Families at Ridley

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Families at Ridley

Partners

As the partner of a Ridley student, opportunities abound to take part in college life. Spouses can audit courses (subject to place availability), are welcome to attend the Pastoral Skills classes, and can get involved in many of the community social activities.

"The Prayer Weekend reminded me of one of the main reasons we chose Ridley over other theological colleges: the excellent provision for spouses. I haven’t been disappointed since I arrived." Andria Hutchings, wife of former ordinand Tom Hutchings

The centrepoint of our week as an extended community is our Community Eucharist on Thursday evenings. Spouses are welcome to join students every Thursday afternoon for tea before the service and for supper afterwards.

The community as a whole benefits enormously from partners being involved in many aspects of Ridley life, and we positively encourage you to take up as many of the opportunities available as take your interest and are possible within the routines of your own life.

Family life at Ridley

Spice: the Ridley Spouses Group

Spice is a group run by and for the spouses, partners, boyfriends and girlfriends of ordinands currently studying at Ridley Hall. It is made up of men and women of all ages, representing a variety of experiences and interests.

“The primary aim of Spice is to love, support and encourage each other on our journey alongside our partner ordinand at Ridley Hall. Everyone is welcome to participate in as little or as much as they would like.” SPICE Co-ordinator

Spice meets twice a week during term time. Monday evenings provide an opportunity to hear outside speakers on a range of topics, together with social space and time to pray together. Thursday morning meetings normally start with a time to chat over coffee before a Bible study and prayer. A crèche is provided for children under school age, staffed by voluntary Spice members on a rota basis.

Spice also runs a number of different interest groups through the year, which change according to the interests of current members. In the past these groups have included Supper Club, Book Club, Sew Make Bake (craft group) and Working Spice.

Children

We welcome and value children as an important part of the Ridley community. College Communion is every Thursday during term time. Children’s activities are provided on site during the service in the form of Ridley Teens, Ridley Kids and a crèche.

Once or twice a term, children join with their parents in an all-age worship service for the whole Ridley community at a local church.

For links to helpful information on schools in Cambridge, go to Living in Cambridge, where you can also find links to local activities for all the family.

Children hitching a ride in a staircase trolley