Members from all generations enjoy warm fellowship through a variety of church activities throughout the year. Whether it is enjoying a summer picnic, serving the community or singing Christmas carols on a frosty evening, joy is found in being together with our brothers and sisters in Christ. View our photo gallery of events below and visit our Facebook page for additional pictures.
Reformation Bible Church celebrated its 70th Anniversary on Sunday, November 20, 2022. In honor of this event, Wesley Peters composed an arrangement of “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” for adult and children’s choirs. Families in the congregation signed a special resolution of appreciation for John and Diane McKnight, which Pastor Eshleman read during the service.
On October 30-31, RBC commemorated the 505th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Services were held on Sunday morning and evening at the regular times, and then on Monday at 7 PM. Sermons were preached by Pastors John McKnight, Adam Eshleman, and Stephen Pollock (Malvern Free Presbyterian Church). A special fellowship meal was held on Sunday in the chandelier lobby.
ACCC 81st Convention
The American Council of Christian Churches held its 81st Fall Convention at the Faith Chapel in Carlisle, PA on October 25-27. The theme of the convention was “Truth for Christ and the Church.” Three men from RBC spoke at the convention: Pastor Eshleman on “Preach the Word,” Dr. McKnight on “A Biblical Philosophy of Christian Education,” and Jonathan Peters on “Deconstructionism” and “How to Gain a Better Understanding of the Moral Landscape.” On Friday, Jonathan led a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield for the convention attendees.
In the New Testament, parents brought their young children to Jesus, and “he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:16). On September 4, the Wescotts likewise brought their baby boy, Archer, to be dedicated.
Philip told the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:37, “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest” be baptized. During the spring and summer of 2022, four young people publically professed their faith in Christ and were baptized at Reformation Bible Church.
On Saturday August 13, members of Reformation Bible Church and Malvern Free Presbyterian Church met together for a joint picnic at Susquehannock State Park. Families enjoyed the time of food, fellowship, and games.
Free Presbyterian Youth Camp
On July 16-23, Miles and Lois Carper and Andri-Ellen Peters led a group of teenagers from Reformation Bible Church to the Free Presbyterian Church Youth Camp at Rock Mountain Bible Camp in Susquehanna, PA. The messages this year revolved around the book of Philippians. Campers had the opportunity to participate in various activities throughout the week, including volleyball, basketball, ping-pong, and Bible quizzing. A team of four girls brought home the Bible quizzing trophy to RBC.
Bible Day Camp
On July 11-15, Reformation Bible Church held its annual Bible Day Camps. The Sr. Bible Camp had a Pepsi vs. Coke theme. Campers earned points for their team by memorizing Scripture from the Psalms. There was also a week-long Bible-quizzing tournament, emphasizing content from the book of Genesis.
Ice Cream Fellowship
After the evening service on June 19, RBC families assembled up at the high school carport for an ice cream fellowship. During the fellowship, the congregation showered the Slack family with gift cards to help them in their transition into a new home and to honor them for their faithful labors in the international dormitory over the last couple of years.
52nd Baccalaureate Service
On June 1, Reformation Bible Church hosted the 52nd Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2022 at Harford Christian School. Dr. John McKnight preached to the seniors and their families on “The Great Hoax.”
On Saturday April 23, the Reformation Bible Women’s group hosted a Ladies Brunch in the chandelier lobby. The ladies enjoyed good food, musical selections from RBC musicians, and a special word from Ginny Minnick on “More Love to Thee, O Christ: The Heart Hymn of Elizabeth Prentiss.”
In Luke 24:5-6, the angels said unto the women at Jesus’ sepulchre: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.” On Resurrection Sunday 2022, the RBC Children’s Choir testified of this truth in song. The sanctuary and hallway were also decorated with Easter lilies in memory of loved ones.
ACCC Spring Rally
On April 11, the America Council of Christian Churches held its annual Spring Rally at First Evangelical Methodist Church in Gaston, NC. Executive Secretary Dan Greenfield gave a presentation, entitled “A Biblical and Theological Response and Statement of Opposition to Women Serving in the Military and Registering for the Draft.” Pastor Cliff Cauthorne also preached the evening message. The following day, Executive Committee members met at the church for a business meeting.
The Family Council held its Winter Fellowship on February 5. At 5 PM, a number of families assembled in the gymnasium for a time of food and games. The evening concluded with a devotional and a hymn-sing.
