Perhaps you’ve noticed: there are at least two ways in which we grow together as followers in Christ. The first is by taking classes (like many of the ones listed under “Classes, Programs and Events”). These are often meaningful and intense studies that have a clear start and finish line – and they play an important part in our life with God. But the other way we grow together is in groups. At CMC, we call these groups Life Groups, i.e. groups of people that you “do life with.” The time and place and topic of the group may change, but the members are mostly consistent (hopefully with a few new faces every once in a while). These groups exist because the best things in life are meant to be shared. And even when things are not so wonderful, life is still better when lived together because a load shared is a load halved. And so we seek and we form Life Groups.
Generally speaking, Life Groups do at least seven things together: they eat, play, share, grow, pray, serve, and invite. They may not do all of these things on one specific gathering, but all could and should be done over a semester’s worth of time together. Your Life Group might be the group you sit with after church or the group 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 serve. Whatever the specifics, your Life Group is the group with whom you eat cake in good times and hold hands in bad times.
Take a look at the following pages to see a few Life Groups that already exist at CMC. If you don’t already have one, then find one or start one because life is better when lived together!
Connection Groups are a sub-type of Life 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 engaging cultural conversations through a Christian lens. These groups are meant to be “one of a kind” – meeting the needs of people and participants. Groups meet weekly, monthly, or as often as best serves their purposes. Feel free to visit or join any of the groups listed below.
For more information on Connection Groups, contact Lori at email@example.com or 796.3361.
Monthly, Second Monday (7:00 – 8:30 PM)
Contact: Al VerSchure or Jeanne Nyhuis
Because the Lord treasures all of His creation, Earthkeepers is committed to its responsible care and restoration, both in our community and beyond.
Monday evenings (6:30 – 8:30 PM)
Contact: Brenda TerHorst
This group meets together on a regular basis to knit hats for children and adults in need
Serendipity Women’s Christian Fiction Book Club
Monthly, Second Monday (2:00 – 4:00 PM)
Contact: Karen Watson
Room 160 / 161
This women’s small group enjoys reading and discussing Christian fiction books together.
Thursday afternoons (1:00 – 3:30 PM)
Meets weekly April – May and September – December (with some summer dates)
Contact: Linda Carlson or Sharon Kleinheksel
Room 165 / 166
This group meets together on a regular basis to sew and distribute comfortable head coverings for cancer patients.
Tuesday mornings (9:00 – 11:30 AM)
Meets year-round ▪ Just show up!
Contact: Chris Hakewessell
Room 165 / 166
Women gather together for fellowship as they hand-stitch quilts that they have been asked to complete. Proceeds from their work are donated to help women and children of the Holland area. Newcomers are welcome!
Growth Communities are another sub-type of Life 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 one is a recurring adventure into community, faith, and life. Most groups meet regularly September – April and then take a different rhythm in the summer, meeting occassionally for social and serving events. All groups are open to new members.
For information or assistance in finding the right group, contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Morning Groups
Open Hearts, Open Hands (OHOH)
Contact: Alice Leonard
Despite differences in age, gender, marital status, life experiences, and length of membership at Christ Memorial, this group is dedicated to living humble lives of service. OHOH uses Scripture, the preached Word, and each other’s wise counsel to strengthen their walk with our Lord. Their trust, vulnerability, and genuine care for one another give this group a family feel.
GAP (Gradually Aging People)
Contact: Laurie Boer
This close-knit group includes couples and singles from 50-60 something. They enjoy lively Bible study discussions as well as food and fellowship.
Friends in Christ Bible Study
Contact: Judie Zylman
Friends in Christ is not age specific and is made of up of both couples and singles. This group is highly devoted to studying God’s word through weekly Bible study. They also enjoy times of fellowship in addition to their regular study time.
Families for Christ
Contact: Sue Hemmeke
This group learns from DVD presentations, the Bible, and each other, sharing in the joys and challenges of parenting. They discuss parenting and faith journey topics, pray together, and serve together in the community.
Sunday Evening Groups
Faith in Action
Contacts: Rich Herbig or Ron and Sherrie Wolthuis
This group’s main purpose is trying to put their faith, based on the study of Scripture, into action – both in their daily lives as individuals and as members of the church, our community, nation, and world. The group members are a mix of ages, couples, and singles. They enjoy fun, food, and fellowship during meetings and social events.
T2 (Transitioning Together)
Contact: Claire Boersma
A lively group of singles and couples who enjoy fellowship and food. At the center of the group is spiritual growth and walking the journey of life together. Round table discussions lead to deeper understanding of Scripture and each other. (This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, September/ October – April.)
Contact: Nancy Vryhof
A fun group of believers in Christ who study and pray together. This group supports each other in both good and bad times as they grow together in Christ’s love.
Wednesday Evening Groups
People of Purpose
Contacts: Andy and Katie Prins
This is a continuously open group of young adults and young parents committed to laughing often, loving well, and to thinking “Christianly” about life in God’s world. This group is always welcoming to new people and meets weekly on Wednesday nights, September – May, and then more informally during the summer months.
Contacts: Dot Holleman or Ruth Hofmeyer
Diner’s Club meets for dinner and a time of fellowship before Bible study / discussion. The group participants represent various ages and backgrounds. Diner’s Club meets until 6:45 to honor their members who have choir rehearsal.