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Enter Into The Life Of Our Community

Every week people from the Mars Hill community gather together to study the Bible, develop friendships, pursue wholeness, and share life experiences. Are you ready to join in? Learn more about each of our groups and classes here, or contact us at 616.249.3337 or communitylife@marshill.org to talk with one of our pastors and explore what may be your next steps.

 

CLASSES

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Led by staff pastors or facilitators with specialized training, these opportunities are intentionally designed to help you pursue growth + wholeness in key areas of your life.

Discipleship

This two week class will explore the rich heritage of these two practices in the life of the Church, including their purpose, history, and meanings. Whether you are new to these practices or have a deep familiarity with them, this class will both provide a foundational understanding of them and breath fresh life into your participation in them.

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At Mars Hill, we teach that baptism marks our participation in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, with the church, to serve the world.

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Led and taught by Mars Hill-trained leaders in our community, EXEGY will help you identify the false narratives driving your daily decisions, explore the trajectory of your life story, and develop practical ways to discern how to step deeper into the way of Jesus. The result? A transformed way of living through hearing God’s voice in your life, and responding in faith and action.

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Are you interested in loosening the binds of financial stress? Do you feel overwhelmed and burdened by your finances or simply want to gain more control over your your spending habits? Financial Peace University, created by Dave Ramsey, is a course to help individuals reign in their finances and start making intentional choices about their future.

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Journey with others in our community while exploring your story, learning how your past has shaped you, and how you might live into your future in light of what God’s been doing in your life.

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Parenting

Parenting is one of the most rewarding endeavors a person can undertake. Yet it’s also one of the most challenging. They say it takes a village to raise a child and it’s true—so let’s be a community and walk through it together.

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Child Dedication at Mars Hill is a practice in which parents make a solemn commitment to raising their child in the faith: in knowing Jesus as the only hope for bringing reconciliation between God and humanity.

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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.

Classes are offered 3 times a year.

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Our Marriage Enrichment Course is just that, a class providing couples practical tools and insights to work through marital conflict and build greater intimacy and support that will have a lasting impact. You will not want to miss this opportunity, led and taught by licensed counselor Steven Kreitzer, to receive sound guidance to help provide you a more meaningful marriage.

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The road to divorce is never a simple story. The road to recovery is a journey, as well.

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GROUPS

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Led by passionate community members, these groups offer a variety of entry points into the life of the community. From short-term small groups to on-going learning communities—there’s something for everyone.

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.

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Short Circles

Do you ever find Bible reading to be tedious, confusing, or ho-hum? Together we’ll refresh your reading and application of the Bible by reading it like a novel [using a chronological version of the New Testament called Immerse: Messiah] and discussing it like a book club.

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Are you interested in exploring your spiritual journey but not sure exactly where you “fit in”? This experience is designed for anyone who feels like their faith is evolving, who has questions and doubts, and who would like to be in a group with others who are experiencing something similar.

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Join us for an exploration of Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr. Together, we’ll start a conversation around finding your truest self—like Jesus, forged in suffering, and resurrected to a transformed way of life.

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Come join a tribe of people in your phase of life who understand the unique decisions and pressures you are facing. Engaging both head and heart, we’ll unpack Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr as well as take part in various spiritual practices together.

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Join an intergenerational gathering of women to talk about What is the Bible? by Rob Bell. Come ready for authenticity and lively dialogue about the Bible and its place in our lives and culture today.

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Men—join us for honest conversation about the challenges of being a follower of Jesus in today’s world amidst all the other things vying for our time, passion, and attention.

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Many of us feel overwhelmed about the prospect of raising children in our high-performance, rapid-pace culture. Mark and Lisa Scandrette understand these challenges. In Belonging and Becoming: Creating A Thriving Family Culture, they cast a compelling vision and then offer concrete tools for creating a family culture where each person feels safe, loved, and supported so that they may develop who they are for the good of the world.

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Common Interest

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.

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Looking for a tribe of men to connect with personally and spiritually? Let’s explore what that might look like together.

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This Women’s Bible Study offers women a safe and supportive environment to grow closer to Jesus through small groups, Bible study, prayer & fellowship. Our format includes individual Bible study at home, and weekly video and small group discussion together at church.

