REACHING OUR COMMUNITY
FIRST CHURCH is committed to sharing the love and message of Jesus Christ to the community around us. We believe we are planted in Grand Haven for a reason, and we are excited to see how He is continuously working here and the surrounding areas. Here are some things we are currently doing with the community:
BIBLES FOR GRAND HAVEN
Bibles for Grand Haven Ministry is an outreach ministry of First CRC to make God’s Word, the Bible, accessible to all. Bibles are purchased and distributed by First CRC volunteers to public venues such as restaurants, hotels, local hospitals, agencies, and coffee houses where they can be picked up for free by those interested. Church volunteers also highlight passages in each Bible to guide the reader specifically through the salvation story. Funded by donations from First CRC members, every year over 1,000 Bibles are distributed in the West Michigan area.
FERRY SCHOOL PROGRAMS
We partner with a public elementary school located near our church, called Ferry Elementary School, with Voyager School in it's second floor. We partner in a number of ways, most notably a tutor and after-school program, where we work with under-priviledged and struggling students.
Staffed by volunteers, the Metal Recycle Ministry picks up all types of metal throughout the community and delivers that metal to a metal recycling facility twenty-five miles south for appropriate recycling. Items are collected, dismantled and separated into different types of metal before delivery to the metal recycle facility. Find out more here.
We receive donations of working, gently used appliances–washers, dryers, refrigerators, and stoves–and deliver them to families who are in need of and cannot afford to purchase these basic necessities. We receive the family requests from Love in Action. Find out more here.
Every year, First Church hosts multiple community events where the surrounding areas come and enjoy a fun event for the sake of sharing love and providing a safe and anjoyable environment, specifically for children. These include: a Winter Break Time—where people play games, make crafts, listen to stories and have snack; a Happy Summer Day—where families play outdoor and carnival games, eat snacks and hot dogs, etc; and of course Trunk or Treat—our annual Halloween event where over 800 people come to enjoy snacks and drinks, an outdoor movie, and tons of candy!
CONTACT US to find out more about any of these!