Women's Book Club: PM Edition
Looking for a bit of connection with other women and the opportunity to talk candidly about your experience of God and faith during this crazy season?
Bringing Baby Home
Calling all first-time parents or soon-to-be parents: come build the skills and community you need to help you cope successfully with the normal stressors of growing your family. The Bringing Baby Home program [based on the research of John Gottman] will help you strengthen your relationship with your partner, and help nurture your child’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. Each week we will focus on a specific concept or skill which you can apply throughout the week, and then we will come back together to share our successes and challenges in real life.
How to Read the Bible
The Bible can bring confusion, apathy, and encouragement [sometimes in the same sitting!]. Wherever you find yourself in relationship to the Bible, we’ll spend a few weeks listening to/watching various interviews and videos that help us more honestly and meaningfully engage with the text and decipher what exactly is this strange collection of stories and writings. Some of our virtual guides will include The Bible Project, Marty Solomon, and others.
Join us for four weeks of prayer practices. We’ll spend some time learning the contours and background of a practice, and then we’ll put it into action. A great accompaniment to your Lenten journey!
Parenting with Purpose
Parenting takes intentionality. And a village. So let's be intentional together. With the many challenges of parenting, demands for your family’s time, along with the mystery and beauty of shaping a human being, it can be easy to get caught up in the mundane or immediate day-to-day tasks of life. Join us as we hit pause and set up some priorities and practices to live a life of purpose for your family and the world.
Jesus and John Wayne Book Club
Have you noticed the ways that politics and religion are interwoven, for good and for ill? Come explore the interconnected history of Christianity and politics, and what that has to do with your life and faith in today’s context. Our catalyst will be Kristin Kobes Du Mez’ book Jesus and John Wayne.
Hard Texts of the Bible [+ Hard Spots of Life]
Let’s face it. The Bible has a number of really troubling sections. Sometimes the scenarios and words can make us wonder who or where God really is in the midst of it all. Which may resonate with your everyday life in this season as well. Join us as we seek deeper understanding of some troubling biblical texts and themes, and how they can inform our connection with God through the valleys and mountains of real life.
If you are a crafter, interested in spiritual connection with God, and care for others, this one’s for you! For each session, you’ll come and pick up materials at Mars Hill in advance, then we’ll spend time together over Zoom creating a project that is tied to the spiritual journey, and then you’re invited to share one with a friend or neighbor. No experience or skill necessary.
Community + Cocktails: A Gathering for Single People, Age 25 - 40ish
Let’s be real: being single during a pandemic is no joke! For all sorts of reasons. So let’s hang out. Our host is a staff member who knows this all too well. Our catalyst for conversation will be a podcast, curated and listened to in advance. Each week you’ll be invited to try out a new cocktail [suggested recipes included, with or without alcohol]. Invite your people!
BE-ing the Church in Grand Rapids
Join us for 3 live dialogues with other local community leaders within our city. We’ll explore contexts such as multi-cultural church life, food access + equity, and business as ministry. The overall goal is to consider how our presence as a church community in Grand Rapids might be led by what God is already doing through other organizations. Our hope is also that each participant would come away with tangible next steps to engage based on one’s unique resources and life circumstances. Attendance at all 3 sessions is requested for maximum impact.
Ash Wednesday + Lent 101
Maybe you’ve heard about Ash Wednesday and Lent, but never fully understood or engaged in this season of the Church calendar in a more intentional way. This is your chance! Learn more about the history, practice, and potential impact on your life of faith through this two-session gathering.