Finding your place

Looking to take the next step beyond worship? You are in the right place! To help you know what to expect, we divvy up our adult opportunities into two experiences: Core Small Groups and Seasonal Classes. Our Core Groups open three times a year (January, May and June) for new participants. Currently there are ten Core Groups at First. Want to know the differences between Core Groups and Seasonal Classes? Click here. Check out the open opportunities below and if you need help, please give Rev. Tania Dozeman a call at 616-681-3524 or send her a message. email

Opportunities for you to join now!

  • Seasonal Class

    Walking with the Word

    every Monday at 9 am by the Peace pole June 14-August 9

    Join us as we walk with the scripture for the upcoming message and discuss it's application to our lives! We will begin by the Peace Pole, read the text for the week with a little background information, then walk and talk our way through questions, and conclude with prayer back at the peace pole. You and comfy shoes are what is needed! Please plan on walking around 2 miles each session. Click here to register.  

  • Seasonal Class

    Water. Wednesdays. Women.

    Every other WEdnesday night at 7:30 June 16-august 25

    What could be better than a book at the beach? Join us at Holland State Park this summer in discussing Diana Butler Bass' new book Freeing Jesus. If you are a person that has felt that "Jesus has been constrained to a one size fits all box" you will not want to miss this opportunity. In Freeing Jesus, Bass helps us to explore the Jesus of the past, the now, and the future by looking at Jesus through the lens of Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence. Click here to sign up!

  • Seasonal Class

    Everything Happens for a reason and other lies i've Loved

    Sundays at 9:45 June 27-August 8 in the church courtyard

    Perhaps someone has told you "everything happens for a reason" or you have heard the statement, "God needed another angel" and you have thought, whoa that does not jive with what I believe about God! If so, you will not want to miss this class. Together, we will explore Kate Bowler insights on faith as she deals with her own mortality and uncertainty in a very humorous way. This is a perfect class for someone who is going through a similar experience or someone who would like to be equipped to helpful to anyone going through a crisis. Click here to find out more and to sign up.

  • Seasonal Class

    In It Together

    Thursday mornings at 9 July 1-August 12 the past year, we all have experienced so much grief and loss. Loss of people we love by death or dementia to the loss of jobs to even the loss of our sense of normal. If you have experienced a loss and desire to heal well, we invite you to join lifelong member, Jean Chamness Russner, a 20+year Limited License Psychologist as she helps us to understand the grief process. In addition to the learning component, through sharing and conversation, we can recognize that we are all in this together. This six-week experience will be limited to twelve participants and for everyone to get the fullest benefit, we ask that you make a concerted effort to be in attendance for all of the sessions. To sign up, click here. 

  • seasonal class

    Partners In MInistry Class

    sundays at 9:45 August 15, 22, and 29 in the church coutyard

    Desiring to become a partner in ministry with us at First? We are excited to have you! This class is open to anyone in our faith community interested in furthering their commitment beyond worship or wanting to know more about who we are and what we do at First.
    Those desiring to become members will be welcomed in September at one of our worship services. Classes are held in the church courtyard weather permitting or room B106. To find out more click here. 

  • United Methodist Women Circles

    Seeking a community of women striving to know God, developing a creative and supportive fellowship, and participate in mission through the global ministries of the UMC? We invite you to join one of our circles! Our three groups meet monthly. Hope (meets at noon), Joy (afternoon) and Faith (evening) look forward to meeting you! For more information please contact Nelda McCrocklin at or 616-994-6381.