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Groups & Classes

Adult Ministry Contacts

Susan Sorensen
Team Leader, Adult Ministries
Pastoral Staff, Women’s Ministry & Adult Bible Study
ssorensen@calvarygr.org

Mason Sherrill

Mason Sherrill
Pastoral Staff, Adult Sunday Classes, Small Groups, Calvary Equip and Men’s Ministry
msherrill@calvarygr.org

Karen VanHolstyn

Karen VanHolstyn
Assistant Director, Adult Ministries
kvanholstyn@calvarygr.org

Carla Boon-Julien

Carla Boon-Julien
Ministry Assistant, Adult Ministries
cboonjulien@calvarygr.org

Ministry Focus

It is in community where people experience God’s love by meeting together regularly, studying God’s Word, praying together and caring for one another. The following are opportunities for all adults to gather in community together. For a list of gender or age-specific groups, see the page for that specific ministry.

Small Groups

Small Groups meet in homes, at the church and other locations throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Each group determines when and where they will meet. Most groups meet twice a month.

To sign up for a small group contact our office (community@calvarygr.org) and we will help find a group for you.

Adult Sunday Classes

Adult Sunday Classes are made up of various size groups of people that meet for fellowship, education and outreach on Sunday mornings. All classes meet weekly unless otherwise stated.

Ambassadors
Chapel
A large sized teaching oriented class comprised of senior adults.  We are a caring group of believers who enjoy Bible study, fellowship, prayer and service.

Baby Boomers and Beyond
Room 251
A medium-sized teaching-oriented class comprised of senior adults studying Erwin Lutzer’s book “One Minute After You Die” & “Nations in the Bible, Past, Present, Future, Genesis to Revelations.” 

F.L.O.C.K. (Fellowship, Leadership, Outreach, Care & Knowledge)
Room 252
A large class of senior adults.  We focus on expository teaching of God’s Word, prayer, outreach and mission projects as well as class socials.

Faith Builders
Room 260
A medium sized class of individuals ages 40’s-60’s.  We encourage one another in obedience to God’s will through Bible study, prayer and fellowship.

Family Tree
Room 114 | Does not meet on 1st Sunday of the month
A medium sized class that discuss the sermons.  We are a warm community where grandparents, parents, teens and pre-teens study the Bible, fellowship and serve.

Growing in Relationships
Room 261 | Meet 2nd & 4th Sundays
A large, teaching and fellowship-oriented class of single, married and remarried older adults currently studying Exodus.  A spiritually rich and caring group who build Christ-centered relationships through in-depth Bible Study.  Together we enjoy monthly Friday night gatherings, retreats, outreach activities and prayer support.  

L.A.C.E. – Living After Christ’s Example
Room 211
A class for single women of all ages and life stages.  Our time will revolve around studying God’s Word, authentic community and life-changing transformation.

Rooted in Scripture
Room 212
A small class that digs deeper in Scripture.  We are studying  2 Peter.

Faith & Fellowship
Room 265
A small class comprised of singles and marrieds of all ages that engage in sermon discussion, pray for each other and fellowship together. 

Heirs Together
Chapel
A large class of single and married senior adults that will teach through a few different topics this year including: The Only Cure for Identity Politics, Growing Your Prayer Life, and The Exchanged Life. Join us to be strengthened and encouraged. Biblical teaching, class interaction, mission focus, social events and outreach opportunities characterize our group.

Journey 
Room 264
A medium sized multi-generational group of individuals and couples committed to engage more deeply with the Bible and authentic biblical community. Journey with us through God’s Word as they live, grow, and thrive in the community of Christ.

Koinonia
Room 260
This is a medium sized class of couples in their 30’s and 40’s teaching through the book of John.

Legacy Builders
Room 212
A small class that pray together and care for one another.  We are currently studying 1 and 2 Peter.

Momentum
Room 256
A small class of couples in their 20’s and 30’s studying the book of John. We strive to follow Jesus – moving forward as we step in faith through each new challenge and stage of life, maturing in Christ and love for one another.

Philadelphian
Room 252
A medium sized class of single and married senior adults studying Titus. We meet to study God’s Word, care for each other and have regular, fun social activities.

