Together Again

We are sharing a phased approach to returning to in-person worship in the building. Things will look different, but the mission remains unchanged!

New Series: Out of the Ark

It’s tough navigating a whole new world – one that looks nothing like the one we’ve always known. Together, we’re going to learn how to have hope in the unknown, in the waiting and in the hardship.

Part-Time Lead Teacher Needed

Ward Preschool is currently looking for a Part-Time Lead Teacher for 4-Year Olds, that meets full days on Monday & Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Father + Son Canoe Trip – August 21-23

Experience a time away from civilization, hearty meals cooked outdoors, a peaceful (or maybe not!) ride down the Muskegon River, incredible scenery, hanging around a campfire, endless fellowship, and much more…all in one weekend at this year’s Father/Son Canoe Weekend. Grandpas, grandsons, uncles, nephews, and friends are welcome to attend too!

Connection Dessert (online)

Wednesday, August 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m. New to Ward? We’d love to say hello. Bring your own sweet treat for this informal Zoom gathering. Get to know our Senior Pastor Scott McKee, meet others new to Ward. Learn more about Jesus, Ward Church, and ask questions to learn how we can come alongside you in this season of life. Register in advance. A Zoom meeting link will be sent to you on the day of the event.

Financial Peace University Virtual Class

Millions of people have discovered the right way to manage money. Ramsey+ (formerly known as “Financial Peace University” or FPU) is for people who need help or simply want to do better with their money. Whether you’re trying to get out of debt or save for retirement, you’ll learn the timeless principles of paying off debt, saving for emergencies, and investing in your future.

Hey Mom! Need a Break? Check out MOPS

Moms now more than ever are tired, worn out and spent. MOPS is a place where YOU can get a break. This year MOPS will look different, but the saying, “We LOVE You, We GOT You” remains the same.

Volunteer Spotlight: Covid Response Team / Sewing Team

In the first weeks of COVID-19, Sue Hanstad, Director of Local Outreach, asked Debbie Meagher to head up a team who would sew fabric face masks to distribute to those in need. Debbie reached out to Marianne Hooker to work with her to determine a simple pattern that could be used, and the women recruited about 15 who agreed to help just as we were suddenly all in quarantine. Continue reading to learn more about the community impact of this team.

WardStudents – Party on the Patio

Are you a student in grades 6-12? Looking to build new relationships, gain adult mentors, and have a community to grow in? Join us for Party on the Patio on Wednesdays in August! There will be fun, games, snacks, and teaching!

Breathing Room – Guided Scripture + Prayer

Uncertainty, isolation and challenges abound. But Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). What would it look like to make space to return to his Word consistently? To join in prayer weekly?

Volunteer Spotlight: COVID Response Team / Delivery Team

When the COVID-19 quarantine was set in place, Sue Hanstad, Director of Outreach and Guest Services, knew that there would be some who simply could not leave their homes and who would need help. She asked Jill Hemingway to oversee a ‘Shop and Drop’ delivery team to meet those needs.

When Helping Hurts: First Responders and Trauma Webinar

Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. Front line workers and first responders have been meeting some of the most intense challenges head on to help keep us safe throughout this crisis. If you are one, or you love and support a first responder, this webinar will help you understand more about the mental and emotional challenges front line workers have experienced, and how to find healing even in the midst of trauma.

Volunteer Spotlight: COVID Response Technology Team

When the COVID-19 quarantine began, most of us were able to shift to new ways of communication and interaction without face-to-face opportunities. However, some in our community felt cut off from loved ones, and did not have the knowledge or equipment for even watching Ward worship services. That’s where the Ward’s COVID-19 technology team stepped in.

Worship Nights – an Outdoor Summer Series

Weather permitting, we will gather outdoors for a time of worship every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Here, we can sing and pray and express collectively what has felt held-in for so long. This will be a simple service, including a short message, scripture and worship.

Jonah Series – Resources For Your Family

July is here and we are excited to announce a family series on Jonah! Each week during Sunday services you can gather around and enjoy church as a family. Adults and kids will be learning about Jonah. It’s a journey through deep fears and anxiety, only trumped by God’s patience, grace and forgiveness. Can’t we all relate? WardKids has created a custom coloring + activity book (for any and all ages) that goes along with Jonah’s journey each week!

Backpack Buddies

Be a Backpack Buddy by sponsoring a child for just $25, which will be used to purchase a backpack and all of the supplies necessary to help them start off the year right! Out goal is to deliver 800 backpacks by September 1.

Staff Update – Sean Carroll

We’re pleased to share that Sean Carroll has accepted the call of Assistant Pastor, serving as the Pastor of Spiritual Care and Formation. Sean brings with him a Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. His experience as a family pastor with a background in counseling and youth work will be an asset to the team.

Children’s Grief Camp

“Grow Through What You Go Through” Children’s Grief Camp. New Hope Grief Support and Angel Hospice will be hosting a free children’s grief camp August 27 & 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Maybury Farm in Northville.

Ward Preschool: Toddler and Two Fun Parent/Child Class Registration

These parent and child classes introduce a fun and interactive way to learn through play based activities all with the trusted adult by their side.