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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

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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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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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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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

We all desire to see our children motivated by compassion and driven to make the world a better place. But how do we foster that spark? How do we encourage them to put God’s love into action to shine as lights in this world?

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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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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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Join this intergenerational gathering of women as we talk about Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown.  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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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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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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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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If you are interested in meeting with other people at Mars Hill in your age/stage of life for community, acts of service, or learning together, please join Christine Mutch, Pastor of Community Life, for a brief Information gathering meeting on Sunday, April 15. Together we’ll discuss some of your ideas and desires for the future.

Sunday, April 15
10:30-11am
Students Lounge [North Entrance]

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 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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BYOB+T [Bring Your Own Bike + Trainer] for off-season training and community. Whether you are looking to stay in shape, get in shape, or just want to meet other cyclists—you are invited to join us for a time of indoor cycling and connection.

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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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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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If you are already involved with foster care, or simply considering entering into it, don’t navigate the terrain alone.

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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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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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