Wayland Christian Reformed Church is a down-to-earth group of people.
Wayland Christian Reformed Church is a down-to-earth group of people who love to spend time together, both in and out of church. Their joy in their salvation spills over into everything they do.
Opportunities for fellowship abound. While they have a full slate of daytime and evening women’s and men’s Bible studies, they gather in many different ways throughout the year. A variety of groups meet regularly based on common interests, as well as lively clubs like the Red Hat Society. Summer brings men’s softball and golf leagues, as well as women’s softball, and even those who don’t play come to games to cheer on the team.
Much of their outreach is fellowship-based. They host a community breakfast every Saturday morning, with church members enjoying the meal with community members. Their large and active Wednesday evening GEMS and Cadets groups attract many neighborhood kids, and some of them bring their families to church on Saturdays.
The Young People’s Society keeps the teenagers of Wayland busy with bimonthly meetings, concerts, bowling, sports teams, and regular “service Saturdays” when they fan out to help their neighbors in need, as well as an annual mission trip.
Wayland also values learning and Christian education. The Word of God is central in their teaching, preaching, and singing. Adult Sunday school and Young People’s meetings are opportunities for them to engage, as Christians, with topics that affect the nation and wider world.
Saturday Morning Breakfast
Saturday mornings from 8:30-10, the church basement is filled with delicious scents — pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns, and egg bake are popular, although they don’t ignore the health conscious who must choose items like yogurt, fruit, and oatmeal — and the sounds of people grateful to gather together.
Childern & Students
Wednesday evenings, kids take over the church. Their GEMS and Cadets groups blend kids from Wayland and kids from the neighborhood to learn about God, work with their hands, and praise God with their voices and actions. The Young People’s society gets high school students to actively engage with their faith through discussion and service.
This unique internship is both a ministry to the seminarian and to the congregation. Wayland takes in one seminary student at a time. He lives in the parsonage rent-free and attends church meetings, preaches 2-3 times a month, and receives mentoring from the pastor. Wayland benefits from the seminarian’s enthusiasm and new ideas, and the seminarian gains valuable experience.
Investments & Connections
Small Groups are spreading throughout the congregation at Alger Park CRC. They meet in people’s homes, and are organized for various purposes. Some meet for Bible study, others for accountability, worship, or to engage in sports or specific hobbies. There are also groups aimed at people of specific times of life: young families, singles and couples in their 20s and 30s, senior citizens.
Childern & Students
Alger Park CRC starts discipling their children young, with Little Lambs on Sunday mornings and Story Hour on Tuesday mornings. It continues through Sunday School and kicks into high gear on Wednesday evenings with GEMS and Cadets, when elementary students from the neighborhood and the congregation get to know each other. Every June, the church grounds and building are turned over to the large VBS program. Middle schoolers and high schoolers each have their own youth group, with regular meetings interspersed with lock-ins, retreats, backpacking trips, and service projects.
Disicipleship & Mentorship
From the Deeper Roots Discipleship course, to the seven Bible studies for men and women, to the small household groups, Alger Park CRC seeks to give its members the message that they exist for God’s mission. Indeed, they have high participation in Kid’s Hope, a one-on-one academic mentoring program with students from Ken-o-Sha Elementary School, as well as with their own VBS.