First Reformed Church members reach out, care for, and pray for those in the community. 

Church members are focused on reaching out with the practical and life-changing love of Jesus Christ to people in the greater Grandville and Grand Rapids area. We reach out to those that are struggling with social, physical, emotional, economic, and spiritual needs — First Reformed Church cares for, prays for, and looks for ways to serve others.

We regularly visit members who are confined to their homes. In addition, our Hospitality Council ensures that people, especially new members and visitors, feel welcome and become an active and integral part of the church.

Families Of Christ United In Spirit (FOCUS)

On Wednesday evenings, during the school year, we have a special program, called FOCUS, designed to develop relationships and friendships, as well as enjoy a meal together.

The casual atmosphere begins with an optional family meal together (5:30 – 6:15 pm) in the activity center, followed by classes and choirs/practice for children and adults. Classes focus on Biblical truths and developing a Christian lifestyle and rotate through various curriculums throughout the year. Always well attended, Wednesday night is a wonderful time to connect with community at First Church.

United Church Outreach Mission

First Reformed Church partners with United Church Outreach Mission to stock one of the largest food pantries in the area. Our volunteers store, assemble, and deliver food to Grandville and Wyoming families in need who have limited mobility or lack of transportation. A program well supported at First Reformed Church we are pleased to partner with the community!

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Food Pantry—Domestic Crisis Center

Each Thanksgiving, the congregation at First Reformed Church gathers hundred of items of food and/or household goods at our Thanksgiving Day Service for the Domestic Crisis Center (DSS) — a safe-haven for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Donations requested include: non-perishable food items, cleaning and paper products, diapers & wipes, over-the-counter adult cold medicines, personal care items, notebooks & pencils, and even gloves & mittens are needed!
We meet at church Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving, to load the church van and deliver the items to the DCC. This is a fabulous family community project and a blessing for all involved!

 

Thanksgiving and Christmas Partnership with United Church Outreach Mission

At Thanksgiving and Christmas, UCOM looks for individuals or groups who can provide food baskets to people in the Grandville area who need extra food during the holiday season. There is often a shortage during this time. A family address, phone number, and suggestions of food will be given to you. Then we ask you contact the family to arrange a time to drop off the gift basket. If interested, please contact the church office at 616-534-5465.

 

Disability/Special Needs Ministry

Angie Walker is currently the RCA advocate from our church for disabilities/special needs and she would like to form a team to develop this ministry further at our church. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry team, please contact Angie at angie@firstgrandville.org or call the church office at 616-534-5465.

Matthew’s House

There is a donation box, located under the mail slots at church, as Matthew’s House is in need of men’s underwear, men’s jeans, and women’s and men’s warm coats. Questions? Contact Joyce Bolthouse at 616-643-8223.

MomBreak

MomBreak is about celebrating motherhood, making connections with other moms, providing support and affirmation, and experiencing God’s love through relationships and resources. Meetings take place at the church on the first and third Friday of the month from 9:30 – 11:00 AM.

Family At Home

A ministry designed to stay in touch with members of our congregation who have difficulty getting out and would enjoy visits once a month, cards, phone calls. It is our Mission to keep the FAH members connected to their church family and to share Christ’ love. New FAH members are always welcome. Myrt Manders at 616-530-7675 or email jackmanders@comcast.net