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Our community means everything, and no matter what you're going through, we're here to help. Below you’ll find a variety of ways in which we are available to walk with you.

  • White Bucket Project

    We know that life is full of seasons. Some seasons have us in a place of abundance, while others can leave us in dire need. As a community, we desire to follow the mantra of the early church and rally around our brothers and sisters to “bear one another’s burdens”. The White Bucket Project is a practical way to do just that. This designated fund provides fiscal relief to those in our community who find themselves in a time of need.

    Below you’ll find a variety of ways in which we are available to walk with you. We hope that you’ll take advantage of connecting and journeying with us by contacting us at 616.249.3337 or when a need arises. You are an important part of our community and our story won’t be the same without yours.

    • Find Help

      If you find yourself in a season of need and have been attending Mars Hill for at least three months, or you’ve been referred by a Mars Hill attendee, then please fill out the application below and one of our benevolence advisors will contact you to set up a consultation to see how Mars Hill or one of our known agencies can lift you up in this time.

    • Serve

      We are currently looking for individuals who are willing to serve as benevolence advisers, or offer pro-bono acts of service, such as car repair, dental or vision care, and legal advice, on an as-needed basis. If you’re interested, contact to learn more.

  • Prayer

    Jesus prioritized time in prayer, often taking time in solitude to commune with his Father. He called his followers to prayer before his ascension, and prayer was one of the defining features of the early church [Acts 2:42-47].

    As we seek to be a Jesus people for the sake of the world, we want to deepen our commitment to be a people animated by the Spirit through prayer.

    • Fixed Hour Prayer

      Fixed-hour prayer is one of the oldest forms of Christian spiritual discipline and has its roots in the Jewish faith out of which Christianity came. When the Psalmist says, “Seven times a day do I praise You,” (Psalm 119: 164) he is referring to fixed-hour prayer as it existed in ancient Judaism.

      In the days of the early church, the devout had come to structure their days with prayers on a schedule that followed the flow of Roman commercial life. Forum bells began the work day at six in the morning, sounded mid-morning break at nine, the noon meal and siesta or break at twelve, the re-commencing of trade at three, the close of business at six, and ending the day with evening prayers.  (source:

      These early Christians were seeking to transform a day scheduled around the culture in which they found themselves into a day structured around seeking God in prayer. Would you consider joining us as we seek to join our sisters and brothers in Christ around the world in fixed hour prayer?

      We have created a daily schedule with room for two people or families to sign up to pray at 6:00am, 9:00am, Noon, 3:00pm, 6:00pm and 9:00pm. Please consider this an opportunity to stretch yourself and extend some of these prayer times to 30 minutes, or even the entire hour. We have links to resources and topics to aid you in your prayer time a little further down this page.

    • Prayer Resources

    • Prayer Team

      Each Sunday, a team of caring individuals from our community make themselves available to offer our community a listening ear and prayer support. 

    • Pre-Service Prayer

      On Sunday mornings from 9:30-9:50am EST we gather to pray for our community and the worship service. Please join us as we seek God’s presence and intercede on behalf of our community.

      During this season of COVID-19, we will be meeting on Zoom for pre-service prayer.

      Meeting ID: 196 147 524

    • Twelve Twelve - Wednesday Morning Prayer

      Romans 12:12 invites us to "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." This is the inspiration for Twelve Twelve, our Wednesday morning prayer Gatherings. We hope you'll join us whether you can stay for the entire Gathering, or only drop in for 10 minutes on your way to work or from dropping off your kids at school.  

      Twelve Twelve Gatherings will take place in the chapel at East Congregational Church [1005 Giddings Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506] on Wednesday mornings from 7:15-8am.

    • Virtual Prayer Wall

      We'd love to pray with you and over you as a community. You can request prayer or pray for others through our virtual prayer wall.

  • Community Care

    One of the great things about our community is that the people here genuinely care about each other. So whether it’s with one of our many pastors or a gifted community member with a heart for others, there are people here who would love to journey with you.

    Below you’ll find a variety of ways in which we are available to walk with you. We hope that you’ll take advantage of connecting and journeying with us by contacting us at 616.249.3337 or when a need arises. You are an important part of our community and our story won’t be the same without yours.

