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 twice a year (January and September) for new participants. 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 616-422-4316 or send her a message. email

Opportunities for you to join!


    Stories of Hope

    SUNDAYS AT 10 January 8-February 12

    Join Rev. LuAnne for this six-week course all about hope. Each week this group will explore a passage in the Gospel of Luke and discover how we can Hear, Observe, put into practice, and Encourage each other through the scriptures. All you need to bring is you, your Bible, and a desire to see what God has in store for you! Click here to register. 

  • Seasonal Class

    Current Events and Our Faith

    Sundays at 10 January 8-April 30

    Want to know how to interpret current events with your faith life? Join us for a lively discussion based on the weekly The Wired Word publication. This short publication covers current events and timely topics from a Christian perspective. Currently, the group meets in person and on Zoom (attend whichever way you feel more comfortable). We'd love to have you join us! Click here to sign up and to receive the discussion topics. 

  • SEasonal class

    Get The message

    Sundays at 10 am January 8-March 26

    Grab a cup of coffee and join Rev. Brad for this drop-in class to informally discuss the current sermon series. Got questions? Want to share a particular insight? This is the place for you. This group will meet in the Lounge and, weather permitting, in the courtyard. Click here to join this opportunity!

  • Seasonal Experience

    Church of the wild

    Sundays 2-3 pm Every Third Sunday of the month

    Love nature? We do too!  We are a small group of contemplative souls who desire to worship God in God's most beautiful cathedral: Creation. We see God revealing God's self in nature and care deeply about the natural world. 

    Sound good? Click here for the nitty-gritty details and to register. 

  • Core Group

    Team Monday

    Every other Monday 7-8:30pm January 8-April 17

    This Core group is designed for women needing a team! Join us for Team Monday as we support one another, discuss the prior Sunday's message and discussion questions, and pray for each other. If you need a place to belong and to explore your faith in a safe community, this is the place for you! To sign up, click here!

  • Seasonal Class

    Root To Rise Yoga

    Tuesdays at 5:30-6:30pm February 21-March 28

    Need something good for your spirit and your body? Join yoga instructor Rebecca Bishop for what one person describes as “It’s yoga but with worship and a little counseling.” New and experienced yogis are welcome! By signing up and paying for the full six weeks, you will be signed up for all of the classes (6 sessions for $48). All of the fees go to cover the cost of our instructor. If you would benefit from a scholarship for this opportunity, please reach out to Pastor Tania at We can't wait to see you and your yoga mat soon! Click here to register.

  • SEASONAL Class (lenten Study)

    Lent In Plain Sight

    Sundays at 10 February 26-April 9

    Join Rev. Tania this Lent as author Jill Duffield show us how God is at work in the ordinary: "ordinary people, ordinary objects, and ordinary grace." She says that through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation." We would love to have you be a part of this group as we explore how we can hear God's quiet voice in the mundane. Click here to register.

  • Seasonal Class (Lenten Study)

    Giving Our Hearts Away: Native American survival

    Tuesdays 7-8:30 pm February 21-March 28 Via Zoom

    This Lent, the Anti-Racism team at First, invites you to join us as we expand our knowledge and learn a critical piece of our American and church history from the Native American perspective. This class will be taught by Pastor Wava, the pastor at Northport Indian UMC in Northport, Michigan. (If you are unfamiliar with the history of Holland, Northport is where the Ottawa tribe moved to when their lives here in Holland became incompatible with the Dutch settlers). She will be using the resource UMC publication Giving Our Hearts Away: Native American Survival as our study guide (included in the registration fee). To register, click here.

  • Seasonal Class

    Grief Shares Support Group

    THURSDAYS 10-11:30 AM February 16-MAy 18

    When you lose a friend or family member through death, the ebb and flow of grief can be hard to manage alone. If you have experienced this loss (recently or not so recently), we welcome you to join this Grief Shares group to find support, practical information, and encouragement. During the thirteen weeks, each session will start with a short video from a grief and recovery expert, a group discussion with a focus, and a workbook for personal study and reflection throughout the week. The workbook will be provided for you at the first session. This group will be led by Rev. Tania, a certified licensed professional counselor.  To register click here.

  • Core Group

    Core over Coffee

    Thursdays 9:30-10:45 AM January 12-March 30

    Join Rev. LuAnne and this group of women for a cup of coffee and conversation centered in the prior Sunday's scripture and message. Come ready to discuss, share life, pray for one another, and to enjoy fellowship centered in faith. Click here to sign up!

  • Seasonal Experience

    Pub Theology

    Every other Thursday at 7 pm January 12-March 23

    Got Questions? Trying to figure out how to be a Christian in this complex world? Join Rev. Brad and a few other folks for a beverage and real talk about your very real life! Rev. Brad will let you know what establishment to meet him at via email. To register, click here.

  • Seasonal experince

    Second Sundays Social

    Every 2nd sunday afternoon of the month

    Parenting is an adventure and is better navigated together with a dose of fun and supportive people. Join this group of parents out and about engaging in activities together in the community with their families every 2nd Sunday of the month. To learn more and get updates on where the activities are happening 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.

  • Seasonal Experience

    Anti-Racism Pilgrimage to Detroit

    May 5-7, 2023

    Did you know that 5 Detroit Civil Rights Sites are listed in the National Register of Historic Places?  And guess what!  We will visit 3.  A Road Trip is in the works!  The Anti-Racism Committee invites you on a Pilgrimage to visit the Birwood Wall, the New Bethel Baptist Church, the Shrine of the Black Madonna, the Charles H. Wright Museum of Afro-American History, and the Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery on May 5-7, 2023. You can pick how much or how little of this pilgrimage you would like to do! Have a 1/2 day? Great, jump in on Saturday! Have the whole weekend? Great, join us for the whole thing! 
    Be sure to save the date and sign up for this learning and contemplative adventure for all ages.  You will be responsible for transportation (carpooling may be available), housing, and food costs. Options and cost savings will be available in January and sent to you when you sign up here.