Sunday School – Small Groups

I am excited about Sunday School and Small groups #OnTheRidge. I know you are as well! We are blessed at The Ridge Church with many small group/SS classes, sixteen on campus and two off campus for a total of eighteen. All classes are small by design. Smaller classes make for better opportunities for learning and spiritual growth. Our goal is to average 10-12 in a class and then start a new class.

Our current enrollment on campus is 167. Let’s make it a goal to increase our enrollment to 200 by August 31. That is quite achievable. It is a matter of each class enrolling two more. We all know at least two people we could invite.

Our facilitators are top notch and always well prepared. When the class is as well, it makes for a very interesting and delightful experience.

Let me share with you again this week FOUR of the weekly resources that are available to you free to assist in your weekly preparation.

Of course, the Sunday School quarterly is the ol’ standby. It is now available digitally on your phone, tablet, or laptop. In addition, a weekly study guide is available on the YouVersion Bible app: simply click on “events” and look for The Ridge Event. This week’s link is www.bible.com/events/396908. Also, I prepare a weekly discussion guide and it is available usually on Mondays, by email.

These resources are available to you free whether you attend small groups or not. Please let me know how I can help you with your Bible study and weekly preparation.

We Labor Together With God, 

Enjoy and Be Prepared

What a beautiful morning #OnTheRidge! That large glowing object in the sky is the sun! As I walked into the building, the geese were taking off from the lake. The picture was priceless.

Let me encourage you to enjoy The Ridge Campus. The lake is the home of roaming flocks of geese, some ducks and even a swan or two. Come out and enjoy the scenery. Bring your lunch. Picnic tables have been added at the pavilion.

The fishing is always good, so I am told. Not an angler? What could be better than kayaking all afternoon?

The kids will enjoy the playground as you absorb the warm sun and a few pages of your favorite book. The prayer garden is close by. It too has a beautiful view of the lake and is conducive for meditation and prayer.

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Let me change the subject and share with you some recent tools that have been added to assist everyone in preparation for small groups on Sunday. Of course the Sunday School quarterly is the ol’ standby. It is now available digitally if you would like to study the weekly topic from your phone, tablet, or laptop.

In addition, a weekly study guide is available on the YouVersion Bible app, simply click on “events” and look for The Ridge Event. Also, I prepare a weekly discussion guide and it is available usually on Mondays, by email. It is certainly true that when all of us are prepared we have better class discussion. These are all available whether you attend small groups or not. Just let me know.

We Labor Together With God,

Children in Worship

I was asked whether young children would be welcome at the Maundy Thursday service. I quickly responded in the affirmative.  I did say that it was a Lord’s Supper service and that the children might feel left out when it came time to participate in the elements. That did not seem to be an issue.

The more I thought about children being in worship, even in formal services, the more convinced I became that not only was it ok but it should be encouraged.

Yes! Little ones should be encouraged to remain in the worship service. What about distractions when they make noise? Is it not disturbing to the people around them and doesn’t it interrupt the flow of the service and the worship experience?

My response is, when one considers how often cell phones ring, adults get up and move around, and the almost deafening adult chatter as we prepare for worship each week, a few cries, whimpers and liveliness by a child pales in comparison.

One of the many benefits of children in worship is the questions they ask on
the way home. What a natural way to discuss the meaning of the Lord’s supper, salvation, baptism, church membership, and what it means to be a  follower
of Jesus.

There’s nothing magical about remaining focused on worship in the midst of distractions. Worship doesn’t require perfect surroundings. It simply requires God and believers — adoring him, loving him, and absorbed in him. See you in Worship!

We Labor Together With God,