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Young Adults

Who counts as a “young adult”?  We are pretty forgiving here: anyone 18 – 40ish, single or married, with or without kids.  After all, the intent of Christ Memorial’s “young adult” groups is not age-segregation but rather a purposeful invitation for engagement.  Young adults are certainly welcome and encouraged to participate in any “adult” classes or groups offered elsewhere in this booklet, but the following options are included specifically to make room for this age segment at Christ Memorial too.  Still more, all young adults are not only welcomed but encouraged to join the serving teams throughout the church as passion and gifts align, and finding friendship in those serving team.

To sign up for one of the offerings listed below, contact Lori at 616.796.3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org.

Looking for a community of people to do life with as you grow in thinking, loving, serving, and living like Jesus? Contact our Connections Coordinator Lynn White at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3362.

iConnect

Monthly, Second and Fourth Fridays (6:30 – 8:30 PM)
Meets September 14 ▪ Come when you can!
Facilitators:  Allie Fennema & Amy Mares
Youth Center

iConnect is a small group for singles, couples, males and females from ages 18 – 40 who are looking for a way to connect with others in the church.  Together we will begin to build a community while diving   into God’s Word and worshipping Him together.  This is a great opportunity for anyone who has  been wanting to get connected to the Christ Memorial family but has not been able to find a group they can truly connect with. For more information on iConnect, contact Allie Fennema at allief@christmemorial.org / 616.796.3370 or Lynn White at lynnw@christmemorial.org  / 616.796.3362.

The Colossian Way: Christian Practices for Polarized Times

Groups are offered on Wednesday evenings, Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings.
Limited to 12 participants per group
Advance registration required.  To join a group contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361

Colossians 1:17 says that “In Christ all things hold together.” What a profound claim!  As you may have noticed, there are many things that are pulling the Christian community apart – you might call them “hot topics,” subjects like origins (the faith and science conversation) or human sexuality (the LGBTQ conversation). Contrary to expecting these subjects only to bring harm to the Christian church, what if these “controversies” were actually an opportunity for discipleship and the development of virtue?

The Colossian Way is a small group series built on hope. Our hope is in Jesus Christ who holds all things together.  And our hope is that as His people we actually can behave like Him even while engaging difficult subjects. These issues are complex, and yet they are indeed an opportunity to put the fruit of the Spirit into practice – and the world so desperate needs to see us do it well.  This experience is not intended to “solve” the issue once and for all but even more importantly (1) to gather Christians together, (2) to practice loving God and neighbor while engaging difficult and important subjects, and (3) to witness the body of Christ being built up.

There are currently two Colossian Way “tracks” – Origins and Human Sexuality – with more topics in the pipeline. Each is a ten-week commitment to a group of about 10-12 people eager to learn and grow together, with God’s Word and God’s Spirit as our guide. We have trained leaders, excellent materials, engaging videos, and importantly, your stories.  Find more information at www.colossianforum.org.

Wednesday Opportunities:
(groups do not meet on November 21)

Human Sexuality  ▪ Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM) – child care available
Meets September 19 – November 28 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Jen Prince, Norma Hook & Ruth Evenhouse

Origins ▪ Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM) – child care available
Meets October 3 – December 12 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Jerry & Jody Colvin

Sunday Opportunities:

Origins ▪ Sunday mornings (10:15 – 11:45 AM)  (FULL – waiting list only in case of cancellations!) – child care available
Meets September 16 – November 18 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Nick DeVries & Brianne Roux

Human Sexuality  ▪ Sunday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meets September 16 – November 18 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Elissa Lappenga & Sheila Meiste

Origins ▪ Sunday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meets September 16 – November 18 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Katie Prins & Leon Meiste

Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings only:  Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.  (Sorry no child care on Sunday evenings.)

People of Purpose

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meets September 19 – December 12 (not meeting on November 21)
Contact:  Katie Prins
Facilitators:  Jeff Huisman, Ross Dieleman & guests
Room TBD

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 on Wednesday nights when children’s programming is available.

This semester, People of Purpose will host  Apprentice – a curriculum for Christlikeness for people who want to be and make disciples.  Come fall in love with the God Jesus knew, learn to put on the character of Christ, and become a person who shines God’s light in the world by extending grace and demonstrating love to a world that desperately needs both.  Bring your Bible and bring friends!

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Apples of Gold

Thursday evenings (6:00 – 9:00 PM)
Meets October 4 – November 15 (7 sessions)
Meets off-site in leader’s home

Apples of Gold is more than a women’s Bible study.  As you meet weekly, mature women mentor younger married women through:

  1. Topical Bible studies based on Titus 2:3-5
  2. Cooking demonstrations and the sharing of a meal
  3. Encouragement to be the woman God created you to be

Join other women in the Apples of Gold nurturing program and you’ll be blessed as you grow together in your love for God, your family, and others. (Participant cost: $15.00 (includes book and recipe binder).  If needed, scholarships are available.)

If you would be interested in being part of an Apples of Gold group or if you have an interest in being a mentor contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.

Limited to 12 participants.

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