Preparing the Way

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 to prepare: 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.


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  • Christmas Eve Services

    Monday 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

  • Advent Celebration

    Sunday November 25. 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.

  • Christmas Concert, Dinner and Play

    Sunday December 2 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.

  • Women's Ornament Exchange

    Tuesday December 4, 6:00-8:30 pm

    Join us for this annual event. Bring an ornament to exchange and an appetizer to share. Great fun with great friends. Join us at the Raynor's house, 4211 Oro Place.

  • Music at Noon

    Christmas Piano and Organ Improvisations featuring Andrew Clarke

    Wednesday December 5 at Noon

    Enjoy this free community concert featuring Andrew Clarke .

  • Caroling in 5 Points

    Wednesday December 5 beginning at 5:30 pm

    RPC will be joining with Riverside Park United Methodist Church for an evening of dinner, games and caroling. Dinner will begin at Riverside Park UMC at 5:30 pm. We will then move to Riverside Presbyterian where we will have hot chocolate and play games. We will head out to carol in 5 Points around 6:45 pm. We will end up at Riverside House.

  • Caring Tree

    Sunday December 9

    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 9.

  • High School & Middle School White Elephant Gift Parties

    Sunday December 9

    On December 9 from noon-2:00 pm the high school youth are helping with Caring Tree gifts followed by lunch and a gift exchange. The middle school youth are meeting from 5:00-7:00 pm for dinner and a gift exchange at the Walker's. Click here for more detailed information.

  • Riversiders Adult Potluck Dinner

    Sunday December 9, 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 Beau Rivage - 2970 St John's Avenue. Please bring a covered dish to share. 

  • Blue Christmas Service

    with Riverside Park United Methodist Church

    Wednesday December 19, 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.