Invest at Ivanrest

There are many opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Check out the various ministry areas to see where you can invest at Ivanrest.  Ivanrest Church provides many opportunities for children and adults, men and women, individuals and families to both serve and grow throughout the week. We recognize, however, that Sunday morning worship is often the “front door” where we can best get connected. Hopefully we can answer many of the questions you have her in order to help you feel comfortable entering that “front door”. If you have a question we didn’t anticipate, please contact us.

Assistance

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Many hands are needed to help Ivanrest Church carryout the ministries of the church. There are many opportunities to serve on Sundays and throughout the week. Whether filling a long term commitment or a last minute need, there are a variety of ways to be the hands and feet of Christ to those around you.

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  • Sunday Service: It takes dozens of people each Sunday to ensure Ivanrest is a warm, welcoming place to worship. From greeters to ushers, coffee servers to security, there are numerous places to get involved.
  • General Assistance: Administrative support, cleaning, vehicle maintenance and creating children’s bulletins are just a few of the many ways those who love to help behind the scenes can be a blessing.
  • Lend-A-Hand Ministry: Help members of the church family or the surrounding community with services like painting, plumbing, car maintenance, carpentry, emergency babysitting, electrical, financial counseling, yard work and more. Watch for opportunities to help on the Invest @ Ivanrest board and via email.
  • Freezer Meals: Love to cook? Help us keep our freezer stocked with meals that can be quickly distributed to those who could use a helping hand.

Enhance

Your contributions to the ministries at Ivanrest Church make a difference whether your investment is fifteen minutes or several hours. Long-term opportunities are available on the Ivanrest Church website or by contacting Morgan Carlisle (secretary@ivanrestcrc.org) or Elise Hoekstra (communications@ivanrestcrc.org) in the church office (534-3114). Last minute needs are often communicated via email or on the Invest @ Ivanrest Opportunity Display.  Don’t miss your opportunity to put your faith in motion!

Discipleship

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As we seek to be disciples at Ivanrest, we strive to live the kind of lives Jesus has called us to, acknowledging that he has shown us the true and best way to live. Our desire is to grow God’s kingdom through actively seeking to grow in our understanding of God’s truth and in our relationship with him. We then share our experience in witness to the community around us, proclaiming Jesus’ truth and its ability to truly set us free.

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  • Relate: The Christian life is not done alone. Deep Christian relationships provide us with a support and care structure as well as draw us closer to Christ. You can become part of a Life Group, or join Cinemania for a movie night or check out the website for the many other options. If you are interested in creating relationships with other Christians we have a place for you.
  • Study: To walk in the way of truth we need to understand what that means. There are many opportunities around Ivanrest for you to explore and learn more about God’s Word. You can join us for iStudy on Sunday mornings or join a Bible Study that meets during the week.
  • Walk: Jesus calls us to more than just knowledge and belief. He calls us to put those beliefs into practice. That can mean a variety of things to many different people. If you need someone to walk with you through the fundamentals of faith, you can join Alpha. If you are looking to share what you’ve already experienced, consider becoming a mentor in either Koinonia or Alpha. If mentoring is not your thing, we are always looking for people to volunteer behind the scenes. You could make a meal for Degage’ or set up an event. We are constantly looking for new ways for people to put their faith into practice.

Outreach

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Our vision is to promote and foster among the Ivanrest congregation a passion for God’s Kingdom…connecting with each other, connecting with the community and connecting globally. Explore how you can be involved!

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  • Family Promise:  Hosting the homeless four times each year
  • Degage:  Serving dinner two times every other month
  • Poverty Simulation:  Spend an evening in the reality of poverty
  • “Hands and Feet” Service and Learning Trips:  We encourage students and adults to participate in these life-changing opportunities both near and far.
  • Community-Wide Experiences:  Live Nativity Experience in December and an Easter Egg Hunt are both events when we encourage the community to join us.
  • Parent/Child(ren) Events:  A Music In Motion experience is offered on Tuesday mornings and three large summer events are planned each year.

Enhance

We encourage you to explore the ways that God might be calling you to get involved in the ministry enhancement you will find when you join us in “Living Mission” together. Be Christ’s light to a needy world, and support with your prayers, encouragement and financial gifts those who are serving all over the world.
Find out more contact Andrew Sherwood  (asherwood@ivanrestcrc.org or 534-3114).

Worship

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Worship at Ivanrest is a time for you to connect and communicate with God and with fellow believers. Utilizing preaching, worship, drama, video, prayer and more, our corporate worship challenges the assembled believers to be more like Christ in their everyday lives. There are many opportunities for you to become part of the teams that help create and support meaningful worship at Ivanrest.

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  • Vocal: “Sing to him, sing praise to him…” Lifting your voice in worship is one of the oldest forms of praise. You can become part of a Praise Team, or join the Praise Choir. If you are interested in leading worship through song we have a place for you.
  • Instrumental: Many different instruments are utilized to enhance worship at Ivanrest. From keyboard to guitar, drums to piano, trombones to flutes, violins to saxophones and everything in between, there is a place for you to be involved.
  • Technical Arts: Worship opportunities are not limited to those serving in the front of the sanctuary. You can become part of the Sound Team or the Media Team providing operating support for worship services and other event opportunities.
  • Drama: Drama effectively expressed brings defenses down, connects people to a relevant message, and provides humor that allows truth to be heard and received. Have dramatic gifts? We’d like to utilize them at Ivanrest!

