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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!
We are now in the season of Eastertide. We have celebrated resurrection, and we see new life all around us. For many of us, this is a lively and full time of year. Children are in the last months of the school year, and special projects, concerts, recitals, and sports events all claim attention and time. For those who are graduating, plans are set or almost in place for ceremonies and celebrations. Whether it is from pre-school, high school, college, or vocational training, it is a time of acknowledging a rite of passage, and it is a time when generations of families tend to gather.
As we experience warmer weather and a time of year when many take vacations, it is also a season when many families gather for reunions and celebrating special times. In the next two months, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day give a gentle reminder of the bonds of family with a call to honor those who have given us life.
For some of us, all these celebrations and remembrances are bittersweet. We may be missing loved ones who are no longer with us. Some have regrets about relationships, choices in life, or opportunities that never blossomed into realities. Despite movies and other media that present family gatherings in their ideals, we know that even close families may grieve losses or feel tensions.
In the church, we experience the same sense of celebration and same awareness of loss. However, the church is a place where, when we are at our best, we look out for one another and build genuine community. We care for each other’s needs, bear one another’s burdens and sorrows, and rejoice in one another’s celebrations. Over the next number of Sundays, a common theme of living as a family of faith will be woven through worship services.
Beginning with May 7, youth will guide a worship service that celebrates generations of faith. On Mother’s Day, a reminder of being embraced by God’s care is extended to all who gather as children of God. As we grow in faith, like children, we are excited to show what we have learned and to share what we value. At the end of May, we remember how God is with us and sends us into all kinds of needs and occasions in the world.
As you may share in your own seasons of celebration, reunion, and remembrance, may the fullness of your life be embraced in the church as you give and receive from this family of faith.