Outreach

Growing God’s Kingdom Locally and Globally

At Ivanrest our vision is to promote and foster a passion for God and his Kingdom.  We do this by connecting with each other while serving our community both locally and globally.  If you are ready to become more involved here at Ivanrest below you will find many different opportunities to connect with this congregation and the community around us. Contact Steve for more information.

Community Events

We love opportunities to connect with the local Grandville (and beyond) community!

Music in Motion is a safe, fun and welcoming environment for children (ages 2-6) and their parents (or grandparents or caregivers) to have fun dancing and moving to music, learning, and hearing stories. Music in Motion is designed to be a fun and engaging place where children can grow and develop their language skills, fine motor skills, and social skills.

Check out the Music In Motion event page for more information and a current schedule.

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is a tradition for many families in the Grandville area. Children ages 10 and under hunt for thousands of eggs on the front lawn of our church in a safe and fun environment. After the hunt, families are invited to join us in the West Wing for for our Easter Egg Hunt After Party featuring crafts, activities, snacks, photo booth, and a special story time.

Stay tuned for information about our 2022 event!

Celebrate Christmas with your family, friends and neighbors at this annual open house format event ideal for families with children elementary age and below. Engage with the Christmas story with live animals, photo booth, story time, craft and delicious snacks...all indoors (even the animals)!! Come when you can and stay as long as you like.

Due to the global pandemic, there will not be a Celebrate Christmas event in 2020. Stay tuned for information about 2021!

Supported Organizations

We support many organizations throughout the West Michigan area and beyond.

Since 1967, Dégagé Ministries has served as a primary community center for homeless and low-income individuals in Grand Rapids. On the 2nd Sunday night of every other month you can find volunteers from Ivanrest serving a free warm meal to the homeless people who visit Dégagé Ministries.

Family Promise of Grand Rapids is dedicated to assisting homeless families in Kent County. Family Promise we provides hospitality to homeless families and keep them together in a time of crisis. We assist families during temporary periods of homelessness, encourage them to create an achievable vision and develop a strong foundation for self-sufficiency. Various churches in the area take turns hosting homeless families for a week at a time.

Motivated by the love of Christ, Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) promotes abundant life by transforming hearts, enriching lives, and impacting generations. Their model of personalized care ensures that clients’ needs are met with expert help and genuine compassion. Free and confidential services provide comprehensive care, empowering people to thrive in all areas of their lives. It is our privilege to contribute both supplies and finances to this fruitful ministry.

Southwest Community Church exists to uncover the stories of God's redeeming grace in the Black Hills and Roosevelt Park communities, where the Christian Reformed Church has a long history. For Sunday worship, they meet at the Roosevelt Park campus of the Potter’s House Christian School. We consider them a sister church and partner with them in a variety of ways.

On April 1, 2004 Family Network of Wyoming opened as a “client choice” food pantry, serving an average of 11 families per week. In the first year of operation, the food programs served 130,000 pounds of food to 1,400 households. Now, more than 11,000 people receive groceries and other supplies each year from the pantry. It is our privilege to join them in their mission: “To provide dignity and love like Jesus, bringing people together to build stronger, healthier communities.” 

Bridge Street Ministries is a ministry committed to building a bridge between the streets and the church in the West Side neighborhood of Grand Rapids and beyond. Grand Rapids Bridge Year, a part of Bridge Street Ministries, is a program for post-high school and college-age individuals looking to take a season to know Jesus and make Him known and learn what it means to live a life of mission.

Hand2Hand provides food for kids facing weekend hunger in West Michigan. Over 80,000 kids in West Michigan receive free and discounted meals at school, but to fill the weekend gap, Hand2Hand mobilizes schools, churches, businesses and individuals to provide a backpack of nutritious food over the weekend. Ivanrest Church joined more than 100 other churches as a provider in the fall of 2020, creating opportunities for us to donate, pack, and deliver food in Jesus’ Name to local schools.

Every summer, we join Love INC’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign, buying and filling dozens of backpacks with requested school supplies for a local elementary school. As other community needs arise, we also partner with other local churches to meet them.

Supported Missionaries

We support many missionaries throughout the United States and Globally. Here are some of the missionaries we support at Ivanrest.

Jared and Susan Benthem support Christian education in Nicaragua through their work with Nicaragua Christian Academy, partnering with Resonate Global Mission to raise prayer and missionary support. They are both involved in leadership and teacher training at the Nejapa campus of Nicaragua Christian Academy. Susan is serving as the academic dean of the elementary school, and Jared is the coordinator of the English program as well as Treasurer of the Board for the Association of Nicaragua Christian Academy in Managua.

Kyle and Stephanie Brooks are Resonate Global Mission partners in Oakland, California. In 2018, they merged their church plant with Bernard and Kim Emerson’s church plant as an expression of God’s multicultural kingdom: a majority white church and a black church; an East Oakland church and a downtown church; a millennial church and a multi-generational church. They combined to form one new, united, multicultural Tapestry Church because “Jesus told us that whatever the word may say, we are one in Him.”

Tony and Stacey Meyer pastor Mountainview International Church in Spain, where by God’s power, they empower people to “know Jesus Christ and to grow in His grace” and partner with them in bringing God’s radical message of grace into a society that is desperate to hear it. At the same time, they are shaping the ministry structures and systems to continue the effective ministry that is going on and empower that ministry to flourish into the future. They are missionary partners with Resonate Global Mission.

Steve and Jan Michmerhuizen live in Budapest, Hungary, where Jan is a teacher. Based in Budapest, they partner with Resonate Global Mission in neighboring Romania, where their mission is to join with leaders of churches and Christian organizations through networking, teaching, learning, worship, and community in order to make Christ known throughout Romania and beyond.

April Palmbos works as the Executive Administrative Assistant for International Association for Refugees (IAFR). Her work includes helping new and perspective missionaries along the application process, as well as supporting current missionaries from the home office. IAFR partners with the Church to help people survive and recover from forced displacement in the United States and around the word.l

Josh and Mandy Shaarda and their children serve with Freedom in Christ Ministries in Obulle, Uganda, partnering with Resonate Global Mission. Josh is developing discipleship materials and equipping rural pastors to disciple their congregations. He also coordinates prison ministry and radio ministry in Eastern Uganda. Together, they minister to youth in their community.

Larry and Ruth Spalink work with the Christian Reformed Church in Japan via Resonate Global Mission. Larry is a missionary, consultant, business manager, and legal head of the Christian Reformed Japan Mission. He also works with local Japanese congregations as well as regional groups of the Reformed Church in Japan to help them engage in their work more effectively through richer worship and more effective deployment of members. Ruth works as coordinator of the Student Support team, a middle school resource teacher, and the Child Protection Officer at the Christian Academy in Japan.

For more information about Community Connections and Outreach, contact Steve Winkle.