Growth Communities

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Growth Communities are groups that are larger in size and more formally established.  These are groups of 15-50 people who meet weekly for Bible study, discussion, fellowship, prayer, and service projects. Each group is a recurring adventure into community, faith, and life – thinking, loving, and serving like Jesus. Most groups meet regularly through the school year (September – April/May with a two week break in December) and less regularly and more informally throughout the summer. All groups are open to new people joining.

For more information or for helping getting connected in, contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361 or to let us know of your interest in any of these groups sign up here: Registration Form – Winter 2023 Adult Classes and Groups

​Sunday Morning Growth Communities

Friends in Christ
Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45am
Remaining Fall meeting dates: December 4 and 11 (not meeting November 27)
(Winter Break – not meeting December 18 and 25 / January 1)
Winter meeting dates: January 8 – May 21 (not meeting on Palm Sunday, April 2 / Easter, April 9 / and Mother’s Day, May 14)
Contact: Judie Zylman
Room 167 in the adult wing

Friends in Christ is not age specific and is made up of both couples and singles. This group is highly devoted to studying God’s Word through weekly Bible study. (Bring your Bible!) They also enjoy times of fellowship in addition to their regular study time.

GAP (Gradually Aging People)
Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45am
Remaining Fall meeting dates: December 4, 11 and 18 (not meeting November 27)
(Winter Break – not meeting December 25 / January 1)
Winter meeting dates: January 8 – May 21 (not meeting on Palm Sunday, April 2 / Easter, April 9 / and Mother’s Day, May 14)
Contact: Laurie Boer
Green Room just inside Entrance D

This group includes couples and singles ages 50-70 something. They meet following the Sunday morning worship service for fellowship and to discuss the sermon.

This is Us ~ Adventures In Family
Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45am
Remaining Fall meeting dates: December 4, 11 and 18 (not meeting November 27)
(Winter Break – not meeting December 25 / January 1)
Winter meeting dates: January 8 – May 21 (not meeting on Palm Sunday, April 2 / Easter, April 9 / Mother’s Day, May 14)
Contacts: Doug and Jane Finn, Ron and Sue Hemmeke, Jeanne Lindell, Paul and Conni VandeBunte
Room 165-166 in the adult wing

This group thinks, loves, and serves together. Thinking – learning to apply God’s Word, His love, His grace in our families. Loving – each other, our families, our neighbors; fun, social events, and caring for one another through the joys and challenges of life. Serving – together in our community and our church.

​Sunday Night Growth Communities

Faith In Action
Monthly, Sunday nights, second and fourth Sundays*, 5:45-7:15pm
Remaining Fall meeting dates: November 27 and December 11
(Winter Break – not meeting December 18 and 25 / January 1)
Winter meeting dates: January 8 and 22, February 12 and 26, March 12 and 26 / and April 16 and 30 (*April only – 3rd and 5th Sundays)
Contacts: Rich Herbig and Sherrie Wolthuis
Room 168-169 in the adult wing

This group’s focus is on studying and working to put their faith into action in our church, our community, our nation, and the world, seeking peace and biblical as well as social justice for all. This faith is based on the study of Jesus’ life and teachings as revealed in Scripture. The group is a mix of singles and couples who also enjoy times of fellowship. Faith in Action is always open and welcoming to new people joining them.

Loving God, Loving People
Monthly, select Sunday nights, 5:45-7:00pm
Remaining Fall meeting dates: December 4 and (December 18 – caroling)
(Winter Break – not meeting December 25 / January 1)
Winter meeting dates:  January 8 and 22, February 5 and 19, March 5 and 19, and April 2, 16 and 30
Contacts: Mel and Bev Assink, Mary Lou Bogema, Bob and Marcia Gustavson, Dave and Sally Hoekstra, David and Mary Wierenga
Room 167 in the adult wing (virtual meeting link also available)

Loving God, Loving People is a lively group of singles and couples who seek community and service. At the center of the group is spiritual growth, spending time getting to know each other, and walking the journey of life together. New people are always welcome! This group is studying and discussing Andy Stanley’s Right in the Eye video series. The group meets in person but a zoom link is available for those who would prefer to participate virtually. Contact Dave at hollhoek@gmail.com to receive the Zoom meeting link.

Prime Time
Sunday nights, 5:45-7pm
Remaining Fall meeting date: December 4 (not meeting November 27)
(Winter Break – not meeting December 11, 18 and 25 /January 1)
Winter meeting dates: January 8 – May 7 (not meeting on Super Bowl Sunday, February 12 / Palm Sunday, April 2 / Easter, April 9)
Contacts: Vern and Eunie Jurgens, Leon and Louise Koops, Kathy Lubbers, Tom and Donna Tuls
Room 165-166 in the adult wing

Prime Time is a group of Christ-followers who enjoy sharing time together as they study The Word, pray, and serve one another as well as others. Their weekly meetings have varied programing: Bible study, game nights, special guests, potlucks, and preparation of service projects. This shared fellowship creates a loving, supportive group concerned about each other as they grow together in Christ’s love. Whether single or married, you are welcome to join this group where you can also expect good food and fun times together.

Mid-Week Growth Community

Diners Club
Wednesday nights, 5:15-6:45pm
Remaining Fall meeting dates: November 30, December 7 and 14
(Winter Break – not meeting December 21 and 28 / January 4)
Meeting January 11 – May 3 (not meeting Ash Wednesday, February 22, and Spring Break, April 5)
Contact: Doris VanKooten
Room 167 in the adult wing

Diners Club meets for dinner and a time of fellowship before Bible study / discussion. The group participants represent various ages and backgrounds. Diners Club meets until 6:45 to honor their members who have choir rehearsal.

Encounter – Young Adults Group

Encounter – Young Adults Group

Monthly, first Tuesday, 6:30-8pm Contacts:  Brad and Patti Laninga Fireside Café off the Gathering Place ​ Encounter is a group for...
Agape Circle

Agape Circle

Monthly, second Tuesday, 7-9pm Meets January - June Coordinators:  Kathy Lubbers and Kathy VanDerHulst Fireside Café off the Gathering Place...
Ruby’s Tuesday Morning WOW (Women of the Word)

Ruby’s Tuesday Morning WOW (Women of the Word)

Ongoing-study of  Not in It to Win It - Why Choosing Sides Sidelines the Church by Andy Stanley Tuesday mornings,...
Wednesday Afternoon WOW (Women of the Word)

Wednesday Afternoon WOW (Women of the Word)

Revelation - The Ultimate Hope in Christ by David Jeremiah Wednesday afternoons, 1-3pm Winter study begins January 11 Contact:  Cindi...
Wednesday Night WOW (Women of the Word)

Wednesday Night WOW (Women of the Word)

First Corinthians - Living Love When We Disagree - a video-based study by Melissa Spoelstra Wednesday nights, 5:30-6:50pm Winter meeting...