Groups

All "in person" gatherings are paused until further notice!

The group listed in the top section of this page is continuing to meet virtually using 

the online platform Zoom.  For the Zoom meeting invite, contact the person listed.

For more information, contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361.

New Group!  Women's Book Club

First Meeting: Thursday evening, June 18 (6:30 - 8:00 PM)

Facilitator: Janet Rodriguez

Online Zoom Meeting - contact Janet Rodriguez for meeting invite!

 

Are you tired of shallow faith? Do you long for something more in your relationship with God?  In his book Holy Spirit Here and Now author Trevor Hudson shares that "The Holy Spirit is deeply at work within you, right at this moment, wherever you are." Hudson, a beloved pastor and speaker, opens up in this book about his own struggles and joys in seeking to be more responsive to the Holy Spirit. . . and he invites you to open yourself to this gift of God, as well.

 

Summer days, a good Christian non-fiction book to read, and new friends to discuss the book with - does that sound like an inviting way to spend some time?  Then come join Christ Memorial’s new online Women’s Christian Nonfiction Book Club as we spend our first gathering discussing Trevor Hudson’s book, Holy Spirit Here and Now.

Interested participants are encouraged to order or download a copy of the book from their favorite online book seller allowing yourself time to read the book prior to the first book club “gathering” on Thursday, June 18 (6:30 – 8:00 PM). In our time together participants will have opportunity to informally share reactions, thoughts, life applications and wonderings that arose out of their reading of the book. If you are interested in participating, please sign up with Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org. 

 

This is Us ~ Adventures In Family

Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Coordinators:  Doug & Jane Finn, Ron & Sue Hemmeke, Jay & Jeanne Lindell, or Paul & Conni VandeBunte

Online Zoom Meeting - contact Tom Smith or Conni VandeBunte for meeting invite!

 

This group thinks, loves, and serves together. Thinking - learning to apply God's Word, His love, His grace in our families. Loving - each other, our families, our neighbors; fun, social events, and caring for one another through the joys and challenges of life. Serving - together in our community and our church. This group is meeting virtually for social connection on Sunday mornings via Zoom.

 

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Groups come in all shapes and sizes. Your group might be the group you sit with after church or the group that gathers at your house on Friday night. Together you laugh and cry, care and share, confide and confess, challenge and support, study and grow, pray and give - all expressions of thinking, loving, serving and living like Jesus. The time, place, and topic of a group may change, but the members are mostly consistent (hopefully with a few new faces here and there). 

  

In the pages that follow you'll see a sampling of groups that already exist here - Growth Communities, Connection Groups, and Support Groups, and Prayer Groups. You are welcome to dive into any of these groups.  There is also always the opportunity to gather and start a new group, welcoming in new people and using your gifts to serve and lead in it.

 

For assistance in starting a new group or for getting connected into a group

contact our Connections Coordinator, Lynn White, at lynnw@christmemorial.org

 

Don’t miss out – be part of a group . . .because life is better when lived together!

GROWTH COMMUNITIES

 

Growth Communities are groups that are larger and more formally established.  These are groups of 15-50 people who meet weekly for Bible study, discussion, fellowship, prayer, and service projects. Each group has a  teacher/facilitator, a care coordinator, and a mission coordinator. And each group is a recurring adventure into community, faith, and life - thinking, loving and serving like Jesus. Most groups meet regularly through the school year, and less regularly and more informally through the summer. All groups are open to new people joining in.  

 

Sunday Morning Growth Communities

Sunday Growth Communities begin in mid-September and meet through early-December during the fall session.

For the winter session most Sunday Growth Communities begin in early to mid-January and meet weekly through April.

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities

exist for children while parent or guardian attends Sunday morning Growth Communities.

Friends In Christ

Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Contact:  Judie Zylman

This group will resume in September.

 

Friends in Christ is not age specific and is made up of    both couples and singles. This group is highly devoted      to studying God’s Word through weekly Bible study.     (Bring your Bible when you come!) They also enjoy      times of fellowship in addition to their regular study time.

 

GAP (Gradually Aging People)

Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Contact:  Laurie Boer

This group will resume in September.

 

This group includes couples and singles ages 50-60 something. They meet following the first service and discuss the sermon as well as partake in food and fellowship.

Open Hearts, Open Hands (OHOH)

Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Contact:  Janet Rodriguez

This group will resume in September.

 

Despite differences in age, gender, marital status, life experiences, and length of involvement at Christ Memorial, this group is dedicated to living humble lives of service. OHOH uses  Scripture, the preached Word, prayer, and each other’s wise counsel to strengthen their walk with our Lord. Their trust, vulnerability, and genuine care for one another give this group a family feel.

