As One West Michigan celebrates service, we want to honor churches that are striving to make their community a better place.
ADA BIBLE CHURCH
WHY SERVE LOCALLY?
It’s easy to get busy and stop noticing needs in our own community. We walk right past it every day too hurried and distracted. Or we think someone else is called to take care of it.
But Jesus called us too.
He called us all to be his hands and feet and that starts with serving those directly around us.
Giving Tables are a great way for families and individuals to support local ministry projects by purchasing needed items. Pick up a tag at the Giving Tables, purchase the item and bring the item back the next week. We do this several times a year and advertise in our bulletin, online and social media. This one act blesses so many near and far.
Ada Bible partners with a variety of local agencies to help provide physical and spiritual support in the greater Grand Rapids area. From purchasing needed items to physically serving, we have local opportunities for you no matter your age, skills, experience or availability. Some projects are great for individuals and others for small groups.
BANNER OF CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH
To start off the spring season Banner of Christ Community Church chose to partake in service projects rather than have a Sunday morning worship time. This is called Banner Serves Weekend. They volunteered at the Crisis Pregnancy Center, a mobile home park, and the Renucci House. About 75 volunteers came out for this wonderful event.
Contact Mike at email@example.com for more information.
We will be starting an after school program for 3rd-5th graders on Thursdays from 3:00-6:00 in partnership with New City Neighbors, a ministry that was started at, and operates out of, 4th Reformed Church. The program will include homework help and tutoring as well as game time in our gym, a bible lesson and opportunities for special interest classes periodically. Lots of volunteers will be able to be used for this as we are looking to start with 15 kids and the grow over time to more kids, more grades and eventually more days.
For more information contact Marcus at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRIST MEMORIAL CHURCH
Local Engagement is a set of programs designed to join the local and global community in being the body of Christ.
The body of Christ has many parts. To be the whole body each part must be appreciated, valued,and given the space to be and do what God has called them to. Community Engagement seeks to bring all people as Christ followers together to live, work, and serve God.
Imagine feet that walk with the wounded, visit the imprisoned, go to the outcasts, find the forgotten, stand against injustice, carry the weak, and run to the lonely? Imagine voices that share the Gospel with the lost, counsel the confused, speak up for the voiceless, encourage the depressed, comfort the sick, and pray with the grieving?
We believe that as we are being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can transform our worlds in Jesus name by engaging our neighborhoods, communities, workplaces, and schools through mentoring, ministry partners, missional communities, and church multiplication.
KIDS HOPE USA
KIDS HOPE USA offers churches and schools a proven, award-winning model of mentoring. Christ Memorial has been a part of the KIDS HOPE USA ministry since 1995. Every week we have eighty-one caring adults enter Holland West School K-7 (right next door to us) to mentor their at-risk child for an hour. They spend time reading, talking, playing and listening to their KIDS HOPE child; thus living out the love of Jesus. Because when kids feel loved and valued, they are better able to learn, grow, and succeed.
Our KIDS HOPE USA program receives $3,000 in special funds from the Deacons for our “Second Time Around” scholarship to Camp Geneva and $1,000 to the KID’S HOPE USA national program for the start up and support of KIDS HOPE programs around the country.
Ministry Contact: Kari Brummel, Email: email@example.com
YoungLives is an international ministry of Young Life especially for teen moms and their babies. In Holland, we currently go in to Holland High, VR Tech, Wavecrest, and West Ottawa High School on a weekly basis to build relationships with the pregnant and parenting teen girls. Mentors: YoungLives teams up with mature Christian women to provide teen girls with timely encouragement, guidance and ongoing support. YoungLives Camp: Teen moms can attend a YoungLives camp with their children at one of Young Life’s camps. Set in beautiful surroundings and packed with adventure, young moms are given the opportunity to experience all the fun their peers do. YoungLives Club and Other Activities: Once a month, YoungLives club, which is held at Christ Memorial, provides a place for teen moms to come together to have fun, build friendships and hear a message about real life and God’s love. Food, activities, music and childcare are a part of every club meeting.
Ministry Contact: Anna Wehrmeyer, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnabas Ministries is passionately committed to reaching high risk youth and families with the message of freedom, hope, and healing in Jesus Christ. To create an environment where hurting youth and families can discover their value in Christ, grow in that knowledge, and pass that knowledge on to others. None of the youth or families served by Barnabas Ministries pays a fee for the help they receive. Even the books, Bibles, and discipleship materials are provided free of charge to those in need. Barnabas is very deliberate in refusing any funding that would limit our ability to provide Christ-honoring ministry. We are committed to praying with and for the people we serve, and to sharing salvation in Jesus as the key to true, lasting life change.
