Finding your place

We know that it can be overwhelming to figure out a way to get plugged into a faith community. To help you know what to expect, we divvy up our adult opportunities into three experiences: Core Small Groups, Seasonal Classes, and Affinity Experiences (to understand these distinctions click here.) Ready for the next step?  Check out the opportunities below. If you need help, please give Rev. Tania Dozeman a call at 616-681-3524 or send her a message. 

Wnter Term Opportunities

  • Core Group: Becoming

    • Open to young adults ages 18-22
    • Meets every Friday from 3-4 pm February-April in various locations in Holland

    After high school, what comes next? Who is God calling you to be? How can faith act as a force of becoming and formation? Becoming is a group that is looking for answers to these questions. If you are a college-aged young adult (18-22) and you want to learn how God is helping you become more and more like Christ, we welcome you to join us. To sign up or to contact the leader, click here!

  • Core Group: Pub Theology for Young Adults

    • Open to young adults 20-30
    • Meets Fridays from 7-8pm February through April in various Holland establishments

    Pub's have often been the safe place for philosophy, theology, and life-talk for ages. Bring your curiosity, questions, thoughts, and more to the nacho table or the potato skin booth at one of our local pubs and let's talk faith. This is a small group you don't want to miss! Click here to sign up!  

  • Core Group: Parents of Young Children

    • Open to all parents of young children during the month of January
    • Meets Sundays from 9:40-10:30am in E303N January 12-April 26

    Parenting is amazing and challenging (and a lot of in between)! Join this Core Group as we navigate joys as well as the frustrations together. Our conversations will be based on the message and questions from the prior week as well as the stuff of our lives. Click here to sign up!

  • Core Group: Men's Prayer Group

    • Open to all men during the month of January
    • meets every Tuesday morning 6:30-7:30am in M102 (the Lounge) year round

    This group is for men committed to growing in Christ who are willing to share openly about their lives and support others in the joys and challenges of life. We support each other during the week with prayers, texts, calls, or coming alongside one another in person. At the end of the meeting, each person has the opportunity to offer a prayer, but not everyone chooses to do so. Click here to sign up!

  • Seasonal Class: the enneagram Workshop: A Path to understanding yourself

    • Open to all adults
    • Meets 8:55-11:55 am March 14 and 21 in the Lounge
    The Enneagram is an ancient way of learning about our humanness and a pathway to growing close to God. Understanding the Enneagram opens the door for psychological and spiritual growth. The format of the workshop will contain input from personal quiet time and interaction with others. Sister Ann Walters, OP and Kim Bartz, MSW of the Dominican Center at Marywood in Grand Rapids will be teaching the class. For more details and to sign up, please click here
  • Seasonal Class: Speak Life

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets 9:40-10:30 on Sunday mornings February 2-April 26 in B104

    "Speak Life" is based on the Toby Mac song of the same name. The class will use a variety of music, spoken word video, and scripture to talk about how we can "speak life" into the world and be a positive force for change, while growing spiritually. We will not just focus on "how to be nice", but rather we will explore our personal witness, testimony, and message to the world so that we are better able to speak life to those around us. Please click here to sign up or to contact the leader. 

  • Seasonal Class: What is the least I need to Believe and still be a christian?

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets 9:40-10:30 on Sunday mornings February 2-March 29 in B106
    Everyone has questions about faith. Join this class as they explore the book "What Is The Least I Need To Know And Still Be A Christian, by author and UMC clergy Rev. Martin Thieren.  This book will also be used in the March and April Sermon series of the same name. Some of the questions this class and book include are: What matters most? Where is God? What brings fulfillment? What about suffering? And is there hope? To sign up or to contact the leader please click here.
  • SEasonal Class: FaithLinks

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets Sunday mornings 9:40-10:30  January-April in Room B105

    This discussion based group uses the current events-based FaithLink publication that is distributed to the group members every week. Participants take turns leading the discussion. Please click here to sign up to be a part of this class.

  • Seasonal Class: A progressive look at the new testament

    • Open to new participants
    • Sunday evenings, February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15. We will each bring a brown bag meal and eat together from 5:30-6:00 pm. We will then watch the video lectures and discuss them, ending by 7:30 pm.
    • Meets in M102 (the Lounge) 

    In a series of video lectures Professor Bart D. Ehrman develops a carefully reasoned understanding of the New Testament-and the individuals and communities who created its texts. Professor Ehrman's approach is as a historian, and the course "suspends" belief or disbelief to understand how, when, why, and by whom the New Testament was written. He explains in detail the light that historical research brings to the texts. He also reviews key texts omitted from the New Testament. Please click here to sign up. 

