Advent is a season of waiting, as we look for the coming of the Messiah. In worship this Advent, we will delve into the deep theology found in the hymns of this season of expectation. Join us as we prepare our hearts to receive the One who comes among us once again this year, full of grace and truth.

Scroll down to see what is happening at Riverside during Advent.

  • Blue Christmas Service on the Longest Night

    December 21

    On the longest night of the year, we'll gather in the Chancel for a contemplative service focused on the light of Christ. This is an opportunity for those who are feeling “blue,” whether hurting, grieving, lonely, or lost, to gather together in quiet solidarity away from the fervor of the busy world. The Rev. Sunelle Stander Lays will preach. Join us in person in the Sanctuary or via livestream at 

  • Christmas Eve Services

    December 24

    4:00 pm Family Candlelight Service Children can come dressed as one of the characters from the Christmas story or children can choose one of the costumes available in the narthex. Children will be invited to participate as the Christmas story is told. Join us for this very fun and meaningful candlelight service.

    7:00 pm Candlelight Service Join us for this candlelight service with Holy Communion and Choir. The Rev. Dr. Brian Lays preaches. Attend in-person or via livestream at

    10:30 pm Prelude

    11:00 pm Candlelight Service Join us for this 11:00 pm Candlelight service with Holy Communion and Choir. The Rev. Dr. Brian Lays preaches. An extended 30-minute prelude precedes the service at 10:30 pm.

  • Please Send Us Your Christmas Card!

    Option 1 - DIGITAL Create a digital card! Computer - Microsoft Word, Pages or, Phone / tablet - Canva app Size: 8.5” x 11” Landscape format. Email your card to [email protected]

    Option 2 - PAPER Mail us your Christmas card OR create a handmade card at home on paper including words, drawings, photos, etc. and drop it off or mail to the church office. 849 Park St. Jacksonville, FL 32204. We will convert it to a digital image.

    Whether you share your card with us digitally or on paper, we will be creating a digital version of all cards as well as a gigantic printed card. Please use a horizontal format. Submit your card by December 19th so we have time to create our collection.

  • Worship, 8:30 am and 10:30 am

    8:30 am Worship - Beginning on Advent I, November 28, we will offer Communion each Sunday at 8:30am. This intimate service of Word and Sacrament will be held in the chancel, gathered around the communion table. Worship will last approximately 45 minutes, including a sermon and hymns sung by the congregation.

    10:30 am Worship - Join us in-person or online. Communion will be served on the first Sunday of the month. 

  • Evening Compline

    Sundays and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

    This brief (15-minute), lay-led service of prayers, psalms, and scripture at the close of day has been part of Christian worship since the sixth century. Light some candles, check-in with your fellow RPC members, and worship together in this ancient form at the beginning of and halfway through your week.


  • Adult, Youth and Children Sunday School Classes  

    Sundays, 9:30 am on Zoom and in-person

    Handel's Messiah Class - Taught by Dr. John Ragsdale (Nov 28, Dec 5, Dec 12)

    The Bridge Class, studying "the season of almost" devotional by Kate Bowler (Dec 5, 12, 19)

    Youth Class (6th - 12th Grade))

    Children's Class (Pre-K - 5th Grade)

    Click here for more Sunday School Details

  • Christmas Tree in the Courtyard

    Visit our Christmas tree located in the courtyard between the sanctuary and the Welker

    Garden on Park Street. Please feel free to add one of the provided ornaments located next to the tree, or bring your own ornament to add to the tree in the coming weeks. You may also write a prayer request on the wooden ornaments, which our church will pray for this Advent. Our hope is that others from the Five Points neighborhood will help decorate the tree as they walk by the church in the coming weeks.