We think that Sunday gatherings are a big deal for followers of Jesus. We are also convinced that in order to really follow him well, Sundays are not enough. That’s why we encourage every adult to join a group that is committed to growing and going deeper.
Here are some ideas for how you could take that next step and plug into the community here at Vriesland.
Prophets and Pretenders (Class starting Wednesday, September 11)
The largest and often most confusing and misunderstood part of God's word. Who were the prophets and what was the spiritual and political climate that gave rise to the work God called them to do? This Bible study will examine both the major and minor prophets together with the political leaders and landscape that compelled them to speak 'the word of the Lord'!
Wednesday Nights from 6:45-8:00pm
Love and Truth Sunday Adult Education : What does the Bible have to say about disability? How do we love in the midst of the charged landscape of sexuality? Take time to dive into scripture to discover the churches response to disability and sexuality. The class will spend 4 weeks on disability and 5 weeks on faith, sexuality, and gender. Sunday’s at 10:45am-11:30am.
Community groups are smaller gatherings of 8-15 people that meet in homes, at restaurants, and in the church. Each group has a slightly different feel but all are committed to growing in community, studying the bible, praying together, and discovering how Jesus has called us to be his witnesses in this place. The time is typically relaxed and provides not only an avenue to connect to others in the church but also a great opportunity to grow in faith and life.
If you’re interested in finding out more or would like to join a community group contact Pastor Kevin.
Vriesland Tables - This is a local expression of the nation IF:Tables that have sprung up in church communities around the country. These "tables" provide space for a handful of women to gather for an evening over some good food and take the next step (or first step!) in sharing life together.
Women's Book Club - If you’re someone who loves to read, the only thing better than reading a great book is reading a great book with friends. The Women’s Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of every month in a different home for a time of conversation, community, and fun. Women of all ages are welcome. For more information contact Marge Petroelje at 616.688.5461.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study - Led by Pastor Blaine, we meet every Tuesday from 6:00-7:00am, in the Lobby of Vriesland. We're currently working our way through the book in the Bible Exodus, pausing along the way to follow plenty of rabbit trails! We are eager to welcome new members to come enjoy God’s word and community with other men.
Opportunities to Serve
We think it's pretty important that everyone find a ministry or mission that they're passionate about. God has created each one of us in his image to join him in the work he's doing in the world. So we want to help you find that place where your passion and the brokenness of the world intersect and equip you for that work.
Here are just a few examples of opportunities for mission that Vriesland partners are passionate about:
Kids Hope - A faith-based ministry that pairs church members with an elementary student from a local school. Vriesland is partnered with Adams Elementary. Kids Hope volunteers meet with the same student for one hour a week throughout the school year to build a relationship, help with schoolwork, and just have fun. Check out the Kids Hope website or contact Gayle at email@example.com to find out more.
Steadfast Community Growers: Planning for the future use of soil of Vriesland to harvest vegetables along with mentoring to the youth in the area during the planting and harvest.
Justice and Mercy Community Group: If you have a heart for serving those in need and advocating for the marginalized of our community, we hope you'll join us!
Special needs ministry that seeks to partner "with" impacted families and not simply do ministry "to" them.
A Neighborhood Ministry Team, which visits neighbors around Vriesland and welcomes them to the area.
Feed America Food Distribution: Once a month Vriesland Reformed Church and Third Church distributes up to 8000 lbs. of food to those in need in our area through the Feed America Program. The Deacons coordinate this program and there are opportunities each month to volunteer for this activity. Ordinarily the distribution takes place on the usually the fourth Saturday of each month.