Help! My Bible is Alive!

We want to experience God through the Bible. We really do! But our good intentions fall flat when reading the Bible just doesn’t seem to make that happen. What should feel dynamic and important and alive often feels confusing and boring and irrelevant. But it doesn’t have to.

Volunteer Spotlight: Dave & Jana Czopek

“Being a volunteer with WardKids feeds my soul. I love to see them grow and I am wired for community. Even when I’m busy and stressed with responsibilities – it is so rewarding. They give back more than we give out.”

Season of Giving

We are collecting for Season of Giving again! Each year we give to three of our local partners so they may bless families and children during the Christmas season.

Dad + Daughter One Day Canoe Trip

For fathers and daughters of all ages! We’ll meet at Heavner Canoe and Kayak Rental on October 10 at 10:30 a.m. for cider and donuts, launch canoes at 11:00 a.m. and enjoy a leisurely canoe trip to the Proud Lake waterfall (dam). Then we’ll turn around to return to the canoe launch site and have a picnic lunch at about 1:00 p.m. and wrap up to go home by 2:30 p.m.

Life Remodeled

Looking for an opportunity to serve the Detroit community? In response to Covid-19 the Life Remodeled team has rescheduled their 6 day project to take place from Oct. 5-10, 2020.

Fall Leadership Community Meeting

Whether you lead a company, a small group, or a family, you have faced the difficulty of decision making in uncertainty. Join us on Monday, September 14 over a Zoom gathering of leaders throughout our church.  This year, we will be talking about finding opportunities in crisis, preparing for a Post-COVID world, and holding plans loosely.

Ward DNA Class Online

Join Sean Carroll for this 3-week class and discover what Ward is all about; our beliefs and vision. This class is recommended for membership at Ward, though it does not obligate you to become a member. The class revolves around God’s Story, Your Story, and the World’s Story. It explores Ward’s DNA: our key beliefs in these three key areas.

Fall Small Group Hosts

God created us to live in relationship with Him and with others. Small groups create space for us to care for others and to be cared for. They launch us into learning and growth – all in the context of community. It’s part of our design!

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.

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.

Out of the Ark Sermon Series

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!