Ministry Contact: LoriJo Schepers, Email: email@example.com
ATLAS is a ministry designed to walk with people through difficult times while showing the way to relief, restoration, and redemption. Some people may be surprised how many individuals and families in our own community are dealing with very serious issues. Our phone rings multiple times a day with people desperate for help. Financial hardship, family problems, addictions and health issues are among the many circumstances that can pile up leaving a person feeling like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. Everything ATLAS does is built on Biblical principles and prayer. We share the gospel with our clients by showing them the unconditional love and grace of God.
Ministry Contact: Faith Avery, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CMC’S OPEN ARMS MINISTRY is a relational ministry that seeks to understand the situations of people in need and discern how best to move forward. We help connect them to resources within the body of Christ to help with personal assistance. We provide accountability, prayer and encouragement for them and their families by connecting them to church ministries and community partners.
Ministry Contact: Terri Caldwell, Email: email@example.com Phone: 616-796-3365
Many adults in our community and nation cannot read or struggle with their reading and writing skills. The R.E.A.D. Program (Reading Education for ADults) began in 2006 with one tutor and one student. Over the years, hundreds of students have been able to improve their literacy skills by working one-on-one with a tutor. Most sessions are once a week for 90 minutes at a time and public place that is convenient for both the tutor and the student. Most sessions are held here at the church, and all of our resource materials are kept in the church library.
Ministry Contact: Sherrie Wolthuis, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL EDUCATION MINISTRIES
Reaching out to a limited population of our city, with a varity of faith communities and multiple backgrounds. Every Thrusday at 3rd Reformed, we worship together 60 to 70 students of and thier teachers. Founded by CMC 40 years ago, we continue to minister and worship together to those with developmental disabilities and enriching the lives and hearts of our community.
Ministry Contact: Nancy Cook, Email: email@example.com
We help combat hunger in the community: providing healthy food to children over the weekend so they have a greater opportunity to succeed academically, emotionally, and physically. Hand2Hand began in October 2008 after a need was discovered in a local elementary school that children risked going hungry on the weekends because of financial strain. The founder of Hand2Hand, Cheri Honderd, attended Fair Haven Church and worked with the Principal of that particular school. A plan was implemented that would provide food to these children in a way that was confidential. Hand2Hand has expanded to other schools as churches have partnered with us. Each church follows the same guidelines and are responsible to raise their own volunteers to stuff backpacks, receive food donations, and bring the backpacks to the schools. Hand2Hand offers continued training and support for all of its church partners.
Ministry Contact: Cheri Honderd, Founder and Executive Director, Cheri@hand2handbackpack.org
HOLLAND YOUTH CONNECTION
Many of our youth today want meaningful work experience. ESCAPE Ministries partnered with the City of Holland to provide work opportunities for students with little or no experience. The Holland Youth Connection Summer Job Program is geared toward youth 14 to 17 years old. Our objectives for the program:
- To give youth the opportunity to gain work experience and develop useful and appropriate work behaviors.
- To provide beneficial services to the public and private organizations in our community.
- To help youth gain a sense of achievement and accomplishment with new found teamwork and work ethic.
Ministry Contact: Willie Watt, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
The After School Program is a partnership with Holland West School and Holland West parents after regular school hours. 1st-5th grade students come to CMC for snacks, activities, and homework time. The program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm-5:15pm. Volunteers are needed and welcomed! If you enjoy working with kids and want to engage in an active learning environment, send an inquiry to Johanna Mason. Please include your name, contact information, further questions you might have and level of interest.
Ministry Contact: Johanna Mason, Email: email@example.com
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity is a partnership, house building, home ownership, Christian ministry in the greater Holland area. It is based on the principle that all God’s people deserve a decent place to live and that our community is a better place when that occurs. We have been affiliated with Habitat International since 1990. Since then we have built or restored more than 125 homes, serving over 700 adults and children. We serve families in both Ottawa and Allegan Counties. In 2009, we began to turn more focus to the complete restoration of existing homes in view of the housing and banking crisis that left so many homes vacant. We have restored 8 homes to date with 2 waiting to begin.
Ministry Contact: Allison Meurer, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOOD SAMARITAN MINISTRIES
Our mission is to cultivate assets and mobilize faith-based and community partners to alleviate homelessness and poverty. NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS strengthens under-resourced neighborhoods through relationship- building and collaborative efforts of churches and community partners. AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONNECTIONS helps vulnerable individuals and families achieve housing and financial stability by providing effective programs while collaborating with churches and other community partners. CLEARINGHOUSE connects area churches with people in need to engage relationally in multiple ways. FAITH IN YOUTH equips faith-based organizations to provide connections between at-risk youth and caring communities.
