By Meredith Knight
This year has been challenging for everybody, but our God is faithful to bring good out of even the most disruptive circumstances. The members of Rockwall Friendship Baptist Church are learning that lesson firsthand. At a time when they’re unable to do many of the things that have kept them connected as a church family, they’re still watching God work in mighty ways. Case in point—after a two-year capital campaign raising and exceeding their targeted $3 million, they found themselves facing arduous city building regulations at their proposed new site on John King Boulevard.
That’s when God unveiled the second phase of His plan. Rockwall FBC is to stay at their current location and expand and improve right there. God confirmed this instruction when they were able to sell their intended location at a considerable profit, then discovered the facility they’ve been leasing for more than ten years was for sale. “We felt like everything was divinely laid out for us,” said Rockwall FBC’s Community Engagement Director, Ericka English. “The profit from the sale of the John King property afforded us more resources to maximize the space at our current location.” Plans are moving forward now to construct a new, larger worship center and a state-of-the-art children’s center. Church members will be thrilled to know they’re also paving and expanding the parking area.
Engaging and Connecting
Although worship services are only open in a limited capacity (see side bar), Rockwall FBC’s reach has grown throughout the COVID-19 challenge thanks to an increased online presence. “We’re serving more than 3,000 people every week through our Facebook page,” Ericka said. “And our worship service, live streamed through Boxcast, is reaching people as far away as Maryland, California, and the United Kingdom.” To join the weekly worship service, visit RockwallFBC.org at 10:30 AM any Sunday and press the “live” button at top right.
Something for Everyone
Youth worship can be accessed on the church YouTube page every Sunday at 11:30 AM and adult Sunday school is available Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM. Parents can access a weekly printed Sunday school lesson for kids preschool through second grade by emailing a request to Info@RockwallFBC.org to be added to the distribution list. You can also submit your prayer request to the monthly prayer call held the first Sunday of each month, by emailing it to Prayers@RockwallFBC.org. To minister to parents struggling with home schooling their children, the church compiled a list of educators in the church family and their area of specialty. These educators are available to tutor kids and bolster parents in their efforts. “And our small groups are still meeting virtually, including groups for married couples, singles, women, and seniors,” Ericka said. “Information on joining a small group is on the website under ‘ministries’ then ‘small group.’ People need engagement right now more than ever. We need God. He’s the only one who will supply us with the answers we need, when we seek Him.”
Fighting the Good Fight
For the past 17 years, Rockwall FBC has met the needs of those within their church family as well as throughout the Rockwall community by regularly partnering with ministries such as Brother Bill’s Helping Hands and Liberty Grove Baptist Church providing food to stock their food pantries. They look forward to a time when they can continue their outreach to Rockwall Nursing Center where they bring Bible study and much needed social interaction to residents. “The need is great and we’re trying to be open and teachable to all the ways God is allowing us to make a difference, even in the midst of this global pandemic,” Ericka said.
Although the RFBC missions team has been restricted from traveling due to the pandemic, they’re still making a difference globally by providing more than 1,000 meals to asylum seekers on the Texas-New Mexico border, church planting abroad, and providing missionary support and scholarships to college students totally $6,000. And they continue their support of Eden Missions, an organization sharing the message of faith, love, and hope in the Congo.
Regathering at Rockwall Friendship Baptist Church—What You Need to Know
- Reservations are required for in-person Sunday worship services to ensure the health and safety of members and guests.
- Households may be seated together, but please social distance from those not with your party.
- Please utilize sanitizing stations before and after the service.
- Please wear a face coverings to enter the building and throughout the worship service.
- The building and worship center will be cleaned before and after worship service.
Virtual Sunday Morning Church Services
- 9:30 AM Zoom Bible Study
- 10:30 AM Live-Stream Worship Service
- 11:30 am Live-Stream Youth Worship Service
Visit RockwallFBC.org to learn more about this dynamic and growing church.
5651 State Highway 276
Royse City, Texas 75189