PRESTONSBURG – Ridgepoint Church hosted a two-day Medical Mission and giveaway Sunday-Monday. In partnership with CrossRoads Mission, Ridgepoint Church offered free health screenings to members of the community. The church, along with CrossRoads Mission, hosted nine nursing students and three instructors from the Jasper campus of Vincennes University in Indiana. The nursing students conducted screenings to check for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Diabetes and heart disease and measure Body Mass Index. In addition to conducting health screenings, the group taught small classes on eating healthy, understanding and living with Diabetes and smoking cessation. In addition to free screenings and informational classes, individuals could also take advantage of free toiletries giveaway. Shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, diapers and wipes were given out for free to community members who stopped by during the two-day event.
“Ridgepoint is growing, and to us, it is all about the relationships,” said Barry Ariaz, Pastor of Ridgepoint. “Building strong relationships with the community, with each other, and with God. We want to reach out and see what the people in our community need and figure out a way to meet that need.”
Ridgepoint was founded in October 2013 as a group of like-minded individuals who wanted to promote the development of a spiritual relationship with God opened their arms and hearts to the community.
“You don’t have to be religious or get to a certain point before you come to church,” said Ariaz. “We say, come as you are and begin building the foundation of your relationship with God and watch what he will do in your life.”
Ariaz came to Ridgepoint from Tennessee in 2015. He is supported by Associate Pastor Clayton Case and a congregation full of spiritual individuals willing to help wherever they are needed in the community. Josh Smith, with CrossRoads Missions, is an active part of the Ridgepoint Church community and lends a hand wherever he is needed.
“I first came to this area as a student on a mission trip with the Maytown Center,” said Smith. “I was asked to come back the following year as an intern and I fell in love with the area, the people, and I am excited to see wonderful things happening in Eastern Kentucky and Floyd County. I visited Ridgepoint and I immediately felt it was something special and a place where I was needed. We hope to start doing more community outreach functions in the future.”
The church started out meeting at Jenny Wiley Convention Center. Sunday after Sunday, members continued to come to church and have faith that God would provide them with a place to worship, grow and prosper. In December 2016, tyhe church moved into its first building, which is located at 1674 Water Gap Rd. in Prestonsburg.
Services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. For those unavailable to attend, RidgePoint broadcasts church services live on Facebook.
For more information about RidgePoint, visiting the church on Facebook @ridgepointchurchky, call (606) 949-1126 or email [email protected]
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.