Information for Visitors
Welcome to RBC online! We're glad you've stopped by our website, and we truly hope you'll visit us in person soon! If you've never visited us before, we hope the following information will answer some questions you might have about RBC. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us, and we'd be glad to assist you.
What can I expect if I visit RBC on a Sunday?
On Sundays, we meet at 9:30 AM for the Lord's Supper to worship our Lord Jesus Christ and to obey His command to remember Him in the breaking of the bread (click this link to see a description of our meetings). Many people choose to arrive by 9:20 in order to get their hymnbooks, find their seats, and spend a few minutes in quite meditation before the meeting begins. The meeting is relatively quiet and solemn, as we reflect on who Jesus is and what He has done for us. However, it is also a joyful occasion as we sing hymns of worship and praise to our Lord. For this service, we use "Hymns of Worship and Remembrance" published by Truth and Praise, Inc. For a partial list of hymns, click here. Various brothers may stand and pray or give testimony from the Word of God. Usually toward the end of the meeting (e.g., around 10:20) a brother will give thanks for the bread, pass it, then give thanks for the cup, and pass it, as all believers currently in fellowship at RBC or another church are invited to partake and silently remember the Lord Jesus Christ. While all are welcome to join us for this meeting, unbelievers, those not in fellowship, or those under discipline in their local churches are asked to observe only.
Roughly at 10:30, after a few short announcements and a prayer, we break for a 30-minute period of refreshments and fellowship. Coffee, tea, pastries, cookies, chips, etc., are served downstairs during this time. Refreshments and beverages are available until about 10:50, as we encourage everyone to begin returning to the auditorium for our next meeting at 11:00.
At 11:00 AM, we meet upstairs for a period of singing, announcements, and testimony. For our song service, we generally sing hymns from the "Hymns of Truth and Praise" (published by Truth and Praise, Inc.) accompanied by piano. For a partial list of hymns, click here. We also sometimes sing contemporary worship choruses accompanied by guitar. During a short testimony time, all are encouraged to share prayer and/or praise items with the assembly. During announcements, the leader will highlight upcoming meetings and events, read missionary letters, share prayer requests, etc. A brother will also be asked to stand and open the meeting in prayer sometime during the singing/announcement period.
At approximately 11:15, the children are dismissed for Sunday school and our speaker is invited to take the platform for our Family Bible Hour service. Usually, the speaker is a brother from RBC, but we also regularly invite visiting speakers to come and share with us. Depending on the speaker's style and message, he may employ a variety of formats including systematic, expository teaching; topical studies; videos; object lessons; and more. You can listen to some sermons recorded at RBC by clicking here. Most sermons last about 40 to 45 minutes. Depending on when the speaker takes the platform, the Family Bible Hour/Sunday School service usually ends between 12:00 - 12:15 PM.
Generally, every 2nd and 4th Sunday, at 12:30 PM we have a fellowship meal downstairs, which all are invited to attend. Some meals are catered while others are potluck. Dessert is also served. On these Sundays, at 1:30 PM, we reconvene upstairs for our Ministry Meeting, which follows the same basic format as our Family Bible Hour. The meeting begins with a hymn and a prayer, then the speaker takes the platform. Often, the same speaker speaks both morning and afternoon, but not always. The Ministry Meeting usually ends between 2:15 and 2:30.
We hope to see you soon!