Sunday Evening Growth Communities

Sunday Growth Communities begin in mid-September and meet through early-December during the fall session.

For the winter session most Sunday Growth Communities begin in early to mid-January and meet weekly through April.

Prime Time

Sunday evenings (5:45  - 7:00 PM)

Contact:  Paul & Nancy Vryhof

This group will resume in September.

 

A fun group of Christ - followers who study, serve, and pray together. This group of believers supports each    other in both good and bad times with their prayers,   cards and meals as they grow together in Christ’s love. Whether single or married, you are welcome to      join the group. Expect good food and good fellowship from this vibrant, caring, and joyful group!

Loving God, Loving People

(Based on the Greatest Commandment)

Sunday evenings (5:45 - 7:00 PM)

Contacts:  Bev & Mel Assink, Dave & Sally Hoekstra, David & Mary Wierenga, Bob & Marcia Gustavson

This group will resume in September.

 

Loving God, Loving People is a lively group of singles and couples who seek community and service. At the center of the group is spiritual growth, spending time getting to know each other, and walking the journey of life together.

Faith In Action

Sunday evenings (5:45 - 7:15 PM)

Contacts:  Rich Herbig & Sherrie Wolthuis

This group will resume in September.

 

This group’s main purpose is trying to put their faith, based on the study of Scripture, into action – both in their daily lives as individuals and as members of the church, our community, nation, and world. The group members are a mix of ages, couples, and singles. They enjoy fun, food, and fellowship during meetings and social events.

Wednesday Evening Growth community

Wednesday Growth Communities begin in mid-September and meet through early-December during the fall session.

For the winter session Wednesday Growth Communities begin in early to mid-January and meet weekly through April.

 

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities

exist for children while parent or guardian attends the Wednesday evening Growth Community.

Diners Club

Wednesday evenings (5:15 - 6:45 PM)

Contact:  Doris VanKooten

This group will resume in September.

 

Diners Club meets for dinner and a time of fellowship before Bible study / discussion. The group participants represent various ages and  backgrounds. Diners Club meets until 6:45 to honor their members who have choir rehearsal.

Connection Groups

Connection Groups are groups that gather around a specific purpose or mission. This mission may  be caring for hurting people, promoting the well being of our planet, or even seeking to create an environment where everyone feels connected in. These groups are meant to be  “one of a kind” – meeting the needs of people and participants. Connection Groups meet weekly, monthly, or as often as best serves their purposes. Feel free to  visit or join any of the groups listed below.

 

For more information or for help getting plugged in,

contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361.

Chemo Caps

Thursday afternoons (1:00 – 3:00 PM)

Meets April - May / September -  November and 

twice a month during the summer

Contacts:  Linda Carlson & Nancy Hardy

This group is currently not meeting.

 

This group meets together on a regular basis to                sew and distribute comfortable head coverings for         cancer patients.

Earthkeepers

Monthly, Second Monday (7:00 – 8:30 PM)

Meets year-round

Contacts:  Al VerSchure & Jen VerHelst

This group is currently not meeting.

 

Because the Lord treasures all of His creation, Earthkeepers is committed to its responsible care and restoration, both in our community and beyond.

Knitters/Hat Looming Group

Monday evenings (6:30 - 8:30 PM)

Meets year-round

Contact:  Ruby Kickert

This group is currently not meeting.

 

This group meets together on a regular basis to knit/loom hats for children and adults in need.

No More Barriers

Monthly, Third Thursday (9:30 - 11:30 AM)

Meets year-around

Contact:  Carole Aardsma

This group is currently not meeting.

 

You are invited to join the “No More Barriers” team.       This team seeks to provide inclusive opportunities       while fostering a sense of belonging for all persons living with disabilities and their families, so that they can fully participate in the life of our church. For more information, contact Rev. Carole Aardsma at 616.796.3355 or carolea@christmemorial.org.

Piecemakers Quilters

Tuesday mornings (9:00 AM - Noon)

Meets year-round

Contact:  Debbie Sanderson

This group is currently not meeting.

 

In this group women gather together for fellowship as they hand-stitch full-sized quilts they have been commissioned to complete as well as T-shirt and baby quilts. Proceeds from their work are donated to organizations helping women and children in    the greater Holland area. Newcomers are always welcome!

SUPPORT Groups

For more information on our support groups or to sign up,

contact Allie Fennema at 616-796-3367 or allief@christmemorial.org.

