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 Eggstravaganza is a tradition for many families in the Grandville area. Children ages 10 and under hunt for thousands of eggs in the West Wing of our church in a safe and fun environment. After the hunt, families are invited to join us for crafts, activities, snacks, photo booth, and a special story time.

The 2025 Easter Eggstravaganza will be held on Saturday, April 19.

Kids of ALL ages (that means adults too!) are invited to come in their awesome costumes and join us for an evening of trunk or treat (did someone say candy?), photo opportunities, popcorn, donut holes, cider and loads of FUN!

We hope you join us for Fall Fest 2024 on October 18!

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 offering hope and opportunity. In the last year, they served more than 80,000 meals and provided more than 30,000 overnight stays to people in our community. We are a proud financial partner and various church members serve as volunteers.

Family Promise of Grand Rapids is dedicated to assisting homeless families in Kent County, keeping them together in times of crisis and helping them to develop a strong foundation for self-sufficiency. We are one of several local churches who take turns hosting families for individual weeks while Family Promise finds safe and affordable housing for them.

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.

At Kids Hope USA, they believe that all kids matter to Jesus and that the local church is uniquely called to care for children in their community who would benefit from another caring, reliable relationship. We provide mentors who meet weekly with students at a local public school.

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. We financially support their various youth discipleship opportunities, including the Grand Rapids Bridge Year, a program for post-high school individuals looking to take a season to know Jesus and make Him known while learning what it means to live a life of mission.

Hand2Hand provides food for kids facing weekend hunger in West Michigan. More than a million Michigan students qualify for free meals at school. To fill the weekend gap, H2H mobilizes churches, businesses, and individuals to provide more than 12,000 West Michigan students with weekend food bags. We are one of 145 churches that donate, pack and deliver food in Jesus' name to local schools.

Following Jesus Christ, who transforms lives, Love Your Neighbor equips our community to love, serve, and connect with dignity. We support them by serving meals at local Life Skills classes, providing school supplies for students, and helping with housing and other needs of local families.

Supported Missionaries

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

Kyle and Stephanie Brooks merged their Resonate Global Mission church plant in Oakland, CA 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.