  • SEasonal Class: Monday Morning Faith Study

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets Monday mornings 9:30-11am January-May in M102 (the Lounge)

    This is a time of community, prayer and learning with Rev. Brad.  The topics covered will be varied, but each week will bring new insights for today.  Anyone is welcome to join the group. Please click here to sign up. 

  • Seasonal Class: The Grace of les MIserables Lenten Study

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets Monday evenings 7-8:30pm February 24-March 30 in B106
    • Join us in pondering the themes of justice, poverty, freedom, and love in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Whether you have seen the movie, gone to the show, or heard the music, join us as we explore the powerful themes of grace in this story. We will be using UMC clergy person Rev. Matt Rawle's book The Grace of Les Miserables as he invites us to explore the intersection of church and pop culture. Participants can obtain an ebook copy for free on Herrick Public Library's app Hoopla or it can be purchased from To sign up or to contact the leader click here.
  • SEasonal Class: Monday Night Group

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets Monday nights from 7-8:30pm from January 13-May 11 in the M102 (the Lounge)

    The Monday night group includes men and women, ages 30's through 80's. They study various subjects, some about people in the Bible, some about beliefs. This winter they are looking at Phillip Yancey's book What's So Amazing About Grace? Please click here to sign up or to contact one of the leaders.

  • Seasonal Class:  Faith Based Fitness Class through revelation Wellness

    • Open to all women, just bring your mat and water
    • $5 donation suggested
    • Meets Wednesdays at 9:15-10am January through April in Fellowship Hall

    Women of all fitness levels are invited to participate in a FUN, faith-based fitness class. While your body gets a workout, you will be encouraged through God's Word. Please click here to sign up or to contact the leader.

  • Affinity Experience: Peace with Justice Group

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets the first Monday of every month 11:30am-1pm
    • Bring your own sack lunch along

    Through education, community outreach, advocacy, and service, we currently focus on issues related to racism, sexual identity and gender orientation, and affordable housing.  From time to time, we may add to or revise the topics we work on.  We take turns leading the monthly meetings. We meet year-round and welcome all to join us.  To sign up or to contact the leader for more information, please click here.

  • Affinity Experience: Seniors on the go

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets the first Thursday every other month

    Seniors on the Go is a fellowship group for all seniors to experience fun times with each other! We may take the church bus on excursions, have a speaker come in (with refreshments), or combine with other groups. All men and women are invited!  We offer trips, programs, and cultural events for both men and women. We offer a close fellowship with one another while having a lot of fun and laughs!!! For more information please contact Nelda McCrocklin at or 616-994-6381. 

  • affinity Experience: crafts and Laughs

    • Open to all crafters
    • Meets on Monday February 3 and March 9 from 1-3 PM in Fellowship Hall
    We are crafty ladies that work on individual projects such as knitting, felting, painting, quilting, and sewing. Anything goes.... together time for fellowship with a few laughs too!! Please click here to sign up or to contact the leader.
  • Affinity experience: Crafting Fellowship

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets the 3rd Friday of each month year round, 7-10 PM at the Piesko home

    This is a group for people that enjoy scrap booking their memories, or simply enjoy making crafty items with other crafty people. Bring whatever you want to work on and enjoy some fellowship time. Please click here to sign up or contact the leader. 

  • United Methodist Women

    United Methodist Women is an organization that provides an opportunity for women of all ages to come together for friendship, fellowship and mission work. For more information contact Nelda McCrocklin at or 616-994-6381.

  • january freeze class: volunteering with vulnerable populations

    • Open to all adults to join in the month of January
    • Meets Sundays, 9:30-10:30am, January 12-February 2

    Poverty is a complex issue, so the staff at Good Samaritan Ministries is continually studying the causes of poverty, its effects on individuals, families and the community, and learning about the best practices for finding solutions to poverty.  Lotefa Bartlett de Villareal from Good Sam will lead us through a discussion of barriers to overcoming poverty, and help class members identify how their experiences shape the ways in which they serve others.  Open to persons already serving in such ministries or those who are interested in learning more. Click here to sign up for this class.