Set Your Clock to Advent Time

Riverside's Journey Through Advent

Counter to the culture of hurried distraction and spending on that which does not satisfy, the season of Advent is the church's gift of time: four weeks to reflect upon the ever-coming Christ. The Promised One comes anew

and those who take time to notice will not be the same. Join us as we take this journey together through Advent.

  • Advent Celebration

    Sunday, November 26, 9:30 am in Bittinger Hall

    Prepare yourself and your family for advent. Make advent wreaths, assemble Christmas countdown calendars, decorate Christmas cards and more. Everyone is invited. There is a fee for the advent wreaths.

  • Christmas Concert

    Sunday, December 3, 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary

    A festival of Advent and Christmas music featuring the choirs, handbells and soloists of Riverside Presbyterian Church.

  • Christmas Dinner and Play

    Sunday, December 3, 6:00 pm in Bittinger Hall

    The Christmas Dinner and Children's Christmas Pageant follow the Christmas Concert (see above). Reservations required for dinner. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children or $25 for a family. Call the church office or click here for a reservation.

  • Caroling in Five Points

    Wednesday, December 6, Dinner 5:45 pm and Caroling 6:30 pm

    Join us for dinner at 5:45 pm in Bittinger Hall. At 6:30 pm we will head out to carol in the Five Points area with our final destination as the Riverside Presbyterian House where we will carol for the residents. This is a fun way to spread Christmas cheer to our neighbors.

  • Caring Tree

    Collection and Organization of Gifts on Sunday, December 10

    For over 17 years, Riverside Presbyterian Church has worked with neighborhood schools and organizations to find families in need. People from the church and Riverside Presbyterian Day School anonymously help these families celebrate Christmas by providing gifts and food. Gifts are collected and distributed, this year, on December 10. "Tags" for gifts are available to be chosen beginning on November 12. 

  • Music at Noon featuring Andy Clarke

    Wednesday, December 6, 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary

    Join us as we celebrate the Advent season with improvisations on Advent and Christmas music performed on the piano and organ. Following the concert, a light lunch will be in Bittinger Hall for $6. Call 904-355-4585 ext. 10 to make a reservation for lunch

  • Riversiders Potluck Dinner

    Sunday, December 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Riversiders is for all adult members and friends of the church. It is a potluck dinner held at a church member's house. Nothing beats the fantastic food and music shared at this special Christmas gathering. This Riversider's will be at the home of Bruce and Susan Smathers. Bring a dish to share and join us for a fun evening. Childcare is available. Email Emily Heeg.

  • Women's Ornament Exchange

    Wednesday, December 13, 6:00 - 8:30 pm at the Verlander's

    Join us for this annual event. Bring an ornament to exchange and an appetizer to share. Great fun with great friends. 

  • Lessons and Carols

    Sunday, December 17, 11:00 am in the Sanctuary


  • Youth Luminaria and Christmas Party

    Sunday, December 17, 4-7pm

    We will set up luminaries on the corner of Park and Post, watch a Christmas movie on the Rice Field, eat dinner outside and decorate Christmas cookies! All youth, 6th-12th grade are invited. Plan to bring a chair or a blanket for the movie!

  • Parent's Morning Out-Christmas Edition

    Tuesday, December 19, 9:00 am-12:30 pm in Williams Building Room 101/102

    Do you need a morning without your kids? For infants-5th grade. Infants through preschoolers will be cared for in the nursery.Elementary age children will be in the kids zone where they will play games and other activities. A reservation is required for this event. Reserve your spot.

  • Blue Christmas Service

    with Riverside Park United Methodist Church

    Wednesday, December 20, 6:00 pm

    Riverside Park United Methodist Church, 819 Park Street, Jacksonville

    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

    Sunday, December 24

    10:00 am      Sunday Morning Worship Service

                                   (No Sunday School)


    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