About

Who We Are

Our vision at Riverside Baptist Church centers on strengthening our follow-ship of Jesus through worship rooted inholy scripture, nurturing our faith community through faith formation practices, and engaging in the needs of those whose lives are within our sphere of influence.

What does God require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” —Micah 6:8

Riverside is a progressive faith community, deeply rooted in the heart of Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood, committed to love, and laboring for justice. We embrace God’s radical vision: You are loved, You are enough.

 

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All people are created in the image of God, an expansive love beyond humanity’s limits. We value the questions of faith that confront, nurture, tear and unite. We consider that what Jesus teaches us about God is more important than what the church has taught us about Jesus.

We cherish the historical freedoms of the Baptist church while acknowledging that our experiences of the sacred are more important than following creeds or doctrines. We wrestle with the scriptures and seek to understand how they shape us to be people of faith in the world. We accept the responsibility of each person to work out their own transformation. We fulfill the obligation to partner with God and with each other to strengthen our communities and our lives.

MINISTRIES

HEART & HANDS

Hearts & Hands is a homemade meal served on abundant plates by an attentive team. It is a shared meal open to both hungry and well-fed people who might not otherwise come to know each other.

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SERMONS

Follow along with Riverside sermons, updated weekly.

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WEDDINGS

Riverside Baptist Church finds great in providing space for weddings. Riverside Church’s historic sanctuary, built in 1925, can comfortably accommodate up to 300 guests.

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DINNERS

WEDNESDAYS: 6PM

Wednesday Dinners at Riverside rest on the assumption that food and fellowship are primary means of grace, a way to love and connect. Unfortunately, our Wednesday gatherings are on hiatus because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Keep checking back. We'll resume as soon as possible.

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CHOIR REHEARSAL

The Riverside Baptist Church choir has a long history of presenting beautiful and diverse spiritual music. Our choir is open to all who can or who want to learn to sing.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL

SUNDAY: 9:45 - 10:45 AM 

Will resume once this season of social distancing is over and it’s safe to gather in smaller rooms again.

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WE ARE A SPECIAL EVENT VENUE

If you are looking for a place where your club or community organization can meet then take a look at Riverside Baptist Church. Our fellowship hall is large, heated and cooled and available for use. Call the church office at 904-388-7692 and talk to our Church Administrator for details, costs and availability. We also have a library with a large conference table upstairs if a room like that would better meet your needs.

WEDDING CEREMONIES

FAMILY PROMISE

BIBLE STUDY

COLLEGE CEREMONY

BIBLICAL DOCUMENTARY

SUPPORT GROUPS

BUSINESS MEETINGS

HISTORICAL TOURS

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Our Community Missions

Heart & Hands

Our mission is to work along with other individuals and organizations to provide the circle of protection for struggling individuals and families in our community. We are organized for the purpose of reaching out to those in our community who are seeking support and assistance that will empower them toreach up for a better life.

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Family Promise

The economical and individualized plans at Family Promise help families take the necessary steps toward lasting independence. All of the families served receive the resources necessary to maintain a healthy life including overnight accommodations at a local congregation, three meals a day, access to shower and laundry facilities and transportation to school or work. Additionally, they aim to get every family back on their feet as soon as possible

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Alliance Of Baptists

The Alliance of Baptists began in 1987 as a prophetic voice in Baptist life. Today, the Alliance is a faith community comprised of male and female, laity and clergy, people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, theological beliefs, and ministry practices. Ministry engagements is both local and global.

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Cooperative Baptist

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a Christian network of individuals and churches working together to spread the hope of Christ. Our diverse community includes partners all over the globe, and our fellowship supports a wide range of missions and ministries that give people meaningful opportunities to put their faith into action.

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