KOH2RVA: Day 130

singing-in-the-rain1I don’t know how many 20-30somethings were at Richmond’s First Baptist Church last night, but it seemed like a lot, especially under the circumstances.

It was cold and rainy outside, but as I stood in the hallway to greet people they kept coming in, shaking the rain off their coats, folding up their umbrellas—some of them looking a little confused about what to do next.

“Are you looking for RVA United?” I would ask (the big, flashy worship service for 20-30somethings in the sanctuary, complete with wailing guitars and thundering drums).

Some were, some weren’t.

“Are you looking for the Bible study?” I would ask (the Capstone Community Bible Study on Genesis, offered to 20-30somethings, which meets in the youth suite up on the third floor and includes a snack supper. Yum!).

Some were, some weren’t.

“Are you looking for the food truck?” I would ask (the old, pink school bus parked in front of the church, where Ed Edge, a friendly vegan with interesting tattoos, was selling tacos and cupcakes to 20-30somethings or anyone else who could come up with $2, including me).

Some were, some weren’t.

And, finally, “Are you looking for the Boy Scouts?” (the regular Tuesday night meeting of Troop 443).  The scouts were not looking for their meeting. They knew exactly where to find it. And if not they could pull out their maps and compasses and locate it in about two seconds flat.

That’s just how they are.

I went up to the youth suite eventually to see what the Capstone Bible Study looked like. It looked like fun, with two “core leaders” serving up supper and about twenty young adults catching up with each other after a busy day at work.

I went to the sanctuary for most of the RVA United worship service and it was spectacular, with a worship band put together from six or seven different churches in the area and a message from Dave Allam about how the ancient words of the Bible can speak to us in ways that are astonishingly fresh and relevant. I didn’t count how many people were there, but I was surprised by the number on such a cold, rainy night, and fairly certain that those who came were glad they did. I was.

So, the Kingdom of Heaven came to Richmond, Virginia, last night, right there at “Mission Central”—2709 Monument Avenue. Stop by and visit sometime, on a Tuesday night or even on a Sunday morning. The food truck may not be there, but I believe you’ll find something on the inside that will nourish your soul.


One thought on “KOH2RVA: Day 130

  1. And yet another wonderful, heart-warming story!! We are all glad you are back in Richmond. Seems you helped to bring H2RVA, even on a cold, rainy night in the City, by offering a warm greeting, complete with directions, from the parking lot door. What more could we ask for?? 🙂 Have a very happy Wednesday!! 🙂

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