    • Baptism

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

      Baptism Sunday

      Our community observes baptism together. Our baptism service celebrates with those who seek to make a public profession of faith, reminds those who previously have been baptized of their own baptism, and recommits our support of each other as we live faith personally within community. For these reasons, this service takes place during our regular 10am Gathering, rather than as a separate event for those being baptized.

      Interested In Being Baptized?

      Those who are in the process of discerning whether or not baptism is the next step in their faith journey must participate in a required baptism class.

      The class is for “all-ages”, meaning the content and experience is designed to be as inclusive as possible of all age-groups and learning styles. Parents are required to participate with their son or daughter if they are middle school aged or younger.

    • Births

      Recently welcomed a new little one into your family? Let us celebrate with you. We’d love to welcome your new addition with a small gift and tell you more about how our Kids Ministry is serving families in our community. Just email or call 616.249.3337 to let us know about your wonderful news.

    • Child Dedications

      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.

      Have Questions?

      We’ve provided responses to our most common questions about Child Dedications and baptism in our FAQs, and if you’d still like further information, we invite you to email us.

    • Counseling Referals

      Looking for a counselor? Our Congregational Care Pastor is available to talk about your particular situation and give you a recommendation for a counselor who might best fit your needs, please call us at 616.249.3337 to set up an appointment.

    • Deaths

      When someone you love passes away you are not alone. We have pastors available to meet with you and/or officiate the service. We also have rooms available for the service during our open building hours. Please contact us at 616.249.3337.

    • Financial Support

      For those in our community with basic urgent needs, it is our desire to help. Learn more about our White Bucket Project or apply for assistance now.

    • Meals

      When you’re in a crisis, the last thing you need to worry about is what to eat. That’s why individuals in our community have developed a meal team to prepare meals for those going through rough times. If you are in need of a meal or two, email or call 616.249.3337 and we will connect you with our meal team coordinator to arrange timing and dietary needs.

    • Pastoral Appointments

      Pastor appointments are available Monday-Thursday from 9am-4:30pm and on Sunday mornings. If you want to talk with or pray with a pastor, please call 616.249.3337 to set up a time. Or email and someone will contact you shortly.

    • Visitation

      Our pastoral team is made up of individuals in our community who are gifted in supporting others through life’s most challenging circumstances. If you would like someone to sit with you during a hospital stay or simply someone to come and pray with you in your home, please email or call 616.249.3337.

  • Area Resources

    • Area Food Pantries

      1 in 4 children in Grand Rapids are undernourished and underfed. If you’re struggling to feed your family, know that there are a number of food pantries in West Michigan that can help. Download their information and location.

    • Family Resource Guide [online]

      Provides easy access to information on programs, services, and topics for children and families in the Kent County area, including basic needs, childcare, employment, and counseling. Visit

    • Foreclosure Prevention: Home Repair Services [Kent County]

      Offers professional counseling and loss mitigation advocacy for homeowners currently delinquent on their mortgage, with the goal of resolving the delinquency and reinstating the mortgage. Call 616.241.2601 and ask to speak with their foreclosure intake person.

    • Love Inc

      Love In the Name of Christ [Love INC] in Hudsonville serves families in Grandville, Jenison, and Hudsonville, as well as those attending Mars Hill but living out of the target area. They offer over 46 different helping ministries meeting needs of all types, including budgeting and parenting classes, clothing, and school supplies. Connect with Love INC by calling 616.662.3300.

    • Safe Haven

      Save Haven offers confidential emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence; support groups, individual supportive counseling, and advocacy for women and children who do not require shelter; and prevention and outreach programs for the entire community. Visit their webpage.

    • The Salvation Army Social Services

      The Salvation Army can help with basic needs and crisis assistance, including emergency housing. They can be reached at 616.459.9468.

    • United Way’s First Call for Help [2-1-1]

      United Way’s 2-1-1 is a free information and referral service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Find help with food, housing, and other basic needs by dialing 2-1-1 from any land line, or 616.459.2255 / 800.887.1107 from your cell phone.

    • YWCA

      The YWCA West Central Michigan offers services that support victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and stalking, as well as prevention programs for girls 9-18 years old. Visit their webpage.

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