Diverse People United in Christ
Royal Lane Baptist Church is an inclusive, multi-generational congregation joined in Christian community. We are a vibrant mosaic of varied racial identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and denominational backgrounds. We affirm the sacredness, dignity, and equality of every man, woman, and child and honor each individual’s freedom to worship God and to respond to his or her unique call to ministry and service. We celebrate worship that challenges the mind, stirs the heart, and lifts the spirit within the context of music, art, and liturgy to express what we can never fully say. We covenant with one another to love authentically as Christ loved. We put this love into action by ministering in the world, ever alert to the voice of human need wherever it may be heard. Royal Lane is an ecumenical Baptist congregation affiliated with The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. “We are travelers on a journey, fellow pilgrims on the road. We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.” - Richard Gillard
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Sunday, June 7
AN INVITATION FROM OUR SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM:
Join Royal Lane Baptist Church, Heart Church, and other congregations for the National Injustice Peace Rally! Register using the link below.
Date and Time:
Sunday, June 7th, 2020
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT
Dallas Police Department
1400 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX. 75215
Parking at the site might be limited. You may want to consider alternative transportation or carpooling.
Hope to see you there!
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[06/03/20] Giving Life through Blood and Food
"As a Pentecost people and as Royal Lane Baptist Church, we are called by the disrupting spirit of God to provide breath, life, and hope to all of God’s beloved."
A racial justice message about the way forward as RLBC stands in solidarity and moves in hope.
A Rainy Day at Royal Lane - EveryoneEatz
Worship online with us on Pentecost Sunday. May 31, 10:55 am
A Memorial Day message from Pastor Mike and Royal Lane Baptist Church.
A message from Pastor Mike and Royal Lane Baptist Church on this Memorial Day weekend.
Worship Online - Sunday, May 24, 10:55 am
[05/20/20] Saddling Up Anyway
Worship Online with Us - Sunday, May 17, 10:55 am
[05/07/20] Alley Hiking, Kicking Rocks, and Feeding Ducks
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This #GivingTuesdayNow, we are asking for your help. We have provided links for our RLBC partner organizations which provide important assistance to the most vulnerable in our beloved community. If you are able, please consider giving.
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**Pastoral Memo about Reopening Royal Lane Baptist Church**
May 1, 2020
Dear RLBC Congregation,
It would be an understatement to say that I miss you. I miss our cherished, in-person gatherings for worship, fellowship, and study. But we are Baptists, Baptists who value the freedom and responsible practice of religion, as well as the autonomy of the local congregation. And it is these values that guide us as we ponder the timing of resuming our in-person activities together. Beginning Friday, Phase One of Texas’s plan to reopen gathering places will commence. Phase One reopens restaurants, movie theaters, malls, and churches at 25% capacity. With this in mind, I want to share an update on the re-opening of Royal Lane Baptist Church.
The Royal Lane staff has been meeting weekly to assess the safety of our members and the continued virtual connection opportunities we have with one another. I continue to meet weekly with the Deacon Chair, Paulette Harrison, to discuss and consider our current situation and the possibilities of reopening. In all my conversations with staff and leaders, we believe it is faithfully prudent to rely upon the expert opinions of our scientific and medical community, such as the CDC and the Texas Department of Health Services, and not reopen the church, even at a reduced capacity, at this time.
There are almost 28,000 cases of Covid-19 in Texas and 776 people have died so far in our state. According to a widely used model circulated by The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, Texas is now experiencing its peak of cases and should not relax containment strategies until June.
At this point, with no reputable public health professions endorsing reopening churches in Texas, as well as Judge Clay Jenkins clearly stating that lifting the sheltering in place rule is premature, we have no clear signal that it is safe to resume in-person worship. If we reopen now, we believe we run the risk of spreading the virus within the congregation and out into the community. It will always be the purpose of Royal Lane Baptist Church to protect all who are vulnerable, including those at risk of catching Covid-19.
So, where do we go from here? How will we know when it is time to meet again for worship? Honestly, I don’t know. What I do know is that the time has not yet arrived. However, like you, I want us to be prepared, flexible, and in constant communication with you as we move forward. To accomplish this, Paulette and I, in consultation with the staff and the deacon officers, and with a unanimous vote of the Diaconate, have created a Reopening Task Force to gather information, consult professionals, and answer the many questions we might have as we reopen the church. We are fortunate to have the medical and congregational skills of Melissa Walker-Luckett and Jamie Luckett as co-chairs of this newly developed task force. Melissa and Jamie will communicate with us in the coming days about the makeup of the task force, the informed decisions being made, and how those decisions affect you and the reopening of Royal Lane.
