which middle and high schoolers can build meaningful relationships, engage in thought-provoking worship and Bible study, learn tools for personal spiritual formation, and serve others.

Sunday School

Youth gather weekly for interactive, relevant Bible study and fellowship.

Opportunities

From mission experiences to retreats and PASSPORT Summer Camp, youth are nurtured and challenged as they grow in faith.

Opportunities for 18 to late-20-somethings

Discover opportunities for 18 to late-20-somethings to gather in small groups and larger gatherings for study and fellowship.

Education

Select from a variety of groups and approaches in which to study and grow.

Thoughtful Faith Community

Learn more about this time  to come together for fellowship and education.

Small Groups

Select from a variety of small groups including yoga, "fixers," book lovers, cinema buffs, and more!

Spiritual Formation

Discover opportunities to grow and connect, from our labyrinth and hiking trips, to team sports.

Life is a journey that brings joys and challenges.

As a family of faith, one of the most important and meaningful things we do is care for one another as we journey through life’s joys and sorrows.

Discover opportunities for pastoral care and support.

River Road Church Preschool Development Center is a school committed to partnering with parents in the raising of their young children.

Discover curriculum and programs that help children meet their individual social, emotional, spiritual, cognitive, and physical needs.

Get Involved

Discover multiple avenues for making a difference in the world through service to those in need.

Our Partners

River Road Church, Baptist works with and alongside multiple organizations working to care for others.

Make a joyful noise! River Road Church, Baptist celebrates a long tradition of quality music.

Participate in choirs, handbells, and experience performances of talented musicians. Learn about our approach to music in worship and how you can participate.

Adult Choirs

Discover opportunities to share your musical talent and grow in a community that plays a vital worship leadership role.

Children's & Youth Choirs

Choirs for children and youth help develop a love of music and provide an outlet for faithful creative expression.

Sharing great music in our sanctuary to reach out to the surrounding community since 1970.

Experience renowned organists, vocalists, and instrumentalists through our long-running concert series.

Reserve tickets today.

Sanctuary and Möller Organ

When planned in the late 1960s to accommodate a growing church, the design of the Sanctuary focused on the soaring aspect of a cathedral-type space that directed attention to the heavens. A classic pipe organ and complementary acoustics would assist in this effort.

The Chapel Organ

The chapel, originally built in 1950 as the first formal worship space at River Road Church, is still used for small worship services, weddings, and funerals.

Grand Pianos

River Road Church has been blessed to have in its inventory of instruments five grand pianos, each given to the church by members.

Community

As a thoughtful community of faith, we celebrate multiple avenues for gathering to connect, learn, grow, be inspired and serve.

Thoughtful Faith Community

Make connections and build relationships Sunday evenings as we share a meal and fellowship together.

Distinguished Speaker Forum

Experience challenging and enlightening speakers on a variety of relevant topics. Get free tickets to upcoming events.

Events & Announcements

Discover upcoming events and opportunities at River Road Church, Baptist.

Online Church Directory

A member-only area offering contact information on congregational members.

Calendar

Get the details on a variety of upcoming events, services, and opportunities.

Concert Series

Experience renowned organists, vocalists and instrumentalists through our long-running concert series. Reserve tickets today.

Mission Opportunities

Participate in ministries of love, care, and hope.

Advent & Christmas at River Road

Advent & Christmas

2023

This time during the church year, leading up to Christmas, is the season of Advent. It is four weeks long and provides an opportunity across the weeks to reflect on the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, represented each week in worship with the lighting of a candle. On Christmas Eve, we then light the Christ candle, remembering the moment that God came among, when Jesus was born.

Throughout this season we wait with expectancy the coming of the Christ child and celebrate that God is ever coming among us as we live for God. We also hope in the fulfillment of God’s salvation when all is redeemed and set right through Christ.

Please join us as we more through this season towards Christmas.

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Sunday Services

All Sunday worship services are held in the Sanctuary and broadcast live on River Road Church’s YouTube Channel.

