Groups

Sign up to be part of an Adult Discipleship class or group HERE

 

Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361 for more information.

Groups come in all shapes and sizes. Yours might be the group you sit with after church or the one 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). 

  

Below you will see a sampling of groups that already exist at CMC and you are welcome to join at any time: growth communities, connection groups, support groups, and prayer groups. There is also 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 current 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!

 

 

YOUNG ADULT GROUP

Encounter

Monthly, first Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm

Contacts:  Hannah Wahmhoff and Jeremy Hoekstra

Fireside Cafe off of the Gathering Place

Encounter is a group of young adults in their 20's and 30's encouraging each other to live a life pursuing the Lord. This group of young adults is for singles and couples who want a close knit group of friends who can help encourage each other in their faith journey while also trying to figure out life! We meet the first Tuesday every month for dinner and a great time! Questions: Connect with Hannah at hannahw@christmemorial.org or Jeremy at jeremyh@christmemorial.org.

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 throughout the summer. All groups are open to new people joining in.

 

Sunday Morning Growth Communities

Sunday morning groups begin mid-September and meet through mid-December.

Child care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministries opportunities are

available for children while parents or guardians attend Sunday MORNING groups or classes.

Friends In Christ

Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45am

Contact:  Judie Zylman

Room 167 in the adult wing

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!) They also enjoy times of fellowship in addition to their regular study time.

 

Kevin Klok is currently leading Friends in Christ through a discussion titled, Finishing Well and Leaving a Family Legacy. The material is scripture-based and is helpful in providing guidance for practical applications in our lives.

GAP (Gradually Aging People)

Sunday mornings

Contact:  Laurie Boer

Green Room just inside Door D

This group includes couples and singles ages 50-60 something. They meet following the worship service for fellowship and to discuss the sermon.

This is Us ~ Adventures In Family

Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45am

​Contacts:  Doug and Jane Finn, Ron and Sue Hemmeke, Jeanne Lindell, Paul and Conni VandeBunte

Room 165-166 in the adult wing

 

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. 

 

Currently, This is Us is watching and discussing Dr. Les Parrott’s video-based study, Love Like That. Let’s be honest. How many times have you fallen short at being a good friend, a wise parent, or a self-giving spouse because you didn't love - truly love - at the highest level? It’s tough. We’re bound to fail. The bar is so high, especially if you aspire to love like Jesus. But it’s not impossible. In this Bible study, Dr. Les Parrott examines Jesus’s life and character traits to give practical definition to what it means to love like Jesus. The Holy Spirit invites us to trade detachment, exclusivity, judgment, fear, and self-concern for mindfulness, approachability, grace, boldness, and self-giving. He empowers us to love like Jesus, and frees us to experience genuine joy.

Sunday Evening Growth Communities

Sunday night groups begin in September and meet through mid-November or early-December.

Faith In Action

Monthly, second and fourth Sundays, 5:45-7:15pm

Begins September 26

Contacts:  Rich Herbig and Sherrie Wolthuis

Room 168-169 in the adult wing

 

This group’s focus is on studying and working to put their faith into action in our church, our community, our nation, and the world, seeking peace and justice for all.  This faith is based on the study of Jesus’ life and teachings as revealed in Scripture.  The group is a mix of singles and couples who also enjoy times of fellowship. Faith in Action is always open and welcoming to new people joining them. 

Loving God, Loving People

(Based on the Greatest Commandment)

Monthly, typically twice a month on Sundays, 5:45-7pm

Meeting September 19, October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, November 14 & 28, and December 12

Contacts:  Mel and Bev Assink, Mary Lou Bogema, Bob and Marcia Gustavson,

Dave and Sally Hoekstra, David and Mary Wierenga

Room 167 in the adult wing

 

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. New people are always welcome!

Prime Time

Sunday nights, 5:45-7pm

Meeting weekly September 19 - November 14

Contact:  Paul and Nancy Vryhof

Room 165-166 in the adult wing

 

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!

 

 

Mid-Week Growth Communities

Child care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministries opportunities are

available for children while parents or guardians attend a Wednesday EVENING group or class.

 

Diners Club

Wednesday nights, 5:15-6:45pm

Meets weekly September - early-December  (not meeting on November 24)

Contact:  Doris VanKooten

Room 167 in the adult wing

 

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. 

Truth Seekers - Wednesday Night Bible Study Group

Bible study for men and women

Wednesday nights, 6-7:30pm

Meets year-round

Facilitator:  Wayne Lazarock

Room 166 in the adult wing

 

If you are looking for a verse-by-verse study of the Bible, this group is for you! Utilizing John MacArthur’s Gospel of Matthew study guide, you’ll be digging deep into God’s Word as you explore Jesus’ miraculous birth, His response to the test of His kingliness, His miracles, His teachings, and His public ministry. The focus of this study and discussion group is not simply growing in knowledge, but in seeking to live out God’s Word in your daily walk and sharing what those life experiences look like with others. This group meets year-round and is continuously open to new people joining in at any time. For more information contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361.

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. 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.

