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Our Mission & Purpose

Mission

Grace

The implementation of God’s grace in the life of believers is both liberating and motivational. We know that many Christians are missing out on the fullness of their Christian walk with Christ because they have never learned the message of being free in Christ!  Now for some, the teaching of grace makes them nervous because Gods grace makes us free and many pastors, teachers, and leaders don’t feel that believers can fulfill their Christian duties without more “controls” or structure to guide them. The fact is...Christ has made us free; and while the Apostle Paul warns in Galatians that we are not to use our liberty as a license to sin, nevertheless we are free!

 

We at Riverstone want to teach this freedom to all believers. Not so we would be free to sin, but rather free to be all that we are in Christ, to live free, to serve freely, to share in relationships that promote a proper functional view of God, and the grace he has given to his children.

 

Evangelism

As we understand the Grace of God and implement its truth in our lives, we become motivated to share the truth of Gods redeeming love and message of hope. Christ died so that we may be free from sin, its enslaving power, its consequence and eternal separation from the love of God. Grace doesn’t motivate us by compulsion, competition, or controlling forces that are part of some evangelistic program, but rather grace motivates us by an absolute, unwavering commitment to Christ through love! In a mature relationship with Christ, we cannot help but to convey the love of God and implore men, women, and children to come to Jesus. Being made free, to live our lives without condemnation, or fear of rejection, Christ has granted me the freedom to be myself, to be immersed in the love of God, to have an abiding fellowship with God...how could we not share this message. So we share, we grow, and we invite others to know him and serve him.

 

Discipleship

Jesus said that we are to go and make disciples... and we are committed to fulfilling this commission by equipping the saints through teaching truth from one person and generation to the next. A disciple is “one who follows and learns from another as a pupil” (Donald McKim). Riverstone is committed to a duality of teaching and learning as a continual means of maturing believers. We know that discipleship is critical to the perpetuation of the next generation of believers and individually and collectively we share in this responsibility.

 

Fellowship

The fellowship of Christian’s is essential for growth and encouragement. We at Riverstone are committed to developing deep, meaningful relationships. Unfortunately, all to often, many Christians attend church and never realize all that God would have them experience in the mutual bond of relationship. In order to develop these relationships, we need fellowship; which means we spend time together, actually get to know each other. Imagine that? We like the early church in Acts2:42 are committed to the same common goals...”They were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

 

Worship

Come and let us worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! What could possibly be greater than experiencing the unadulterated joy of worshipping God in song, praise and an assembly that gathers to hear his word! Real worship is never boring, dull, or dry, but is full of excitement, hope, joy, and anticipation of what God is going to do next in the lives of his people. We are committed to every worship service being filled with an expectation that God is going to participate and inhabit the praise of his people. Nothing compares to being in the presence of the Lord and joining believers who seek his face and a fresh word. We want you to join with us in worship!

 

Purpose

 Deepening Our Relationship to God

  • Did you know it’s possible to have a deep spiritual walk and relationship with God? We are committed to teaching and growing together to better understand all that God would have us to be. In order for that to happen, we must learn how to abide in him, how to trust in him, how to fellowship with him, and most importantly how to listen to him. This journey is an exciting one and we want you to experience God in a way that maybe you never have before...we assure you, the journey is not over.

Developing Relationships with Others

  • Far too often believers will congregate, even socialize at a church fellowship, but unfortunately never learn how to develop real and meaningful relationships with others. Sometimes, we hold back from really sharing our innermost thoughts; out of fear of rejection, criticism, or simply we just don’t know anyone well enough to open up too.

  • At Riverstone Community Church, we are all about building relationships! We want to know you and we want you to know us! Not just on Sundays, but in a way that promotes continuity in the body of Christ. So how is this done? We are glad you asked...it is done through maturing in the grace of God; knowing that we are not perfect people, but share in flaws, and quirks, and all of the things that make us human like the ability to love and laugh. Come to Riverstone and let us get to know each other.

 Defining Ourselves Through Service

  • As we go along the Christian journey, we are called through love to serve one another. As we serve, we use our gifts that God has equipped us with as believers and in so doing we enrich the lives of others and ourselves. When we do not use our gifts in serving, life is dull, boring, and unsatisfying...these negatively influence our natural mind and often promote other activities to fill this void left from an unfulfilled life. Unfortunately many Christians have allowed themselves to get into trouble as they seek to replace the calling of God upon their life with other activities. We want you to be all that you can be for God, for your family, your community, your country, and for the world!  Come learn to serve one another in love, and in so doing, learn to experience the abundant life in Christ!

