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

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Pilgrimage: Our Lenten Journey Together

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Thoughtful Faith Community — January 18, 2023

Thoughtful Faith Community — January 18, 2023

Thoughtful Faith Community Wednesday, January 18, 2023 5:30-7:30 p.m. Supper, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Fellowship Hall Choice of Chili: Chili Con Carne (GF), White Chicken Chili, Vegetarian Chili (GF, V) Kids Entrée: Hot Dogs Sides: Cornbread (V), Coleslaw (GF, V), Salad Bar,...

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Thoughtful Faith Community — January 11, 2023

Thoughtful Faith Community — January 11, 2023

Thoughtful Faith Community Wednesday, January 11, 2023 5:30-7:30 p.m. Supper, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Fellowship Hall Menu: Salad Bar (V/GF), Parmesan Baked Chicken (you may request GF in advance) OR Stuffed Portobello (V/GF), Roasted Potatoes (V/GF), String Beans (V/GF), Hot...

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Thoughtful Faith Community — December 14, 2022

Thoughtful Faith Community — December 14, 2022

Thoughtful Faith Community Wednesday, December 14, 2022 5:30-7:30 p.m. Supper, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Fellowship Hall Menu: Salad Bar (V, GF); Chicken Divan OR Curried Broccoli (V); Rice Pilaf (V, GF);  Spiced Baked Peaches (V, GF); Hot Rolls; Holiday Mini Sweets Kids...

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