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Moms Helping Kids

Church groups host drive-through to help with needed children’s items like shoes and clothing

 Chestnut Ridge Church offers mothers support through its  MOPS  and  MOMSNext groups. MOPS stands for Mothers of Pre-Schoolers, while MOMSNext is geared toward mothers with kids from age 5 to high schoolers.

On Wednesday, organizers of the groups hosted  drive-throughs  — one in the morning and one in the afternoon — that included a table of donated children’s items, such as clothing and shoes. 

Participants were encouraged to drop off or pick up items  they were in need of. And, in line with COVID precautions, gloves were provided. Whatever was still there at 5 p.m. will be donated to a local foster care closet. 

Coffee, apple cider and donuts were also up for grabs. 

Typically, the two groups meet for large gatherings, but due to COVID-19, anyone interested can sign up to meet with small groups, either virtually or in-person.

And, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday,  the church will also have virtual and in-person options for its regular service. 

chestnut ridge reviewing some donations
MOPS members Gandee Barkley and Carmen Abreu look over some of the donated items.

 This is the first time The Ridge will  invite people to attend a service since March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To be able to open the church’s doors safely while keeping the health of guests and staff at the forefront, new guidelines and procedures will be implemented.

These include, but are not limited to: 

  •  There will be a limited capacity of 500 in the auditorium. Every other row will be closed, and each person or group is asked to leave two seats between the next person or group.
  • Face masks will be required for anyone 9 years of age and older.
  • The lobby will be closed to help promote social distancing.
  • Ridge Kids and Ridge Students programming will not be available at this time.
  • Enhanced sanitization efforts and cleaning procedures are being administered throughout the building.

To stay informed on the latest updates and information on our reopening, visit

You’ll find guidelines, FAQs, and what to expect when you return to The Ridge.

The church will continue to stream its services online at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. The services are available on The Ridge app, Facebook, YouTube and at You can also watch any service on-demand in the app and on the church’s website.

Those who are unable to wear a face covering, have a fever, are experiencing symptoms of an illness, or have preexisting health conditions that make you more susceptible to illnesses, are asked to enjoy the service online from the comfort of your home.

Chestnut Ridge Church is a non-denominational religious center on Cheat Road.


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