You will find below some of the ways we actively serve each other and our community and you are WELCOME to participate. Call the church office for details, or some ministries have their own facebook page or website link.
For the last 20 plus years, First Church has hosted block parties.
Too often we live separated in our neighborhoods and communities. The block party is a place where you can meet your neighbors and have a ball. Activities change by year, but dunk tanks, trampolines, FOOD, horses, rides and games continually show up.
Everything is FREE, come and join the fun. Check out our church calendar for August
Kids Hope USA
Kids Hope USA is a school-based mentoring program that focuses on elementary-age children. Kids Hope mentors use one hour a week to build a relationship focused on the child's emotional, social and academic needs. The result: changes in attitude, behavior, and academic performance.
One child, one hour is the heart of Kids Hope USA. One caring adult mentoring for one hour each week can make a huge impact on a child. When kids feel like they belong, they are better able to learn, grow, and succeed.
First Reformed Church has been a part of this amazing ministry since 1997 and will continue to build caring relationships in the future. One child. One hour. One church. One school.
India, Mexico, Nicuraqua, Appalachia, Denver, are just a few of the places First Church teams have gone to make a difference.
Sometimes it’s housing rehab, sometimes it’s a soup kitchen, sometimes its mixing cement and sometimes it’s being a presence with the lower castes in India.
But our goal is the same. We wish to share Christ’s love in tangible ways.
We host several opportunities each year. Consider joining the team.
Embody Christ Fellowship
Embody Christ Fellowship is a church plant of First Reformed Church and meets on Sunday mornings at 10 am. They are located at 2014 South Shore Drive in Holland.
Kids join us for worship then when it’s time for the teaching, they head to their own class where they’ll learn in a more kid- oriented fashion (which, of course, we hope not to get too far away from as adults). We worship in a blended style which means we take some of the thoughtful songs from today and mix them with some thoughtful hymns from the past. Art and creativity are valued at Embody and we hope to free people to worship and learn in a variety of ways.
Our vision is to develop a worshiping community where we see: transformed lives, deeper followers of Jesus, healthier marriages, stronger families, service multiplied, transparent and authentic lives – lived in community, a sense of belonging for all people.
We are followers of Jesus Christ who are sent into the world to be the embodiment of Christ in the world, worshiping in spirit and truth, living life together in authenticity, eagerly serving the community, and intentionally crossing barriers from church.
Check out our Facebook page.
First Church has an active knitting ministry. Knitters (and crocheters too) can use their skills in two ways: the Healing Shawl ministry and the Mitten Tree. The healing shawls each take three skeins, supplied by donation or crafters can purchase their own. There is a standard pattern available or other patterns can be found in a book in the church library. Healing shawls are distributed to those who are hospitalized or home bound with illness.
For the Mitten Tree, mittens are knitted, then gathered throughout the year and displayed on a magnificent tree form for the holidays. The mittens are distributed around the area to those individuals and families in need.
Are you looking for a group for senior adults to connect with at First Church? Then FOREVER YOUNG is for you! We have some great activities scheduled and would love to have you join us! Pick up a brochure at the Information Post and watch the bulletin and the Chimes for sign up information.
This phone and email service helps First Reformed members and friends stay up to date on the prayer concerns of their brothers and sisters.
· Are you feeling alone?
· Are you feeling hopeless?
· Are you wondering if you can be forgiven of your sins?
· Are you curious about the Bible?
· Are you wondering if God loves you?
Then we invite you to come and give Alpha a try. (We do provide childcare & have children programs up to 5th grade.)
Alpha is a place where you can come as you are no need to be perfect! As a matter of fact, if you are perfect then this isn’t the place for you. This is a place to come and learn the basics of Christianity.
Alpha was started in 1977 and is still growing strong. The Alpha course seeks to presents the gospel message and biblical teachings through a series of talks and discussions. Many come to faith in Jesus Christ and some have been strengthened in their knowledge of God’s word taking Alpha This is an eleven -week program. The evening starts with a meal, followed by a Alpha talk, and then we break off into small groups. In small groups you can talk or sit and not say a word and just listen.
The Alpha Schedule: Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and class starts at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18th thorough Wednesday, December 4th. Call the church for more information.
More Ways that First Church Cares for one another
Here at First Church, we take the call to care for one another seriously. Jesus said, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34) There are many ways to show God’s love to others through our Care Ministry.
Intentional Care Groups- Groups that get together regularly and promise to care for each other.
Care Shepherds – People who encourage and pray for congregation members.
Calling Pastors – Pastors who extend care to our homebound members.
Meals, Rides, and Respite Care Ministries – Providing tangible help for people in a time of need.
Shalom – A mental health support group that meets every First and Third Wednesday from 7:15-8:45pm in room L13 (lower level). The purpose of the group is to offer care, support, and prayer as we seek to re-discover hope and live faithfully in the midst of challenging circumstances. All are welcome!