Welcome to the Ridgeway Mennonite Church. As a congregation, we are eager to share the wonderful love that God has for all persons. Perhaps you are interested in enriching your relationship with God.
Through Christian fellowship we encourage and support each other in the joys and sorrows of life. Our Christian education program offers learning opportunities for all ages and helps to keep us ever-growing in the faith. We would love to have you join us for Sunday worship.
-Pastor Ben Risser
Community Connections Schedule
This is our 5th Summer of doing a variation on the week long Vacation Bible School idea. Instead of having just one week of daily lessons just for kids, we’ve expanded our time to weekly meetings with activities for adults and children. We have a special focus on building our community connections with the children and their families in our central Harrisonburg neighborhood.
Pastor Ben Risser is on sabbatical during the months of June and July. Our Sunday morning schedule is also listed below. There is no Sunday School for children during the summer months, but everyone is invited to participate in our Wednesday Night Community Connections.
For children, the Weds night curriculum is from Menno Media’s Kids Club Can series, Kids Can Build Bridges: as they take an imaginary journey around the world, children will discover that people everywhere have similarities and differences, and will be inspired by the ways in which people worship God. See the schedule above for the specific countries each week. We hope to have the dessert match the country. Activities will be planned for preK – junior youth.
For adults, we will travel to Corinth! First Corinthians is a juicy letter from the Apostle Paul! Some time after he left Corinth, he heard some troubling things about the house churches he had helped establish. So he wrote this letter with lots of advice and passion! Our Bible study for adults will feature one house church to whom Paul wrote—the one led by a woman named Chloe (1 Corinthians 1:11). We will learn about the problems in her house church and, through lively debates, we’ll see if we agree with Paul’s advice! We will use the MennoMedia book Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation, by Reta Halteman Finger and George D. McClain. We have invited one of the authors, Reta Finger to lead us thru this book and the pastor team is delighted that she is able to lead this simulation.
Everyone present will be asked to join one of the four factions/groups present in this house church (1 Corinthians 1:12). Reta/Chloe will set the stage and the issue for the evening will be discussed in these small groups and then debated with the whole group. We will wrap up by asking: “What does this mean for us today?” Everyone will be part of a faction of their choice, but no one will need to speak unless they are comfortable doing so – each faction will have a leader. Each week, reading homework will be given to prepare for the next week’s discussion.
We will have a supply of books available on Sunday, June 19th. (There is also a Kindle version of the the book.)