Simply The Story
Room 261
A medium-sized class designed for singles and marrieds of all ages. We are studying through the Old Testament by looking at the lives of Joseph and Moses, story by story. Join this discussion-style class as we discover God’s truths and then apply them in our own lives. In this class, we do not teach the STS method, but use this oral-based study method to explore the Word together. 

Threshold 
Room 251 | 1st & 3rd Sundays
A medium sized class of couples in their 20’s and 30’s that discuss the sermon. We are a group of families with young children who desire to study God’s Word and become more like Jesus. We meet in small groups every other week.

Calvary Equip Classes

Calvary Equip Classes will help you gain knowledge of tools of the faith, find enrichment in your faith, obtain skills to do the work, receive opportunities to practice and find direction on next steps. This is a great way to journey deeper in your spiritual formation. Register at mycalvarygr.org.

Calvary Equip: Foundations 
9:00-10:15am | Room 264
Foundations is a community of engaged and newly married young adults that get together to be challenged and encouraged as we focus on glorifying God through our marriages. We meet for teaching and discussion designed to give a Biblical framework for making godly decisions and forming healthy life-long habits that will help us strengthen our relationships and help us grow in Christ. Join us to work on building a strong and lasting foundation for your marriage.

Calvary Equip: What We Believe (membership class)
Sunday, January 19 – February 16 | 10:45am-12:00pm | Room 207
Register at mycalvarygr.org.
This course is open to anyone wanting to explore what Calvary Church believes and teaches.  It is a pre-requisite for membership, but we encourage anyone who wants to become more familiar with what we believe to take the class.  The class is open to anyone 12 years of age or older.

Conversations of Faith | 7 Weeks | Sunday, January 5 – February 23 | 6:30-8:30pm| Room 251
Register at mycalvarygr.org

These days, it’s more common for someone to follow Christ after several conversations and forming a relationship with a Christian than merely hearing a one-time presentation of the gospel.  In light of this trend, how can we help people to move nearer to God?  In this class, you will discover how to use everyday encounters and conversations for God’s life-changing purposes.

Calvary Equip: Financial Peace – Dave Ramsey
Tuesday, January 7 – March 10 | 6:30-8:30pm |$99| Room 255
Register at mycalvarygr.org

This nine-session, money-management class will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. Financial Peace University will help you take control of your money, plan for your future, and transform your life. A 75% refund will be given to the first 10 attendees to be present at all nine sessions.

 

Calvary Equip: Enjoying Your Marriage in the Second Half
Tuesday, March 17-April 21 | 6:30-7:45pm | $10 |Room 255
Register at mycalvarygr.org.

Over time relationships can fade and drift apart for many reasons, but we have a choice in the matter by giving our marriages the attention they need and deserve.  Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover or just a few small adjustments, we encourage you to join this study to refresh and rejuvenate your marriage with God’s Word and design.

Calvary Equip: A Man & His Design
Wednesday, January 8 – February 12 | 6:30-7:45pm |$10 | Room 265
Register at mycalvarygr.org

There are so many voices out there that are telling men what it means to be a man.  Discover God’s design. A Man and His Design is part of the Authentic Manhood 33 series of six-week sessions that gives men a vision for manhood as modeled by Jesus in His 33 years on earth. 

Calvary Equip: Using your Spiritual Gifts
Wednesday, January 8 – February 5 |6:30-7:45pm |Room 251
Register at mycalvarygr.org

You have been given a special gift by the Holy Spirit in order to build up the church body!  Come and discover your spiritual gift and how you can use it.  In this course you will be equipped with a greater understanding of how spiritual gifts work in the church and the next steps to using your gifts for God’s glory.

Calvary Equip: God Told Me
Wednesday, January 8-January 29 | 6:30-7:45pm |Room 109
Register at mycalvarygr.org.
Space is Limited. No Walk-ins – You must pre-register.

This four-week course, led by Jim Samra, will help you listen for God’s direction.  From the trivial to the life-changing, God cares about it all.  Learn to distinguish God’s guiding voice from all others and receive practical advice for learning to listen. We recommend that you read the book before attending the class.  Baker Book House will be offering it at a 40% discount and it is in our church library.

