On Sunday, the parking lot at Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest will be filled with motorcycles. And many of the 200 extra people who are expected Sunday will be wearing boots and riding vests. But the church doesn’t just reach out to the motorcycle community on its annual Biker Sunday, but throughout the entire year.
Five years ago, the church formed its motorcycle ministry, the Richland Creek Riders, which ministers to people in the motorcycle community.
“We saw that a large number of people in the motorcycle community were really disillusioned with the church or felt that they wouldn’t be welcome in a traditional church unless they looked or dressed a certain way,” said Jim Gillespie, men’s ministry pastor at Richland Creek Community Church. The group participates in all of the local motorcycle rides and events, with each member wearing a Richland Creek Rider vest.
The Richland Creek Riders have met people from all walks of life in their ministry from retired business owners looking for a church to alcoholics and drug addicts. The riders let the people in the motorcycle community know that they are always welcome at Richland Creek, and more than 30 people have become active members of Richland Creek through the Richland Creek Riders. Many more have found God and joined other churches as well through the efforts of the ministry.
“For us as a church to say that we want someone to come to us is a huge time and financial commitment, but we wouldn’t want it any other way,” Gillespie said. “When you tell someone that you love them that means that you must also be there to help them.”
Each winter, the group travels to Daytona Beach, Fla., during Bike Week to spread the word of God and pass out Bibles. “During Bike Week we have prayed with many people to get saved in gas station parking lots or next to Porta-Jons,” Gillespie said. “It’s a mark of being a real church that we can reach out into the community to show that we can take the gospel to the people who need it, no matter where they live or what they do.”
Richland Creek’s annual Bike Sunday is Sunday, Sept. 29, at the 8, 9, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. services at the church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest.
“The whole theme of the services for the day will be that God saves people no matter where they are at or what they have done,” Gillespie said. After the 11:30 a.m. service, the Richland Creek Riders will be serving free hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks at 421 Brooks St., Wake Forest (corner of Elm St. and Brooks St.) A motorcycle course will be set up in the parking lot for games and races.
“We encourage anyone who has questions about God and their relationship with him to come to Biker Sunday,” says Gillespie said. “Everyone fits into church not because of what they wear or how much money they make, but because who God is and how much He loves each one of us.”
For more information, visit www.richlandcreek.com or call 919-556-9292.
Living Stones Family Church Family Fiesta
Living Stones Family Church is holding a Family Fiesta at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at North Forest Pines Elementary, 11501 Forest Pines Dr., Raleigh. Festivities include piñatas, games, face painting, balloon animals, a bounce house and a family photo booth. A free taco and salsa bar lunch will be provided after the service. For more information, visit www.lsfamily.org or call 919-890-3848.
Fourth Saturday Breakfast book club
Unity Church of Raleigh is having its Fourth Saturday Breakfast Book Club from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at the church, 11101 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The book club will discuss “Christian Healing” by Charles Fillmore, which offers readers basic principles of healing. Books are $14.95 with a 10 percent discount for attendees, and a love offering will be collected. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.unitychurchofraleigh.org.
Five Points Fall Festival
The community is invited to the Five Points Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 301 East Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh. Admission is free and includes amusements, contests, bounce houses, a super slide and music. Food, drinks, pumpkins and baked goods will be available for sale. For more information, visit www.westminster-raleigh.org or call 919-828-0507.
Special needs adult coffeehouse
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will have its monthly coffeehouse for special needs adults from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The ministry is beginning its 17th year of service to Wake County this month. Transportation is available to this free event. The church is also looking for additional volunteers to donate veggie/fruit trays, set up, welcome guests, serve refreshments and clean up. For more information, call 919-848-1573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afternoon Jazz & Jesus
The Ron Baxter Quartet will be performing at Joy of Discovery Mission’s Afternoon Jazz & Jesus at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at 750 King Richard Road, Raleigh. Joy of Discovery Mission is an intentional multi-racial ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. For more information, call 919-760-5482 or visit www.joyofdiscovery.org.
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