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Groups + Classes


Build relationships and grow deeper in your faith.

Groups

Life is better together. We host fun, friendly, and intentional gatherings meant to bring our community closer, foster relationships, and fuel us up for life’s journey. Find the group that’s right for you!

House Churches

House churches meet consistently from September through May, with natural on- and off-ramps built in over the summer. So while we expect that every group will take on its own personality and emphasis, the biggest common denominator you’ll see among house churches is an intentional commitment to a group of people within our community for a longer period of time than some of our other offerings.

Short Circles

  • 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.
  • Prayer Practices

    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.
  • Craft.Care.Share.

    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.
  • Common Interest

  • Men's Bible Study

    Men, join us on Wednesday nights to find community with men of all ages while growing in the knowledge of God. Each week we’ll spend time in prayer and small group discussion.
  • Torah Club

    Learn the Scriptures the way Jesus did by joining the oldest Bible study around. Explore the Torah [the first five books of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures] during this year-long class. Learn more at exploretorah.org.
  • Women's Bible Study

    This Women’s Bible Study offers women a safe and supportive environment to grow closer to Jesus through small group Bible study, prayer & fellowship.
  • Zumba

    Zumba is a fun, energetic dance fitness class that focuses on cardio, balance, muscle conditioning, and flexibility to help you get in shape.
  • Grand Rapids Running Group

    Come and join a group of gloriously amateur runners in our quest to avoid the post-pandemic body.
  • Support + Recovery

  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Is food a problem for you? Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you binge, purge, or restrict? Is your weight affecting your life? Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating.
  • Parents in The Closet

    The goal of this group, which is made up of people from various area churches, is to provide community and a safe place for parents of LGBTQ children to journey together.
  • AA

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who fight and recover from alcoholism by sharing their experience, strength, and hope with each other. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  • Adoption Support Group

    Whether you’re considering adoption, in the midst of “the wait”, or raising adopted children—you’re invited to participate in this community. It’s a safe place to share, hear stories, pray together, and find encouragement from those who understand. New attendees are always welcome.
  • Al-Anon

    This fellowship of relatives and friends of those with addictions comes together to share their experiences in order to gain strength and hope for themselves and their loved ones.
  • Classes

    Dig deep into focused areas of study with our team of specialized teachers.

    Discipleship

  • The Formation School

    A nine-month community-based experience that will equip and form adult Christians for a deeper encounter with the Triune God and lifelong, practice-based discipleship to Jesus for the sake of the world.
  • Race + Faith

    A 4-week experience exploring interactive content and biblical themes as a catalyst for honest conversation, deeper empathy, and tangible next steps as a follower of Jesus.
  • Growing Beyond Crisis

    If you have journeyed through divorce, relational disruption, unexpected loss or unmet expectations – our hope is for this course to equip you to move towards healing and even thriving.
  • Marriage

  • Pre-Marriage

    Are you engaged and seeking premarital counsel? Our 3-week Pre- Marriage Class will help guide you through topics including conflict resolution, communication, sexual intimacy, finances, and spiritual oneness.
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