Ministry Contact: Linda Jacobs, Email: email@example.com
HOLLAND RESCUE MISSION
OUR VISION The vision of Holland Rescue Mission is to lead people to changed lives in Christ. OUR MISSION We exist to glorify God by proclaiming and demonstrating His love through Christ-centered programs of excellence for the homeless and less fortunate.
Ministry Contact: Rachael Neal, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLLAND FREE HEALTH CLINIC
The Mission of the Holland Free Health Clinic is to express the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by facilitating access to health care for those in need in the Holland and Zeeland community with professional excellence and Christian integrity. Holland Free Health Clinic exists to meet the basic human need of health services for the poor and uninsured in our community. We are a Christian health ministry dedicated to providing free care to this vulnerable population.
Ministry Contact: Jeff Compagner, Email: email@example.com
BUEN PASTOR MINISTRIES
The Mission of Buen Pastor is to provide an early childhood program that incorporates a comprehensive, bilingual and multicultural educational program. Since 1989, Buen Pastor offers Migrant Head Start and Early Head Start to the families and is an extension of the Michigan Migrant Head Start (Telamon Corporation). Michigan Migrant Head Start and Early Head Start is dedicated to providing culturally sensitive quality services to eligible migrant families with children ages two weeks to five years old along with pregnant mothers in our Early Head Start Program.
Ministry Contact: Elvira Garcia, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW COMMUNITY 4TH REFORMED CHURCH
Breakfast with Baby is a program for mothers who are seven months pregnant until child is one year old. Parents receive breakfast and various needed baby items free of charge. Living in Community is a special time each week when families from our neighborhood and congregation join together over a meal and various age-appropriate classes (nursery through adult). We offer bilingual classes as well.
Feeding America is a monthly food distribution program that gives families fresh food.
Ministry Contact: Rev. Jonathon Brownson, Email: email@example.com
Founded in 2005 by a group of neighbors, still neighbor-led to become great neighbors together. We commit to listen to one another and collaborate with the people and strengths already within our neighborhood. We are excited to connect with anyone who has a passion for the core city of Holland. We take Christ’s call to love our neighbors quite literally. We believe relationships are the essence of community and presence is an essential part of being a good neighbor. Our service is not to those “in need”, but to the needs of everyone at all times. We at 3sixty believe the Spirit is at work and it is our privilege to serve Jesus Christ by seeking the spiritual, social, and physical well-being of our neighbors in the core city of Holland. Brian Wolthuis is a licensed builder, helped start three different businesses with missional intent, planted and pastored a house church for seven years. He is an Anglican priest, Director of 3-Sixty, serves on various boards and committees that work on housing and community development issues.
Ministry Contact: Brian Wolthuis, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“BE NICE” MINISTRY
Be Nice is a mental health awareness, bullying and suicide prevention initiative that focuses on school-wide change through simple, daily actions.” They have a curriculum that takes the students through stages to notice, invite, challenge and empower one another towards daily kindness.
Ministry Contact: Jeff Elhart, Email: email@example.com
COVENANT CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Where teams of volunteers who pick up donated, used furniture from people; we categorize it, store it, let local non-profits see our inventory; then we bring items to people in need all around the city, including refugees, ex-offenders, etc.
For more information contact Kurt at firstname.lastname@example.org
One Church Mission: Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Harbor Churches are committed to helping people find their way back to God through our broken and hurting world! We do this through global outreach, local missions, and church multiplication.
LOCAL MISSION PARTNERS
- Byron Community Ministries
- Mark and Rebecca Essenburg
- Starlite Shores
- Westown Jubilee Housing
- KidsHope USA
- Student Missions
- Mobile Food Pantry
- Servant’s Community Church
- The Other Way Ministries
Harbor youth week
Youth Week is a local mission trip and camp experience that began during the summer of 2012. It is a movement of West Michigan teenagers who bring the hope of Jesus to neighborhoods in our city. It is about action. It is more than a mission trip… it’s the start of living a missional life. This year we are expecting around 300 teenagers to join us as we serve in local food pantries, clean neighborhoods, and help build the kingdom of God in West Michigan.
