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What kind of church is RCC?
RCC is an independent Christian church made up of people striving to grow in their relationship with Jesus and make new disciples. It's not a church of perfect people, but a church of people who are doing their best to follow Jesus. We offer three Sunday morning services, many opportunities to get involved and serve, plenty of children's and student programming, and various mission trips throughout the year. We hope you'll consider joining us for a service at RCC soon. Please continue reading for answers to some common questions. If you'd like to contact our Preaching Pastor, Brad Ferris, with questions feel free to email him here.
When and where does RCC meet?
We're located at 325 S. Walnut Street in Rochester, IL. We have 3 Sunday morning services. A more traditional service for those early risers who enjoy hymns is available at 8:00 am, and 2 contemporary services that include more contemporary Christian music at 9:15 and 10:45. Children's programming for infants through sixth grade is available at the 9:15 and 10:45 service times.
What does a typical service look like?
Our services last a little over an hour. During that time you can expect great music, relevant teaching from the Bible, communion (remembering the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross) and offering. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, we encourage you to take the bread and the juice during communion and reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus. Our offering time allows us to be generous with the resources God has given us.
What should I wear?
You'll find we're pretty casual at RCC. There may be a few people in suits, but you're more likely to find jeans, shorts, or whatever makes you comfortable.
Are there activities for my kids?
We have an Early Childhood area right out the door from the Worship Center for Infants - 5 year olds. During the 9:15 service, children have a Bible lesson and activity, while the 10:45 service provides play time, book reading, and color time with some caring adults. If you're coming for the first time, we suggest you allow 20-30 extra minutes to register your children, check out their rooms their rooms, and meet our great teachers.
In KidZone we bring the fun for Kindergarten - sixth grades! Our goal is to make KidZone your child's favorite place to be, and to get your kid excited about having a relationship with God. During the 9:15 service, children go to Bible classes divided by grade. Our 10:45 service brings Kids Worship with music and a Bible lesson from Mr. B (our Children's Pastor). Kidzone also meets on Wednesday nights at 6:15-7:45 p.m. for more Bible teaching, worship, and craziness!
We make safety our top priority by offering a check-in system with parent/child identification security tags and trained volunteers who have passed a comprehensive background check. We also have a system in place to contact you during the worship service if necessary.
What about my Teenagers?
Junior/Senior High meets at 9:15 in the newly remodeled Student Center. We encourage Jr/Sr high students to attend the worship service at 10:45 with their parents. During the school year, Jr. High Youth Group meets on Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m. and Sr. High Youth Group meets on Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m..
Is RCC affiliated with a denomination of some sort?
RCC is non-denominational, meaning we are an independent Christian church with our only leaders being our local Elder Team and Staff. We affiliate with other Independent Christian Churches, a loosely-connected group of nearly 6000 congregations in the United States. These churches emerged in the 1800s as part of the Restoration Movement, a unity movement that exploded with growth by inviting believers to rally around the simple, clear teachings of the New Testament, rather than dividing over secondary, denominational differences.
What are my next steps?
We have several ways for you to begin getting connected at RCC. You can have dinner with our Preaching Pastor, Brad Ferris, and his family during our "Pasta with the Pastor". This quarterly gathering offers a chance to get to know Brad and ask questions about RCC. We offer a quarterly class that explains what Jesus has done for us and how we can have a relationship with him. We also encourage those at RCC to get involved through many different serving opportunities.
You can also join a small group. Getting connected to a small group is what makes a big church feel small. It's the place where community is built and leaders are developed, and it's where you'll find some great people who will walk through life with you.
RCC is made up of small groups who serve together, study the Bible together, and discuss the week's sermon together, with groups to fit every shape, size and age group. We are confident a small group will help you grow in your relationship with God and with others. For more information on any of these next steps, please email our the church office.