Ministry & Small Groups

Ridge Church wants to help you grow in Christ and has many different ministries in order to help foster that growth.

Please explore our different ministry areas:

Christian Education

Ridge Church places much emphasis on helping you learn and grow in your faith journey. Each Sunday at 10:05 a.m., our Scripture Discussion Class for adults meets to focus on God’s societal values, and bringing justice to our world.

      Women’s Group

      Women’s Morning Bible Study
      This group welcomes women looking for warm relationships with other women, relevant information about God and the Bible, and encouragement when facing the challenges of daily life. It meets each Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 am.

      UMW
      Ridge Church has three different United Methodist Women’s Circles (groups), which are open to women of all ages and provide a source of spiritual growth, education, and social action. Circles meet in the homes of members or at the church, and always welcome new members.

      Men’s Group

      Ridge Men’s Bible Study
      Men of all ages are invited to join the Ridge Men’s Bible Study. Each Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and/or Thursday morning from 7am to 8am, we meet in the parlor to read through the scriptures and journey through life with one another. 

      Men’s Ministry
      Men’s Ministry at Ridge Church does NOT mean for men only. Ridge Men’s Ministry is facilitated by Ridge men, but open to all worshipers of all ages of our Ridge church family—in fact, we invite, welcome and value the partnership of all in our ministry of service!

      Soup Kitchen

      Everyone is invited to join the Soup Kitchen team. Each Monday at 1:00pm, we meet in the kitchen to prepare food for the homeless.

      Music Ministry

      Choir & Handbells 
      Groups are open to “whosoever will”, regardless of musical ability lack of musical ability! We’d love to have you come join us, as these are wonderful times of fellowship and an opportunity to enhance our services on Sunday mornings. Please see Rich Boban for further details or simply show up at one of the practice times and we’ll make great music together! Ridge Ringers meets every Monday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm, and the Chancel Choir meets on Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

      Praise Band
      Our contemporary praise band practices Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:00pm and is open to one and all. Please see Allan Evett for further details.

      Ridge Adult Fellowship Time (RAFT)

      RAFT members are adults in the “Prime” of life who meet once a month, usually on the last Thursday of the month (but sometimes on Wednesday and sometimes at the beginning of the month, after all, we’re retired.)  Some of our past outings include taking the South Shore into Chicago to visit the Art Institute, lunch at “The Berghoff,” and a tour of the “Chapel in the Sky”, located within the First United Methodist Church. We also shop at Macy’s during the Christmas season and enjoy lunch under the Christmas tree in the Walnut room.  Events are planned a few months ahead and are listed in or online calendar. If you have any questions you can call the church office.

      Book Group

      Once a month, the Ridge Church Book Group holds a book discussion, usually in the church parlor, but occasionally offsite in homes or restaurants. Anyone who loves to read is welcome! Books vary in topic, and usually enlighten readers about their place in the world.

      Golf League

      Ridge Golf League meets at Wicker Park on Mondays starting in May. Play is nine holes, alternating between the front and back nine, week-to-week. This is a co-ed league, so all—men and women—are welcome to play!

      Dartball League

      Ridge Dartball League meets Mondays evenings starting in October. This is co-ed league is open to people of all ages and will travel to other churches in the area for competition.