Q: What time does worship begin?
A: This Sunday, we’ll gather for worship at 10:00 a.m. Our service in our beautiful sanctuary will feature both pipe organ and a small ensemble of guitar and piano.
Q: How do I get to the church?
A: The church is at the corner of Camp Bowie Blvd. and Westridge in west Fort Worth. For a map and personalized driving directions, click here.
Q: Where do I park?
A: Parking is admittedly a challenge at Ridglea. The only on campus parking is the eleven parking spaces along Camp Bowie Blvd., and these are reserved for those with mobility difficulties. However, we have longstanding agreements with the owners of the adjacent properties, and ample parking is available to the south of the church across Sunset Blvd in front of the Spanish Schoolhouse or to the east of the church along Westridge in front of Frost Bank. Do not worry about the signs posted at the entrance to these lots regarding 24/7 towing. We have had an excellent relationship with our neighboring property owners for almost 70 years, and we have been assured that Sunday morning parking is not a problem.
Q: Where do I enter the building?
A: If you’ve parked to the south of the building along Sunset Blvd. or to the east along Westridge, enter through the main sanctuary doors facing Sunset Blvd. If you’ve parked to the north of the church in one of our on campus parking spots or across Camp Bowie Blvd., enter through the door that faces Camp Bowie Blvd. (This is also the weekday entrance to the church.)
Q: How do people dress for church?
A: We invite you to come dressed however you feel most comfortable. We believe that God is far more interested in what is in our hearts than in whether or not our shoes are shined! You’ll find a wide range of dress. Some folks wear coats and ties, others are more casual.
Q: How long are your worship services?
A: Worship generally lasts between 60 and 75 minutes.
Q: What can my kids do during worship?
A: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Matthew 19:14) At Ridglea, we love and welcome children of all ages to join us in worship! The sounds of shuffling feet, dropped pens and shushed whispers are not distractions in the service but rather reminders of the future of Christ’s church among us. We believe that children learn best how to “love the Lord their God with all their heart” by worshiping alongside their parents, their peers, and their extended church family. Nonetheless, if parents prefer, a professionally staffed nursery is available in the north wing of the building for infants through five years old.
Each worship service includes a children’s sermon, and all children are invited to come forward and participate. After children’s time, kids ages preschool through first grade are invited to Cherub Choir in the north children’s wing, or they may return to sit with their families for the remainder of the service. Special worship activity bags for children are available each week, and parents can pick one up from the ushers. Each child of God is a precious part of Christ’s church and we believe that it is vital for worship opportunities to be available and suited for each age.
Q: What kinds of disability assistance is available?
A: The church is accessible to wheelchairs via the north parking area and the Camp Bowie door as well as the loggia doors on the south side of the building. Assisted listening devices are available; just ask an usher.
Q: How will I know how to follow the service?
A: An usher will provide you with a service bulletin as you enter the chapel or the sanctuary. This is a step-by-step map through the service. Ridglea’s worship leaders always assume there are visitors in attendance and are very careful to provide clear instructions on when to stand, how to take communion, etc. The bulletin also lists the various ways you can connect to the different programs, ministries, and activities of the church.
Q: What translation of the Bible is used?
A: In general, the New Revised Standard Version (copyright 1989) is used for public reading of Scripture.
Q: How many people will be attending with me?
A: Our chapel comfortably seats 140 people, and on average, there are about 35-50 people in worship at 8:30 on any given Sunday. Our sanctuary seats 400 people on the main floor and 200 in the balcony, and on average there are 175 people in worship at the 11:00 service.
Q: When and how is communion celebrated?
A: We usually celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month. In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), all persons who have been baptized (whether Presbyterians or not) are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Ordinarily, communion is served by by “intinction,” an ancient Christian method in which congregants walk up to the front of the Sanctuary, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the wine (grape juice), place it into their mouths, and then return to their seats. Persons with mobility challenges can have the bread and juice brought to them. Gluten-free bread is always available.
Baptized children of any age are welcome to receive communion.
Q: How do services end?
A: At the end of the service there is usually a musical postlude. Some people stay to enjoy the music, while others exit through the rear and gather for coffee and informal conversation.
Q: Can I just be a “quiet visitor?”
A: Sure! When you visit Ridglea, you can initiate as much, or as little, contact with others according to your own comfort level. Ridglea does not require visitors to wear badges or to identify themselves as visitors.
Q: Do I have to become a member to attend regularly?
A: No, membership is not required to attend Ridglea. If you eventually wish to explore membership, there are regularly scheduled inquirers classes several times throughout the year.
Q: How do I join the church?
A: The only requirement for membership at Ridglea Presbyterian Church is a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), persons may enter into active church membership in one of the following ways (Book of Order, G-1.0303):
- By public profession of faith, made after careful examination by the session in the meaning and responsibilities of membership; if not already baptized, the person making profession of faith shall be baptized;
- By certificate of transfer, when a person is a member of another Christian church at the time of transfer;
- By reaffirmation of faith, for persons previously baptized in the name of the triune God and having publicly professed their faith.
Q: What do you expect of your members?
A: Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege! It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission. A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church. Such involvement includes:
- proclaiming the good news in word and deed,
- taking part in the common life and worship of a congregation,
- lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support,
- studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith and life,
- supporting the ministry of the church through the giving of money, time, and talents,
- demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church,
- responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others,
- living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life,
- working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment,
- participating in the governing responsibilities of the church,
- and reviewing and evaluating regularly the integrity of one’s membership, and considering ways in which one’s participation in the worship and service of the church may be increased and made more meaningful. (Book of Order, G-1.0304)
At Ridglea Presbyterian Church, membership means ministry! The ministers of Ridglea Presbyterian Church are its members. Those who are baptized in Christ are the servant people of God. Our ministers participate in worship regularly, give faithfully of their time, talent, and energy, contribute gratefully from their blessings, and pray fervently for one another and the mission to which God calls, leads, and empowers us.