Women in Difficult Relationships One-on-One Confidential Meetings

Questions: Contact Lynn White at lynnw@christmemorial.org

Do you need someone to walk alongside you or someone you love in a difficult (possibly abusive) relationship?

Contact Chera at abusehelpandhope@gmail.com.

This opportunity is for women who are in or want to learn more about difficult relationships. We learn things such as what a healthy relationship consists of and what makes it cross the line into toxic or even abusive. One in three women in Christian circles experience abuse at some point in her lifetime, so we look carefully at the topic from  a biblical perspective. Along with practical education, you will find encouragement, prayer, support, and tools to help you deal with and heal from difficult relationships. It is very likely what you  or someone you know desperately needs is this information and support! Most wish they had known this information and received this type of support long ago! Chera Rizk, an 18-year abusive marriage survivor/thriver offers one-on-one confidential meetings.

P.A.U.L. (Prisoners, Abandoned, Unloved and Lonely) Support Group for Families with Incarcerated Loved Ones

Thursday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

Facilitators: Ana Cabrera & Shannon MacKay

This group is currently not meeting.

For information on corresponding with a prisoner, contact Ana Cabrera or Shannon MacKay.

We cannot control the words and actions of others, but we can control where we turn for comfort and support.   All are welcome to support these families.  Questions: Contact Ana Cabrera at 616.212.6572 or acabrera@arrow.com; or Shannon MacKay at 616.277.9064 or mackay7777@yahoo.com.

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Dementia Support Group

Monthly, Second Thursday (10:00 - 11:00 AM)
Contact: Melissa Langworthy, CMC Parish Nurse 

Facilitator: Alyssa Langejans, Evergreen Commons, Caregiver Support Coordinator 

This group is currently not meeting.

Do you love and/or care for someone with dementia?  

If so, please join us!

 

What is this group all about?

 

  • It is a safe, supportive, confidential environment for sharing feelings, and developing coping skills in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

 

  • It is an opportunity to talk and share with other caregivers who are going through, or have gone through the same experiences, assuring you that you are not alone.

 

  • It is a place to learn coping skills, saving you much “trial and error.”

 

  • It provides encouragement to maintain personal, emotional, physical and spiritual health.

 

For more information, contact Melissa Langworthy at 616.796.3346 or melissal@christmemorial.org.

Healing Hearts -

The Hem of His Garment

Thursday evenings (6:30 - 8:30 PM)

Facilitator: Mary Lorence

This group is currently not meeting.

This group offers hope and healing to women who       have been wounded by their past. Tragedies and afflictions such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, abortion, rape, and catastrophic loss can be prisons        of pain and hopelessness. Healing Hearts provides a    safe place where women can openly share their pain    with other women, without fear of judgement or condemnation. Healing Hearts groups are small, and     are led by a Healing Hearts Certified Counselor. We will  be using the study material The Hem of His Garment.     Do you long to find true healing from past wounds?   Please join us! For more information, contact Mary at marylo@healinghearts.org or 616.836.4098.

Gift of Hope

Monthly, Second and Fourth Mondays (6:00 - 8:30 PM)

Meets year-round

Contact:  Carole Aardsma

This group is currently not meeting.

 

If you or a family member experiences mental illness     you are invited to be part of this mental health support group. This biblically-based group is founded on I Peter 1:3 and Philippians 2:1-2. Personal sharing and group encouragement along with speakers offer the gift of hope. For more information, contact Rev. Carole Aardsma at 616.796.3355 or carolea@christmemorial.org.

GriefShare

Monday evenings (6:30 - 8:30 PM)

Facilitators: Diane Smith, Barb Reilly, Wes Kiel

This group is currently not meeting.

 

Have you experienced the loss of someone close to     you, and are you walking the lonely road of grief?      Please join us! In this group, you’ll find a warm and caring environment offering you support and encouragement as you journey through your grief.

Narcotics Anonymous

Monthly, Third Friday

(7:30 - 8:30 PM)

Meets year-round

Contact:  Lynn White

This group is currently not meeting.

 

Whether you are struggling with an addiction or you know someone who does, you are welcome to come to our Narcotics Anonymous Open Meeting, the third Friday of every month. There is hope and there is another way to live! NA provides an  opportunity to listen and learn from the stories of those who are living into their recovery through the 12 steps as they express themselves at our meeting and other meetings in our community. Come and benefit from the support this group offers as we daily seek to embrace sobriety.  For more information contact Lynn at lynnw@christmemorial.org

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