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 find out more, click here. Ready for the next step?  Check out the ways to get started below. If you need help, please give Rev. Tania Dozeman a call at 616-681-3524 or send her a message. 

Fall Opportunities at First

the Fall registration period has closed. Please contact rev. Tania at to see about available spaces. Check back here in January for the winter term opportunities to grow your faith!

  • Core Group: Pub Theology for Young Adults

    • Open to young adults 23-35
    • Meets Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. October 1-December 10 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!  

  • Core Group: Parents of Young Children

    • Open to parents of young children
    • Meets Sundays from 9:40-10:30 in B104 from October  6-December 8

    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. 

  • Core Group: Tending your Heart's Desire

    • Open to all adults
    • Meets Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. October 1-December 10 in M102 (the Lounge).

    This Core Group is for those that wish to draw closer to the heart of God. In becoming a mutually supportive group, this group will reflect on the message and questions from the prior Sunday as well as experience a variety of ways to grow in their spiritual lives. 

  • Core Group: Creation and CAre

    • Open to all adults
    • Meets Sundays from 4-5 p.m. October 6-December 8 in B105 and weather permitting outdoors

    The Care and Creation group is for those folks who are desiring to fuse their love of God with small changes they can make in their everyday lives to help care for God's creation. On a weekly basis this group will discuss the weekly message and questions as well as find ways to support, encourage and pray for one another. 

  • Core Group: Around the table

    • Open to all adults
    • Meets Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. October 2 - December 11  in B106 (The Gathering Place)

    What could be better than a shared meal and real conversation in a caring setting? This group will share a simple potluck meal and have conversation about the message and scripture from the previous Sunday. Come, be filled up literally with this group! 

  • Core Group: Men's Prayer Group

    • Open to all men
    • meets every Tuesday morning 6:30-7:30 a.m. 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. 

  • SEasonal Class: God's Unwavering Love (God wants you back)

    • Open to new participants
    • meets Sunday mornings 9:40-10:30 from October 6 to December 8 in room B104.

    Using Timothy Keller's Prodigal God book combined with Henri Nouwen's book about the Prodigal Son, this class will explore God's unwavering love and forgiveness for you. 

  • SEasonal Class: FaithLinks

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets Sunday mornings 9:40-10:30 starting September 8 through May 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. 

  • Seasonal Class: A Blueprint of faith and the Book of John

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets Sundays from 9:40-10:30 October 6-December 8 in Room B106
  • Seasonal Class: Jesus and His Jewish Influences

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets Sundays from 5:30-7:30 PM October 6-November 24 in M106 (the Lounge) 

    • Please bring along a sack dinner

    For anyone interested in understanding the profound effect Jesus had on the world, it's important to realize that his actions and teaching didn't emerge from a vacuum. Rather, they were the product of a fascinating dialogue with -and reaction to- the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs. In fact early Judaism and Jesus are two subjects so inextricably linked that one cannot arrive at a true understanding of Jesus without understanding the time in which he lived and taught. 

  • SEasonal Class: Monday Morning Faith Study

    • Open to new participants
    • meets Monday mornings 9:30-11 September-May in M106 (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. 

  • Monday Musings Group

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets Mondays 1:2:30 PM September 9-May in B106

    This is a group that gathers to together to discuss faith books studies based on true life. 

  • SEasonal Class: Monday Night Group

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets Monday nights from 7-8:30 from September 7 through May 11 in the M102 (the Lounge)
    The Monday night group is a group of 10+ people including men and women, ages 30's through 80's. They study various subjects, some about people in the Bible, some about beliefs. 
  • Seasonal Class: Women's Spiritual Growth Group

    • Open to all women
    • Meets on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 PM starting October 1-December 3 in B104, B105, B106

    We are a supportive community of inter-generational women who recognize our longing to know God more.  Through mutual mentoring, we support one another as we grow in our spiritual lives.  We are always intentionally open and welcoming.  This fall we will be using the book Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey as the basis of our discussions, we work in both a large group and in small groups (the small groups stay the same).  

  • 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 9:15-10 a.m. starting October 2 through December 11 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. 

  • Seasonal Class: Book Club

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets the 2nd Monday of each month 6:30-8 PM September through May (minus December and January) in M106 (the Lounge)

    Book Club reads a pre-selected book each month. 

  • 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 Mondays from 1-3 PM September 9 to June in M106
    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!! 
  • Affinity experience: Crafting Fellowship

    • Open to new participants
    • Meets the 3rd Fridays of each month, starting September 20th, 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. 

  • Affinity Experience: Peace with Justice Group

    Through education, community outreach, service and advocacy, we focus on race, religion, national origin, sexual identity, and gender orientation. We welcome all to join us! For more information contact George Ward ator 616-786-4761.

  • 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. They meet every other month on the first Thursday. For more information contact Nelda McCrocklin at or 616-994-6381.