Justice & Missions

Throughout Ridgewood's history, we have sought to connect with community organizations to provide food, clothing, and support for those in need. Our Justice and Missions Ministry Group leads up all to learn, donate, advocate, educate, and act on behalf of missions and justice needs in Southwest Louisville. 

Our current mission partners include:

Southwest Community Ministries (40258)
Jesus Mobile Outreach (JMO)
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (KY)
Extreme Build (CBFKY)
CBF Missions (previously Morocco, Ukraine [2022])
Ridgewood Child Development Center
EmpowerWest Louisville
Kentuckiana PRIDE Festival
PRP High School
Food Literacy Project

JMO snack bags
(Jesus Mobile Outreach)

On the 1st and 2nd Sundays of the month, we are collect donations of non-perishable snacks. On the 3rd Sunday, after worship, we pack snack bags for houseless people in the South Louisville Community. 

Donations may be placed in the back of the Sanctuary.

Suggested nonperishable items for snack bags include:

*Please avoid food items that would melt, such as chocolate candy.

Opening & Affirming
and LGBTQ+ advocacy

As a church, we are welcoming and affirming of all persons, no matter their expression of sexuality.

Each June, we spend the month recognizing PRIDE in worship in different ways. The universal Church has long excluded or persecuted those who do not identify as cisgender and/or heterosexual, and we believe we play a small part in providing a space of healing and acceptance. If you have been excluded or harmed by the church, we are here to walk with you - not to change you. Whether you are part of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally (meaning, you may identify as "straight"), you are welcome at Ridgewood. 

In June of 2022, Ridgewood folks participated in the Louisville PRIDE parade. We'll see you again in 2023! 

Pastor Molly likes to say, we are "open, affirming, and learning." We strive to be respectful of all pronouns (s/he/they).  We are not perfect, but we hope you'll feel safe to walk with us in attempting to de-center ourselves and love all God's children as they are.

Supporting PRP High School

In our Vision for 2023, we decided to try to form relationship with PRP High School. They are less than 2 minutes down the road, but we noticed we have very little tie to them.

In conversation with their Family Resource Coordinators, we discovered needs of students that we could help to meet. Each quarter, we collect one basic item for the FRC office at PRP. In Fall of 2023, we collected around 100 sticks of deodorant. We repeated this collected in October of 2023.

Additionally, we wrote encouragement notes for 150+ staff and faculty members of PRP High School in August 2023. We included these in small goody bags that were delivered. 

We continue to pray for ways we can create this bridge, not for any benefit to ourselves, but so we can be helpful and supportive neighbors to both the students and the staff/faculty. 

Relationship with Amazing Grace Community of Faith

In June of 2022, we began a relationship with Amazing Grace Community of Faith, which is a United Methodist Congregation just around the corner from us. For the last two years, we have joined together for an ecumenical service of Baptism at Ridgewood; we join AG on Juneteenth for worship with them. 

Additionally, we have shared together in the joy of hosting Vacation Bible School in 2022 and 2023. VBS is open to all area children and provides free meals and a time of programming including a Bible Story, Science, Crafts, and Recreation.

Pictured here, Pastors Rev. Mark Windley (AG) and Rev. Molly Shoulta Tucker (RBC) at 2023 VBS.

Welcome, Food Literacy Project!

On May 5, 2024, Ridgewood capped a 4-week series on Ecotheology by getting our hands dirty...quite literally! We welcomed our new neighbors, the Food Literacy Project, by helping pack seed bags, watering in their greenhouse, plant in seed trays, weed the garden, and plant new crops. We had a brief time of worship "in the garden," and then had communion with each other, and with Creation. We look forward to continue to partner in the future!

To view more photos from event, click here