Updates: COVID-19

The coronavirus continues to dominate the news. We are worshipping together within our homes. And still, the church is serving, loving and praying for our community and the world. View updates regarding the pandemic and Ward Church’s response from our Senior Pastor, Scott McKee.

Storytime on Facebook Live

Children love to be read to and we love to read! While we can’t be together in person, we will be doing this on Facebook Live! Stories are geared toward preschool-aged children. Registration is not required. Invite your friends to a watch party! Storytime occurs every Thursday at 10 a.m. on Facebook.

National Day of Prayer

In these unprecedented days, Americans will unite and pray on Thursday, May 7, for the 69th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme, “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth”, is based on Habakkuk 2:14, and reminds us that this promise, “for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” is for us today.

7 Ways to Love Thy Neighbor in a Pandemic

Ward Church shares the value of global reach. This means we share God’s heart for all nations, including the nations in our own neighborhoods. Check out 7 practical ways to share in works of justice and mercy right where you live!

A Message From Your Pastor

This Sunday, we’re looking at the encouragement Jesus has for us about relationships and perspective through his words in Matthew 7. View this video message from Pastor Scott before services this Sunday, April 26.

Team World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. You are invited to be part of Team World Vision! This is a team full of individuals of all different abilities and experiences, passionate about ending the global water crisis. Together, we can make clean water more accessible around the world.

How to Grow Closer to Your Spouse During the Coronavirus

Are the coronavirus, quarantines and uncertainties putting a strain on your marriage? Here are ways to fight the fear and grow closer to your spouse.

WardKids Playlist

We have another way to connect what your child(ren) are learning on Sundays with the rest of your week! Pop this playlist on in the car or at home. These songs are WardKids Sunday top-hits. You can learn them, too, and enjoy singing along with your child(ren).

Ward Church Playlists // Songs of Hope

Our Classic and Modern worship directors, John Beresford and Abbey Huisinga, have curated a list of their top worship songs to inspire hope. Bring hours of Songs of Hope to your weekly rhythm by adding these playlists to your library.

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, at the end of every day, to return to his Word? To join in prayer? Let’s find out together! We’re going live each weeknight (except Wednesdays) at 9 p.m. to read scripture and pray together.

NextGen Summer Camp 2020 *Canceled*

WardKids and WardStudents have been actively tracking the situation around COVID-19 in an effort to make the best decision possible regarding NextGen Summer Camp. The situation in Michigan is rapidly changing, with new information on a daily basis. Unfortunately, there is no way to accurately predict the situation and potential restrictions for the month of June. Due to this uncertainty, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided that it is in the best interest for everyone involved to cancel NextGen Summer camp for this year.  

Volunteer Spotlight: Next Steps Kids

They may seem little, but God uses them to do big things. “They” are the annual group of WardKids who take the Next Steps Class. This year, 23 students with a parent met to learn about what it means to be a Christian, about baptism and communion. They were challenged to use their abilities to bless others.

How to Support Someone on Their Journey Through Grief

Chances are, you’ve got a friend or family member who is stumbling along their own personal journey of grief. Learn five ways to best support them during tough seasons.

A Global Crisis: Human Trafficking

Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Chapel Suite 3. Join us to learn more about this issue, both globally and locally, and what you can do to support the fight against human trafficking. Speakers include Jeff McKinley, Executive Director and Alex Miller, Field Operations Director of Not Abandoned, an organization whose mission is to intervene in the sex industry and provide practical options and accessible programming to victims and families.

Volunteer Spotlight: Orna Fathers

Did you know there are over 100 unique roles filled by volunteers each month? In this series, Cindy Ziemba will be sharing stories of some of our wide range of volunteers at Ward Church, all serving to lead generations to live and love like Jesus!

Tuesday Groups for Women

Are you weary of winter weather? Do the gray skies have you feeling blue? Consider beating the Winter Doldrums by joining a Tuesday women’s group. We have 2 new studies starting in the next few weeks and this would be the perfect time to jump in and get spiritually refreshed and renewed!

FX: A Family Experience

Sunday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m. in Knox Hall – FX is an amazing event in Knox Hall where kids (K-Grade 5) bring parents and grandparents to learn. High-energy, high-production drama, games and interactions introduce a memorable virtue, with attitudes and behaviors to match.

Thoughtful Theology Seminar

One of Ward Church’s Core Values is “Thoughtful Theology.” We avoid simplistic answers and ask some tough questions in our faith and in our lives. If you’ve ever had questions about God’s sovereignty, humankind’s depravity or predestination – we’ll dive into some teaching and discussion on this and more at the upcoming seminar. 

The Masks We Love to Wear

Widening our circles and learning to lean on other people isn’t easy because vulnerability can come at a cost. But so can trying to parent in isolation. Removing our masks isn’t easy.