Prayer at MCC
MCC is a community committed to prayer. We are a people dedicated to praying, to growing in prayer, to loving God and loving people though prayer. We don’t believe prayer is magic, we don’t teach that a few special words said in a particular way automatically gets results. Neither do we believe prayer is a substitute for action.
We do believe that God meets people in prayer, that the Father listens to our words and to our hearts, and that he gives his grace and Holy Spirit to those who pray.
We believe there is real power in prayer and that it changes our lives.
Do You Need Prayer?
Sometimes prayer can’t wait. If now is one of those times please tell us how we can pray for you. All submissions are treated confidentially. Use this online prayer form
After Service Prayer
Every Sunday following our morning worship time MCC has people trained in prayer ready to come alongside you and pray. These individuals will listen, encourage, and pray for any matter you desire to share.
“There’s More” • January 25, join for an interactive prayer workshop at MCC. Learn more HERE
At MCC, we celebrate the unique image of God in every child; each is a work of art by the original Artist! We treasure the opportunity to grow alongside them, embracing their curiosity and honoring their contributions to our community. Our goal is for every child to grow up knowing that they are loved — deeply and unconditionally — by God.
Newborn – 3 yr – We offer an engaging, positive setting for infants and toddlers in a spacious room with books, rhythm instruments, a play kitchen, a slide, and lots of toys! Cared for by our skilled nursery volunteers, your kids will have tons of fun!
3 yr – Grade 2 – We use the Jesus Storybook Bible in our lessons with this group to highlight the pervasive love that God demonstrated through the life and redeeming work of Jesus Christ. Games, activities and crafts are chosen by our teachers as tangible illustrations for each week’s story. Our prayer time is very special, as the children come to understand how listening and communication strengthens their relationship with their Heavenly Father.
Grades 3 – 8 – Kids at this age are coming to a greater understanding of who they are and how they relate to the world around them. Our Bible Bistro mentors spend more time listening and asking questions than answering them, helping the kids realize the relevance of that day’s message to their lives.
Welcome to Student Ministry at MCC! Our Middle School Ministry is called MERGE. Our High School Ministry is called BRIDGE. Email us at [email protected] for more details.
Our world is fast-paced, ever changing, beautifully diverse, and sometimes tragically broken. We consider it a tremendous privilege to come alongside our Middle School and High School aged students in this world and walk with them on their journey of life and faith.
At MCC we hear students asking great questions. Questions like who am I? Who am I to others? Who am I to God?
At MCC we see students wanting justice, seeking to serve others, as well as looking for the experience of real friendship and community. Our commitment in Student Ministry is to help our students thrive in every way.
We intentionally reach out to all our students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every student is invited to encounter Jesus, to hear his message, and to experience his grace. We don’t pressure, we don’t push, but we do keep the Gospel front and center.
Faith is a journey and we desire that our students find what they need in order to grow as followers of Jesus. We recognize this is different from student to student. Some students are shaped by study, others through experiential activities, and still others through mentoring and small group encounters. We will be attentive to the particular needs of our students and work to help each one become more like Jesus.
We know relational is a bit of a buzzword but we still like it. We like it because to us relational means personal, real, connected, authentically human. We were created for relationship, relationship with the Triune God and relationship with one another. Student Ministry at MCC always seeks to build healthy community for all.
Life is busy. We have crowded calendars, overflowing inboxes, things to do and people to see. Somewhere in the traffic jam of everyday life we need to find God, we need to connect personally with God’s life-giving grace. At MCC Adult Ministry seeks to help busy people live in a refreshing, renewing, vital relationship with the Triune God. By blending community building, faith nurture, and service, we hope to create life giving experiences for those who participate in Adult Ministry. Check out the list below for what we have going on.
