Impacting Our World
God never calls Christians to simply build churches, get comfortable, and settle in for the long haul. Instead, the Bible tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son …”, and he calls us to love the world around us through loving service. With that in mind, here is a list of just a few of the ministries that we use to help us share God’s love with our community:
2nd House– we own a home near the church, and that home is used as transitional housing for families who just need a little help to get back on their feet.
Kids’ Hope is a mentoring ministry which connects our members with at-risk students in a local public school for one hour per week, giving us a chance to serve the student and their family.
Halloween Hospitality – each year at Halloween we invite our community to our church for hot beverages and donuts, with gifts for the children as well (and adults, too!).
Community service – we organize work groups to help out at local social service agencies, helping our members connect with the needs of the community.
Mission trips – every year we organize a week-long mission trip to a location outside of West Michigan, often involving Third-World countries.
At Second Reformed, we foster growth in our Christian faith through intentional fellowship in the Lord. One way that we do this is through setting specific goals each August around a particular "word of the Year" that is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. This year we have chosen "Pray" and we are in the midst of working to create a culture of prayer in the life and witness of the church. Prayer is a great gift from God through which we can converse with our Savior at any time and any where. In I John 5:14, God tells us, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." This year as a congregation, we will be using prayer as a tool to grow as Christians. "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ." (I Thessalonians 5: 16-18).