Ministry & Outreach
How beautiful are the feet of those that bring good news. – Romans 10:15
The Ridge family participates in many outreach and ministry opportunities that help to provide growth for our friends, our neighbors, and our members. We have always been active in our community and have a long history of reaching out to support many organizations in our area.
We’ve been a proud supporter of Blair’s Foster Socks by collecting and helping to distribute brightly colored socks since Blair’s tragic death on July 4, 2011. Blair’s Foster Socks brings comfort and hope to children in distressed situations with the gift of clean, fun socks and scholarships. Collections are are ongoing.
The KANSAS CITY AREA BLUEGRASS CLUB meets at The Ridge the FIRST FRIDAY of each month October through May. We hope you’ll come out some Friday night to check out the music. It’s all FREE – people from all walks of life love bluegrass music and the club meetings allow them a place to gather . . . and it’s a safe, fun place for families with their children to submerge them in a truly American music.
Bluegrass First Fridays at The Ridge start Friday, October 7th, 2022, at 7:00 pm and it’s all FREE!
There’s jamming throughout the rooms downstairs where friends come together to play, meet other pickers, hear new music and make new friends. Bring your instrument and join in the fun. There will be simple refreshments offered by the United Women in Faith for a nominal charge.
On February 1, 2019, the scouting program decided to accept girls and the Boy Scouts of America changed its name from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA.
Now Cub Scouting can combine boys and girls’ dens or have separate dens where they share hands on learning and achievement.
The boys and girls of Scouts BSA still experience the traditional scouting involvement as before. Boy and girl troops can be linked together in the same Charter Organization where they have separate leadership and can meet at the same location.
The Ridge has supported our troop and pack 269 for 75 years in March 2023. We hope to have a 75th anniversary open house to celebrate this. Troop 269 now has more than 302 Eagle Scouts.
Troop leaders, volunteers, and families dedicate their time and talents continuing to make this a quality program. The success of scouting depends on our volunteers who serve in a variety of leadership roles so young people may benefit from our scouting ministry.
The primary purpose of this program is to provide a safe and enriching day out for older adults who cannot be left alone while their caregiver is provided a much-needed break from their caregiving responsibilities. Call our church office at 816-353-1435 Tuesday – Thursday 9:00-4:00 pm for questions about Breaktime.
This is a wonderful opportunity for a caregiver to have a break one day a week and enjoy some personal time. Breaktime is sponsored by Shepherd Center of Raytown. You’ll find more information about Breaktime under the programs tab on their website.
Every year we ask members to turn in old Christmas cards so our United Women in Faith can collect the beautiful art and graphics. They categorize them, glue them onto a page with a typed paragraph, and make them into books. These Christmas Story books are given to Ronald McDonald House for children and families to enjoy and take with them. The UWFaith assembles these books in the fall.
The women of “Connecting Hands” who meet once a month, would like to invite you to join them for a game of Hand and Foot or maybe Bridge. Call the church for information. Join in the fun – it’s a great way to socialize and enjoy fellowship and make new friends. They meet the 4th Wednesday of the month 12:30-3:30 pm, February – October.
We have an ongoing collection of diapers and wipes because cloth diapers are not always an option at daycares. And often families are having to struggle even more with ever tighter budgets because of other necessities. We deliver our donations to Mother’s Refuge and REAP.
The first Sunday of the month is our pantry Sunday when we bring non-perishable items to be given to Cristiana Camino, Verdad y Vida (Christian Church – Way, Truth and Life} a very dedicated church in the northeast area of KC working relentlessly to serve their community.
Golden Key Club is an organization for retired men and women who like to have Fun, Fellowship and good Food. They meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12:00 noon for a catered meal ranging in price from $5.00 to $10.00. After the meal they have a short business meeting followed by enjoyable entertainment.
Our vision, Connecting People Along The Way, is our guiding force in ministry. We provide a warm welcome, friendly handshake and a fresh brewed cup of coffee to all who enter. We connect with visitors to make them feel welcome and comfortable. ALL are welcome at The Ridge.
We’ve partnered with a local middle school to provide encouragement and words of support to staff with notes of gratitude and appreciation written by church members as well as snacks for teachers to distribute for their sometimes hungry students. During the cooler months they have received hot chocolate and muffins to enjoy.
On an occasional Saturday when the weather cooperates, our volunteers distribute free pastry along with a prayer, sometimes even handheld, to every car that pulls into the drive-way. We realize everyone can benefit from prayer and we offer them freely. If you can use a little uplifting stop by the front of our church on a Saturday when you see the sign displayed.
The United Women in Faith collect pop-tops to be recycled with money earned to be given to the Ronald McDonald House where it’s used to support families with children in the hospital that stay at the house or visit the Ronald McDonald Family Room. They recently made a pop-top delivery of eight pounds.
The Prayer Shawl ministry team knits, crochets, and prays as they use their time and talents in service. Their beautifully made shawls, after being prayed upon, are given to those needing comfort. To date they have distributed over 450 shawls around the community. They meet every Tuesday at 10:00 am at John Knox Village. Contact the church office for details about joining them.
Helping to teach skills to 16-21 year old’s who are preparing to live independently as they transition from a residence housing offered them at a time when they were homeless. We help Steppingstone by providing assistance financially and by collecting household items for the apartments the older clients live in. Such items are then taken with them when they transition to independent living.
Story Link, a program under Liberty Belle Ministries, supported by our church through fall sales of nuts and treats gives offenders an opportunity to record a book (with help from a Volunteer in Corrections) and have it sent to any child. The money earned through the sales is used to purchase CDs and mailing/postage supplies for Chillicothe Correctional Center where one of our members volunteers. More volunteers are needed if you have an interest in prison ministry.
We’ll be having a drive thru Trunk-or-Treat on October 31 that we’re calling Drive-Thru Boo, from 5:30-7:00pm. Since Covid, we’ve been very successful doing the drive thru and will continue again this year. Please come and see us – no one needs to leave their car. We’ll pass candy right thru the window!
You and your family are able to stay warm and stay safe.
The United Women in Faith focus on ministries with women, children and youth locally and globally. They’re committed to inclusiveness; financial support; development of skills for service and leadership and personal growth. And they work with other organizations on issues of mutual concern. They have an active group “EVEning Circle” that meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm.
The Ridge Book Club celebrated its twelfth anniversary in September 2021. Started in 2009 by two women the group has read over 100 books ranging from mystery, adventure, favorite children’s books, romance, non-fiction, and others. Some original members are still in the group, and we have been blessed to welcome others to the group who have become good friends. Meeting on the third Wednesday each month at 2:00 pm, we always begin with a delicious treat followed by a lively discussion with different members leading each week. If you have questions, or would like to visit, please call the church.