Our Adults ministry helps fulfill the mission of Mars Hill by providing individuals and communities with resources and environments to discover and grow their Identity, Belonging, and Mission. So whether you’re looking to develop a deeper sense of what it means to be a follower of Jesus, hoping to find a tribe of people to journey with, or are in need of tangible care—there are opportunities and people to help you along the way.
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?
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.
We’re inviting you to explore the nuances of peacemaking, refugee crisis, local justice, poverty, racial reconciliation, care for the vulnerable, and more with a posture of curiosity. Through a series of Learning Labs, or thoughtful sessions on the topics of our day, we’ll engage divisive issues from the standpoint of humility—in an attempt to learn from one another and grow towards unity over discord.
Grow personally and relationally without a long-term time commitment. Short Circles offer a variety of options to enter into community based on your season of faith or stage of life for a 6-10 week period.
Mars Hill Young Adults [MHYA] is a community of 18-25 year olds who together explore where God is showing up in their lives, this world, and why that matters. Meeting once a month for connection and fellowship, and once a month for worship, learning, and practice, we seek to be a “Jesus people for the sake of the world.”
The Practice is our monthly Gathering of worship and formation for young adults in our community who want to dive deeper into their practice of faith and discipleship.
Dates for 2022 will be announced soon!
Check back soon for more details!
Mars Hill Students is a community for 6th-12 grade students to explore who God has made them to be and their role in God's grand story. It is a place for students to journey together as they seek to be a Jesus people for the sake of the world— asking big questions, hearing and telling stories of God's ongoing involvement in our world, and engaging in practices to model the way of Jesus in our lives.
ECHO is a place where middle school students grow and become. Where we seek to reverberate the love of God deep within our hearts and to the hearts of others. And just as echoes multiply, we hope that this ministry would be a place where love and acceptance grows, where fun is infinite, and where adventure is amplified.
Part of our time together is spent in large group, where any number of things happen—we learn, play, laugh, entertain, focus, and let loose. The rest of our time is spent in our LifeGroups, where we discuss, share, hang out, and build relationships together.
ECHO meets on Sundays, September to May, from 4:30pm-6pm.
In Anthem, high school students and leaders worship, serve, study the Bible, eat snacks, play games, and build relationships together in Life Groups. The goal is for high school students to experience a safe place to belong, discover their identity as the image of God, and cultivate a mission for their lives. Together, we’re helping each other live the best kind of life—the life God made us to live.
We meet from 4:30-6pm on Sundays during the school year [September through May].
Mars Hill Kids exists to teach kids the way of Jesus. We believe that God has revealed himself through history and is working within history to fulfill his purposes for all creation. The Bible tells the story of God’s work in the world. Each week, we gather to explore this story and invite our kids to enter into it: following the way of Jesus and joining the work that God is doing in the world. Our programs for newborns through 5th grade meet on Sundays during the 10am and 5pm Gathering.
Throughout the year in Babies, our volunteers lead kids in learning and understanding that God loves them. From the very beginning our kids experience God’s love through the care of committed volunteers, then as the children get older, their activity times and story times help reinforce a Bible story of the month.
In Babies, our goal is simple—that your child will begin to learn and understand that God loves them. How do we do that? Through the care of committed volunteers, as well as play times, these early encounters let each child know they are valued and begin to build a foundation for a relationship with God.
Mars Hill Kids exists to teach kids the way of Jesus. Preschool supports this mission by teaching kids that they belong to God, that Jesus loves them and that he has a job for them to do.
Preschool provides purposeful connections where kids discover who God is. Each week in Preschool, caring volunteers lead our children through a Bible story followed by a play-based style teaching that helps connect their lives to the story.
Elementary description: “Elementary supports the mission of Mars Hill Kids by creating teaching environments where every kid learns that their identity is in Christ, that each of them has belonging in the church, and that all kids have a role to play in God’s mission. Each week as our kids hear God’s story and are invited to enter into it, they begin to understand our Mars Hill Narrative Theology in a kid-friendly way.
Each Sunday in Elementary our children connect with a caring volunteer and other kids their age to sing and worship God, hear a creative Bible story, and discuss that story in their small group. In these teaching environments, kids learn that their identity is in Christ, they have belonging in the church, and a role to play in God’s mission.
