July 30

Praise-in-the-Park

Our Outreach Committee will host a family night during Praise-in-the-Park in downtown Rockford along with music from the RBC worship team. 

  • Festivities start at 5:45 pm & music at 6 pm, 
  • Free popcorn, sno-cones, & more.

NOTE: Praise-in-the-Park is a family event held every Sunday (June - August) from 6 - 7:15 pm, at the Garden Club Park stage area; located in the City of Rockford on the east side of the Rogue River along side the White Pine Trail between Bridge & Courtland streets. 

The community is invited to come enjoy an evening of Christian praise music provided by music teams from area churches and Christian bands. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and just relax.

RBCY High School Mission Trip

June 17 - 23

We will be traveling to Memphis, TN to serve with local churches and organizations through Lifeway Missions.

  • The mission’s trip is open to students who are currently in 8th grade through 12th grade, have placed their trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and have shown commitment to RBCY through either Sunday or Wednesday involvement. 
  • All balances are due by June 4.

High School Graduate Recognition

SUNDAY - JUNE 4

  • During the 11:00 am Worship Service
  • This is a time we acknowledge your accomplishments as well as a time of commitment to the Lord as you head for work & college.

Vacation Bible School

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

All kids grades K - 5

  • Click HERE for a SNEAK PEEK.
  • To preregister your children click HERE.

July 16

11:00 am

Guest Speaker - Dr. John Hilber

  • Dr. Hilber is a professor of Old Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.



Vacation Bible School

July 10 - 14

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

For all kids grades K - 5th grade.


Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God.

  • Click HERE for a SNEAK PEEK
  • To register your children click HERE

July 10 - 14

Vacation Bible School “Maker Fun Factory” 

All kids entering kindergarten through 5th grade

  • Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God. 

To register your children or to sign-up to volunteer go to myvbs.org/rockfordbaptistchurch/

July 9

VBS Work Day

12:00 pm


Help is needed to set up and decorate for VBS. Lunch will be provided for everyone who helps.

VBS Counselors are asked to stay for the training session.

  • Questions, see Jessi Rowland or Amy Ginac.

July 9

Mission Update from the Bandys

  • Shawn & Cindy Bandy, RBC supported missionaries with CRU, will be sharing a mission update during the 9:30 am ABF hour. 
  • They will also give a brief mission moment during the 11:00 am worship service.

VBS Needs

Our VBS is not possible without volunteers like you! Please consider what areas you might be able to donate your time & skills. VBS at Rockford Baptist is for children K - 5th grade, with childcare available for volunteers only with children under the age of 4. If you are interested in helping, you can sign-up at myvbs.org/rockfordbaptistchurch or contact Jessi Rowland.


There is also a VBS Workday scheduled for Sunday, July 9 at 12:00 pm to help set-up for VBS. Lunch will be provided for everyone who helps. 

VBS Counselors are asked to stay for the training session.

Questions, see Jessi Rowland or Amy Ginac.

  • Food & Snack Items Needed

    Below is a list of snacks & supplies STILL NEEDED for the VBS week & family picnic.

    PLEASE HAVE ITEMS TO THE CHURCH NO LATER THAN JULY 2. 

    Please sign-up on the bulletin board at church in the Carlson Family Center or contact Bonita Cornelius.

    • 200 – 9 in. paper plates
    • 3 – 1 lb. box of butter
    • 500 small size paper plates
    • 2 – 2 lb. bags of brown sugar
    • 19 – 16 oz bags mini marshmallows
    • 3 squirt bottles ketchup
    • 7 – 16 oz bags regular sz. Marshmallows
    • 3 – 16 oz. bags of popcorn kernels
    • 2 – 64 oz jar of mild salsa
    • 9 – 10 oz boxes Teddy Graham crackers
    • 7 – 12 oz. bags milk chocolate chips
    • 13 – 10/12 oz. tortilla chips
    • 5 – 16 oz bags of pretzel sticks
    • 46 – 8 count pkgs hotdog buns
    • 34 - 8 count pkgs hotdogs
    • 10 – 19 oz. canisters of orange Kool-Aid
    • 5 – 19 oz. canisters Lemonade
  • VBS Craft Supplies

    In addition to the sign-up sheet in the church lobby, the VBS craft area is needing 2 types of miscellaneous items. 

    Please have donations in by Sunday July 2 or let Susie Eadelman know they are coming. 

    1. Small items like buttons, string, flowers, rubber bands, small scarp material, shells, beads etc. for the kids to make faces with.  
    2. Items to build structures with like toilet paper/paper towel rolls, foam/Styrofoam pieces, clothes pins, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, colorful straws etc.  

    Any items you already have and want to donate a few would be great, since we want the crafts to be unique. 


