Sharing the Joy, Sharing the Work,
The 14 Churches in Ryde do lots of things together. We call ourselves Churches Together in the Ryde Area - CTRA. The photo, taken at the Summer Songs of Praise, shows some of the ministers together with the Town Crier.
God has blessed Ryde Baptist with a lovely building so lots of the CTRA activities take place in the George Street Centre. These include the Men's Big Breakfast, the annual Children's Holiday Club and weekly Girls' Brigade. The Street Pastors also use our building as their base, with people praying for them whilst they are out on Friday and Saturday nights.
CTRA funds a youth worker who runs Rock Solid and Connect2, as well as organising school assemblies.
The Methodist church in Garfield Street hosts the Meeting Place on Tuesday and Friday mornings for those with learning difficulties and their carers. They also run the Open Arms Drop-In Centre from 5:00 - 7:00 pm every Sunday evening, providing a cooked meal, fresh clothing and bedding and a bag of food for the week ahead. Ryde Baptist provides shower facilities for homeless people, including toiletries and a towel.
On the last Sunday of each month there is a united evening service which is held at each church in turn. Together with Ryde Town Council, CTRA organises a well-attended Civic Service to celebrate Ryde and welcome the new Mayor.
Joint outdoor events are held in the Town Square at Christmas and Easter. Social activities are organised, such as the Safari Supper (diners move from one church to another for each course ) and Interchurch Quiz. For more information on what the churches are doing together see the Wight Churches Network.
The CTRA enabling committee is formed from ministers and representatives of all the churches in Ryde and new initiatives and ideas are discussed and implemented.