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Interested in fellowship with a purpose? We are a close-knit group of women that support and encourage women in West Michigan while working to support women and children in Ghana. We make cards, prayer journals, jewelry, banners, Scripture easels and other products that are sold in stores, offices, shops, and at events. We also go to the Kent County Jail once a month to make cards with the inmates and encourage them. We gladly welcome new people and also completely understand that life is busy and not everybody can attend all meeting times.

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Join other women 65+ for a monthly gathering including a mix of warm conversation, study, and activities [as determined together by the group].

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Moms With Moms is a community for moms of all ages and stages to journey together and support one another through the joys and challenges of motherhood. In small groups of 8-10 women, we share our daily lives, pray for each other, and discuss books relevant to mothering and our journeys with Christ.

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Join other mothers on the exciting, difficult, crazy adventure that it is to be a mom. We will form a community where you can be honest about what is going on in your family and life, and find support and encouragement from others! Mothers of all ages, and their kiddos, are welcome.

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Newly hitched? Already married for a couple years? Now what? The first years of your marriage are bound to bring joy and challenge. So now that you’ve moved from excited expectations to some experience, it’s time to step back and look at how you can embrace this life transition well.

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Would you like to get to know other young families? Join us to experience community, care, and connection. Childcare is available at the YMCA for a minimal cost.

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Join this monthly community to connect with God and others through spiritual practices [such as Lectio Divina, the Daily Examen, the Jesus Prayer, and Centering Prayer], and meaningful conversation. Teenagers through adults are welcome.

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Learn the Scriptures the way Jesus did. Explore the Torah [the first 5 books of the Bible] through weekly readings, homework, and discussion.

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Always wanted to play a stringed instrument? Interested in learning to play some of the songs we sing on Sunday? Join Dean Wiers-Windemuller, a long-time member and owner of Southtown Guitar, for a free class on Sunday mornings.

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Join us on Thursdays for the Creative Collective Group. All skill levels are welcome [ages 16+]. Together, we will explore different styles, techniques, and mediums with the goal of learning and growing as individuals and as a community. Materials provided.

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What would it look like to become more familiar with God’s heart and thoughts about you? Would life change if God were 100% delighted with you? Does unanswered prayer have an end-goal? What if your life experiences have influenced your perspective of God? Through discussion of Experiencing Father’s Embrace by Jack Frost, reflection, and prayer, our hope is to explore these questions in a safe and curious setting.

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These classes can assist you on your health, healing, and wholeness path by creating a space where you can encounter God while caring for your physical well-being.

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

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Get your 10,000 steps in the good company of others. We’ll meet in the Welcome Center before taking off to walk in and around the Mars Hill area while sharing life and talking about the recent teachings!

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Come together for a lively discussion and honest discernment of how what we have learned in designated movies may impact our lives as Christ followers.

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Support + Recovery

When LGBTQ children come out, parents [especially within the Christian community] tend to find themselves feeling isolated, confused, and unsure of whom they can safely confide. The goal of this group is to provide community and a safe place for parents of LGBTQ children to journey together. We will share our stories, discuss various resources, and consider different interpretations of Scripture. There is no agenda other than providing a safe place where you can know you are not alone and that you and your child are loved by God.

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Join other parents from our community for connection and support while your child[ren] learn about God and connect in our Babies, Preschool, or Elementary programming.

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Uplift is an ongoing open group for people experiencing depression. We also welcome those who love someone who is experiencing depression. Join us to support one another through Scripture, positivity, a thankful heart, and community.

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Are you the parent/guardian of a Special Needs child or adult? In many cases, your life has been turned upside down by caring for a loved one with special needs, sometimes without any other assistance. We want to help.

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If you are already involved with foster care, or simply considering entering into it, don’t navigate the terrain alone. Join us from 7-8:30pm on Oct 9 for an informational meeting where we’ll determine our next steps together.

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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.

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The Homeschoolers Collaborative is a relaxed place for homeschooling parents and families to meet, share, and uplift. They share schooling and activity ideas, support one another in what God has called them to do with their families, and learn new ideas and resources.

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Recovering from a cesarean can be a short-term process for some moms and for others, it takes much longer. Cesareans have an impact on us socially, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically. They also impact our babies. Our monthly support group provides community and support for recovery on all levels.

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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?

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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.

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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. Al-Anon meets Mondays at 7pm in Room M3 [406] [same time as the closed AA meeting].

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