Enhance

Many people volunteer their time and energies in creating a worshipful setting and we’d like you to be one of them! Whether you can volunteer every week, once a month, four times a year, or anything in between, we’d like to add you to our team.  Contact Shari Ilbrink (worship@ivanrestcrc.org; 534-3114) for more information or to volunteer.

Children's Ministries (birth-kindergarten)

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Children who attend the ikids programs at Ivanrest learn about God in a safe, friendly, and fun environment. From newborn babies to kindergarteners, we want all our children to feel God’s love, learn about his Kingdom, and develop their relationship with their Savior. Our ikids program is divided by age groups and identified by colors:
          Red Nursery:  Birth-walking
          Purple Nursery:  Walking – young 2’s
          Blue Class: 2 years old – young 3’s
          Green Class:  3 years old – young 4’s
          Yellow Class:  4 year old – young 5’s
          Orange Class:  Kindergarten

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Do you like to work with children? Do you like to organize and prepare pre-planned lessons? Could you be the friendly face that welcomes a visitor to our church as our nursery greeter? Would you enjoy whole group worship with preschoolers? We offer a variety of ways to get involved in our ikids ministries! We need:
  • Nursery Greeters
  • Teachers and Helpers
  • Coordinators
  • Whole Group Worship Leaders

Enhance

We encourage you to join us in enriching the lives of God’s precious little ones. They are a most blessed gift from Him. Whether it’s 2 times a year to a weekly commitment, we ask that you prayerfully consider your role in supporting His children at Ivanrest Church. Matthew 19:14: “And Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these'”.  Visit the Ivanrest Church website (ivanrestcrc.org) or contact Anna Zylstra (ikids@ivanrestcrc.org or 534-3114) for more information or to volunteer.

Student Ministry (Grades 1-6)

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If you’re passionate about being goofy, playing games, eating candy, and teaching kids about Jesus all at the same time, this is where you need to be! Come be a part of this life changing experience. You’re not just changing these kids’ lives, but they will change yours, too.

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  • iclub: Hold on tight.  You’re about to make a difference.  This is not simply just another Sunday school. It is a place where we strive to create a safe, high energy environment to teach, engage, and love kids through lessons, games, movies, and much more. It’s a place where we make every effort to prepare the kids how to be a light in our dark world. A place we want them to explore God’s presence through worship, and to discover the Gospel Story in a way that they may have never experienced it before. It’s not just a place where kids simply come for an hour and leave. It’s our passion to build deep relationships, and a long lasting community. Our kids need to be led in worship and lessons. They need to be prayed with and valued. They need people behind the scenes helping it run smoothly. iClub is a place where Jesus is thriving and real, and you can be part of it.
  • GEMS: Pink, sequins, and glitter glue. GEMS is a place where friendships blossom, and girls learn how to be the hands and feet of Jesus. They learn to look past the magazines and movies, and how to see their beauty and talent through Jesus’ eyes. Be another voice to tell them they’re beautiful and loved.
  • Cadets:  Dodgeball, saw dust, and derby cars. Be part of a place where boys can hang out with their friends, build projects together, and also have the space and encouragement to have a relationship with Christ. You don’t have to be an expert. Just be a part of it, God will do the rest.

Enhance

Don’t hesitate to get involved!  You will be enriched, and you will be a key factor in molding our kids’ hearts and lives for Christ.  Feeling that tug?  For more information or to volunteer, contact our Children’s Ministry Coordinator (childrensmin@ivanrestcrc.org or 534-3114)

Student Ministry (Grades 7-12)

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Students are important at Ivanrest Church. That is why we have created safe and fun places for students to grow in faith, stature and wisdom. We want to see each student make a commitment to Christ in his or her life. We value Christ centered relationships creating strong intergenerational aspects to all of our ministries. We take adults who want to see students grow in their faith, and place them in roles that are critical to fostering a healthy relationship.

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  • Small Group Leader:  Build relationships with a small group of students
  • Administrative Assistance:  If you are detailed oriented and would love to work with Justin to plan events, create schedules and communicate with students and parents this is your place.
  • Food Help: Teenagers love to eat!  Get involved with meal preparation, serving and cleaning up at our large group meetings.
  • Game Master: Put together games and activities for the kids to enjoy.
  • Music:  Use your musical abilities to plan, teach or play during middle and high school meetings.
  • Tech Team:  Put together lyrics for music, movies, graphics or run sound for our middle and high school meetings.
  • Teacher:  Teach the foundations of our CRC faith or share what God has been speaking to you in your life.

Enhance

Your life will be blessed when you see how your time, energy and love enhanced the life of a student when they become adults. Be a part of Ivanrest’s dynamic youth ministry and student’s lives won’t be the only thing that will be impacted but yours as well. Contact Justin Christensen at youth@ivanrestcrc.org (or 534-3114) to get involved.

Immediate Needs

As of March 2, 2017

  • Ushers, Greeters or Security at the 8:30 AM Service. Contact Andrew Sherwood (asherwood@ivanrestcrc.org or 534-3114)
  • Family Promise Volunteers needed April 2-9. Sign into My Ivanrest and click the Serve button and then the Needs tab.
  • For a complete list of current needs, please sign into My Ivanrest and click the Serve button and then the Needs tab.