WORSHIP

Worship is an integral part of our faith. Our service centers on God and is rooted in scripture. It blends traditional and contemporary genres of music, offering a resourceful, inspirational, and unique experience.

Rhinebeck Reformed Church

Reopening Protocols and Guidelines

 

Update - June 2021:

 

Our state’s governor has lifted restrictions involving houses of worship and COVID-19, including the wearing of masks. In light of the governor’s revisions, people who attend a worship service are no longer required to wear a mask, if they have been vaccinated. If you wish to continue wearing a mask out an abundance of caution, your personal decision will be honored and respected.

We continue to thank you for your spiritual and financial support, and for your observance of the church’s past COVID-19 protocols. Together, we have been able to navigate social distance protocols and remain compliant and safe.  We also thank the Consistory for their leadership during this transition and their integrated approach to addressing COVID-19 concerns.

We continue to pray for one another and to encourage one another during our reopening, societal transition.

 

Arrival/Seating (approximately 70 people can be safely accommodated in lower sanctuary)

  • Hand sanitizer dispensaries will be available at all church entrances. Please sanitize hands prior to entering sanctuary.

  • Attendance at each individual service will be limited to no more than 25 percent of a church’s occupancy permit. 

  • Seating arrangements will reflect social distance guidelines of keeping interactions of others at 6 feet. So, pews will be roped off to ensure worshippers are seated at an appropriate safe distance.

  • Families can sit together.

  • Couples in a committed relationship can sit together.

  • Church friends cannot share a pew.

  • Balcony seats may become available.

Worship Protocol 

  • Passing of the Peace will be not be employed by the church. No physical contact, such as handshakes, hugs, etc.

  • Gifts can be deposited in a box located in the narthex and will be gathered and processed by authorized tellers. Gifts can also be mailed in or submitted online. (Send us a message through the website for more information.)

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BECOME A PART OF OUR FAMILY

Join us Sunday mornings worship services begin at 10:00 am.

We welcome visitors and newcomers to our church and encourage them to join us for refreshments afterwards in Cordes Hall next door. We are the big, beautiful old white church on the corner of Route 9 and South Street in the Village of Rhinebeck, NY.

Nursery care is available for little ones of pre-school age and younger. Sunday school is held for older children and teenagers. Assisted hearing devices as well as large-print bulletins and large-print hymnals are available. Just ask the greeters at the front door.  

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MEET OUR PASTOR

Rev. Luis R. Perez is the 33rd pastor of the Rhinebeck Reformed Church.

Since his arrival in 2003, the congregation has experienced a period of spiritual rebirth as evidenced by annual double-digit membership growth and the creation of dynamic outreach and spiritual development programs, such as the co-founding of a lay hospital visitation program, a summer speaker series, and the co-development of youth mission projects, among other initiatives.

The Rev. Perez was trained at the Yale Divinity School,
where he earned a Yale President’s Public Service Fellowship, and
he studied journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he received a fellowship as part of a workshop
to write about religion in Israel and Gaza.

MEET OUR ORGAN

This is our 1892 historic Roosevelt Pipe Organ. It is named for Hilborne Lewis Roosevelt, a pioneering organ builder, telecommunication engineer, and a member of the Roosevelt family. 

 

Hilborne was not interested in either business or politics, the traditional Roosevelt family occupations. Instead, he was musically and mechanically inclined and wanted to be an organ builder from an early childhood. He entered an apprenticeship at an organ factory and later traveled to Europe for further training in the field. He was one of the first to study the application of new electrical devices to the manufacture of organ actions. Hilborne founded the Roosevelt Pipe Organ Builders in 1870 with his brother Frank, and built some of the largest organs in the United States during his career.

 

Our organ has been loved and cared for since it's installation and is played every Sunday at our weekly service!

Click below to hear it's chimes!

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MEET OUR CHANCEL CHOIR

We are grateful to have such a dedicated group of people to guide us in singing beautiful hymns each week. It's a pleasure to watch and hear such elegance.

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Sarah Hitchcock - Organist and Chancel Choir Director

 

Sarah began her career as an organist in 1986 and has served as a church musician for over 30 years in most denominations in the Hudson Valley. She earned her bachelor degree at The College of Wooster, majoring in French and minoring in music and art. She then earned a Music History degree at The University of Notre Dame. She studied music in France for two years and returned to marry and raise a family of four children. Along the way, she earned a teaching certificate in music (K-12),  was an opera accompanist at a local college, has served as the choral director for many adult and children’s choirs, and has been a private and public music teacher and coach with students ranging from 5-85 years old. Sarah recently earned a Masters in Music Therapy and has been working in the field of prisons and addictions. Sarah loves living in the Hudson Valley with its beauty, green spaces, and laidback perspective on life. She enjoys engaging with the great outdoors through swimming, hiking, biking, drawing and taking part in triathlons. Sarah is delighted to call Rhinebeck Reformed Church her spiritual home.

MEET OUR MUSIC MINISTRY TEAM

This is a musically gifted group of folks who sing each Sunday in celebration of the Lord. The instruments creating the music include the bass, piano, and guitar which are accompanied by a few amazing voices.

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Caleb Nelson - Music Ministry Team Leader

 

Caleb brings over 20 years of worship ministry experience to Rhinebeck Reformed Church. After high school, he moved to Australia to pursue training in worship ministry at Hillsong International Leadership College and was heavily involved in the renowned worship ministry of Hillsong Church. Caleb then earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Oral Roberts University. While there, he wrote and recorded a 12-track worship album called The Vow. Since graduating from ORU, Caleb has been involved in church worship ministry in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Born in Rhinebeck and raised in Kingston, Caleb loves the various beauties the Hudson Valley has to offer. He enjoys hiking, patronizing the local arts, exercising vigorously, and delving into books from ancient and modern theological writers as well as great works of fiction. He and his wife, Ruth (a gifted actor, director, writer, and musician), married in 2014.

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES

Throughout the summer months, we welcome notable scholars and leading authors to serve as keynote speakers to address a societal relevant theme. This is a time for spiritual growth.