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Richmond Church of the Brethren is an intergenerational community with a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, conversation, fellowship, and service. Below are some of the ways our church lives together as a community of faith:
"Chew and Chat" Fellowship Time
Around 10am on Sundays, folks gather in the library before worship for snacks, drinks, and fellowship. Come early for worship, grab a bite to eat, and get to know people in an informal setting as we enjoy each other's company.
Our mid-morning children's program is known as "Genesis." Interested children ages 5-11 are excused from worship following the children's moment and taken to one of our classrooms for a time of learning, crafts, spiritual formation, and fun. (Genesis meets from September through May.)
Monday Night Dinner & Conversation
Come over to Pastor Matt's house at 7pm on Monday nights for a simple meal and lively conversations about how we experience scripture and faith intersecting with our everyday lives. Food is served around 7; conversation formally starts around 7:45 and we wrap things up at 8:30. Our conversations begin with a scripture text that will be used in an upcoming Sunday worship gathering and then flow wherever the Spirit leads us. The food is free and everyone is invited to come, no homework or advanced preparation required!
Every Wednesday from about 5:15pm-6:15pm a group of folks gathers at Smiley's Pub in downtown Richmond for conversations at the intersection of theology, spirituality, and current events. The basis for discussions are often articles, blog posts, and videos found on the internet, or books that push at the edges of status-quo Christianity. This isnot church as usual! Regardless of your beliefs or background, come join us for a pint as we explore the boundaries of faith and practice.
The Hardware Co-op
One of the more unique ministries of our congregation is our computer and electronics re-use and recycling ministry, known as "The Hardware Co-op". This program grew out of concern for the environment, a core group of church members and friends who have a passion for technology, and a desire to share our resources with others. Operating out of our church building's basement, The Hardware Co-op teaches volunteers about disassembling and re-assembling donated computers, installing and using free and open-source software, and provides complete computers to non-profits and individuals who are in need. The co-op is open weekly on Sundays, from 12:30-2:30pm. Find out more at http://www.richmondcomputes.org/
Loops of Love & Selfish Knitting
Loops of Love is an outreach and fellowship group that meets every first and third Tuesday from 5-7pm. Knitters and crocheters of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Free yarn, free needles, free lessons, and lots of fun are all available. Loops of Love creates hundreds of items each year to donate to local and national charitable causes.
On weeks that Loops of Love does not meet (second and fourth Tuesdays) a group also gathers under the guise of "Selfish Knitting." These gatherings are an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with fellow fiber artists as you work on your own personal projects.
On the first Tuesday of each month a group of older adults from Richmond Church of the Brethren gathers at Friends Fellowship on the north side of town. Breakfast begins at 8:30, featuring a wide menu of options and lots of good conversation following shortly thereafter. Sometimes the location or date might change, so check the church calendar to be sure!
One of the best ways to build relationships is to share a meal with one another. There are many stories of Jesus eating with people and since we are a community that seeks to follow the way of Jesus, we're always looking for opportunities to eat together, too! Whether it's pitching in for a potluck meal on a weeknight or after worship on Sunday, gathering to celebrate Love Feast, or just getting together as a small group before a meeting, sharing a table with others is an important part of how we live together in community. Check the church calendar or newsletter for opportunities to join us for a meal.
If you have any questions or want more information about the community that is the Richmond Church of the Brethren, contact us!