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.
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 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.