The First Sunday of Advent

Service of Worship & Holy Communion

Sunday, December 3, 2023

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The First Sunday of Advent

Service of Worship & Holy Communion
Sunday, December 3, 2023
9:45 a.m., Sunday School
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze
Worship Bulletin

The Second Sunday of Advent

Service of Worship

Sunday, December 10, 2023

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The Second Sunday of Advent

Service of Worship
Sunday, December 10, 2023
9:45 a.m., Sunday School
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze
Worship Bulletin

The Third Sunday of Advent

Service of Worship & Holy Communion

Sunday, December 17, 2023

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The Third Sunday of Advent

Service of Worship
Sunday, December 17, 2023
9:45 a.m., Sunday School
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze
Worship Bulletin

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Service of Worship

Sunday, December 24, 2023

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Service of Worship
Sunday, December 24, 2023
9:45 a.m., Sunday School*
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze
Worship Bulletin

The First Sunday After Christmas

Service of Worship

Sunday, December 31, 2023

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The First Sunday After Christmas

Service of Worship
Sunday, December 31, 2023
9:45 a.m., Sunday School*
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge

*Life Class meeting on December 24 and 31; Robert Smart Class meeting on December 31

Epiphany Sunday/Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Service of Worship & Holy Communion

Sunday, January 7, 2024

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Epiphany Sunday/Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Service of Worship & Holy Communion
Sunday, January 7, 2024
9:45 a.m., Sunday School
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and rrcb.org/live
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve…what a special time in the life of our church.

Please join us on this holiest of nights, as we offer our worship to the Christ Child, whose birth we celebrate.

Nativity Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 24, 2023
4:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Worship Bulletin

Join us for our annual Nativity Service of Lessons and Carols. This service tells the Christmas story through lessons and song, and is led by our children, youth, and young adults. Children of all ages are invited to attend this service to hear the Christmas Story.

We will collect non-perishable goods for Welborne UMC Community Food Pantry—these will be brought forward during the service. Please do not wrap gifts. Newly purchased items preferred; we kindly ask that you check the expiration dates as expired items will not be donated.

Suggested items (no bulk items):

  • Soup: Hearty, tomato, chicken noodle
  • Boxed pasta and spaghetti
  • Canned Pasta (like spaghettios or chef boyardee)
  • Shelf Stable Milk/Evaporated milk
  • Canned chicken and tuna
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Fruit and applesauce cups
  • Snacks like granola bars,
  • Lance/Nabisco cracker packs, fruit snacks, saltines

Service of Candlelight & Holy Communion

Sunday, December 24, 2023
9:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Worship Bulletin

Join us for our traditional Christmas Eve Service of Candlelight and Holy Communion.

This service will be broadcast live on our YouTube Channel and at rrcb.org/watch-online. Prelude music begins at 8:30 p.m.

Thoughtful Faith Community

Sundays, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

December 3, 2023

Supper, Fellowship Hall
Supper reservations for December 3, 2023, will open on Sunday, November 26 at 9AM, and are required by Thursday, November 30 at 4PM.

Youth Group, Youth Area

Children’s Rec & Missions, CA #122

Rev. Dr. William Bradley Roberts presenting “Glimpses into Handel’s Messiah,” Fellowship Hall
Enjoy special insights, from a knowledgeable presenter, that will contribute to a more thoughtful experience in the musical presentation that follows.

Full Schedule:
4:00-4:35 p.m: River Road Camerata
4:35-5:15 p.m.: Youth Choir (6th-12th grades)
4:45-5:15 p.m.: Jubilate Choir (2nd-5th grades) and Carol Choir (age 4-1st grade)
4:45-5:30 p.m.: Community Meal
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Chancel Ringers Rehearsal
5:45-7:00 p.m.: Youth Group and Children’s Rec & Missions
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Program

December 10, 2023

Supper, Fellowship Hall
Supper reservations for December 10, 2023, will open on Sunday, December 3 at 9AM, and are required by Thursday, December 7 at 4PM.

