First Cutlerville Christian Reformed Church has been energized by their move to Byron Center Township – they embrace this opportunity to reach out to a new and growing community.
They reach out using some time-tested methods: working with children in the schools and through GEMS and Cadets, partnering with other ministries to fund and staff a food pantry, and visiting prisoners and helping them when they are released. But they also try new things. They’ve tilled a large area behind their building for a community garden, where the church and its neighbors can get to know each other while they work side by side in the soil. Their one-on-one mentoring program, Stephens Ministry, provides assistance for those in the congregation or the community who are in crisis.
Wednesday is Fellowship Night, with church members and neighbors sharing a meal. While the kids go off to GEMS and Cadets, the adults gather for Bible studies and other small groups. Of course, fellowship and discipleship training don’t end there. Besides the dynamic youth ministries, many different groups meet throughout the week, from traditional women’s groups to Women of the Cloth, who sew together, to Young at Heart, who organize social activities for older adults.
These activities are grounded by their commitment to seek the Lord in prayer often and regularly. Prayer groups meet every Sunday morning, every other Monday, and one Thursday a month to pray for the life and direction of the church, as well as to intercede for church members, attendees, and their neighbors.