Together Again

We will gather each Sunday in our Sanctuary at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. A limited number of seats are available so we are asking you to pre-register.

The WKND – Students Fall Retreat

Students in grades 6-12 and their friends, Friday, October 2 and Saturday October 3. Expect a weekend of safe, physically distanced fun, challenging talks, great music and opportunities to make new friends and grow deeper friendships with others.

Midweek Bible Study Online

Wednesdays, September 9-December 16 at 7:00 p.m. online via Zoom meeting. Our teacher is Pastor Ken Fresh.

Pioneer Girls 2020-21

Pioneer Girls Club is a Christ-centered and Bible-based club program for girls in grades 1-6, meeting on Tuesday evenings 7:00-8:30 during the school year, in the Elementary Wing of Ward Church. The Club motto is “Christ in every aspect of life.” A typical club meeting includes fun and skill building activities, study of God’s Word, and opportunities to make good and lasting friendships.

Volunteer Spotlight: Community Care

Volunteering may require some deep perseverance. Mary Neighbour was reminded of this when she was rejected by a team.

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.

Back to School Prayer Night

September 6, 2020 8:30 p.m. A new school year is upon us. Parents, our hearts are with you. This is going to be a challenging year for many, but you are not alone. Feeling overwhelmed by emails? Zoom calls? The task ahead. Let’s take a moment to pause together. The WardKids team would like to pray over you, for you, for your child(ren) and for our teachers and administrators.

Forgotten Harvest Food Distribution

Forgotten Harvest delivers 138,000 pounds of surplus food per day, to local charities six days a week, providing families in need with fresh and nutritious food free of charge. Ward is grateful to partner with Forgotten Harvest as a distribution site this fall. We are looking for people like you to help us serve these families in need.

Tuesday Groups for Women – Online

This fall we are offering three ways for women to connect and grow on Tuesday mornings. Because of current COVID restrictions, we will begin our teaching and small group time online using Zoom on Sept. 15 at 9:30 am. When restrictions are lifted by the governor and Ward Church, we plan to return to campus.

Fall Baptism + Dedication Class

Baptisms and Dedications are part of the worship experience of Ward Church and are administered at our regular Sunday worship services 3 times per year. The baptism of infants witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims us even before we are able to respond in faith.

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.

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!

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.