Everyone needs a little help from time to time and that’s what our Serve and Connect: The Community is all about. We try to recognize the areas in our community where we can make an impact on peoples lives by improving their situation or providing them with information that can. There are many opportunities for assistance as well as opportunities for involvement. If you find yourself in need of help, you can contact our pastor on our contact page. If you would like to help serve in the community, there are many ways to be involved. From helping people in our own community to going near and far when necessary, we are called not just to go to church, but to go beyond these walls and Be the Church. Contact the church office at 816-353-1435.
Believers in Motion
Believers in Motion is an outreach program offering free self-defense and gymnastics / tumbling classes to families in the community in a christian atmosphere. We lift up all the children with prayer and listen to their prayer concerns at the end of every class as well as a scripture reading. All are encouraged to do their personal best in their own time. Politeness and respect are taught along with new skills each week. We try to address the spiritual needs of the family unit and individual as well. At The Ridge gymnastics is every Tuesday at 6:30 pm and Self Defense is every Thursday at 6:30 pm. You can also attend the same classes at St. Paul. Contact information and senior instructor is 7th Degree Black Belt, Terry McInteer, 816-521-1618. Or call the church office.
Our gymnastic classes are part of our Believers in Motion program. All classes are free and are open to the public every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. You’ll need to register (for safety reasons) on your first visit. Contact information and senior instructor is 7th Degree Black Belt, Terry McInteer, 816-521-1618.
Our self-defense classes are part of our Believers in Motion program. All classes are free and are open to the public every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. You’ll need to register (for safety reasons) on your first visit. Contact information and senior instructor is 7th Degree Black Belt, Terry McInteer, 816-521-1618.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry Team meets at the church weekly on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 to knit, crochet, pray, and enjoy one another’s company as they serve God by serving others. The shawls the team makes are taken to the chapel to receive prayers from the church membership before they are given to those who need some comfort in their life, whether a recent surgery, a family concern or just need of being wrapped in prayer. For more information about the Prayer Shawl Ministry, please contact the church.
Our annual Trunk-or-Treat is a great opportunity to meet some of our friends and neighbors on Halloween. The children enjoy coming year after year to show off their funny faces and costumes to the many volunteers, also in costume, that love to oooo and ahhh and pass out more candy than most could imagine! Some years we serve hot dogs indoors to all our guests and provide a warm place to relax and visit.
Mission and Justice Team
The Mission and Justice team encourages and provides opportunities for members of all ages to share their faith by reaching out and helping those in need. A variety of opportunities to serve God and others are being planned. On going activities include helping to collect donations for Christiana Camino, Verdad y Vida, (Christian Church – Way, Truth and Life), located in northeast KC., supporting the De-Feet Hunger 5k, donating books for the StoryLink Prison Ministry, organizing annual Trunk-or-Treat, collecting coats, hats & scarves to be given freely to those in need and more.
Story Link is a program designed to strengthen the bonds between inmates and their children or grandchildren. Inmates select a book provided by the program and they read the book with a short message of love as volunteers record them on a compact disc. The book and the CD are then mailed to the child’s caregiver. This gives families the opportunity to stay connected. It gives children the opportunity to hear their mom’s or dad’s voice each night before they go to bed. Story Link gives HOPE to the prisoners that they will be reunited with their families. Many voices quiver and tears are often shed as stories are read. Story Link is always in need of dedicated volunteers.
The Ridge has formed a partnership with Steppingstone, our neighbors down the street who provide transitional housing for young people who are experiencing homelessness. Their mission is to provide a supportive community for youth ages 16-21 to develop independent living skills. To help with this mission our congregation receives donations of household items, twin sized bedding, towels, and kitchen supplies, new or gently used. These items will help welcome the youth to a transitional apartment and independent living.
The first Sunday of the month is Pantry Sunday at The Ridge. We ask folks to bring non-perishable items to church for collection. All items will be distributed to Christiana Camino, Verdad y Vida, (Christian Church – Way, Truth and Life), located in northeast KC. They will be shelved by volunteers and distributed to those in need in their area. When there is a specific need, the people of The Ridge answer the call with their many generous donations.
Fun Free event – The Kansas City Area Bluegrass Music Club meets at The Ridge on the first Friday, October thru May. The fun starts at 7 pm with featured bands on stage, and multiple jam sessions going at the same time for pickers and singers. There is noo admission charge. Three different groups are featured each month on the main stage at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00pm while breakout groups meet and jam in smaller rooms. Ball park type food is available for purchase as well as a monthly feature and desserts. Bring instruments if you’ve got ‘em, or just come and listen! Families are welcome.
Blair’s Foster Socks
The Ridge has 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 through a simple but effective means: clean, fun socks and scholarships. Read more . . .
Men of The Ridge
An organization of men, including both current and former members and staff that meet at 7:00am the first Saturday of the month at a local restaurant for a brief meeting and fellowship. Everyone is welcome! The Men of The Ridge provide scholarships to Graduating High School Seniors and support causes promoted by The Ridge.
Cub and Boy Scouts Troop 269
The Ridge is proud to have sponsored Boy Scout Troop 269 since 1953. They meet on Monday nights at 7:00 pm. The troop and pack have been active every year with many boys learning and practicing the ways of the scout. Camping, fishing, canoeing and bicycling trips, service projects, ceremonies and good turns are just some of the activities that keep this troop busy as well as a summer camp session at H. Roe Bartle Scout Camp in Osceola, Missouri.
Troop 4027 meets on Monday at 6:30 pm. Girl Scout week is celebrated in March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and finishing on Girl Scout Sabbath. Girl Scout Troop 4027 has held fundraisers, that were opened up to the church as well as the community. They’ve also hosted a talent show to collect socks for Blair’s Foster Socks, have served at R.E.A.P, served at ReStart and have assisted the ladies of UMW.
Election Day Hospitality
On Election day, the church sponsors a Hospitality Table to meet and greet voters as they enter the building. Each voter is offered cookies and coffee as they leave the building after voting. After visiting with members of the team, they leave the church with new friends and a new insight to what we at The Ridge have to offer. Warm handshakes, friendly smiles and good cookies! What a wonderful way to make friends with the neighbors!