I’m New!

First of all, welcome! We are glad you found us! Whether you are new to our church or new to Christianity, it can be an overwhelming position to be in. We want to help by providing you with some basic answers up front. If you don’t see what you are looking for here, you are always welcome to give us a call (616-866-2308) or email us (connect@rockfordrc.org). Of course, meeting in person is best, so we invite you to come and experience our community for yourself at one of the many opportunities offered!

Rockford Reformed Church has been a part of the Rockford community for over 50 years. We have a long tradition of supporting and partnering with many local organizations to help those in our community, as well as supporting many missionaries across the globe. We are a part of the Reformed Church in America, the oldest Protestant Church in America with an uninterrupted ministry, which began in 1628.

RRC is also a great place for families. We have excellent children’s programs, youth groups, and adult education opportunities.

 

And now, some Very Basic Questions:

 

What are your services like?

Worship Services are Sunday mornings at 9:30 and 11:00am. Our schedule may be different in the summer.

Our worship services: We begin the service with singing. Feel free to stand, sing, or just listen as we express our worship to God. If you don’t know the songs, don’t worry, just follow along with the words on the screen!

The message: This is a time of practical teaching from the Bible. Often, multi-media presentations are incorporated to supplement the message. There is space in the bulletin to take notes If you wish.

The offering: This is a time to share with the church how God has blessed us financially. If you are visiting, don’t feel you have to contribute.

Prayer: We will pray together a couple of times throughout the service.

Refreshments: Join us for coffee in the lobby after service! Visitors may pick up a complementary welcome bag.

Formality: We have no dress code. Whether you are in jeans or a tux, we’re just glad you’re here! You are also welcome to sip your coffee or read along with scripture passages on your mobile devices. We just ask that you silence your phones as a courtesy to others.

 

What do you have for kids?

Your children are welcome to remain with you throughout the service! We love that our church is a welcoming place for families. We do have a nursery for children ages 0-3 years if you would prefer to use that. A parent/infant room is available at the back of the Sanctuary (Room 211) for fussy children and nursing mothers. The room is equipped with in-house speakers so you may listen to the sermon. Children ages 3 years – 5th grade are invited to participate in KidLife, an age-appropriate worship and learning time. Children are encouraged to start service with their parents and will be dismissed part way through, or they may be dropped off before service. If you are unfamiliar with this program, you are encouraged to accompany your kids the first time. They can be picked up after each service in the Fellowship Hall (Room 100) on the lower level. Middle and High School students have Sunday School at the 9:30 service only. Middle Schoolers meet in the Youth Room (153), High Schoolers meet in Room 246.

 

Where is the nursery?

The nursery is located on the second floor above the gym – Room 241 (see building map). Please sign your child in. Pagers are available if you wish to use them. We love babies and kids! Our nursery staff are caring and devoted to our little ones. We have toys, books, and activities galore to keep your little one busy! They might color and have a cup of cheerios, too!

 

How long is the service?

Services typically last about one hour and ten minutes.

 

What time should I get there?

Most people arrive 10-15 minutes before services begin. You may sit wherever you wish. Don’t worry if you are running late – we know it happens!

 

Where are you?

All of our contact information, including directions and a map, can be found on our Contact page.

 

How often do you serve communion?

Communion is typically served on the first Sunday of the month.

 

Where should I park?

Our building has many entrances and ample parking (see building map). The Entrance A is the main entrance and has stairs to the Sanctuary. Entrance B has easy access to the elevator, and is the closest entrance to the main office. Entrances C and D take you to the gym.

 

What if I want to become more involved?

Take a look at our Ministries section for some of our volunteer opportunities and service ministries.

 

What if I want to become a member?

Those considering membership should participate in one of our Discovery Classes (offered periodically throughout the year). We explain the basic beliefs and background of the Reformed Church in America and answer questions regarding our worship, ministry, and doctrine. Attending class in no way obligates you to join. Contact the office to find out when the next class is.

 

Who can I contact with questions or concerns?

You can contact our front office, and we will direct your call. If you prefer email, general questions can be sent to connect@rockfordrc.org. If your email contains personal information of a sensitive nature, you can send it directly to Marcia in the front office. Staff email addresses can be found here.

 

Where can I learn more about Christianity?

Whether you are new to Christianity or just looking to further your faith, here are a few resources you may find helpful.