Serve & Connect: The Community
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.
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 office at 353-1435.
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. Ongoing activities include helping the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program, supporting the De-Feet Hunger 5k, donating books for the StoryLink Prison Ministry, and more. There is also a program just for children, called Kids on a Mission., For information about opportunities available for you and your family, please contact the church office at 353-1435.
The first Sunday of the month is Pantry Sunday at Blue Ridge. We ask folks to bring non-perishable items to church for collection. All items will be gathered and delivered to the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program. (R.E.A.P.) Once there, they will be sorted and shelved by volunteers to make ready for distribution to those in need. Blue Ridge has helped to support R.E.A.P. for many, many years with emphasis on holidays, back to school, and especially Christmas. When there is a specific need, the people of Blue Ridge answer the call with their many donations.
BLAIR’S FOSTER SOCKS
Blue Ridge Church 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 BLUE RIDGE (MoBR)
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 (Ginger’s 11555 E 63rd St.) for a brief meeting and fellowship. Everyone is welcome! The Men of Blue Ridge provide scholarships to Graduating High School Seniors, subject to the rules set up by MoBR. The MoBR support causes promoted by Blue Ridge.
CUB and BOY SCOUTS TROOP 269
Blue Ridge Church is proud to have sponsored Boy Scout Troop 269 since 1953. 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. Read more here.
Troop 4027 meets on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday at 6:30pm. 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. Blair was a member of Blue Ridge Church (Blair’s Foster Socks) have also 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 Blue Ridge have to offer. Warm handshakes, friendly smiles and good cookies! What a wonderful way to make friends with the neighbors!
Many United Methodist Churches and many non-church members gather to DE-Feet Hunger. They start the day with a Sunrise Service followed by a 5K Walk/Run with hundreds of participants. Read more . . .