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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

Whether you’re new to church and faith or simply want to learn more about the Why’s, When’s, What’s, Who’s and How’s of the historic Christian faith—you’re invited to join us.

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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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Join Mars Hill Elder, and Cornerstone Professor, Dr. Michael VanDyke, for a journey into the depths, beauty, and rich theology found in our Lord’s Prayer.

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Have you been longing to pursue racial justice and reconciliation, but don’t quite know where to begin? Perhaps you feel concerned about saying or doing the wrong thing, so you feel unsure of how to put your burden into action? Join us as we learn some foundational history, vocabulary, and a vision for what some next steps may look like as we move forward together.

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We are a community led by community. Believing that each of us is integral to the faith life of every one of us—our groups, classes, and programs are not built around staff leadership alone, but also the gifted leaders that God has placed among us. On Sunday, April 29 at 11am we’re holding our second annual Exploring Leadership class, as a way to lean into and guide the leaders in our church. If you’re considering taking entering into leadership in our community, join us and let’s discern together.

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The Mars Hill Formation School is designed as a community-based experience that will equip adult Christians who are interested in a deeper engagement with the history, doctrines, practices, and scriptures of their faith as well as intentional, communal spiritual formation.

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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 twice 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

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 this community to connect with God and one another through various spiritual practices. Using Richard Rohr’s new book, Just This, as a guide, our time spent together will include contemplative practice, reflection, and an emphasis on how a contemplative posture and practice can lead toward meaningful action in the world. 

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Join this intergenerational gathering of women as we discuss our way through different books.  Come ready for authenticity and lively dialogue.

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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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Would you like to get to know other young families? Our desire is that this group be a place of rest and connection with elements of community, compassion, care, and candy. We hope to achieve this by embarking together on a journey of sharing, listening, reading, and prayer.

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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 explore a variety of podcasts, as well as take part in various spiritual practices together.

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Common Interest

This Feb-May, you’re invited to join AJ Sherrill and Ross VanKlompenberg twice a month for the Mars Hill Men’s Collective. This midsize group will gather around tables for the purpose of exploring shared readings, spiritual practices, worship, and testimonials. Our aim is simply the cultivation of godly character.
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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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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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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 others in your age/stage of life at Mars Hill for a fun monthly gathering. Activities will be planned together and may include opportunities to build community, serve, or learn together.

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This new group hopes to create spaces to appreciate and explore God’s creation together, as well as learn and grow in skills and experiences such as hiking, hunting, fishing, kayaking/boating, or camping.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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