June 4, 11, 18, 25

RBC Membership Seminar

4 Sundays in June

9:30 - 10:30 am

For anyone considering church membership, baptism, or just have questions regarding RBC, please join us .


Week 1

  • Share our stories, 'How I came to RBC'
  • Introduce the Body of Christ
  • Review RBC Church Covenant, and Statement of Faith

Week 2

  • Answer questions from week 1
  • Bible as our final authority
  • Review baptism, communion (ordinances)
  • Discussion of Spiritual Gifts, and introduce spiritual gift workshop

Week 3

  • Spiritual Gift workshop
  • Spiritual Gift assessment
  • How you Spiritual Gifts can be used to help the ministry of RBC

Week 4

  • Review RBC government, ministries and committee's
  • RBC budget and finances
  • Answer questions from previous materials
  • Turn in completed membership forms and meet with Elders to answer questions

RBCY Youth Room Renovation Fundraiser

In an effort to create a more welcoming and comfortable environment, we will be working over the coming months to renovate the JAR. Main projects will include updated seating for our teaching area, updated technology, and a new lounge area for students to hang out. 

  • UPDATE: We had a great first week of our fundraiser to renovate the youth room. We are looking to raise a total of $5,000 in the month of May, but we have a match for these first two weeks, meaning everything you give is doubled! Which makes our goal $2,500! Our first week of fundraising brought in $740. Let’s max out that match this Sunday and make our youth room a little friendlier place for our students.

Baby Bottle Blessings

Alpha Family Center in Cedar Springs has asked our church to support them by participating in the Baby Bottle Blessings. Families are asked to take home an empty baby bottle. As you pray for the center, place your spare change, dollar bills, or checks in the baby bottle. On Father’s Day we will collect the baby bottles and return them to the pregnancy center. This is a great opportunity for us to teach our children about sharing God’s love while making a difference in the community as Alpha Family Center assists women who face a crisis pregnancy.

  • Bottles will be available at the Welcome Center in the lobby, starting May 14.
  • Questions, contact Dale Heminger, RBC Visitation Pastor.


June 7

Potluck Supper

Hosting the Rockford Start of Summer Carnival Workers

6:00 pm in the Carlson Family Center

(Please have food to the church by 5:00 pm)

  • Come, bring plenty of food to serve our guests, & make them feel welcomed
  • Beverage & table service provided

June 4

High School Graduate Recognition

During the 11:00 am worship service

This is a time to acknowledge our high school seniors & their accomplishments as well as a time to commit them to the Lord as they head for work or college.

  • Below are our the high school seniors for 2017

May 28

GUEST SPEAKER - Dr. Royce Evans

11:00 am

  • Dr. Evans currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministries, the Executive Director of the Ministry Residency (Pastoral Field Education) for traditional Master of Divinity students. He also facilitates the Urban Cohort Program for GRTS.
  • Dr. Evans & his wife Marilyn have 4 children.

May 19 & 20

FATHER/SON WEEKEND @ the Farmer’s Wilderness Retreat

For fathers and sons of all ages.

Camp overnight or just come for the evening or the day. There will be devotional time and activities including swimming, zip line, Nerf wars, and more! 

  • Come & CONNECT with God & with our Sons. 
  • Arrive Friday anytime after 5:00 pm - Dinner from 6 - 7:00 pm. 
  • NO COST, but be sure to sign-up to help with some food items. 
  • Bring tents, sleeping bags, camp chairs, camping gear, outdoor clothing, swim suit & towel, Bible, personal items, & a Nerf gun. 

May 14

MOTHER'S DAY

Along with honoring mothers, it is our privilege to hold an infant/child dedication as part of the 11:00 am worship service.

  • This dedication is both an event and a process that focuses on celebration and commitment. Together the church and family celebrate the child being dedicated and that God for His wonderful gift. Together we commit ourselves to God to teach and nurture the child in faith. The commitment is one of the church and one of the parents, but not one of the child. The child will have his or her opportunity as they grow older and are able to personalize faith in Jesus. We look forward to that day, we recognize that there is much instruction, nurture, prayer, and love to give and life to be lived before the child is able to make that decision for Jesus.

May 12

MOTHER/DAUGHTER BANQUET

All women are invited to join us on the Red Carpet where TRUE beauty comes from within. 

  • Appetizers will be served at 5:30 pm with dinner following at 6:00 pm.   
  • Tickets are $10 per person - available Sundays during the 10:30 - 11 am fellowship time. 
  • Guest speaker, Jessi Rowland.


April 29

DINNER THEATER

Guests are celebrating at a scrumptious, oceanfront luau in picturesque Kona, Hawaii! All week they’ve explored the amazing island while attending relationship building workshops. But the evening unravels when secret identities, shocking lies, and regretful pasts lead to kidnapping, threats and thievery. Will you be the one to discover the villain and bring resolution? Or will catastrophe rule the night?

