What to expect at a Ridge at Home gathering

Many of you have already been invited to a Ridge at Home gathering by a friend, family member, or neighbor. We encourage you to check it out! After some time to hang out, the service will last about one hour and includes inspirational worship music and a practical, uplifting Bible message from one of our Ridge pastors. It won’t be weird or awkward—we promise!

Many of you are interested in opening up your home for church—that’s awesome! A lot of people are hosting Ridge at Home gatherings and they are making a real difference in people’s lives. We understand that you might be a little bit nervous about trying something new, but we promise it’s easy and we’re here to help. Just follow these 4 simple steps: Invite, Watch, Discuss, and Pray.

Invite

Invite one or two people or families to your home to watch the service on Sundays or any day of the week. An invite kit can help you get started!

Watch

Watch the service using our app, Facebook, YouTube, or theridge.church/live. Set up a TV inside or a projector outside to watch together!

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Discuss

Take the conversation further, and discuss the message for a few minutes or as long as your group wants to!

Pray

Wrap up your time by sharing any prayer requests and a closing prayer by the host.

Resources

Resource Order Form

Ridge Kids at Home

Discussion Questions

Need help getting started?

If you need our help getting started or after you start, let us know—we’d love to help!

FAQs

What is The Ridge at Home?

The Ridge at Home is a gathering of family, friends, and neighbors who meet together in a home on a regular basis to watch the service, discuss the message, pray together, and build relationships throughout the week. The Ridge at Home is a part of our larger church strategy which also includes In-Person and Online church services.

Who can host?

Anyone, anywhere! If you feel comfortable hosting friends, family, and neighbors in your home for church, we encourage you to start a Ridge at Home gathering. Let us know how we can help you by filling out this form.

I'm not ready to host—can I join one instead?

The Ridge at Home currently exists from personal invites from hosts. If you are new to The Ridge and want to meet others and get connected, we’d love to help! Simply fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with you.

How often should we gather?

That’s up to each Ridge at Home gathering to decide. A good place to start would be every other week or once a month. After you meet a few times, try to settle into a predictable schedule to make planning easy for the host and those who attend.

How can we include kids?

Here are three tips for helping kids grow in their relationship with God and others at a Ridge at Home gathering. First, since most gatherings begin with food and time to hang out, be intentional to talk and play with the kids during this important connection time. Second, once the service begins, include the kids in the first half hour of the service, which includes worship, announcements, and giving. Encourage them to sing along and remember how powerful it is for kids to see adults worshipping God! During the worship time, it can also be helpful to provide kids with activity sheets and crayons, which are available for free on our resource order form. Third, once the message begins, have two adults take the kids to another room (i.e. playroom) and on another TV or computer, play the Ridge Kids at Home video that is best suited for the majority of the kids. After the video is over, follow the easy-to-use Parent Guide to engage the kids in fun activities and prayer. For more tips on helping kids grow at a Ridge at Home gathering, email kids@theridge.church.

What resources are available?

We have a number of free resources available to help make your Ridge at Home gathering successful. We currently have: invite kits, yard signs, kid and student activity pages, crayons, pens, Bibles, prepackaged communion cups, and first time guest coffee cups. Ridge at Home hosts can order free resources on an ongoing basis by filling out this form.

What's the safest way to host?

We recommend following all local health guidelines. If you have any symptoms of illness, have recently been sick, or have come in contact with someone who is sick, we kindly ask that you please do not host or attend a Ridge at Home gathering until you are healthy.

Not ready to meet in person? You can host a watch party online!

Many people aren’t comfortable meeting in groups yet—and that’s okay! We stream the Sunday services on our app, Facebook Live, YouTube, and at theridge.church/live, so you can host a watch party. If you join us on Facebook for a watch party, you can live chat with your friends during the service! 

“By attending The Ridge at Home, I have found that I feel a strong sense of community that has encouraged me to grow in my relationship with God alongside my friends and neighbors. It has been really cool to feel like I am a part of a community that is taking ownership of our faith together.”

– Jacob

“Our family looks forward to The Ridge at Home every week. Consistently being with others has helped me, my husband, and son grow even more in our relationship with Christ, and we enjoy the fellowship with our friends who invited us over.”

– Loriann

“When church at home ends I’m already looking forward to seeing our new friends the following week. As someone who is newer to the Ridge, it has been the most welcoming and supportive
church environment I’ve been
a part of.”

– Rebecca

“Hosting friends and neighbors for church has become my favorite part of the week.”

–  Brenton