 

Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361 for more information

Earthkeepers

Monthly, second Monday, 7-8:30pm

Meets year-round

Contacts:  Al VerSchure and Jen VerHelst

Room 166 in the Adult Wing

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

Click here for the Earthkeepers page.

Chemo Caps

Monthly, second and fourth Thursday, 1-3pm

Meets April - November

Contacts:  Linda Carlson and Nancy Hardy

Room 165-166 in the adult wing

 

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

Knitters/Hat Looming Group

Monday nights, 6:30-8:30pm

Meets year-round

Contact:  Ruby Kickert

Fireside Cafe off of the Gathering Place

 

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

Piecemakers Quilters

Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30am

Meets year-round

Contact:  Debbie Sanderson

Room 165-166 in the adult wing

 

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. 

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monthly, second Thursday, 3-4pm

Facilitator: Alyssa Langejans, Evergreen Commons Caregiver Support Coordinator

Green Room just inside Door D

 

The Dementia Care Giver Support group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 3-4pm in the Green Room, just inside Door D.  If you or someone you know has a love one/or care for someone with Dementia, please join us. For more information contact Melissa Langworthy at melissal@christmemorial.org or 796-3346.

 

  • October 14: Communication Tips - How to communicate with your loved one, introduce the diagnosis to your family and friends, and how to communicate with health providers.

  • November 11: Preparing for the Holidays - Ideas to help make the holidays and winter safe and less stressful.

  • December 9: Confident Care Giving - How to build resiliency and a confidence in caring for your loved one.

 

We are also offering the opportunity for individuals with specific concerns or needs to connect one-on-one with an Evergreen Commons Dementia Support Specialist. If you would like to be connected with a specialist, contact Melissa Langworthy using the contact information listed above.  She will connect you with an Evergreen Commons Dementia Support Specialist.

​GriefShare

Monday nights, 6:30pm

Meets September 13 - December 6

Facilitators:  Barb Reilly and Diane Smith

Room 169 in the adult wing

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 process. For more information contact care@christmemorial.org.

 

Gift of Hope

Monthly, second and fourth Mondays, 6-7:30pm

Meets year-round

Contact care@christmemorial.org

Green Room just inside Door D

If you, a family member or friend experiences mental illness, you are invited to be part of this mental health support group. This Bible-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. As a means of support and encouragement a number of speakers have been lined up to come and talk with the group. The Gift of Hope 2021 meeting schedule is as follows:

  • October 11             Cheryl Cnossen, MSW - Understanding Depression

  • October 25             Cheryl Cnossen, MSW - Useful coping Strategies

  • November 8           Regular Meeting

  • November 22         Regular Meeting

  • December 13         Christmas Gathering

  • December 27         No meeting on this date

The care team at Christ Memorial continues to provide pastoral support for people living with mental illness, their families, and their friends. For more information about the Gift of Hope group and/or if you plan to attend, contact care@christmemorial.org. For your benefit the Christ Memorial website also provides a comprehensive list of area mental health contacts and resources HERE. 

Healing Hearts - The Hem of His Garment

Facilitator: Mary Lorence

Healing Hearts is a group study of God’s Word that helps bring about healing for women who have suffered loss, sexual abuse, divorce, rape and other trauma. It provides a safe place where they can openly share their pain with other women without fear of judgement or condemnation. For more information or to sign up to be part of this group study, contact Mary Lorence at marylo@healinghearts.org or 836-4098. 

Journey on with Hope - Widow/Widower Support Group

“When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful” Romans 12:12.

Monthly, first and third Thursday, 6-7:30pm (in September also meeting on September 30)

Facilitator:  Heidi Gilcrest

Contact:  Melissa Langworthy

Prayer Room just off of the Fireside Cafe

 

This is a newly formed group that will focus on continued and ongoing support of widow/widowers during, through and beyond their grief. Together this group will support each other in prayer, study and discussion.  For more information, contact Melissa Langworthy at melissal@christmemorial.org or 796-3346.

Narcotics Anonymous

Wednesday Gathering: Weekly, 7-8pm

Friday Gathering:  Monthly, third Friday, 7-8:30pm

​Meets year-round

Contact:  Lynn White

Green Room just inside Door D

 

Whether you are struggling with an addiction or you know someone who does, you are welcome to attend either of our Narcotics Anonymous (NA) open meetings. There is hope and 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 Brandi at 218-6643 or Lynn at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 796-3362.

P.A.U.L. (Prisoners, Abandoned, Unloved and Lonely)

Support Group for Families with Incarcerated Loved Ones

Coordinator:  Ana Cabrera

The mission of P.A.U.L ministry (Prisoners. Abandoned. Unloved. Lonely) is to help transform the lives of men and women behind bars with keeping families and our community close to them during time of incarceration. Our community can give them a second chance and help them find true freedom in Christ.

We cannot control the words and actions of others, but we can control where we turn for comfort and support. We help with letter writing and support so that people can continue to see their loved one in prison. All are welcome to help to support these families.  If you would like to become a prisoner pen pal, sponsor a prisoner or for more information about the PAUL support group, contact Ana Cabrera at 212-6572 or paulsgroup595@gmail.com.