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. Make your reservation by clicking on the date below. 

    December 23

  • 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. Click here to download

  • Christmas Eve Services - Reservations are open for signups

    We hope you will join us for Christmas Eve services in person, online or with our Liturgy at Home.

    Watch Christmas Eve Services by clicking here

    View the Christmas Eve Liturgy at Home

    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.