The former Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, Maryland, has embarked upon a process of becoming an organized URC church. Begun in 1998 as a church plant from the PCA church in Salisbury, Maryland, the church began talking with The Church Planting Committee of Classis Eastern US in January 2015. Last November the church asked Rev. Steve Arrick to be the one to lead them through this process.
Redeemer has always been a faithful witness to the Reformed faith in the town of Cambridge, which has a growing population of more than 12000. Cambridge is a Southern town, the home of Harriet Tubman and the birthplace of the civil rights movement of the 60s. It has an excellent manufacturing base, a growing appeal to tourists and retirees, and is in the process of revitalizing its historic downtown. As a "water town" it is know especially for crabs and other fresh catch taken straight from the Chesapeake. The church owns and maintains a church building and former parsonage, now an Education and Fellowship Building, which are next to each other on Mill St. in historic Cambridge.
Rev. Arrick, with his wife Kathy, began their labors at Redeemer last January of 2016, when Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church agreed to oversee this work. Rev. Arrick commuted twice a week (300 mile round trip) down to Cambridge from his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, until his wife finished her teaching commitment at the Christian school in Lancaster. They relocated to Cambridge in June, and already call it "home." Rev. Arrick received and accepted a formal call from Pomptom Plains Reformed Bible Church and was installed and commissioned as a Regional Home Missionary to serve in Cambridge on Sunday evening July 17, 2016 at Pompton Plains. Rev. Arrick notes that, "Redeemer has never been a large church, topping out at around 50 to 60 members over the years, but it has been financially self-sufficient and maintained a critical mass until only recently." Rev. Arrick believes that re-organizing with an eye to revitalizing in dependence on Lord is the best approach going forward.
The church has now devolved into a church plant, and is re-organizing itself as a URC church, but at the same time we are reintroducing ourselves to Cambridge and hope to attract new folks to come and look us over." Redeemer's work in Cambridge, amidst the myriad of Methodist churches, with some mainline and fundamentalist churches, is so unique that it stands out as a church that is serious about the Bible, worship, the gospel, and Christian living. "We believe that anyone looking for a nononsense biblical church will at least consider us," Arrick said. At the same time there is a significant evangelistic opportunity in Cambridge as more than 40% of the population identifies itself as unchurched.
Since January the church has seen good growth in its Sunday morning attendance, averaging 34, with a high of 56 and a low of 22. Five new families and two singles have joined the core group and come regularly. Giving has improved considerably. Redeemer's budget is met by internal giving and by the generous gifts of churches, individuals, and the Church Planting Fund of Classis Eastern US.
Rev. Arrick is always willing to hear from and/or meet with churches and individuals in order to make them more aware of the church and its ministry, to establish a prayer partnership, and to raise additional funds to meet budget. The church hopes to be self- sufficient through numerical growth and increased internal giving over the next few years. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (717)575-9246. Rev. Arrick hopes to see the church re-organize, grow spiritually and numerically, become an organized URC church, and then entrust this work to another URC man who has a burden for reaching all of the people in Cambridge with the gospel.
The church is located at 300 Mill St., Cambridge, MD 21613. Worship is at 10 am every Lord's Day with Sunday School at 11:30 am.
Visit us at: www.redeemerchurchcambridge.com or www.facebook.com/CambridgeRedeemer