House churches at Mars Hill provide an opportunity to intentionally build relationships with one another, to connect with God in a meaningful way, and to consider what it looks like to faithfully live out the way of Jesus in daily life. We will seek to do this through eating together, sharing our stories, engaging in honest conversations, digging into the biblical text, praying together, and participating in acts of compassion and service.
House churches are designed, in part, to help a big church seem small. So while we can’t promise that you’ll meet your “people”, we do hope that you might find some people who say “Me, Too.” People who you can journey with for a season. People who will cause you to think about things in a different way.
We also hope that in bringing other people near, you will sense that God feels nearer too. And that the nearness of both this little tribe as well as the presence of God will help bring you nearer to the needs and perspectives of those in the rest of our world.
House churches will 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.
2018-2019 OPEN HOUSE CHURCHES
OPEN TO ANYONE—KIDS WELCOME
DATES: 1st + 3rd Wednesdays
LOCATION: Group Leaders Home, Hudsonville
GROUP LEADER[S]: Jessica + Ryan Warblow
BIO: Hello, we are Jessica and Ryan Warblow, and we have 4 daughters. Our 3 oldest daughters are adopted from foster care and are adults. We even have a 4-year-old grandson, so I think that makes us some of the youngest grandparents ever! Our youngest is a toddler so we are currently going through some sleep deprivation. I am passionate about foster care and adoption. I love music, art, reading, and movies. My husband is a tech nerd who is really into hockey. We love Jesus and are looking for a genuine community of people who desire to to truly walk alongside and “do life” with each other.
Registration is now closed. Check out one of our other options.
OPEN TO SINGLE PARENTS, DIVORCED + BLENDED FAMILIES—KIDS WELCOME
DATES: 2nd + 4th Wednesdays, beginning Sept 26
LOCATION: Group Leaders Home, Kentwood
BIOS: Tony Kelly is a divorced Father of an amazing 9-year-old who was adopted from Rwanda. He works as an Electrical Engineer for Gentex and runs a small raw energy granola bar company called Beta Bars. He likes to rock climb, mountain bike, and spend his free time in the kitchen making and eating food. The Mars Hill community was instrumental in helping him through the hardest time in his life and he is hoping to be able to help others through their struggles, using honest community and hopefully some laughter.
Curtis Schwartz is hoping to build community and continue to make Mars Hill smaller and smaller as he’s grown so much from being part of this community throughout high school and college, and now [years later] in a new stage of life. He has a daughter and son, ages 5 and 4. They can usually be found adventuring, booking, climbing, dancing, exploring, farming, and loving life as much as possible. Curtis loves Jesus and hopes to be a light to everyone around him.CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >
OPEN TO ANYONE—KIDS WELCOME
DATES: 2nd + 4th Thursdays, beginning Sept 27
LOCATION: Group Leaders Home, Grand Rapids
GROUP LEADER: Amy Sequeira [with son Teo]
BIO: I’m a single mom, office nerd, and builder of relationships. I enjoy learning about anything and everything that sounds fun. I like sushi, home projects, reading, making copious jokes, Legos, and of course Jesus. I believe in accepting people as they are and building people up.
OPEN TO ADULTS—NO KIDS PLEASE
DATES: 1st + 3rd Saturdays, beginning Sept 27
LOCATION: Group Leaders Home, Wyoming
GROUP LEADER[S]: Nick + Kristina Brock
BIO: I was born and raised in West Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University. I grew up in the Christian Reformed Church before first attending Mars Hill in 1999. Since that time I have become a covenant member of the church. Over the past 2 decades I have served in the military with the Air Force as a Security Forces Sergeant, attained a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, worked as a strength & conditioning coach, and have driven for Uber, Lyft and Shipt. I am married and have a toddler son. I enjoy reading non-fiction, sipping good whiskey, and thinking about my next tattoo. The nature of the group will lean towards learning how to live into the art-form and rhythm of prayer through contemplative and fixed-hour prayer experiences. Both of these prayer types will be facilitated through the use of a liturgy.
OPEN TO ANYONE – KIDS WELCOME EVERY OTHER GATHERING
DATES: 1st + 3rd Sundays, beginning Oct 7
LOCATION: Group Leader’s Home, Holland
GROUP LEADER[S]: Tim and Allie Nelson
BIO: Tim and Allie live in downtown Holland with their 3 children [ages 2, 4, and 6]. They adopted their oldest son from Ghana in 2013; not only changing their lives as a family but also transforming the ways in which they engage justice, reconciliation, and faith in their community. Allie is an elementary school teacher and also a consultant, helping teachers and administrators create trauma-informed schools and classrooms. Tim is the formation pastor at Mars Hill. You can often find them playing at a local park with their kids, grilling with neighbors, or front porch sitting with good books and strong coffee.
This House Church is full. Please check out one of our other options.
OPEN TO POST-COLLEGE YOUNG ADULTS
DATES: 1st + 3rd Tuesdays
LOCATION: Group Leaders’ Home, Grand Rapids
GROUP LEADER[S]: Meghan Jordon
BIO: Hey there, this is Meghan Jordon. I’m a nurse at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital here in Grand Rapids. Together with my roommate and copilot, Kaylee, we invite you, a post-college young adult, to join us for a cozy house church in the Cherry Hill District. You can expect to be greeted with hot tea, cold kombucha, and engaging conversation. Our hope and prayer is to foster the Spirit at work within each of us, the rising generation of leaders and world-shakers. Come as you are. Leave renewed and challenged.