Our Approach to Prayer
At Cedar Ridge, the practice of prayer is central to all that we do. Our goals of spiritual growth, authentic community, and servanthood all depend on close communication and communion with God.
The Bible exhorts us to pray without ceasing, to pray continuously, and to pray in all circumstances, which indicates that prayer is more than specific words or techniques. Prayer is about nurturing a relationship with our loving Creator, and it can take many forms and look different for different people at different times.
Prayer is a way of life, and we support one another in living this life to the full. We encourage contemplative practices like solitude and silence, and every Sunday during our time of communion we offer prayer stations around the sanctuary where we can pray with one another, write out prayers, light candles, and experience practices that engage our bodies and senses in prayer.
Our Prayer Walk & Labyrinth
Encircling our 63 acres of property is a prayer walk open to the public, with stops along the way for reflection and contemplation suitable for adults, youth, and children. The walk includes a prayer labyrinth.
Behind the scenes, we have a team of people to provide companionship and prayer in troubled times. Members of our Congregational Care group send cards and flowers and regularly pray for those in need, as well as offering personal help and services to Cedar Ridge attenders facing difficult times.
Join Us in Prayer
Join us on our prayer journey as we seek to “remain in” Jesus, who told his followers: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (You can download a description of some helpful prayer practices here.)
In 2009, I joined a prayer group at Cedar Ridge. . . I witnessed a community that didn’t reject anyone but demonstrated radical acceptance.
FROM I-95: Take Route 198 West to Burtonsville (I-95 exit #33B). Continue west across Route 29. Go 2 miles past Route 29. Cedar Ridge will be on your right.
FROM THE WASHINGTON BELTWAY:Take Colesville Road/Rt.29 North toward White Oak. Continue on Route 29 for about 9 miles. You will pass the White Oak Shopping Center (on the right), the Bell Atlantic complex (on the left), Fairland Road, Briggs Chaney, and Greencastle Road. (Watch signs carefully – there is presently construction on Route 29.) Watch for the signs showing an exit-only lane to the right leading you to Route 198. Take that exit, and at the light at the end of the ramp, you will take a left onto Route 198. Go 2 miles. Cedar Ridge is on the right.
If you visit with children, please stop by the Cedar Ridge Kids’ table which is located to your left as you enter the building. Most Sundays, younger children (infant through 5th grade) can attend an age-appropriate program while adults are in the service.
You can register at the table where you and your child will receive a nametag and a temporary identification number. We will notify you if you are needed during the service with a number which will appear on a monitor above the projection screens. A volunteer at the Children’s Ministry Table will let you know what need your child has. When you pick up your child after church, you may turn in your number.
Children of all ages are also always welcome in our main service. If your pre-schooler will be joining you in the service, you may borrow a ‘Big Church Bag’ with some quiet toys and activities. The bags are handed out at the Cedar Ridge Kids' table. Our service allows time for moving around, as well as being still, and sitting on the floor or stretching your legs around the room are encouraged!
We welcome your middle or high school student to visit us too! Middle and High School Groups meet in the barn which is located on the right as you approach the main building.
Middle School is comprised of 6th-8th graders and meets on the lower level of the barn. High School meets in the upper level of the barn. Both groups meet for the entire service. Students and parents can agree on where they wish to meet after the service–either in the barn or main building.