Our Children's Ministry is headed up by our Children's Committee. Our Children's Committee is a group of enthusiastic adults who find creative ways to teach our children about Jesus and His love!
Children are very special to us at East Ridge. From the new-born babies until they reach Middle School age, they are part of our children’s ministry. We have a nursery to care for the little ones during every activity and worship service. Our wonderful nursery workers, Peggy and Charlene have been providing loving care for many years.
For the Pre-school and school age children we have Sunday School, Discipleship Training, TeamKid and Children’s Church (ages 4-7 during Sunday morning worship). Our Children's Committee works hard to minister to our children each week.
Also, there are special events throughout the year for the children: Spring Fling, Vacation Bible School, Summer Camps, Fall Festival, and of course, Christmas, when the children present a Christmas program.
We have many different ways for your children to get involved on a weekly basis!
We have Sunday School classes for each age group. Whether your child is just learning to talk and walk or if they are grown and sassy, we have a class for them! Our teachers spend time throughout the week preparing their lesson to be able to teach your children about the love of God! Sunday School begins at 9:15 AM on Sundays.
While your child is in their class, you can be free to go to a class of your own. Here at East Ridge, you will be able to be spiritually fed without worrying about who your child is with. They are in safe hands!
During Sunday morning church, we encourage parents to bring their children with them to worship! It is important for them to learn about singing to God and worshiping Him with the church body. However, when the preaching begins, the content is often far above their little heads. During this time, we encourage the children to go to children's church. In children's church, we teach your children about Jesus and His love for us, but we teach them at a level that they can understand. We also provide them with a snack and let them color, sing, or make crafts. Children's church is for children 4-7 year old.
Team Kid is the program that we have for our kids on Wednesday nights. It is led by Mrs. Ruthie and Mr. John. Together, they teach our children about Jesus and the Bible. The learn the books of the Bible, memorize verses, sing songs, play games, eat a snack, and much more! Our kids have a blast on Wednesday nights while learning what is truly important. Bring your children to join us at 6 PM on Wednesdays. While they are there, you (the parent/guardian) can be free to join in on the adult Bible study in the Sanctuary.
Our Youth Minister is Tony Meaux.
"First a little about myself as the Youth Minister at ERBC. I was raised in church my whole life. I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was about 12. I continued to be really involved in the youth group during all my teenage years. It is truly a priviledge to serve here at ERBC as the youth pastor. My goal is to disciple young people into Christians who can make a difference in this world for the Lord."
We have an awesome youth group here at ERBC, we average on Wednesday nights around 10-20 young people. The youth are from grades 7 all the way to high school seniors.
We are involved in doing extra activities within the church and community. We have cleaned out people's yards, straightened up a senior adult's building outside and replaced gutters for them. Usually, once a month we have S&L (Salt and Light-Matthew 5:13-16) where we go and play putt-putt, bowl, see movies, attend concerts and other fun stuff. Then we go to Starbucks, Sonic, or McDonalds for a small snack and do a Bible study where ever we eat.
We are excited about what God is doing at East Ridge. If you are a teenager and want to get in on the ground floor of what is about to happen here, please come, check us out on Wednesday @ 6pm for free pizza, and a Bible study, then on Sunday morning @ 9:15 for Sunday school then Worship. Also on Sunday night at 5:30 for Discipleship Training and 6:30 for Worship.
Sisters on Mission is a fellowship and mission ministry of East Ridge and is open to all ladies, whether members or guests. We meet once a month and have a variety of programs. We enjoy a meal together and pray for our missionaries by name, although some missionaries are in such dangerous areas that we only know them by their initials and the general part of the world in which they serve. We have a special emphasis at least once a quarter to study about various missionaries, both at home and abroad.
For other meetings, we occasionally have guest speakers, and we learn about a variety of topics, from serious to entertaining. Sometimes we are taught about fun things to do, too. We try to keep our programs interesting and appealing to both young and seniors alike.
In addition to our monthly meetings, we look for opportunities to serve our church and our community through mission projects. Pat Weishampel is the Director. If you would like more information about the ministry of Sisters on Mission, please call our church office at 337-477-7117. Someone will be glad to assist you.
The Brotherhood is made up of the men of East Ridge Baptist Church. Our mission is to help men experience Christian faith, love and fellowship reaching out to men outside our church and their families to experience the same. The men work together to support the ministries of the church and meet needs in our community.
Brotherhood meets once a month, usually on the 2nd Tuesday night of the month, at 6:30 for a meal, fellowship, devotional, and prayer.
Russ Mixon is the director and Bob Drott is the assistant. For additional information, contact the church office at 337-477-7117.
“Keen-Agers” is a group of the senior adults of East Ridge Baptist Church who meet one morning a month (usually the last Tuesday of the month) for breakfast and fellowship. We travel one Thursday a month to Dry Creek for a fish fry, are involved in many of the activities of the church and have a lot of fun doing it. We also travel to special concerts and other events.
Several of our members serve as volunteers at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. A lot of love, wisdom and enthusiasm are found in our Keen-Agers. Mrs. Lurline Carter is the Director.
The Deacon Family Ministry Plan is an effort by our pastor and deacons to see that every member of East Ridge Baptist Church is ministered to. Every resident member is assigned an ordained deacon who is committed to and trained in ministry.
The deacon’s name, address and phone number are given to the members to enable them to contact their deacons in times of special needs, such as, serious illness, death, family problems, questions or troubles regarding the church. Our deacons are compassionate servants and men of prayer serving with our pastor and assisting him.
Every ministry at East Ridge is empowered by prayer and linked to our Prayer Ministry. Special needs are taken to the Lord by our Prayer Chain which consists of people who pray for any special need and call others to intercede in prayer also. From the time a prayer request is received until there are dozens of people praying often takes less than an hour.
Every Wednesday at 6 PM, the church meets for an old-fashioned Prayer Meeting where after various needs are expressed we pray together over those in need. Every Sunday morning, during the 10:30 worship service, two people on our Prayer Warrior Team isolate themselves in another room and pray for God to do great things through the sermon and for souls to be saved. Prior to Revivals there will often be cottage prayer meetings, a 24 hour prayer vigil and other prayer events. Periodically our men will participate in a Friday Night Prayer Meeting in which the men pray until………….
We have seen, and are seeing God do great things in response to prayer.
East Ridge is a praying church.
The Jail Ministry of East Ridge Baptist Church is an evangelistic ministry to the inmates in Calcasieu Parish Prison. Ministers are invited on a scheduled basis to go into the prison to minister on a personal level.
Services are held in different pods each Sunday. We are able to counsel with inmates, pray with them and give spiritual guidance, in addition to preaching and leading in worship services. Sharing Jesus with the less fortunate is our mission.
The prison chaplain, Lt. Willie Brown, represents the Sheriff and co-ordinates all ministries.
Russ Mixon has been our Jail Minister for more than 12 years.