Welcome to Rapid Valley Baptist Church!!!
On our website you will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a real blessing. Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable while here with us. Furthermore, we pray that during the time you are here with us that you will also feel the presence of God's Holy Spirit. If at any time there is some need that you have that maybe we can help with, please do not hesitate to let us know. We will do the best we can, with God's Help, to provide help to you. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website, and learn about our fellowship and the many things we have to offer here at Rapid Valley Baptist Church.
GOD is so GREAT!!! He continues to bless the work here at Rapid Valley Baptist Church (RVBC) in 2014 just as He did in previous years. We are filled with excitement as to all that God will choose to do here. HE certainly did allow us to finish this past year with great joy with several folks accepting Jesus as Saviour during the later part of that year. Most recently, we had the privilege of having yet another young man, Kyle, who accepted Jesus as His Saviour, so there is once again one more names added to the "Lamb's Book of Life" by Jesus Himself!!! Then it was also a thrill to have Billy and Debi move their membership into our church from their former church down in Colorado not that they are living up here in the Beautiful Black Hills. We are more than thrilled to have these three folks now a part of our wonderful church family.
Whether you already live in this area OR you are considering relocating to this area, we would love to have you come be our "guest" for Sunday School, for Worship Services, and for all the other activities we have here at God's House... Regardless of whether or not you have worshipped with us before, if you are seeking a "Church Home", we definitely ask that you seriously consider this church. We are so thankful how God is really blessing His work here, and how that we are growing in numbers, as well as in wisdom and understanding. So if you join with us here, then you can be a part of this growth. May God bless each of you, and may He guide you as you make decisions. Again, WELCOME!!!
When you visit our church, you will find:
"Praise God from whom 'All Blessings Flow..."
We here at Rapid Valley Baptist Church are so thrilled to be a part of the Lord's Work here in the Rapid City area. And He really has been blessing the efforts, that is for sure. Before we even begin to list things that He has done, let us make sure to say that "for each and every thing that is done, ALL honor, glory and priase goes to God, Himself." We are just servants of His, but we are continually trying to seek and follow His Will for our lives and for our church. Therefore, it is for that reason only, yet with great joy, that we state the following facts.
The Church voted in March 2013 to call Bro. O. C. Summers as Pastor, and after much prayer and discussion, Bro. Summers felt that God was leading in this calling, so he accepted the call. He and his beautiful wife, Rhoda, have had many, many decades of serving the Lord faithfully. Their service has taken them to several different states. Between the two of them, they have served the Lord in Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado, Alaska as well as here in the Black Hills for the past 7 years. We are so thrilled to have Bro. Summers and Ms. Rhoda here with us,and we are anxious to see how the Lord uses all of us here in His Ministry.
During the past months, there have been several folks who came forward stated that they have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. So each of these were presented to the church as candidates for Baptism and for Church Membership. Each of these have already gone through the Baptismal waters demonstrating publicly their faith in Christ, and the fact that they are following the example set by Jesus Himself. Each was also voted into the membership of the church.
Finally, we have had a good number who have come forward to express their desire to "move their membership" from another church into our church. Some of these already have years and years of experience in the Lord's Work, so these have already began to work for the Lord here. We thank the Lord for their willingness and desire to serve Him!!!
There have been many, many folks who after hearing God's Word expounded upon in Sunday School, Children's Worship Service or Adult Worship Service have learned many important things God wanted them to learn, and they have told us about their renewed commitment to God and His Work here in this area.
For each of these who have made a decision for the Lord, we pray the richest blessings upon them, and we are so thrilled to have them working with us!!! Again, may God's Name be praised for all that He is doing in our midst!!!
More Information about Activities
Here at Rapid Valley Baptist Church we have several different activities each week that may be of interest to you and your family. So we decided to give you a bit more information about at least some of these activities.
Each Sunday morning from 9:30 to about 10:30 we have our Sunday School during which time we gather in age-appropriate classes to study God's Word and even to share with each other things that God has done for us, as well as any special needs for prayer that we may have. The Lord has bless our church with lots of great, faithful teachers who really take seriously their tasks involved in leading/teaching a class. So we encourage you to come be a part of Sunday School. We feel that once you do, you will be be like so many others have been - excited and thrilled to come again and again.
Following our Sunday School each Sunday morning, we have a short time of fellowship in the Fellowship Hall with donuts and coffee for everyone. Several dozen folks take part in this each week. This is a great time for you to come and meet folks you do not yet know, and to share quality time with those you do know. This begins at about 10:30 and goes until time for Morning Worship Service which begins at 11:00.
Our Worship Services are informal to a certain extent. Yet, during this time we realize that we have gathered to worship God, to pay respect to Him and to learn from His Word. So we certainly make sure that this is a time of reverence and praise. We believe that God expects us to teach His Word exactly as printed, so we try very hard to do just that!!! Since we as a church believe that God's Word is "Truth without Error", we certainly present it this way.
Earlier in the year, during the Evening Worship Service we did a "Verse-by-Verse" study of the Gospel Of John. Since the Apostle John was so close to Jesus while He was here on earth, and since John was the one who Jesus addressed from the Cross when He told John to take His mother, Mary, and to care for her for the rest of her life, we feel that this person should be able to reveal to us many, many things that even other writers may not have known. This proved to be a very interesting study. Once we finished with that study, we then began taking "certain" particular chapters in the Book of Psalms, and we sought to dig deep into the meaning of these verses.
On Wednesday evening we have several activities. Beginning at about 6:00 each week there is a nice meal prepared and served to everyone who wishes to come and be a part of this activity. There is NO charge for this meal, but those who wish to do so are welcome to make a small donation toward the purchase of the things that are to be served. This is also a great time of Christian fellowship.
Then each Wednesday evening we have Prayer Meeting & Bible Study during which time we study things from God's Word, but we devote lots of this time to "prayer" which is so needed in our lives. Earlier, Bro. Waylon Holbrook, who is a retired minister of this area and is currently filling in as Associational Director of Missions, conducted a study of the "Gifts of the Holy Spirit." This study began on March 13th. Bro. Holbrook credits much of his understanding about the Holy Spirit to the teachings of Bro. Charles Stanley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, GA and seen weekly on TV with the "In Touch Ministries." Bro.. Holbrook is a member of our local church here at Rapid Valley Baptist Church so he knows everyone here, and he truly is a blessing to us and a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. Once that study ended, Bro. Summers felt led to "select a certain 'word' or 'scripture verse' to study in depth. This certainly was a very interesting and informative study, and we are excited about what God revealed to us through this study. Though that study has concluded, we cordially invite you come join us for this service, and you definitely will learn things that will be very helpful in your life and in your service for the Lord.
I have not mentioned anything so far about our wonderful folk who are involved in Children's Ministry both on Sunday and Wednesday. But these folks are AMAZING... And the children who are able to participate really get a blessing by doing so, and they also learn lots of scripture and other lessons for them to use in life.
So we invite you to come join with us and find out for yourself what each of these things involved. We look forward to seeing you real soon!!! May God continue to bless you richly!