The basic structure of Youth Week is quite simple, we spend half of the day serving the West Michigan area (mission) and the other half the day on location (camp). It is a time of intense friendship and fun, as students live, serve, and worship together, building bonds with each other, and with God, that leads to lasting life-change. In a nutshell, Youth Week is where summer camp and local mission trip collide! Youth Week is looking to equip and serve students as we, serve our community, pursuing justice in all of our environments.
Outside of time spent at worksites, students will spend time together on location, it’s where we worship, play and sleep. Youth Week is organized and led by staff and volunteers from Harbor Churches.
From June 24-29, 2018 students from all over West Michigan will come together to serve the surrounding community.
KENTWOOD COMMUNITY CHURCH
Helping Others: As a church family we look for ways to bless, serve and meet needs in the name of Jesus, both inside and outside the walls of our campuses. We accomplish this by engaging specific areas in which to care for our community and world.
Below are just a few of the ways we engage in caring for our community and world. We would love to serve you if you have a need, or assist you in finding how God may be calling you to engage with others.
ENGAGE IN CARE
- Community Assistance - email@example.com
- Card Ministry - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Celebrate Recovery - https://indd.adobe.com/view/d7a66a7b-79a0-4852-8b51-b3e7708512cf
- Counseling - https://indd.adobe.com/view/7f059132-7a76-4d34-944a-082d175a1afb
- DivorceCare - https://indd.adobe.com/view/51c4901c-2cc1-4ef4-9499-4099084abf0d
- Funeral Ministry - email@example.com
- GriefShare - https://indd.adobe.com/view/b968aefb-2acc-4e05-84f2-37dfa6f7d9c7
- HisAbility - https://indd.adobe.com/view/03685fca-b642-45fd-b355-c141f2da2600
- HOPE for Mental Health - https://indd.adobe.com/view/ee395a7b-d10d-4e3d-8dac-e92598f6a9f2
- Meal Ministry - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visitation Ministry - email@example.com
ENGAGE YOUR COMMUNITY
- Career Center - http://www.kentwoodcommunitychurch.com/?twocol=career-center
- Closet of Hope | resource for children of Foster, Adoptive and Safe Families - http://www.familiesofpromise.org/
- Families of Promise | Adoption, Safe Families & Foster Care - http://www.familiesofpromise.org/
- Woodfield Community Center - https://www.facebook.com/woodfieldcommunitycenter/
LIFELINE COMMUNITY CHURCH
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Aug 7th | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | 1926, 2396 Hillside Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Living Hope and Feyen Zylstra Electric co-sponsor and partner with the City of Walker, Police and Fire to put on National Night Out. There are giveaways, bounce houses, food, entertainment, games, police cars, firetruck and more. This is a free event and open to the community.
If you would like more information contact Pastor Jim Hogg at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
August is outreach month at New Hope Baptist. This includes two things:
God Bless Grand Rapids—August 12th New Hope Baptist will be meeting on Sunday morning at Rosa Park Circle. They will seek to engage the community, provide some water and games, and pray with others as they are led.
New Hope Night Out—August 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Volunteers from New Hope Baptist will gather to serve the surrounding community in different ways including park clean up and support of surrounding senior homes.
For more information contact Howard at email@example.com
ORCHARD HILL CHURCH
In Partnership with Cityfest:
Summer Servefest Saturdays
The second Saturday of the summer months, in preparation for Cityfest, OHC will be serving our local ministry partners by focusing on the 3 areas that One West Michigan has highlighted:
- June 9 @ 9am: Day of Engagement at the Center for Community Transformation in partnership with the ICCF
- July 14 @ 11am: Block party for staff and residents of America’s Best Value Inn and Suites
- August 11 @ 9am: Prep our Kids’ Hope school, Central Elementary School, for back to school
Other Local Missions:
Orchard Hill Christian Preschool and Child Care:
The Orchard Hill Christian Preschool and Child Care Center is a licensed day care, pre-kindergarten, and latch key program. Additionally, the Center is Nationally Accredited for early childhood programs by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Center’s ministry is recognized throughout our community as one of the best of its kind in the area.
Our goal is for each child to: Nurture each child’s relationship with God, have a positive experience outside the home, help each child learn to get along with others, develop a positive self-image and a feeling of success, develop self-expression through art, music and interaction, develop self-control by sharing and listening, develop responsibility, independence, and decision-making skills, improve verbal communication skills, help each child to develop increased gross and fine motor, early literacy, early math, early science, early social studies and technology skills through play and practice, and have fun!