Calvary Equip: God Directed Parenting
January 15 – February 12 | 6:30-7:45pm |Room 264
Register at mycalvarygr.org

Parenting is hard, and at times can be discouraging.  However, God has an amazing vision for parents and the profound role they play in their children’s spiritual formation!  Come and be encouraged and equipped with tools to guide your family to deeper connections with God and one another.  This course will cover topics including having a biblical view of parenting, creating spiritual rhythms in the home, partnering with the church, and biblical discipline. 

Calvary Equip: Good News of Jesus
Wednesday, February 5 – March 25 | 6:30-7:45pm |$10 |Room 256
Register at mycalvarygr.org

You have heard the gospel, but do you know the gospel? In this seven session course you will be equipped to understand and articulate the gospel message simply, concisely, and contextually! In studying the four gospel accounts, you will also gain a greater understanding of their differences ad purposes.  Upon completion of this course you will be able to share the gospel with confidence, being able to derive and defend the gospel from Scripture. (This is a required course for anyone participating in a short-term mission trip.) 

Calvary Equip: Journey of a Life Giver
Wednesday, February 5 – April 1 | 6:30-7:45pm |$10 |Room 252
Register at mycalvarygr.org.

All human life is immensely valuable to God, especially those vulnerable to neglect and abuse including the pre-born, orphan, disabled, trafficked, special needs, and elderly.  Capture the Father’s heart for life – the abundant life.  This course explores areas where life is devalued in society and equips participants with tools to bring dignity, life, and the Father’s love to the most vulnerable.  

Calvary Equip: Explore Calvary
Wednesday, February 12 – March 18 |6:30-7:45pm | Room 251
Register at mycalvarygr.org

Explore Calvary is a five session class to learn more about Calvary Church. The first session is a quick overview of our church. The following four sessions provide insight into what it means to Worship, Fellowship, Equip & Serve here at Calvary Church. 

Calvary Equip: A Man & His Story
Wednesday, February 26 – April 1 | 6:30-7:45pm | $10 | Room 265
Register at mycalvarygr.org

Understand how your past shapes who you are today and enjoy God’s best for your future. A Man and His Story is part of the Authentic Manhood 33 series of six-week sessions that gives men a vision for manhood as modeled by Jesus in His 33 years on earth.

Calvary Equip: Building your Marriage to Last
Wednesday, March 4 – April 22 | 6:30-7:45pm | $10 |Room 264
Register at mycalvarygr.org.

Falling in love and building a good marriage are two different things.  Thankfully, God has a beautiful plan and design for building loving and secure marriages.  In this course you’ll uncover the tools and resources to construct a biblical marriage that lasts.

Calvary Equip: What We Believe (membership class)
Wednesday, March 25 – April 29 | 6:30-7:45pm | Room 251
Register at mycalvarygr.org.

This course is open to anyone wanting to explore what Calvary Church believes and teaches.  It is a pre-requisite for membership, but we encourage anyone who wants to become more familiar with what we believe to take the class.  The class is open to anyone 12 years of age or older.

Calvary Equip: What We Believe (membership class)
Saturday, March 14 | 9:00am-2:30pm | Room 251 | Lunch provided
Register at mycalvarygr.org.

This course is open to anyone wanting to explore what Calvary Church believes and teaches.  It is a pre-requisite for membership, but we encourage anyone who wants to become more familiar with what we believe to take the class.  The class is open to anyone 12 years of age or older.

Monday Night Bible Study

January 6 – April 27 | 7:00-8:30pm | $10 | Chapel
Register at mycalvarygr.org anytime throughout the semester.

Our study this semester is, Sustaining Grace: Living in Light of Jesus’ Return through 1 & 2 Thessalonians. These two letters written by Paul beautifully flow from all we are discovering in Titus. Join us in actively engaging with these rich epistles as we discover and apply God’s transforming truths in order to grow in godliness. Monday Night Bible Study combines large group teaching with small group discussion for both men and women. Small groups are gender specific. Join at any time throughout the semester.