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God calls Ridgeway to be a welcoming shelter – a safe place where people grow in faith and service to God.
The Ridgeway Community Church of the Brethren, a congregation within the Church of the Brethren, strives to be a welcoming location for members of the community to grow in faith and service to God.
Whether during Sunday worship, Sunday School, a fellowship gathering, during a small group meeting, or at a youth or children’s event, there’s an activity for all to fellowship, learn and grow.
In addition to the church sponsored activities, the church is used by numerous community groups for meetings and gatherings. Visit the calendar page to see what’s happening at the church this week!
Now that we are in the Easter season, and any items we may have given up for Lent are once again accessible to us, it may be tempting to go back to life as usual. After weeks of paying special attention to Lenten themes and the fullness of Holy Week, we may long for rest and normal routines. It isn’t that none of it mattered. There is something within us that longs for comfortable routines. Even the disciples had trouble living into the reality of resurrection. Although they had seen and spoken with the risen Jesus, several of the disciples went out fishing. When the reality of life beyond grief and hope beyond despair was more than they could make sense of with their minds, they returned, at least briefly, to the life they had known before. In what was familiar and predictable, they hoped to find a way to come to terms with the world and life they had experienced and a dawning reality that the life Jesus had brought was more than they had expected or believed possible. (John 21)
For us, Easter is not likely to be as dramatic. We know that Good Friday is not the end of the story, and when we encounter the empty tomb on Easter morning, we are not likely to be shocked to hear this news. Maybe we are tempted to see it as one more day. It’s a big day, but when we wake up on Monday, are our lives really any different?
However, Easter is about new life, not just for a day but for every day. We hear the resurrection story on Easter, but we are challenged in faith to consider how it becomes real in our lives. Where are we experiencing new life and new hope? There is no story greater than the story of love’s triumph over death. However, the story does not end with proclaiming the gospel first shared 2,000 years ago. On April, 3rd, the Sunday after Easter, you are invited to bring your stories of new life. How is resurrection made real in your living? Where has Easter felt especially real and close to you? Instead of hearing a sermon, you are invited to give your stories. Together, the stories that are told will be the message we proclaim as a body.
This is the season of new life. We see it in the plants around us, but new life is taking root within us as well. Where are you noticing it, and will you share it with your brothers and sisters in faith? Let us share in the wonder of Easter’s story that goes beyond a day and has the power to continue to touch our lives.