Outreach Programs

Ridgewood United Methodist Church members are active in a variety of Outreach Programs
that benefit not only other church members, but the community as well.
Most of these positions are volunteer positions staffed by congregants who willingly
and lovingly offer up their time to do something nice for someone else.
If you are interested in volunteering with any of these programs, please contact the church office for information at (440) 885-1360.
If you are in need of any of these services, please let us know and we will do our best to assist you.

Stephen Ministries:
The Stephen Ministers are a group of trained persons from our congregation who have developed their gifts for caring and desire to offer their help and support to others in time of need – not only in our church family, but to the whole community. The Stephen Ministers are caring Christian friends who offer a listening ear to help others through the tough times in life.

Church Bus:
We understand that it is hard for some people to make it to church on Sundays. For those of our congregants who have difficulty with mobility, or cannot drive, for whatever reason, the church van is available to pick them up on Sunday mornings for worship service. We are always in need of volunteers willing to drive our church bus. If you need a ride to church, or are interested in participating in this aspect of our ministry, please call the church office at (440) 885-1360.

Caring Dinner:
The Caring Dinner is held bi-monthly on the fourth Saturday of that month at 1:00 pm. The dinner is free to all senior and needy citizens in our community, and we also deliver meals to our shut-ins on this day. The meals are cooked and served by church volunteers and are absolutely delicious every time! Both the volunteers and dinner guests have a wonderful time sharing in each other’s company. All the excess food is taken to St. Herman’s Homeless Shelter afterward.

Animal Blessings:
Our pets are a blessing to us! We experience God’s love as we care for and receive care, from animals. Each first Saturday of October, we offer a blessing for our furry friends. Watch our website for dates & times.

Visitation Volunteers:
In an attempt to reach our shut-ins who still take an active interest in our church and would like someone from the church to visit them, the Outreach and Health Ministry committees have developed a volunteer visitation ministry. Training sessions for participants in this program are provided periodically – please call the church office if you are interested in attending training.

Ridgewood Friends:
Ridgewood Friends is a group of church members who offer to donate time to help make life a bit easier for others in our church family. These volunteers offer help with rides, running errands, shopping, small chores, visitation, taking someone to the doctor, or bringing a meal to someone just home from the hospital. There is no minimum time commitment required, no meetings to attend, and new “Friends” are always welcome!

Prayer Chain
The Prayer Chain consists of persons within our congregation who volunteer to add those in our church in need of prayer to their own daily prayers. If you or someone you know stands in the need of prayer, please contact the church office by calling (440) 885-1360. All prayer requests are treated as confidential and will only be shared with our prayer warriors and pastor, unless you request otherwise.