Outreach & Service

One of the exciting things about Westview CRC is we are weekly engaged in outreach and service ministry. We have a missional pic 1 relationship with Matthew’s House on the west side and the Northwest Food Pantry. We have a Furniture Pantry here at church and distribute pre-made frozen meals to the hungry. We partner with C.A. Forst Elementary School to assist with their needs. We also have “Service Saturday” each year to bless, build and help our neighbors in any way. We have service projects out of state and a growing refugee ministry. Are you looking for a place to serve and help neighbors? Westview CRC is the place. Contact Pastor Pete at pastorpete@westviewcrc.org for more information.

HIS Place

Since 1995 Westview has partnered with HIS Place Ministries located at 635 Butterworth SW. HIS Place seeks to meet local people at points of need in their lives by helping with daily challenges and guiding them into relationships with the Lord through working toward sustainable change, creating stability in families and community, and connecting them to local churches or strong faith communities. HIS Place works with both men and women but maintains a strong focus on reaching men, helping them to become stable and strong leaders in their families, workplace, communities and churches. One on one mentoring, small group Bible studies, support sessions, fellowship dinners, prayer walks and Project Phillip Bible studies are conducted by the staff.

The Big Event

pic-big-event-kids-playing Join us for Westview’s annual community event held each fall, a time for food, fellowship and fun! This is a kickoff to the various ministries that will be starting in the fall at Westview, and a great way to begin the school year. An action filled event with inflate pic-brent-in-dunk-tank bles, dunk tank, farm animals, carnival games, food and much more.  Sign up for our free prize drawing, past prizes include a Kindle, Fitbit, Electric Razors and Toothbrushes, Gift Cards and other great prizes. Need a snack? Grab a free sno-cone or popcorn, or better yet a hot dog and chips on us. It’s sure to be a great time for all. This event takes place in September.

Trunk R Treat

IMG_5524 Come enjoy a safe night indoors at our annual Trunk R Treat event. Last year over 20 tables were decorated on Halloween and thousands of pieces of candy passed out. If you’re cold, warm up with some free hot chocolate or have some cookies to enjoy! Westview looks forward to seeing you this Halloween !

Summer Festival

Come to Westview in June for our annual kick off to the summer. Past events IMG_4594 have included inflatables and carnival games along with food and snacks. The Walker Police Department and Grand Rapids Fire Department also pay a visit, with sirens blaring. Come kick off next summer fellowship with Westview.

Outdoor Game Night  / Wacky Wednesdays

Westview can sure get wacky during the summer. Look for action packed kids games throughout the summer. Past events included rocket launching, relays, treasure hunts and other games like kickball, whiffle ball Picture3 and more. Following the activities, stay for a refreshing snack and drink and fellowship with friends. Parents stay and hangout or play along with your kids. Keep watch for which Wednesdays Westview will get super wacky next summer !!

Matthew’s House Ministries

Located at 766 Seventh Street NW, Matthew’s House provides men, women and children with a safe environment, programs and services to promote self-sufficiency and independence to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty. On site services include: Bible study, Celebrate Recovery, Laundry, Lunch, Food Pantry, Hair Cuts, Craft Group, Art Class, “The Seed” Transitional Men’s Home, and “Lydia’s House” transitional women’s home.
www.matthews-house.org

Northwest Food Pantry

As a part of the ACCESS pantry network, Northwest Food Pantry provides food assistance and referrals within the Northwest side of Grand Rapids.
www.nwfoodpantry.org

Service Saturday

Traditionally in May, members of the congregation set out on a Saturday to do community service projects within our pic 2 community.  Projects traditionally involve yard work, cleaning or small DIY projects in which we try to work and bond with our neighborhood community.  Please check the Westview Communicator for upcoming opportunities.

Volunteers In Service (VIS)

Since 1989 Westview has actively partnered with Volunteers In Service whose purpose is to help West Michigan churches witness Christ’s love in action. VIS helps churches and their leaders discover the gifts of discipleship through training, resources, and volunteer opportunities.
www.visgr.org

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Today about 180 million people do not have any Scripture in their language. Wycliffe’s vision is to see the Bible accessible to all people in the language they understand best. To make this vision a reality, Wycliffe also focuses on community development, literacy development and church partnerships.
www.wycliffe.org

Westview Supported Missionaries

Westview currently supports missionaries in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Tennessee.