All throughout the year, FRCZ offers a number of ways for adults to journey down the road of discipleship, including educational classes, retreats, and serving opportunities. Current and ongoing opportunities are listed below; contact the church office (616-772-9129) for more information. 

Fall 2017 Opportunities


Sunday Morning Community Groups- Beginning September 17

This fall, the Sunday morning discipleship hour (9:45-10:45 am) for adults will center exclusively on the morning sermon theme. We will form Community Groups in the Family Life Center where we will all focus on our theme for this fall: "Acts 29: Writing the Next Chapter." Each week we will be preaching from a passage in the book of Acts, and we will take time in our Community Groups to unpack these passages through discussion, study, and prayer.


6:30-8:00 pm, beginning September 20

Worship and the Word: This class will take you on a journey exploring what the Bible teaches about God's call to us to be His worshippers. Facilitator: Pam Haddix; meeting in the Green Room.

Apprentice (3rd semester, open to those who have taken semesters 1 and 2): Explore the unique beauty of the church as the people of God. Facilitators: Jack and Kathy Huston, Ron and Nancy Zagers; meeting in Room 200 South.

Apprentice for Men: This new launch is for men of all ages and requires an 11 week commitment and a few hours of study each week. The course will focus on the nature of God as revealed by Jesus. Facilitators: Mike Morren and Nick Morren; meeting in Room 200 North.

All Things New: A Study on 2nd Corinthians: This Bible study is open to women of all ages. Facilitators: Nancy Ruster and Marcia Walters; meeting in the 2nd Floor Conference Room.

Wild at Heart: This men's group, which meets every other Wednesday, focuses on creating spiritual depth and building meaningful relationships. What does it mean to be a male and a disciple of Jesus in the world today? Facilitator: Nate VanMalsen; meeting in the El Cove.

Poverty Cure: This video series examines how we can better move someone from poverty to being self-sustaining. Interactive discussion around Biblical texts will be part of this 6-week class. Facilitator: Pastor Scott; meeting in the main floor conference room.


JOY GROUP (Just Older Youth)

For those who are 60+ years young, the JOY Group provides a great opportunity for fellowship with regularly scheduled outings and events. Sign up information is located in the church lobby or the Information Center. For more information, contact Pastor Roger ( or 772-9129).


-Facilitator: Becky Visser (

-Meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:45, beginning September 19

-For mothers of all ages to build strong Christ-centered relationships and to walk through the journey of motherhood together

Play Dates

This is a new ministry this year! Caretakers of infant and toddler children will gather in the nursery at First Church on the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00-11:30 am, starting September 6. This is a time of fellowship and building relationships while our children play in a safe environment.  Facilitator: Mallory Hoeve

Women's Tuesday Morning Bible Study

-Facilitator: Marcia Walters

-Meets weekly at 9:30 am at First Church, starting September 12

Men's Wednesday Morning Bible Study

-Facilitator: Dave DeJonge

-Meets every other week at 6:00 am for breakfast; contact the church office for more information

New Members Class

Discover First Church from the inside out. For guests interested in becoming part of the First Church family, this class will teach members about the vision and mission of the church, as well as how we seek to carry it out. Contact Pastor Tom ( or 772-9129) with any questions or to learn more!