Your Relationship with Christ at Ringgold UMC
We are intentional at Ringgold UMC to make the path of discipleship both visible and accessible so that growth might be realized in Jesus Christ. We believe that growing both in love and likeness of Jesus is the goal of the disciple and working to promote that in individuals is the aim of the faith community. To that end, some intentional ways to learn more are listed below.
Becoming a Christian
If you would like to know more about becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ or have recently made this decision and would like to talk with the pastor, please click on the following link
This luncheon makes for a place to share in a meal and fellowship with new worshipping guests, a time to meet the staff and learn more about Ringgold UMC. This luncheon is designed to be helpful in learning more about opportunities to serve, to grow in small groups, and the ways we worship at Ringgold UMC. It is typically held every quarter in conjunction with our Celebration Sundays. The next luncheon will be on Sunday, DECEMBER 2. They are usually held at 12:00 PM in the Gym/Fellowship Hall. To find out more information, contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up for the next luncheon, please click on the following link.
Joining Ringgold UMC
Membership involves making covenant to participate faithfully with God and the people of Ringgold UMC through a commitment to work together to accomplish God’s will. We do that by committing to be people of prayer, giving our gifts for kingdom work, serving after the example of Christ, being present in worship and ministry, and witnessing to the love of God in Christ with others. Membership at Ringgold UMC is seen as an important part of growing in love of Jesus. We commit to support and share the life of Jesus in intentional community and service with others. For more information about the process and the vows we take when we become members, click on the following link.
Information on how we understand:
Baptism is experienced at Ringgold UMC in all of the historic ways: through sprinkling, pouring and immersion. Additionally, as is consistent with a United Methodist understanding, the gift of baptism is for both children and adults.
Communion is experienced at Ringgold UMC typically on the first Sunday of each month in all three services through a variety of means. You do not have to be a disciple of Jesus Christ yet or a member of Ringgold UMC to share in communion. It is to be experienced by both children and adults as God’s gift for all God’s children. We use grape juice instead of wine at Ringgold UMC as part of our long standing tradition of respecting those in the struggle with alcoholism in accordance with our social policy.
Confirmation in the Methodist church is a traditional ritual in which a youth stands before their local congregation to profess for the first time their acceptance of God’s grace in his or her life and commits to live as a disciple of Christ. For those who were baptized as infants, they are confirming the commitment to a life of faith that their parents claimed for them at their baptism. To best prepare our youth for that personal decision, our confirmation preparation extends from the 6th grade to the 8th grade in 6 weeks of grade-specific sessions in the spring semester. At any time in those three years a youth may decide to participate in Confirmation Sunday, held in 2012 on Easter Sunday, April 8. Even if a youth participates in Confirmation Sunday before their 8th grade year, they will continue in those sessions each spring through their 8th grade year as a further aid to them as they begin their journey as a disciple of Christ.
If you would like to sign up your 6th-8th grade youth for Confirmation or would like more information, please contact Kevin Alton either by email at email@example.com or by phone at 706-935-4777 ext. 116.