Youth Group, Youth Area

Children’s Rec & Missions, CA #122

Compassion in Community, Fellowship Hall
Beginning in table conversation about our concerns as we approach the holiday season, we will consider what may stand in the way of joy this year. We will acknowledge our concerns before God, moving into the chancel area for our Starlight service, during which we will, together, hold our lives and needs before the Lord.

Full Schedule:
4:00-4:35 p.m: River Road Camerata
4:35-5:15 p.m.: Youth Choir (6th-12th grades)
4:45-5:15 p.m.: Jubilate Choir (2nd-5th grades) and Carol Choir (age 4-1st grade)
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Community Meal and Chancel Ringers Rehearsal
5:45-7:00 p.m.: Youth Group and Children’s Rec & Missions
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Program

December 17, 2023

Supper, Fellowship Hall
Supper reservations for December 17, 2023, will open on Sunday, December 10 at 9AM, and are required by Thursday, December 14 at 4PM.

Youth Christmas Party, Youth Area

Adults and Children Fireside Caroling & Hot Chocolate in the Courtyard

Full Schedule:
4:00-4:35 p.m: River Road Camerata
4:35-5:15 p.m.: Youth Choir (6th-12th grades)
4:45-5:15 p.m.: Jubilate Choir (2nd-5th grades) and Carol Choir (age 4-1st grade)
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Community Meal and Chancel Ringers Rehearsal
5:15-7:00 p.m.: Youth Group
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Program

E. Carl Freeman Concert Series

At River Road Church

Join us for our Annual Advent/Christmas concert and A King’s Singers Christmas Concert.

Tickets are on sale now.

Annual Advent/Christmas Concert

River Road Chancel Choir with Orchestra
Handel’s Messiah Part I

December 3, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

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Annual Advent/Christmas Concert

River Road Chancel Choir with Orchestra
Handel’s Messiah Part I

December 3, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

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When You Wish Upon a Star

A King’s Singers Christmas Concert

December 16, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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When You Wish Upon a Star

A King’s Singers Christmas Concert

December 16, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are required and sold via Virginia Fine Arts Festival. Tickets are $55 per person, however, e-Spire subscribers can purchase tickets at a discounted price via promo code in our weekly email newsletter.

Tickets On Sale

Community & Outreach

River Road Preschool’s Four-Year-Old and Junior Kindergarten classes are exploring Christmas customs with a trip around the world!

With the wreath and its history as a foundation for their display, please stop by the exhibit cabinet in the Lower Commons to see their artistic designs and the traditions they represent.

First Sunday Food Share

December 3, 2023

Drop off in the Green Grocery Cart located in the Lower Commons

Suggested Shopping List:

  • Paper Bags
  • Cans of Vegetables (peas, green beans, corn)
  • Cans of Fruit
  • Cans of Soup
  • Cans of Meat: small cans of tuna, chicken
  • Cans of Pork and Beans or other Beans
  • Canned Entrées (example: Spaghettios and ravioli)
  • Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
  • Packages of Powdered Milk
  • Boxes of Cereal
  • Boxes of Instant Oatmeal (individual packs)
  • Rice
  • Dry Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Box of Sugar

Children’s Christmas Movie, Games, & More

December 8, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Parents, are you looking for night out to shop, go to dinner, or just rest and enjoy a quiet evening alone?

Sign up now for your child to come to church for a movie, variety of Christmas activities, and dinner. The cost per child is $10. This will help cover cost of dinner and supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Friendship Class Christmas Party

December 9, 2023 at 11:30 a.m.

Robert Smart Class Christmas Party

December 9, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

Home of the Grays

River Road Cinema Buffs

December 13, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Movie & Discussion

Young Adult Christmas Theology on Tap

December 14, 2023, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Home of the Whittys

Young Adult Christmas Party

December 21, 2023, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Home of the Rooneys