Soup & Song
Luke 2:17 says: “And when [the shepherds] had seen [baby Jesus], they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.” On Wednesday evening December 15, families from Reformation Bible Church spread the good news of Christ’s birth in song to a number of seniors and shut-ins. After caroling, families returned to campus to enjoy a time of food and fellowship.
Lessons & Carols
John 18:37 says: “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.” Reformation Bible Church proclaimed this truth at its annual Lessons and Carols Service on December 12. During the service, men from the congregation read passages of Scripture, and the adult choir, children’s choir, men’s ensemble, brass ensemble, and woodwind ensemble all sang or played Christmas songs.
On October 31-November 3, RBC commemorated the 504th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Rev. Myron Mooney of the Trinity Free Presbyterian Church was the special speaker. Services were held on Sunday morning and evening at the regular times, and then on Monday through Wednesday nights at 7 PM. Mrs. Barbara Mooney also led a special ladies Sunday School class, Rev. Mooney joined the HCS 5th grade field trip to Gettysburg on Monday, portraying a Civil War chaplain.
ACCC 80th Anniversary
The American Council of Christian Churches held its 80th Anniversary Fall Convention at the Hardingville Bible Church in Monroeville, NJ on October 19-21. The theme of the convention was “Jesus Christ the Same Yesterday, Today, Forever.” At the convention, Jonathan Peters, RBC administrative assistant, taught a workshop on “Cancel Culture.”
Men’s Prayer Meeting
On Saturday August 14, members of Reformation Bible Church and Malvern Free Presbyterian Church met together for a joint picnic at Susquehannock State Park. Families enjoyed the time of food, fellowship, and traditional Sunday School picnic games.
Infant Dedication, Missionary Speaker, and Fellowship Meal
On August 1, Pastor McKnight conducted an infant dedication during the morning service. That evening, Rev. Marcus Reyes gave a missions presentation on his work among the remote Nahuatl people in Mexico. After the service, the congregation assembled up at the bus canopy for a fellowship meal.
Free Presbyterian Youth Camp
On July 17-24, Miles and Lois Carper and Andri-Ellen Peters led a group of teenagers from Reformation Bible Church to the Free Presbyterian Church Youth Camp at Rock Mountain Bible Camp in Susquehanna, PA. The theme of this year’s camp was “Truth in John’s Gospel.” Campers had the opportunity to participate in various activities throughout the week, including volleyball, basketball, ping-pong, and Bible quizzing. A team of three girls brought home the Bible quizzing trophy to RBC.
Bible Day Camp
On July 12-16, Reformation Bible Church held its annual Bible Day Camps. The Sr. Bible Camp had an Army vs. Navy theme. Campers earned points for their team by memorizing Scripture from the Gospel of John. There was also a week-long Bible-quizzing tournament, emphasizing content from this Gospel.
Ice Cream Fellowship
Following the evening service on June 6, Reformation Bible Church hosted an ice cream fellowship up at the high school building.
51st Baccalaureate Service
On June 1, Reformation Bible Church hosted the 51st Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2021 at Harford Christian School. Rev. Adam Eshleman preached to the seniors and their families on “The Lord’s Counsel for a Blessed Life.”
Acts 2:40-42 says: “And with many other words did [Peter] testify and exhort, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this untoward generation.’ Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” On May 23, ten individuals testified of Christ’s saving grace and covenanted together with Reformation Bible Church.
Ladies Bible Study
Beginning on February 27, the ladies of Reformation Bible Church meet on a Saturday morning about once a month to study the book of Ruth. These intergenerational meetings begin at 9 AM, and are now hosted in the high school library. The hour and a half meetings also include small group prayer and a discussion time on a topic of practical Christian living.
ACCC Spring Rally
On April 19, the America Council of Christian Churches held its annual Spring Rally at Davidson Baptist Church in Hazard, Kentucky. Executive Secretary Dan Greenfield gave a presentation, entitled “A Biblical Assessment of ‘Global Warming.’” Pastors Matt Reider and Steve Spence also preached two sermons. The following day, Executive Committee members met at the church for a business meeting.
On Sunday morning, April 4, RBC commemorated our Lord’s resurrection from the tomb. The children’s choir sang “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today,” and Pastor Eshleman preached a message on Romans 4:25, entitled “Raised for Our Justification.” The service concluded with the Lord’s Supper and a hymn.
The Family Council held its Winter Fellowship on February 6. At 5 PM, a number of families assembled in the Fellowship Hall for a time of food and games. The evening concluded with a hymn-sing and a devotional.