 

 
Reopening Starting Stone, Toddler And Nursery Ministry - July 12, 2020
We are continuing to Watch And Pray, as we get closer to re-opening...
OPEN CALL FOR BAPTISM - July 19, 2020
Have you trusted Jesus, and followed Him in believer’s baptism? I p...
Riverstone Relaunch: Countdown is on
As we prepare for our return to Riverstone to gather together IN PE...
Riverstone LIVE and In Person on May 31,2020!
The day we have all been waiting for is just around the corner! We ...
Staying Connected at Riverstone
During this time, many people are feeling disconnected in so many w...
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Reopening Starting Stone, Toddler And Nursery Ministry - July 12, 2020

We are continuing to Watch And Pray, as we get closer to re-opening our Starting Stone, Toddler and Nursery Ministry on Sunday, July 12. We are taking every precaution in order to make sure that your child is safe and secure so that they might simply learn about our Lord Jesus and His Word, with no risk to their physical health. Should you have any questions or concern please, by all means, reach out to our Starting Stone Directors, Tina Runkles or Aleshia Rigdon. They will help you in any way possible.

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OPEN CALL FOR BAPTISM - July 19, 2020

Have  you trusted Jesus, and  followed Him in believer’s baptism? I pray so. If not, would you simply ask Him into your heart. Once you’ve given your life to Him, would you prayerfully consider being scripturally baptized?

 

What is Baptism? Baptism is simply our public acknowledgement of a private decision that we have previously made to trust Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior.

 

To understand Baptism, we need to look no further than the example of Jesus, as He was obedient to the Father in all things, including BAPTISM. This beautiful scene is recorded for us by none other than Dr. Luke. As always, paying attention to every detail, as any wonderful physician would, he writes to us in his Gospel, Chapter 3, verses 21-22:

“Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”

How great is this scene? The baptism of Jesus was the first public declaration of His ministry. Jesus went to the river and identified Himself with those who were repenting of sin. At the age of 12, He visited the temple and knew His mission. Eighteen years later, at His baptism, He began carrying it out. All three persons of the Trinity, together at once! God the Son (incarnation), being baptized, God the Holy Spirit (the coming Comforter), descending upon Him like a dove, God the Father (the Eternal Almighty), breaking into human history, and proclaiming, “thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”

 

On Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 10:30 AM, we will baptize anyone that wishes to be scripturally baptized. All you need to do is bring a pair of shorts, or bathing suit, a tee shirt, and be ready to be baptized at the close of our worship service. What a day that will be!

 

 

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Riverstone Relaunch: Countdown is on

As we prepare for our return to Riverstone to gather together IN PERSON, here are some things you should know: 

 

1 - Your Parking; Our "Security Team" will be ready to meet you, greet you, and park you, when you return to Riverstone! Our team will even “Socially Distance” your car with wider areas between vehicles.

2 - Your Entrance; Our “Greeter Team” will welcome you back to your church. Albeit, it will be from a safe distance. The day will come when we will be able to once again hug necks, and shake hands, but that day is not May 31st. We will want to look out for one another and give each other a little space.

3 - Masks And Gloves; If you are comfortable wearing a mask and possibly, gloves, that is a very good thing. However, they are not mandatory and you need to know that many will more than likely choose not to do so.

4 - Sanitization; In addition to our “Housekeeping Team” deep cleaning our building, you’ll also find hand sanitizing stations as you enter our lobby, as well as our auditorium.

5 - Hospitality; The day will come that we are once again able to enjoy coffee and breakfast foods but that day is not May 31st. Until the time is right, we will forego these things with the safety and good health of our fellow “Stonians,” as our highest priority.

6 - Our Overflow Room; Our dining room will be set up for parents of nursery and toddler age children that want to be together for worship but do not necessarily feel comfortable being with a larger crowd in the auditorium. We have new seating and the monitors will give you great coverage of our worship service.