Embrace - An inclusion ministry for disabilities and neurodiversity
Families make room for everyone to be recognized, valued and heard, and that’s our hope too. The Embrace ministry at Mars Hill is here to provide support and opportunities for adults and families to be fully engaged in our church.
We are looking forward to meeting you and learning how we can best embrace you through accommodations to our regular programming and some extra attention now and then because we know how “ extra” navigating life with chronic illness, sensory differences, or disabilities can be.
We want you here. Without you and your family, our community is not a true picture of the body of Christ.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616.249.3337 to start a conversation.
If there is no “one size fits all” option for your family, we see you. We’d love to partner with you to find ways you and your child(ren) can fully participate in all Mars Hill programming. On Sunday mornings, we offer buddy support for inclusion and a dedicated sensory room for moments when a smaller, quieter space is needed. Since our approach is as individualized as possible, reach out to our Embrace team to start a conversation about how we can journey with your family.
One mom recently said “our daughter gave us new eyes to see the world in a way we didn’t even know we had been missing out on”. This is one of the many rewards of leaning into a friendship with someone that has a disability or is neurodivergent. We will always have room for you at our table—to laugh, worship, learn, share, play, pray and be prayed for, and to be a friend. There are opportunities on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and special events. We are also regularly looking for rides to programming for adults.
Come explore scripture, prayer, and relationships with God and with each other in simple language and activities. This bi-weekly evening is crafted with a lens of being disability and neurodiversity welcoming, but inclusive of all. We truly celebrate the spectrum of differences and abilities that God has created within humanity.
DATES: 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays, ongoing
LOCATION: Mars Hill
COST: There is no cost for this group.
LEADERS: Trace Dicocco and Dawn Post
REGISTRATION: None necessary - just come! Questions? Email Trace at email@example.com.
Sunday Morning Sensory Space— the sensory room will be open during the Teaching portion of the Sunday morning Gathering at our Grandville location for those who would benefit from a more personal space. You can access the livestream with dedicated headphones, interactive prayer stations, activities, volunteers who help make the space safe and engaging.
As a community, we are committed to service—to moving our resources and ourselves in response to human need. Focusing largely on the most vulnerable, we’ve established a framework of investing in 4 main initiatives at a time, so that we can maintain our collective focus and make the greatest impact. Locally and globally, our skills, experiences, resources, and heartbeat meet around forgotten places, people, and issues.
Launched in 2002, our Mars Hill Mentorship Program began with the goal of connecting every student at Burton Elementary who desired a mentor with a caring adult from our community. Over the years, we’ve grown to be one of the largest school-based mentoring programs in the country, and have been labelled a “Premier” national program.
Help us create a world where the creativity, passion, and drive of Jesus’ followers carve out spaces of belonging and strength for those who feel left on the outside. Our Grassroots Initiative provides funding and mentoring for people and organizations in the Mars Hill community who are launching new projects—whether for-profit or nonprofit—that can make measurable change in the world.
This isn’t an “issue”, and it’s not “over there.” SEE’s data collection is nationally known, and the numbers are clear that both labor- and sex-trafficking are alive and well in West MI. And with the stats being what they are, it’s likely that “users” are sitting in the pews of our churches. Likewise, with our digital age, kids of all backgrounds can be exploited.
Simply put, people of color are disproportionately affected in any area of injustice or inequity that you can imagine (including those above). It is more often the rule than the exception that our brothers and sisters of color face bias and prejudice in such a way that their basic humanity, worth, safety, and ability to use their God-given potential is too often thwarted. . And the Church has not only been complacent in its response, but historically churches have been complicit or the cause of great injustices. We say, no more. We want to repent, to do justice, to empower and uplift those who have been marginalized.
The number of refugees and internally displaced people numbers over 65 million worldwide, more than half of whom are children.. We cannot sit idly by while these beloved individuals and families lack access to basic human rights or are marginalized within our own “communities.”
Working with dedicated local partners, we provide rest, resources, and life readiness tools for these children in need. It’s a place where we can not only meet basic needs like a warm shower or some toothpaste, but also provide educational resources, job training, and connections for housing and counseling. A place where youth can come as they are and be met without judgment.
Whether it’s participating in water awareness activities and fundraisers, becoming a vocal advocate, or reaching into your pocket to help purchase and install more filters and cisterns—there is a place for you in this work.