Pilgrimage

During the fall of 2022, River Road Church celebrated the life and ministry of our church. So many people have taught, studied, worshiped, served, and given through our church during our 75-year history. All that we do is built on this strong foundation laid by everyday pilgrims, for whom we give thanks. It is our watch now. Putting focus on our own development and ministry participation will now allow us to open ourselves to how God can and will work in our lives and through us for the world. To do this, we are going to dig into what it means to be everyday pilgrims, seeking after Christ in all parts of life. This can involve specific travels or events, or it can focus on our day by day process of following Christ.

For many religious traditions, the experience of pilgrimage holds great significance. Pilgrimage involves not only a physical journey to a destination, but also a spiritual journey within oneself. As Christians, we engage in an ongoing journey of faith development that calls us toward becoming more Christlike every day. We each embark on our own Christian pilgrimage, but we do not walk alone. We follow in the footsteps of the saints who have gone before us, are kept company by the pilgrims who travel with us, even as we pave the way for those who come behind us.

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Programs

January 11-February 15, 2023: Thoughtful Faith Community on Wednesdays

  • January 11: Everyday Pilgrimage led by Rev. Dr. Mike Clingenpeel
  • January 18: Experiences on the Way led by Bryn Bagby-Taylor
  • January 25, February 1, 8: Baptist Pilgrimage: How do we live from our heritage? led by Rev. Dr. Bert Browning and Rev. Dr. Bill Tuck
  • February 15: Virginia Baptist Pilgrim Waymakers led by Rev. Dr. Nathan Taylor

March 5, 2023: Pursuing Personal Pilgrimage, Lunch in the Assembly Room

Retreats

February 17-19, 2023: Women’s Retreat at Eagle Eyrie
March 11, 2023: Everyday Pilgrim: Intentional Focus Day Retreat
May 4-7, 2023: Hiking Pilgrimage in Virginia’s Mountains

TBA:
Men’s Retreat at Camp Alkulana

Taizé Worship Services in the Sanctuary Chancel

March 5, 2023
April 2, 2023
May 21, 2023

Reading Suggestions/Reading List:

Coming soon

Pilgrimage: Our Lenten Journey Together

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Event Details:

Taizé Service — March 5, 2023

Taizé Service — March 5, 2023

Pilgrimage at RRCB Taizé Service Sunday, March 5, 2023 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary Chancel Music and liturgy guide us through this meditative worship. If you have attended and enjoyed the special experience of this style of worship, please invite someone to join you.

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Pursuing Personal Pilgrimage — March 5, 2023

Pursuing Personal Pilgrimage — March 5, 2023

Pilgrimage at RRCB Pursuing Personal Pilgrimage Discussion Group Sunday, March 5, 2023 12:30 p.m., Assembly Room We will discuss ways we each pursue growth in our spiritual understanding and relationship with the Divine. A list of helpful, potential resources will be...

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Pilgrimage: A Women’s Retreat — February 17-19, 2023

Pilgrimage: A Women’s Retreat — February 17-19, 2023

Pilgrimage at RRCB Pilgrimage A Women’s Retreat February 17-19, 2023 Eagle Eyrie, Lynchburg, VA All adult women are invited to join us for a weekend in the mountains at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center. Our time will be spent in conversation, study, fellowship, and more...

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Thoughtful Faith Community:

Thoughtful Faith Community — February 8, 2023

Thoughtful Faith Community — February 8, 2023

Thoughtful Faith Community Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:30-7:30 p.m. Supper, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Fellowship Hall Entrée: Ham & Vegetable Cobbler OR Vegetable Cobbler (V) Sides: Salad Bar (V, GF); Mashed Potatoes (V,GF); Hot Rolls (V); Apple Crisp (V) Kids Entrée: Hot...

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Thoughtful Faith Community — February 1, 2023

Thoughtful Faith Community — February 1, 2023

Thoughtful Faith Community Wednesday, February 1, 2023 5:30-7:30 p.m. Supper, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Fellowship Hall Entrée: Penne Pasta Alfredo Primavera with Chicken OR Penne Pasta Primavera (V, GF) Sides: Salad Bar (V, GF); Italian String Beans (V,GF); Garlic Bread (V);...

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Thoughtful Faith Community — January 25, 2023

Thoughtful Faith Community — January 25, 2023

Thoughtful Faith Community Wednesday, January 25, 2023 5:30-7:30 p.m. Supper, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Fellowship Hall Menu: Roast Pork Loin (GF), Mushroom Gravy OR Jerk Veggie Skewers (V, GF); Salad Bar (V, GF); Buttered Rice (V,GF); Steamed Broccoli (V, GF); Hot Biscuits...

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