Invite family, friends, coworkers, & neighbors!

  • Tickets are no longer available.
  • Two show times available;  3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
  • The dinner theater will be held at the Boulder Creek Golf Club.



April 16

Come join us in celebration of our Risen Savior.

EASTER BREAKFAST

Bring the whole family and enjoy a FREE delicious breakfast of egg casseroles, pancakes, meat, fruit, and beverages.

  • Breakfast will be served from 9:30 - 10:30 am in the Carlson Family Center.

CELEBRATION SERVICE

11:00 am

March 29

AWANA AWARDS NIGHT

Starting @ 6:30 pm

  • Be sure to invite your family & friends to share in your accomplishments throughout the year.
  • Club may be ending for the season, but it will return on September 6 with the AWANA Fun Fair. Watch for 2017-18 registration information.


March 12

Guest Speaker - Darrell Yoder  

We welcome back Darryl Yoder as he brings the message in the 11:00 am service.

  • Darrell oversees the Kern Scholars program at GRTS, including recruitment, retention, and program implementation. Professionally, he is most interested in pastoral ministry, preaching, teaching, discipleship, writing, and collaboration between the church and the academy. Outside of work Darrell enjoys distance running, camping, hiking, grilling, coffee, guitar, playing soccer, & basketball. 


March 5

11:00 am

Pastor Jake Lang, RBC Student Ministries Pastor, will be bringing the message.

February 5

9:30 - 10:30 am

SPECIAL GUEST, Deng Jongkuch

Deng was only 7 years old, when he was separated from his family during the civil war in Bor County, South Sudan. He spent nearly 15 years either trekking to safety or in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. In 2001, he was selected along with 3800 other "Lost Boys of Sudan" to come to the United States where he was relocated to San Jose, California.

In June 2008, Deng graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Health Services Administration and completed graduate studies in 2011 at Touro University with a Masters of Public Health.

Deng currently works for the non-profit organization call “Partners in Compassionate Care” as an Executive Director and helps oversee Memorial Christian Hospital in South Sudan. 

We invite you to come and hear more of Deng’s amazing life story and passion to give back to the community. It does not stop in South Sudan. He travels across the Unites States sharing his life experiences with young people in hope to inspire them to get involve in their own local communities.

January 25

AWANA GRAND PRIX RACE

Friends & family are encouraged to attend.

  • 6:00 pm AWANA Grand Prix Registration/Final Weigh-in Worship Center
  • 6:30 - 8:00 pm AWANA Grand Prix Race
  • NOTE: This event will take place of the regular AWANA evening.

January 22

SMALL GROUP

SOUPER SUPPER

For ALL current small group participants & anyone interested in joining a small group.

  • For more information contact the church office. 

January 15

SANCTITY OF LIFE SUNDAY

January 15, 2017, celebrates Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SoHLS). It is celebrated every year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which legalized abortion in every state for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.

  • On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.) Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage


January 1

Ring in the New Year @ RBC

11:00 am

  • To give families the opportunity to spend New Year’s morning together there is NO 9:30 am Sunday school/ABF classes or nursery provided.


December 25

Christmas Day Celebration

11:00 am

Come celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. 

  • To give families the opportunity to spend Christmas morning together there will be NO 9:30 am Sunday school/ABF classes or nursery provided.
  • Coffee fellowship provided from 10:30 - 11 am in the CFC.

December 18

Christmas Candlelight Celebration

6:00 pm @ RBC

Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Bring the whole family & invite a friend. This is a very special service you won’t want to miss!

  • A cookie fellowship time will follow the service. 

December 16

Rockford Christmas Celebration

Beginning at 7:00 pm

Concluding at 9:00 pm

The night begins with a Christmas caroling walk from the North Rockford Middle School & Rockford Baptist Church. The walk will travel West on E. Bridge Street to Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop where the “LIVE NATIVITY SCENE” & petting zoo will be located. The Christmas Story of Jesus birth will be told along with singing Christmas carols.

  • Refreshments provided, for all participants & visitors, at the Rockford United Methodist Church on E. Maple Street. 


December 12

Night of Christmas Caroling

7:00 pm meet @ RBC

There will be caroling until about 9:00 pm & then return to the church to warm-up with some hot chocolate and donuts.

  • Everyone is welcome to join us
  • Music sheets will be provided

December 11

Children's Christmas Musical

9:30 - 10:30 am @ RBC

Based in Tuneville, where the townspeople are known as Tunies, & their leader, King Dazzlebaum, has declared that EVERY DAY is Christmas! The conversation is loaded with Christmas-isms and the air is merry and bright as the Christmas extravaganza –“Tinsel Mania”– is about to take place. 

  • You won’t want to miss it!

