Six Ways To Invite Someone To Easter at The Ridge

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by bobby williams

At Ridge Church, we have the mindset that we should do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get someone to church every Sunday, but especially on Easter.  The statistics prove that PEOPLE WILL COME TO CHURCH WHEN INVITED!  All you have to do ask- you never know who might be waiting for you to just invite them. In fact, you may not be aware of what hangs in the balance of simple invite.

We always want to help you “carry the mat” for someone to get them to church.  That’s why we always have multiple invite cards for you to pick up at Ridge Central each week and why we put together this list.  Here are 8 ways you can invite someone to church this Sunday for Easter

Use a Ridge Invite Card |  I (Bobby) always keep a few handy in my pocket or wallet.  You never know when you need give one away.   These are simple:  Simply walk up to someone you want to invite and say, “Hey here’s an invite to my church.  I’d love for you to come on Sunday for Easter.  I will save you a seat.”  The invite card has our website on it so just tell them to check out the website for all the info on the church.

Buy a drink or lunch |  If you hit up the local Starbucks in Oak Ridge (and you should)  then pay for the order of the person behind you and ask the Barista to give them an invite card when they come to pick up their order.  You might start a chain reaction.  You never know what the Holy Spirit will do with that. I once was in line doing this and saw 8 people pay it forward.

Go on a Social Media Mission Trip |  This is the two weeks you should PLASTER Facebook and Instagram with invites to Ridge Church.  But don’t just post to your own timeline.  Post an invite to a friends timeline.  Take 5 minutes to open up your Facebook chat and message a few people to invite them.  Use the Ridge Church Facebook page invite to and share it on your own wall and invite your own friends.  Get creative on Instagram and make a picture inviting those who follow you there.  The possibilities are endless.

Shoot a video and post it to Facebook |  On your camera or computer, post a 60 second or less video inviting your friends to Easter services at Ridge Church.  People love videos.  Put your kids in it for a few extra views (Hey- whatever it takes right). On Instagram for example, you could shoot a creative 15 second video on Instagram and just say, “Easter..Ridge Church…Sunday March 27…come with me. Please???”

Send an Email |  Send a personal email to some friends, family members or coworkers.  Be sure to make the title something they’ll want to open and read like “A personal favor to ask”.  You don’t have to share the Gospel here, so just be honest and clear about what you’re asking.  You could say something like- Hey!  I really LOVE my church and since Easter is coming up Sunday, I’d love for you to come see why I love it so much.  I’ll even save you a seat.  Will you come to church to with me Sunday?  We have three services at 8:30 10:00 and 11:30 that day so just let me know which one I can expect you at, and I’ll meet you at the door.  If you have questions, just ask- and you can check out our website at ridgechurch.cc

Send a Text or Make a Call | Go old fashioned and send a few text messages or make a few phone calls and just make the ask.

You never know what hangs in the balance of an invite. Be bold.

4 Things I Want Everyone at Ridge Church To Know

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by bobby williams

In case you missed it (not sure how that happened- we messed up somewhere!) but today is CHRISTMAS EVE EVE in Oak Ridge and for Ridge Church, it’s the night of the year we celebrate together the birth of Jesus.

The sound system is all wired up, the garland is hung, instruments are tuned, the message is hot n’ ready, and all of our amazing Ridge volunteers are ready to rock tonight. We hope you’ll be there too.  Read more

4 Ways To Invite Someone To Eve Eve

by bobby williams

Christmas Eve Eve is almost upon us! We have been planning, praying and preparing for months for you and this Wednesday night.

It’s going to be an incredible night of music, friends, family, fun and a whole lot of celebrating the birth of Christ together. We really do hope you’re making plans to be at the Grove Theater with us at 7pm Wednesday, December 23. 

As a church, we have been doing a Christmas Eve Eve service since before we officially launched as a church. Our very first Christmas, and several years after, right before we officially launched our church, we did an Eve Eve service called Christmas Rock Night. That very first Rock Night had about 25 people in attendance. The Grove holds hundreds more than that and we are praying that it is STANDING ROOM ONLY this Christmas.

We believe God is more than able to do this. But we also know He uses you and I to be the feet to take the message out.

Here are a few things you can do to help:

  • Post an open invite on your Facebook page today. If you want, just copy and paste this: To all my friends and family: This Wednesday night, I’m going to a Christmas service at the Grove Theater at 7pm. I’m pretty excited about it but nothing would make me happier than some of you (or all of you!) would come with me. Help make my day…who’s coming with me? 
  • Copy and paste the photo below on Instagram:

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  • Send a text message to a friend, family member, bff, or whomever and say: Let’s go to the Christmas service at the Grove Theater Wednesday night. Starts at 7pm. Come with me
  • Direct message 3 friends on Facebook and say: Hey! I’m going to the Christmas service at the Grove Theater Wednesday night at 7pm. Will you come with me? 

 

Today At Ridge Church 12-13-15

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Take a minute to catch all that is happening today and this week at Ridge Church! Including sermon notes, songs sung by the Ridge band, and announcements for this coming week.

Announcements

  • December 23rd, join us at the Grove Theater in Oak Ridge for Christmas Eve Eve services! It’s a Very Merry Oak Ridge Christmas and we would love for you to join us! They’ll be hot drinks, a selfie booth, great Christmas music, a message perfect for the season- and maybe even Santa will show up for some fun. Doors open at 6:30pm and the service begins at 7pm. Check out OakRidgeChristmas.com for more information
  • There will NO RIDGE CHURCH SERVICES DECEMBER 27th. Enjoy the Sunday with your family, rest and be ready to be back with us the first Sunday of January at 9am and 11am.
  • Although there are no services December 27th, tune in to our website to watch a special message from pastor Bobby via video RidgeChurch.cc 
  • Join us for a Digital Mission Trip this Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm. We will be flooding the internet with invites for the Eve Eve service. We will provide special posts, emails, graphics and snacks! Bring your digital device of choice and we’ll provide all needed tools. More Info: Digital Mission Trip

Sermon Notes and Scripture

Today’s sermon is week 2 of our series, Advent 2015: How to Worship This Christmas

Matthew 2:1-2

How can we worship this Christmas?

  • Start with a real desire
  • Expect God to show up
  • Choose to express joy
  • Humble ourselves
  • Come with gifts
  • Take a next step

Giving

At Ridge Church, we exist to be a reflection of the Gospel so that those far from God will be awakened to new life in Christ. Every time you give at Ridge Church, you are giving to this vision and the mission is being accomplished in part due to your generosity. Thank you.

You can give safely and securely, by visiting RidgeGive.com 

Songs Today

  • Sing to the King (Billy Foote)
  • Love Goes On (Hillsong Young & Free)
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain (David Crowder Band)
  • Praise Has Come (Hillsong Worship)
  • How Great Is Our God (Chris Tomlin)