“We rearranged our schedule:” Christmas Eve services at The Ridge will take place AFTER the Packers game

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GREENFIELD — The Green Bay Packers may face their toughest opponents yet on Saturday, December 24th — Christmas Eve — and we’re not talking about the rival Minnesota Vikings! Christmas Eve is a time when many attend church services, and one church is trying to accommodate fans.

Imagine planning for a big Christmas Eve service for months, only to find out your service would be going up against a very important Packers game!

Those at The Ridge Community Church said “no problem!” They’re making do.

The Ridge Community Church

The Ridge Community Church

“A buddy of mine said ‘hey, what are you guys going to do about the Packers?'” Mark Weigt, lead pastor at The Ridge Community Church said.

The Ridge Community Church

The Ridge Community Church

Mark Weigt

Mark Weigt

Everything changed when Pastor Weigt realized services would be going up against the green and gold!

“So we said, ‘we aren’t winning that battle,'” Weigt said.

As the Packers take on the Vikings Saturday in a game with playoff implications, services were set to be taking place at The Ridge, but plans were changed.

Sadie Bailey

Sadie Bailey

“We actually rearranged our entire 24th schedule around the Packers game,” Sadie Bailey, weekend services director at The Ridge Community Church said.

Services normally held all day will take place after the game on Saturday.

“We want to recognize where people are at. We don`t want to make it difficult for people to come to church and celebrate Christmas with us,” Bailey said.

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers watches action during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers 

They’re trying to make sure Christmas Eve is celebrated both on the field, and in their church.

“It might increase attendance if they win,” Weigt said.

The Ridge Community Church

The Ridge Community Church

“As families are gathered in their houses, they`ll be inclined to come out and celebrate with us,” Bailey said.

8 comments

  • What a joke

    Of course, have to make room for the more important focus of fake/play Christians: football… which takes a front seat to the many liberals and fake Christians that attend places like this (You won’t catch many real/saved Christians at a “church” like this). Many of these types of churches pander to liberals by cutting out anything of religious consequence (Such as actually reading the Bible) and focus on entertaining the masses with play-acting, concerts and other self-focus feel-good showmanship, completely lacking in any liturgical substance or spiritual value. Millennials favor churches like this over traditional denominations – so they work around their important “football” watching schedule and bolster their self-confidence in a feel-good “social club” atmosphere and not have to “worry” about anyone pointing out they are sinners that need to ask for forgiveness or anything that would be conceived as being “negative” in their own little circle of self-absorption. You are more likely to receive better liturgical enlightenment by stopping by your local office coffee shop than you would in a church like this.

    • Just a Suggestion

      I would try attending an actual service before judging a church based on a news story about them moving what is not even a regularly scheduled service. Christmas is a time when many people who are not otherwise open to attending church will consider it. It’s not like they rearranged their regular Sunday services to accommodate a football game.

      • What a joke

        I’m familiar enough with the church to know and have spoken with several people who attended this place. It also speaks volumes that they moved the service time to accommodate football, clearly showing that they have their priorities skewed.

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