Thoughtful Faith Community

Thoughtful Faith Community (TFC) is a time for our congregation to come together for fellowship and education. The schedule has been aligned the schedule to allow children, youth, and adults to participate more fully. Additionally, intergenerational and mission activities have been included, as well as youth opportunities and new children’s programming.


4:30-5:15 p.m.: River Road Camerata

5:15-6:15 p.m.: Dinner

6:00-6:45 p.m.: Children’s Choirs Rehearsal

6:00-7:15 p.m.: TFC-Youth

6:15-7:15 p.m.: TFC-Adults

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Chancel Bell Choir Rehearsal

6:45-7:15 p.m.: TFC-Kids (kindergarten-2nd grades and 3rd-5th grades)

Childcare is provided for newborns through pre-k from 5:15-7:30 p.m.

TFC News

TFC: Outside the Walls with CARITAS with Tiffany Terry

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 5:15-7:15 p.m. Dinner, 5:15 p.m., Fellowship Hall Menu: Barbequed Pork OR Vegetarian Lasagna, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Spiced Apples, Yeast Rolls, Cherry Cobbler Kids Entrée: Pizza If you have not already, please make your reservation by April...

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5:15-6:15 p.m., Fellowship Hall

As a church family, a meal is served around tables in the Fellowship Hall from 5:15-6:15 p.m. During this time of fellowship, announcements, birthdays and anniversaries, and prayer concerns are shared. The dinner menu includes meat, vegetarian, and children’s entrées, along with a variety of sides including a salad bar, vegetables, and dessert.

Reservations are required by 11AM on Mondays before the dinner. You may make your reservation by contacting the church office. When you make your reservation, please indicate how many vegetarian and children’s entrées you’d like for your family.

Weekly Costs
Adults & Youth – $7/each; Children – $3/each; Family Max – $20

Standing Reservations
Standing Reservations are offered before the start of a new semester of programs. The pre-paid reservation provides a 10% discount from the normal price, so you can miss a Wednesday or two and maintain the convenience of having a standing reservation.

The deadline to sign-up and pre-pay is anytime before the first dinner in September and January. To make your standing reservation, please call the Church Office (804-288-1131) and mail your payment, or make your reservation and pay online through Access ACS.

TFC-Kids includes study of the Bible, Recreation, Intergenerational gatherings with other age groups, and Missions study and projects. This Wednesday evening activity set has been created to help serve our children and their families on Wednesday nights from 6:45-7:15.

The children will be following a rotation model: with a Bible story time, recreation, intergenerational evenings, and missions education time. Bible story nights are two weeks at a time to allow the children to learn a story, and then present the story to other children the following week. Missions education will be learning from missionaries that visit our church, learning about other missionaries around the world, or other missions we do here at River Road such as CARITAS. Intergenerational nights will bring adults, youth, and children together.

Children’s Choirs, 6:00-6:45 p.m.
• Cherub Choir – Pre-K & Kindergarten, Youth Choir Room
• Carol Choir – 1st & 2nd Grades, Youth Choir Room
• Crusader Choir – 3rd-5th Grades, Choir Room

TFC-Kids, 6:45-7:15 p.m.
• Pre-K – 2nd Grades, CH #141
• 3rd-5th Grades, Chapel Hall

TFC-Kids Spring 2018 Program Schedule

January 3: Epiphany Party in Chapel Hall
January 10: Recreation
January 24: Bible Story Lesson Week 1
January 31: Bible Story Lesson Week 2
February 7: Recreation
February 14: Ash Wednesday Experience
February 21: Missions Education (CARITAS Week)
February 28: Bible Story Lesson Week 1
March 7: Bible Story Lesson Week 2
March 14: Recreation
March 28: Pizza Dinner & Children’s Musical Rehearsal
April 4: No Wednesday Night Dinner or TFC – Spring Break!
April 11: Missions Education
April 18: Eastertide Lesson
April 25: Spirituals Lesson
May 2: Recreation
May 9: Children’s Musical Rehearsal
May 16: Children’s Musical
May 23: Christian Educator of the Year Award

Youth Study Hall, 6:00 p.m., Youth Area

Following dinner on Wednesdays, from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. the youth have a study hall and fellowship opportunity in the youth area. This is time for students to do homework, get help with schoolwork, and interact with their peers. Additionally, youth are invited to attend and assist with TFC-Kids recreation, and youth are always welcome to take part in TFC-Adults as they so desire.

Program, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Assembly Room or Fellowship Hall

Adult programs continue to be interesting and fun educational programs led by our congregation, ministerial staff, and outside speakers. Also look for special Wednesday evenings where all ages will come together for multi-generational and inter-generational learning and service opportunities.

TFC-Adults Spring 2018 Program Schedule

January 3: Epiphany Program
January 10: Acts of Faith with Bruce Miller
January 24: Winter Bible Study: “What’s Unresolved? Numbers 11”
Dr. Denise Janssen, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Executive Director of the Resource Center, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
January 31: Winter Bible Study: “So what? Luke 18”
Dr. Lynne Caldwell, Instructor in United Methodist Studies and Director of the Edosomwan Institute, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
February 7: Winter Bible Study: “Are You Balaam or the Ass? Numbers 22”
Dr. Lakisha Lockhart, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the STREAM Youth Theology Institute, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
February 14: Ash Wednesday Service
February 21: Jewish Festival of Purim with Rabbi Hal Schevitz, Or Atid
February 28: The Opioid Crisis Response with Dan Bagby
March 7: Lenten Series: Tony Cosby, well-known local actor and portrayer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
March 14: Lenten Series: Dr. Theodore T. Brown, pastor-elect of Quioccasin Baptist Church
March 28: No Dinner or TFC-Adults
Thursday, March 29: Maundy Thursday Service
April 4: No Dinner or TFC – Public School Spring Break
April 11: Outside the Walls with CARITAS with Tiffany Terry
April 18: 1968 – The year that changed our nation (and also many of us) by Tom Graves
April 25: Baptist Roots: Exploring Our Spiritual Family Tree and Why It Matters with Nathan Taylor, Executive Director, Virginia Baptist Historical Society
May 2: Abigail Schreiner, HopeTree Family Services
May 9: Panama Mission Trip Report
May 16: Children’s Musical
May 23: Christian Educator of the Year Award