7 - Nurseries, Toddlers, Children, SWAG, And Students; For the time being, all of these ministries will be closed and each of them are invited to be a part of our 10:30 worship service. We will monitor everything each week and determine the absolute best time to return each of these groups to their respective ministries. Hopefully, it will only be a few weeks. In the meantime, the Children’s Ministry will continue to use Facebook and You Tube videos to communicate with our children. SWAG and Student Ministry will utilize the same, along with ZOOM.

8 - Our Worship Service; You can expect wonderful praise and worship, as well as “Powerful Preaching!” That will not change. What will be adjusted is more space and room between seats, a temporary cancellation of our “Welcome Time,” and a bit more consciousness of our interaction with each other in the auditorium. Greeters wearing gloves, will open and close doors for you as you enter and exit the auditorium.

9 - Exiting The Stone; We simply encourage you to be mindful of others as you leave. There will come a day that we can hang out and fellowship inside and outside of the building as good “Stonians” do, but that day is not May 31st. When the service concludes, let’s try and contain our excitement of being back together (you can let it out and shout when you get in your vehicle) and move along to our parking lots.

 

There is much more being done to ensure that our “Riverstone Relaunch” is a great and safe success but these are just a few of the things that will help you feel comfortable and at home in your church! Each of you have been GREATLY missed and we very much looking forward to seeing you live and in person on May 31st!

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Riverstone LIVE and In Person on May 31,2020!

The day we have all been waiting for is just around the corner! We are so excited to announce the date that we can return with our church family to THE STONE at 6800 West Fifth Street. We are preparing for your return with great anticipation. You can be assured that we are taking the necessary steps to ensure we all have a safe and spirit-filled time of worship and bible study. 

 

We hope to see you on Sunday, May 31 @ 10:30 am.

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Staying Connected at Riverstone

During this time, many people are feeling disconnected in so many ways, but we want to remind you that we are here for you! We know that God's Word tells us in Matthew 18:20 that Where two or more have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.

There are many ways to stay virtually connected through our various ministry opportunities here at Riverstone Community Church and we would LOVE to see and hear from you. If you are not currently in fellowship with one of our communities below, we encourage you to reach out to the leader of the ministry that best meets your needs.  

 

Riverstone Ministry Leaders

Pastor Rick Baldwin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marshall Thompson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nursery Ministry

Tina Runkles, Starting Stone, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Aleshia Rigdon, Starting Stone, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ceressa Anthony, Starting Stone, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Children's Ministry

Lana Richardson, Kid's Life, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kara Mosely, Kid's Life, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carla Coffrin, Kid's Life,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth and Student Ministry

Chris Roop, SWAG And Student Ministry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kelly Roop, SWAG And Student Ministry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Adult Ministry

Cheryl Baldwin, Women’s Ministry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lori Hess, Women’s Ministry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Levi Rigdon, Men’s Ministry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Terry Kelly, Men’s Ministry

Will Anthony, Singles, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Amanda Stricklar, CORE, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hink Conway,  CORE, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Maddie Conway, CORE, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dwight Wilkins, CORE
Glenn Ellison, CORE

Hospitality/Communications Ministry

John Woods, Food Pantry

Vickie Woods, Greeters/Food Pantry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donna Kay Strayer, Greeters

Cyndi Denney, Hospitality

Jeff Denney, Hospitality

Ken Horne, Parking And Security, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tom Loveless, IT/Media, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brian Hess, IT/Media, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Brittany Sandoval, Sound/Media, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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The RCC Food Pantry Ministry is available for those in need

Our Riverstone Food Pantry Ministry is led by John and Vickie Woods. If you or someone you know is in need, please go to the church kitchen after service or speak with any of your church leaders who are here to serve.

 

If you would like to contribute to the Food Pantry Ministry, we would gratefully accept the following items. Please be mindful of expirations dates.

Canned vegetables

Cereal
Boxed dinners Dry beans
Boxed rice Can and dry milk
Pasta sauce Peanut Butter
Canned meat Jelly
Canned fruit Dry, condensed, ready to serve soup
Salt & Pepper shakers Diapers, wipes
Cooking Spray

Bath soap, Deodorant, Shampoo, Disposable razors,

Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Toilet tissue

Vegetable oil Store gift cards to purchase perishable items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, April 12, 2020
           
               
6800 West 5th Street Jacksonville, Fl. 32254 - Contact Us
info@riverstonecommunitychurch.org