MCC is home to a growing number of young adults who have a vision for being together and growing together. Every Sunday after worship the group meets for food, conversation, study, or just fun! Contact us HERE
Growth Groups • View list of groups
At MCC, we call our small groups Growth groups because they provide one of the best opportunities to connect at Monroe Community Church and to grow deeper in our relationships with each other and with God. We are all at different stages in our lives, so there are now multiple opportunities to meet you right where you are at! Most groups meet every other week and will start the week of January 19. Find a group for you at Sign up Here
The beautiful thing about worship is that there are all kinds of ways to do it. So how does MCC Worship? We think the following words are helpful in describing our worship culture.
From the moment you walk in the door for worship at MCC we want you to feel welcome, safe, free to be yourself. There is no dress code at MCC, come as you are, everyone else does. We like to chat before worship but sitting quietly is just fine as well. We think an atmosphere of warm hospitality reflects the heart of God and is a great way to start worship.
After a welcome and perhaps an announcement or two we sing! Our Worship Team is great at drawing us into seeking God’s face together. If you listen closely you will notice that our opening time of singing presents the gospel each week. Expect songs that recognize God’s goodness and greatness, call us into humble confession, and remind us that Jesus saves!
We believe worship is a dialogue, a holy, mysterious, conversation with our Triune God. Prayer is one of the ways we speak to God in worship. We also extend the opportunity for worshippers to come forward and receive prayer following each worship service.
One of the ways God speaks to us in worship is through the Bible. We are routinely amazed and empowered by what we read in the Bible. Almost every service includes a time of reading and reflection on a Bible passage.
At MCC we gather at the Lord’s Table every week. We are broken people in need of grace. We believe that somehow by the mystery of the Holy Spirit, Christ is present with us in worship and at his table. This is why we come to church, to encounter Jesus.
We hope there is a tangible spirit of joy in worship at MCC. After all, it is the Good News of the Jesus that brings us together!
There is a place for you in worship at MCC.
The Justice Team has compiled information on the practice of simplicity. The Renovare website defines simplicity as “the inward reality of single-hearted focus upon God and his kingdom, which results in an outward lifestyle of modesty, openness, and unpretentiousness and which disciplines our hunger for status, glamour, and luxury.” We welcome you to explore simple living by clicking on one or more of the following headings: 1. Simplicity is a Matter of the Heart Above All Else 2. Simplicity in Daily Life 3. Simplicity as a Spiritual Discipline 4. Simplicity, Justice, and Creation Care
A Creation Care Team brings the MCC community opportunities for acting on our love for our one God-given home. In our building and at our gatherings we aspire to zero-waste with recycling and composting. With a new building in our future, we’re planning for maximum energy efficiency, including renewable sources. We host events to educate ourselves and the community on climate change, species and habitat loss, pollution, and the practical steps we can take to restore our beautiful, suffering planet.
Support for Local Organizations
New City Kids provides an after-school program for approximately 100 elementary and middle school children. Teen interns help with homework, offer an academic program that compliments children’s school curriculums, and give classes in the performing arts. In turn, each teen participates in life skills training, job training, and preparation for college. MCC members provide tutoring and supply materials used as incentives within the program. If you wish to become involved in this ministry, contact Bob Ritzema (910-261-1239).
Family Haven is a five-unit shelter for families experiencing homelessness in the Grand Rapids area. Families live in safe, private housing units; during their time in residency, staff address barriers leading to homelessness and assist with employment, transportation, and finding permanent housing. MCC members prepare meals for families in the shelter; these are frozen and distributed to families on an as-needed basis. Also, we help maintain the clothing pantry that supplies good-quality used clothing to residents. If you would like to prepare meals, donate clothing, or work in the clothing pantry, contact Jenna Lewis.
World Renew is the development, relief and disaster response, and justice arm of the Christian Reformed Church. Compelled by God’s deep passion for justice & mercy, it joins communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation. Many MCC members recently participated in a World Renew sponsored study to help people live justly in such areas of life as generosity, consumption, and relationships. To learn more about the study and about opportunities to donate or volunteer, consult the World Renew website.
Opportunities to discuss important issues of our time with church members and members of the community. Held regularly in the summer and occasionally through the rest of the year. Recent topics have included affordable housing, LGBTQI+ and the church, the environment, and race.