Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice. This is the briefest and most succinct way we can define ourselves. However, if we have more time and a few more words we would say Orchard Ridge UCC is a member of the United Church of Christ. We consist of approximately 500 members from the Madison/Dane County area. We are a progressive congregation trying to make the Christian faith relevant in today’s world. We are deeply committed to social action, a vibrant worship life, and a ministry with children and youth. We welcome visitors and guests at all our functions.Our commitment is to walk together in the journey of faith. While a distinctly Christian congregation, we welcome theological inquiry, insights from other faiths, and those with serious questions and doubts. Seekers and doubters abound in our midst among guests and members alike.
We are an Open and Affirming church
Since 1993 we have been publicly open and affirming of all people regardless of age, race, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity and economic status.
We value children
We believe that children are spiritual beings who come to us as gifts from God. We seek to help them grow in their own faith, while being exposed to spiritual practices. We seek to nurture, support and challenge them through service, education, vocational discernment and exposure to different religious faiths.
We are a Sanctuary Church
In June 2017, we became a sanctuary church, offering our time, energy, financial resources and our building to qualifying undocumented residents as they seek to conclude their legal cases with the federal government. Please see our frequently asked questions on faith in action related to our status as a sanctuary church.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, ALL in-person activities of the church including Sunday worship have been moved to an on-line form or cancelled until further notice. Additionally, all staff are primarily working from home but are available by appointment, phone, text, or email. Voice messages are being checked regularly, so please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, feedback, ideas, or needs.
If you know someone who has not shared their email with the church but would like to be included on these communications, please encourage them to contact Julie at Office@orucc.org and we will add your email to our database.
If you know of someone who may not see this or a future update because they are not connected electronically, PLEASE SHARE THE INFORMATION. It is better for someone to get the notice multiple times than not at all..
- TUESDAYS we will send out a general update on anything that has changed and what to look forward to that week
- THURSDAYS we will send out the traditional E-post with announcements of things happening in the church and across the broader community.
- SATURDAYS we will send out a worship resource that you can use at home. This will evolve over time as we get better skilled and listen to your feedback.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office or one of the pastors. Blessings and peace to all – stay well and stay safe.
10:00 a.m. – Worship
11:00 a.m. – Fellowship
We feature different music groups each week. We feature sermons in the progressive tradition of Christianity and music from a variety of traditions and genres.
Nursery care available.
Wheelchair accessible, hearing-assist devices, and large print bulletins available.