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
Our Life Groups are the core of our small group ministry at MCC. They meet September through May. This year we will be using the Live Justly study in our Life Groups. Contact us HERE
This summer MCC sponsored three learning events centered on the housing crisis in Grand Rapids. Join us September 16 following our morning worship service for a discussion on what we can do to make a difference. Pastor Jim Boer and Bob Ritzema will be providing us with a couple of ways in which MCC can potentially assist the underserved and precariously housed in the city. Everyone is welcome. There will be plenty of opportunity for dialogue. We hope to see you there!
Each week during the summer we have something going on! It might be a bike ride or pickleball, it might be worship in the park or a picnic, it might be a Game Day or a Movie Night.
New City Kids
At MCC we are eager to serve. We also think we serve best by coming alongside existing organizations rather than doing our own thing. MCC has formed a partnership with New City Kids in an effort to bring positive change to the life of our children.
Open 12 Step Meeting
Every Friday at 7 PM MCC is home to an open 12 step meeting. All are welcome.
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.