Advent: A Season for Dreaming

The Christmas season invites us into an old story, energized by visions, dreams and amazement. Join us during Advent and Christmas as we experience the presence of God which brings together heaven and earth in peace. 

This is God's dream for us.


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  • Advent Celebration

    Sunday November 24. 9:30-11:00 am in Bittinger Hall

    Prepare yourself and your family for Advent. Make Advent wreaths, assemble Christmas countdown calendars, decorate Christmas cards. Everyone is invited.

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers December 2-7

    RPC volunteers at our neighborhood Riverside Publix participating in the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. This year we will be ringing the bell December 2-7, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. Sign up for 1 hour shifts at the Alternative Gift Market on November 17 or contact Arden Brugger at 904-362-1347. 

  • Music at Noon

    Christmas Piano and Organ Improvisations featuring Andrew Clarke

    Wednesday December 4 at Noon int the Sanctuary

    Enjoy this free community concert featuring Andrew Clarke.

  • Christmas Concert, Dinner and Play

    Sunday December 8 beginning at 5:00 pm

    Christmas Concert, 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary

    The Christmas Concert will begin at 5:00 pm in the sanctuary. It will be a festival of Advent and Christmas music featuring the Choirs, Hand Bells and Soloists of Riverside Presbyterian Church, Mandarin Middle School Chorus and Bells of Angelwood.


    Dinner and Children's Christmas Play, 6:00 pm in Kissling Hall

    The dinner will follow the concert, beginning around 6:00 pm. You can purchase tickets at the church or by clicking here. $25 Family; $10 Adults; $5 Children (11 and younger). The Children's Christmas Play will begin immediately after dinner.

  • Caring Tree

    Sunday December 15

    Please take one or more tags from the Caring Trees on campus to buy a gift for a neighborhood child. Follow the instructions on the tag and bring wrapped gifts to the church on or before Sunday December 15.

  • Riversiders Adult Potluck Dinner

    Sunday December 15, 6:00 pm

    Join us for this church-wide adult potluck. Nothing beats the fantastic food that is shared at this quarterly event. This month celebrates Christmas carols at the Kuntz's house - 4744 Prince Esward Road. Please bring a covered dish to share. 

  • Blue Christmas Service

    with Riverside Park United Methodist Church

    Wednesday December 18, 6:00 pm at Riverside Park UMC, 819 Park Street

    Join us for a service of healing and wholeness. For many of us the Christmas season is a difficult time. In the joy of the Christmas season our grief, sorrow and lament can be overwhelming. Through litanies, prayer and the singing of Christmas carols, we will offer our feelings of loss and brokenness to the loving presence of Emmanuel, God with Us.

  • Christmas Eve Services

    Tuesday December 24

    5:00 pm      Family Christmas Eve Worship Services

                          (In this service, children can dress up like a character in the Christmas story and                                                 participate in the service. You can bring your own costume or the church can provide one)


    8:00 pm        Christmas Music for Meditation

    8:30 pm        Christmas Eve Service with Communion