A Community of Believers
First Reformed Church in Grandville, MI is a community of people on a journey together seeking to be faithful in following Jesus Christ.
We believe worship should be joy-filled, using a variety of music. We believe in intellectual integrity; rightly dividing the Word of Truth. We acknowledge that no one has “arrived,” but that we journey together, caring for each other, holding each other up in prayer, and walking together through times of joy and sorrow.
We like to laugh. We like to eat. We like to meet new people. There are teaching and learning opportunities for every age. Check out our website for information galore! We welcome the opportunity to meet you!
Sunday, April 18, at 9:30AM
We are meeting in person on Sunday mornings!
The way that Joseph buried Jesus is instructive. Joseph brought a linen cloth, took the body down from the cross, and wrapped it in that cloth. He laid the body in the tomb, and then he rolled a huge stone in front of the door of the tomb. The women, watching at a distance, see where the body is laid. They see the manner in which Joseph prepares the body for the tomb and know that this is incomplete. In the Jewish burial custom, a body is lovingly washed and prepared, anointed with spices, for burial. But Joseph makes no preparation of the body. No anointing. Instead the corpse is quickly wrapped up in disheveled form and quickly, but decisively and forever, placed into the tomb. We sometimes think that the rush to bury Jesus was because of the start of the Sabbath, but I’m not so sure. It may have been more like “Out of sight, out of mind.”
What does this mean?
It means that for the entire first phase of our return (the first month) the facility would be used exclusively for worship, both FRC and La Casa. Staff could work during the week, but only be in the office areas. All non-worship gatherings would be postponed until further notice. We will keep this as fluid as possible with regular updates as we take our cue from the medical community regarding the virus spread in West Michigan.
This is the current list of guidelines being implemented for our worship time:
- Nursery will NOT be available. No “Children in Worship” program nor educational classes of any kind for the time being.
- NO COFFEE TIME OR FELLOWSHIP FOLLOWING WORSHIP.
- No friendship registers, hymnals or Bibles will be available.
- Offering collection baskets will be available in the Narthex only.
- Masks will be required to attend worship. Church will provide a mask if you forget yours. THIS WILL NOT BE OPTIONAL, SO BRING YOUR MASKS. Congregational singing and speaking will be eliminated for the time being.
- Elders will greet and direct you to your seats. You will not likely get your regular seat. Every other pew will be closed. We will seat from the front to the back (6 feet between family groups) and exit in the reverse order. You will be encouraged to sit immediately upon entering the church, and leave the building immediately after worship.
- No paper bulletins provided.
- Hand sanitizers will be available in abundance.
- .Only the Wilson Avenue doors will be open for entry (The Main Entrance and the Portico entrance which provides access to the elevator if needed).
- We will have overflow seating in the gym with a video feed if our numbers are larger than our restrictions in the sanctuary.
- The balcony will be closed.
This is really good news, in spite of the restrictions. Our guidelines will be fluid and updated regularly as we ease into this new normal. We think the above guidelines will be in place at least one month. If you are uncomfortable with returning on the January 24 date, please know that our service will be available live stream, and online as has always been the case.
Hope to see you on June 24!
Growing Young Together
We have teamed up with Fuller Youth Institute’s Growing Young team, which provides us with resources & tools to gather vital insights about First’s effectiveness with the youth in the Grandville community.
Through gathering insights and feedback from the entire congregation, we are working to grow together, with all generations represented, in Christ’s family.
This is an exciting time at First Reformed Church as we grow intergenerationally.
What gifts do you have? At First, there is a place for you to use those gifts and passions to further God’s Kingdom. In each of our ministries, you’ll have an opportunity to bless others and be blessed.