Advent is a season of expectation, as we look for the coming of the Messiah. This Advent, we glance into the various windows that reveal the source of our expectation: windows of hope, love, joy, and peace. Join us as the promises of our faith take shape, become visible, and illumine the one who comes among us once again this year, full of grace and truth.

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Riverside's Journey Through Advent

  • Mid Week Advent Services, noon Wednesdays during Advent

    In the season of Advent, Riverside will offer brief Communion services at 12 Noon on the Wednesdays in December.  Music and Scripture, prayer and silence will surround the Sacrament as we walk together through this season of hopeful waiting.  We will practice the same protocols for health and safety that we have in place on Sunday mornings. Sign up online at

  • We Want Your Christmas Card! 

    We want to invite you to participate in the first ever virtual RPC Christmas card sent from our church family to our church family. We can connect with each other even if we can’t be together in person. 

    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 - HANDMADE

    Create a handmade card at home on paper including words, drawings, photos, etc. and drop it off or mail to the church office. We will convert it to a digital image. Size: 8.5” x 11” Landscape format 

    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 and ideally include a candid family photo and a brief message. Submit your card by December 9, so we have time to create our collection. 

  • Daily Devotional

    Riverside is providing inspiring, printable daily devotions for Advent written by Presbyterian Minister Jill Duffield. This year the focus is on the time of Advent for the church. A week’s worth of the devotional will be an insert in the bulletin each week. Or view online HERE

  • Advent Wreath Craft for Children or Others

    All families with children in 5th grade and younger should receive a paper copy of this wreath craft in the mail. We also want to make it available to all members. If you are interested in using this simple and meaningful activity during advent, please print out this wreath and follow the instructions. 

  • Lessons and Carols Christmas Program

    December 6, 10:30 am Worship Service

    RPC has a long tradition of doing a special musical Christmas program. We will have outstanding singing, readers of all ages, The Jacksonville Chamber Music Project string quartet, members from our Handbell Choir, a special children's handbell ensemble, and our children's Bethlehem pageant. Be sure to make your reservations to join us for this uplifting special 10:30 am worship service. Signups begin December 1 at

    Available via livestream at

  • The Installation of Brian Lays

    December 6 at 2:00 pm

    The Presbytery of St. Augustine will formally install Brian Lays as pastor of Riverside Presbyterian Church. Members are welcome to attend the service along with members of the Presbytery. RSVP at

    Available via livestream at

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers

    Salvation Army Bell Ringing - December 7-12 (1 hour shifts, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm)

    RPC volunteers have been ringing the bell at our neighborhood Riverside Publix for over 10 years through the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. Gloves/sanitizer/face shield/aprons will be supplied. Sign up online. Sign up at

  • Alternative Gift Catalog

    due by December 11

    Give gifts that bring meaning to the Christmas season! As you prepare for your Christmas shopping, remember the many needs of our partnering ministries and missions. They receive 100% of your gift and your friends and family receive the knowledge that something good is being done in their honor and name. Catalogs have been mailed, are available in the Narthex, or you may shop online. 

  • Caring Tree Sunday

    December 13

    RPC has been supplying gifts to 300 children in our community for 25 years. If you haven’t chosen your tags already, check online at or call  Jo Pratt Dannals (904-707-5625) 

    Drop-off Information

    Drive Through Drop-off - December 7-11 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Church’s upper parking lot. 

    Gifts are due to the church Sanctuary by Sunday, Dec. 13, at 11:30 am. 

    If you need assistance in getting your packages returned to the church, please call the church office (904- 355-4585 x25) so they will be picked up the week of Dec. 7-11 from your home.

  • Christmas Eve Services - Signups begin December 1

    We hope you will join us for Christmas Eve services in our Sanctuary! Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work to accommodate as many people on Christmas Eve as we safely can. Reservations will be required. Available via livestream at

    5:30 pm Family Service Join us for a child-friendly, socially-distanced Christmas Eve service. Children may come dressed as a character from the Christmas story in a costume they assembled at home.

    7:00pm Service Please plan to be in your seats before 7:00 pm to enjoy the peaceful time for reflection presented by Kayo Fleisher, harpist with the Jacksonville Symphony. 

    The remainder of the service will include reflections, readings, and carols by Pastor Brian and our own talented members, a ceremony of light, and a service of communion.  

    With all of the chaos that has surrounded us this year, we pray that you will find these Advent activities to be truly meaningful as we again welcome the Christ Child into our hearts and life through worship.