Our summer ministry hosts church youth groups on weeklong mission trips. Our maximum capacity on camp is 50. These groups come during the months of June, July, and August to help residents of Madison County who are living day to day in this area. Work projects have ranged from painting a room and building a handicap ramp to re-roofing a house and rebuilding a bridge. In partnership with the Community Housing Coalition of Madison County, we try to pair the skill of the groups with the needs of our families. There is a wonderful legacy created by the people of this area. They accept help graciously and give back to us in kind a greater sense of spirit and joy. We all leave Glory Ridge enriched by our interactions with people who know that receiving is also a manner of giving. The lessons for young people are many and varied, but the one lesson they all discover is their common human experience and spiritual connection to the broader world. They find that love has no boundaries and is the thread that binds us all; that physical poverty does not make spiritual poverty.
During non-summer months, our ministry focuses on providing a sacred space for healing, quiet discernment, spiritual renewal and Christian fellowship. We hope that both individuals and small retreat groups will experience opportunities for healing at Glory Ridge through all the beautiful months of fall, winter, and spring. Children’s Home retreats, church picnics, and weekend service project groups bless us with their presence each year. Our vision is to expand this ministry even further. We look forward to welcoming prayer shawl guilds, church leadership teams, musicians, and counselors to use Glory Ridge for their unique work and worship in the world. We are eager also to host individuals, couples, and families simply seeking quiet in God’s splendid creation in order to hear God’s voice more clearly.
From our Sabbath Ministry Team
We, the Ministry Team desire...
To introduce people to Christ and help them grow in their relationship with Him. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
To teach how God’s command to take weekly Sabbath rest is God’s precious gift, a “spiritual delight” for his children. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God...For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11
“And he said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27
To teach men and women to walk with God through daily “Sabbath Moments.” The healing of the soul, body, and relationships is the natural consequence of God’s presence through the Holy Spirit with and within us. “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
To teach true Sabbath rest and walking with God while living it out ourselves. “... that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-10