Safe Families for Children:
When a crisis strikes, many people rely on relatives or friends for support, but some families have no safety net. Problems such as postpartum depression or unemployment can hit suddenly and be debilitating. Children may then be at risk of neglect or abuse without some kind of support for the family in crisis. Now, parents experiencing a temporary crisis can ask SFFC to find a Christian host family for their children (newborns through age 17) to stay with while the parents address the issues that led to their situation. There is no charge for SFFC. Volunteer Host Families are motivated by compassion and are not financially compensated.
Kids’ Hope USA:
Kids Hope USA builds life-changing relationships one at a time: One Child. One Hour. One School. One Church. Orchard Hill Church is blessed to partner with Central Elementary School, located right down the street from our building! At Central, there are many Kids Hope Children in search of mentors and prayer partners, and our congregation is able to step in a build relationships in these roles, for the glory of God and the enrichment of lives.
OUR MINISTRIES ARE LOCALLY CONNECTED
Pillar seeks to be a church for the city, and one way we live into that vision is in and through our relationships with ministries already doing good in Holland. Through connections on an individual, small group, and larger church level, Pillar works to build relationships and engagement with the people of our community. We love to come alongside and bless the way each ministry uniquely serves the city, as a part of our mission to reconcile divisions, raise up leaders, renew the church, and redeem the city. If you wonder how to get involved with doing good for the city of Holland, we would love to have you connect with us at Pillar.
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT
Pillar builds relationships with the city through local organizations in a number of ways, including time, donations, and personal connection. Some in particular we love working with are Community Action House, Ready for School, Renew Therapeutic Riding Center, Good Samaritan Ministries, Climate Witness Project, My House Ministry, Kids Food Basket, and Benjamin's Hope.
Tulip Time happens every May. It is a celebration that happens in Holland, Michigan celebrating our Dutch heritage and history! At Pillar, we love to tell stories. One of the stories Pillar loves to tell is its origin story, which is our story of how we began and became who we are today. Like any good story, Pillar has a rich storyline full of twists and turns and even conflict. In the midst of our story, it is our prayer that people would get caught up in a much bigger story, God's story. During Tulip Time we offer tours at selected times and dates for people to come see our church, here our story, and learn more about the rich history of Pillar.
SUMMER CITY SERVE
On Saturday mornings from 9-12: June 23, July 21, August 18 Pillar is dedicated to serving our city. Sign up individually, with your family, or city group. Signups are in the back lobby with descriptions of the type of work that’s needed at each service site. We’ll meet in the morning at Pillar’s parking lot at 8:30 to pray together and then carpool to each site. Join us; it’s a great way to build community with one another and get to know ministry partners of Pillar! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help those in need in the Grand Rapids area by bringing in items to stock our Food Pantry shelves. Drop off items at Guest Services. See your weekly bulletin for a list of needs by month.
Contact: Tara at email@example.com
The Prison Ministry, led by Yago Williams, makes weekly efforts to reach the lost and hurting people in the prison system of Michigan. We minister the life-changing power of God through preaching the Word, sharing testimonies of God’s changing power, providing discipleship for former and current inmates, mentoring inmates, encouraging though music, and ministering to children of incarcerated parents through Angel Tree. Volunteers meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in Room 115. All are welcome!
Contact: Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 261-3753
POWER HOUSE INNER-CITY KIDS MINISTRY
Power House ministers to children in the inner city providing an exciting bible-based program for kids. This ministry takes volunteers outside the walls of the church and reaches directly into the communities around ResLife and into the lives of children who may never have felt the positive influence of Christ.
Contact: Jamar at email@example.com or (616) 261-3778
Street Light is an inner-city outreach with opportunities for ministry to adults and children including Bible study, a coffee house, hamburger night, and street evangelism. We have many opportunities for ministry. We’re looking for volunteers who have a heart for people.
CRADLES OF GRACE
A Support Group for Women
An extended care, pregnancy support center dedicated to inspiring life transformation through the love of Christ. Open to all single women who have chosen life for their unplanned pregnancy.
We provide community, friendships, and a place to worship. Mentors, Bible study, guided classes, and counsel on relationships, parenting, and adoption options. Our vision is that women in a relationship with Jesus Christ will make Godly choices. Cradles of Grace exists to facilitate the life options of women in an unplanned pregnancy. Child Care is available.
To join or volunteer contact Carol Lubs at (616) 540-9405 or visit CradlesofGrace.org
RIVER OF GOD CHURCH
GUTS TO SERVE
A group of students (high school and college/young adult) take a week to stay in Grand Rapids/West Michigan and serve the different areas, neighborhoods, organizations, and ministries. For more info contact Julie Braun at firstname.lastname@example.org