In the meantime, I hope we can stay connected and bring God’s house into your house. Many of you have already joined me for Wednesday Bible study, Midday prayer on Fridays, various ministry and Sunday School meetings, and our virtual worship service on Sunday mornings. Our Missions Committee also remains committed and supportive of local service organizations which provide “frontline” help to those most in need during this crisis.
The day will come when we will be together again, face to face. Until then, I want everyone to be safe and protected. I know that the Holy Spirit and the bonds of community will connect us from afar and that the love of God will continue to hold us together in the days ahead. I am praying for each of you daily.
In this together,
Pastor Mike Gregg
Faith in Texas
As the #COVID19 crisis continues to ravage the nation, it has become even more treacherous in minority communities, infecting and killing Black and Brown people at a disproportionately high rate across the country. This webinar will address health concerns specifically related to the Black and Brown populations. We will cover helpful information for those who may be confused about how to protect themselves and others from mass spread; barriers to adequate testing and treatment, and offer opportunities for everyone to work together to advocate for quality healthcare and resources during and after this pandemic. Register: bit.ly/covidandus
The April 21, 2020 issue of The Mosiac (Volume 34, No. 8) can be read at http://royallane.org/newsletter/ This issue includes opportunities to give to North Texas Giving Day Now, pictures from the flowered cross and much more.
[04/21/20] A Letter to a Church in Crisis
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The beauty of the flowered cross by daylight.
We will resurrect Alleluia tomorrow at 10:55 A.M. with Easter worship. Join us on our YouTube channel or find the link and order of worship on the homepage at royallane.org.
Holy Saturday - a day known to many as a day for quiet reflection and preparation for the celebration of the resurrection.
We hope you enjoy our Good Friday Worship service
[04/11/20] Due to YouTube streaming difficulties, the Good Friday Service is being uploaded and you will be able to watch it later this evening or tomorrow at your convenience.
The cross has been darkened and you are invited to stop by and add swatches of cloth (provided). Then, watch the pre-recorded livestream of the Good Friday service at 8:00 pm.
The cross will be flowered early Sunday morning and you and your family are invited to add flowers to the cross and/or take annual Easter pictures.
April 8 issue of The Mosaic is here! https://bit.ly/2Vd3imj
Pastor Mike Gregg interviews longtime Royal Lane Baptist Church member James Luckett COHN-S about the changes happening in the medical field and how to be pr...
Faith in Texas
As we confront the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can feel as if little is in our control. Our elected officials are making decisions that will impact individuals, families, and communities for years to come, such as whether or not to stop evictions or to release people from jails who are being held only because they can't afford bail.
We have an opportunity to ensure that we are heard as decisions are made. Join us on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020, or Thursday, April 9th, 2020 for a virtual training to learn our Rapid Action Network (RAN), an intricate-yet-simple text tree system that is activated at strategic moments to influence decision-makers about public policies. Attendees will receive a full briefing on our COVID-19 Policy Platform, learn how to make effective calls and emails to decision-makers, and practice using RAN.
While participating in RAN, volunteers can expect to make strategic calls and emails to decision-makers, sign and share petitions and letters on social media platforms, and take other urgent actions to make sure nobody is left out or left behind in our collective response to this crisis.
There are still ways we can act in love, solidarity, and compassion for the good of all of our neighbors. We look forward to working with you to show the power of faithful people!
Register: bit.ly/RANtraining (link is case sensitive)
Rev. Wes Helm of Faith in Texas talks with Pastor Mike about housing insecurity during this crisis.
Pastor Mike Gregg talks with Rev. Wes Helm of Faith in Texas about housing insecurity, landlords, the city of Dallas, and what we can do.
[04/03/20] Easter baskets from Royal Lane Baptist Church loaded in Charlotte Sewell's SUV for delivery to Hope Supply Co.
[04/03/20] Church members provided items to make Easter baskets Hope Supply. Children's Minister, Laura Keller and Charlotte Sewell, Director of Missions assembled the Easter baskets while maintaining social distance.
Royal Lane Baptist Church is an inclusive, multi-generational congregation joined in Christian community. We are a vibrant mosaic of varied racial identities, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and denominational backgrounds. We affirm the sacredness, dignity, and equality of every man, woman, and child and honor each individual’s freedom to worship God and to respond to his or her unique call to ministry and service. We celebrate worship that challenges the mind, stirs the heart, and lifts the spirit within the context of music, art, and liturgy to express what we can never fully say. We covenant with one another to love authentically as Christ loved. We put this love into action by ministering in the world, ever alert to the voice of human need wherever it may be heard. Royal Lane is an ecumenical Baptist congregation affiliated with The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. “We are travelers on a journey, fellow pilgrims on the road. We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.” - Richard Gillard
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