November 20

Thanksgiving Praise Service

6:00 pm at the church

A special time to give thanks for the Lord’s blessings.

A monetary & food offering will be received for North Kent Community Services

  • Join us for a "Pie Fellowship" following the service. 

November 13

Missionary Christmas

During the 11:00 am worship service

Kelly Ellis, a RBC supported missionary, serves with Sabaoth Ministries will be sharing her Base Camp ministry in the inner-city of Grand Rapids.

It is our custom to take a yearly Christmas offering for our supported missionaries. 

  • NOTE: in order to have the money divided & distributed in time for Christmas, this is the last date to receive missionary Christmas offerings for 2016

November 6

Guest Speaker - Rev. Larry Miller

11:00 am

Rev. Miller is the Director of Counseling & Congregational Care at Grace Community Church in Hudsonville, MI.

Larry enjoys golf and he and his wife Susan enjoy walking, biking, working out and spending time with their children and eight grandchildren.

October 31

Trunk-or-Treat Community Event

5:30 - 7:30 pm on the front drive of the church

Come out & enjoy TRUNK-OR-TREAT, an event to serve our community & provide a safe evening of Halloween fun for kids & families! 

  • Bring your children & invite your friends

Our front drive will be full of delightfully decorated cars with lots of goodies in their trunks. Kids & parents are invited to make their way around our TRUNK-or-TREAT ZONE for free candy, hot chocolate, & popcorn


October 30

Cornerstone University Brass

Performing during the 11:00 am worship service

CU Brass is Cornerstone University’s touring brass quintet of trumpets, trombone, French horn and tuba. CU Brass ministers by sharing the melodic beauty of instrumental praise.

September 25

Small Group Ministry

Fall Kick-Off

Come & get acquainted,

ask questions, & see what small groups are all about.

  • 5 - 6:30 pm starting with a soup/salad supper

Our purpose is “spiritual growth through relationships.” We meet in homes, in groups of about ten, twice each month for about 90 minutes. Small groups are not primarily a time of fellowship or Bible Study; 

rather, they are a time of asking, listening, sharing, praying, encouraging, & growing. 

Generally groups meet on the

2nd & 4th Sunday, however each group has the flexibility

to set their own schedule

  • Questions, contact the church office

September  18

National

Back to Church Sunday & Picnic

September is when school starts and when most people think about going back to church or trying a church. Take this opportunity to invite your friends, family & neighbors to church & then stay to the picnic.

  • 12:00 pm - picnic on the front lawn of the church
  • Hotdogs, hamburgers, table service, cold beverage, & ice cream. the RBC family will provide the salads & side dishes (visitors just come as our guests) 

September 11

Children’s Sunday School & Adult Bible Fellowship

Fall Kick-Off

Summer is over & it’s time to come back to Sunday School

  • Join us from 9:30 - 10:30 am

June through August

Summer Reading Challenge

The Media Center is excited to announce a summer reading challenge. 

  • The challenge will be adults & high school vs kids (0-8th grade)
  • There will be monthly drawings for adults & kids (every time you check out at the library, enter your name to win)
  • Items MUST be checked out from the church Media Center to count
  • Tally your completed books, DVDs or cds on the Media Center doors
  • The winning team will get to "PIE THE PASTOR" (Pastor Jake for the kids, Pastor Justin for the adults)

August 28

Guest Speaker - Dr. Peter Osborn

Dr. Osborn will be speaking in the 11:00 morning worship service.

  • He is responsible for teaching core classes at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He also serves on the Educational Technology Committee and on the Assessment and Planning Committee, is teaching online courses, and serves as an academic and program adviser for students. Dr. Osborn and his wife, Karen, have been married since 1992 and have four children: Zach, Saywer, Jake, and Issi. His bobbies include reading, coaching soccer, mountain biking and technology.

July 17

Guest Speaker - Dr. Michael Whittmer

Dr. Whittmer will be speaking in the 11:00 am worship service.

Dr. Wittmer teaches various courses, including Graduate Research Methods, Christian Worldview, Medieval Theology and Systematic Theology at Cornerstone University.

Vacation Bible School is HERE!

JULY 11 - 15

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

For all kids grades K - 5th


Click HERE to preregister your children or to volunteer to help.

Please note: For insurance purposes ALL volunteers must fill out a Children's Worker Screening Form.

Click HERE to listen to this year's VBS songs.

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Guest Speaker - Dr. Peter Osborn

Dr. Osborn will be speaking in the 11:00 morning worship service.

He is responsible for teaching core classes at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He also serves on the Educational Technology Committee and on the Assessment and Planning Committee, is teaching online courses, and serves as an academic and program adviser for students. Dr. Osborn and his wife, Karen, have been married since 1992 and have four children: Zach, Saywer, Jake, and Issi. His bobbies include reading, coaching soccer, mountain biking and technology.