Opportunities to Serve

Calvin Opportunities

Children & Youth Ministries

Consists of Nursery, Children In Worship, Children’s Messages, Christmas Programs, Wednesdays at Calvin – Little Peeps, Gems, Cadets, Middle School youth, pizza server, prize store attendant-, High School youth, Merge – College & Career Group, Momentum, Mission Trips, Fundraising, etc.  For more information on the many opportunities to be involved see the Student Ministry page and/or contact Brian Kingshott – Director of Youth Ministries by email b_kingshott@yahoo.com or contact Courtney Kingshott – Director of Children’s Ministries by email cakingshott@yahoo.com

The Building and Grounds Team

Meets on the 1st Monday of the odd months at 7:00 pm.  This team leads the church in the maintenance of the building, systems (including electrical, heating, mechanical, plumbing), and grounds to ensure the facilities are safe, in good repair, and the grounds are clean and in good appearance.  Wayne Bishop (current chair).

The Fellowship Team

Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.  We plan events to help promote fellowship within the congregation and also reach out to the community through our involvement with the food trucks during the year that are hosted by Calvin Church.  We welcome new ideas/activities that we would organize that could help to promote friendship among members and visitors of our church.  We also encourage you to join us as you are able to in this mission. Vern Borgman (current chair).

The Mission & Outreach Team

Meets a few times throughout the year, but mainly communicates by email.  This team stimulates, promotes, and advocates for the missional lifestyle of the church body.

Life Groups

Similar too small groups, Life Groups are small groups of people that gather together weekly for four to six consecutive weeks up to twice a year. Life Groups emerge from people’s passion around some element in our faith. This may be a group around spiritual disciplines, a Bible study, a group that goes out and serves, or a group that meets around a shared interest or hobby that includes a spiritual component. The purpose of these groups is to grow deeper relationships within the church and to grow deeper in our faith.

The Library Team

Meets every few months to clean out the library that is located in the Fireside Room.  They also order and process books occasionally.  The library has three sections of books: children’s, adult fiction, and adult nonfiction.  There are also a few DVDs as well as boxes with small-group study ideas (containing a book, study guide and related video).  You can stop in anytime and browse the shelves.  Lois Veenstra (current chair)

Hearts & Hands Ministry

Shows God’s love to the Calvin Church family and the community.  Baby baskets, get well baskets, sending cards, giving newlywed devotionals, coordinating lunches for Sacred Suds are just a few of the areas the committee is involved in.  It is a very rewarding ministry to all who participate in it.  If you would like more information or would like to be involved see Maryann Wolffis or Jeanne Maycroft (current co-chairs).

Mission Statement:  Hearts & Hands exists to care for one another with kindness, compassion, encouragement and love.

Philosophy:  We believe that this ministry is intended to respond to numerous commands in scripture to love one another (John 13:34); serve one another (Galatians 5:13); carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2);  spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24);  pray for one another (James 5:16); encourage each other (I Thessalonians 4:18); and to be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32). This caring ministry exists to coordinate efforts to follow these commands and encourage members of the Calvin family to respond to needs and reach out to each other in love.


Always looking for volunteers for the following:  Greeter, Usher, Information Desk Host, Coffee Fellowship server, Early Morning Coffee servers .  If you would like to volunteer for one or more of these areas see Vickie in the office or email her at vickie.curtis@calvin-crc.org and she will get you connected.

Tech Team

Oversees, enhances, and promotes the use of technology in the ministries of Calvin Church.  If you have an interest in joining our team, please see Pastor Mark (current chair).

Prayer Ministries

Consists of Prayer Group which meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in the Fireside Room.  You are always welcome to join us in prayer.  Men’s Prayer Breakfast meets at Russ’ on Henry St. on Wednesdays at 7:00 am.  Prayer Chains – phone, email, Facebook.  If you would like to be added to any of these lists see Vickie in the office or email her at vickie.curtis@calvin-crc.org.

Worship & Music

Has many ways to serve including Praise Team – vocalist/instrumentalist, Choir, Bell Choir, Reader, Creative Worship Design, Technical Services – projection, sound system.  If you are interested or would like more information on any of these areas, please contact Joni Wagenmaker – Director of Worship and Music by email jwagenmaker24@gmail.com.

Community Opportunities

Crossroad Bible Institute

(CBI) is an international discipleship ministry for prisoners and their families.  Crossroad equips the church to disciple people in prison with the Word of God, free of charge, wherever they are incarcerated.  It is a personal, in-depth and long-term program that is uniquely designed to help incarcerated persons grow dramatically in a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, preparing them for and assisting them with successful reentry upon release.  This ministry involves encouraging your student by writing letters, praying for your student, correcting lessons, and investing your time in the life of another.  Mentors are always needed.  For more information on how to be involved contact Tom Veldman and/or go to www.crossroadbible.org.

Family Promise on the Lakeshore

Addresses family homelessness by providing shelter and hospitality in church facilities. Calvin Church opens its doors 2 times a year, 1 week at a time, to homeless families in our area.  Ways to be involved are as follows:  prepare a meal, overnight hosts (with comfy beds), set up, tear down, laundry (sheets, blankets & towels).  There is a volunteer opportunity for everyone.   If you would like more information or would like to volunteer see Carl & Bonnie Bergman and/or go to www.fp-lakeshore.org.

Mobile Food Pantries

Calvin hosts a mobile food pantry from Feeding America West Michigan once a month, typically on the last Friday of the month with some changes due to holidays.
Set up starts 4pm, food distribution 5pm & clean up done by 6:30pm.
Around 200 families are served each month.
If you would like to volunteer, contact Kathy Hoogstra or Nancy Mellema.  If you’d like more info on Feeding America, go to http://www.feedwm.org

Friendship Ministry

Wonderful program that gives special time for special needs. Volunteers form friendships with special needs adults in meetings held on Thursday evenings from October through April.  Included activities are prayer and share times, music, Bible lessons, snack times and monthly special activities.  This is a wonderful opportunity to both give and receive a blessing while sharing God’s love with others.  If you have questions or would like more information on how to get involved see Jan Weiden and/or go to www.friendship.org.

Household Pantry

Made up of volunteers, together with Love INC, who facilitate the pantry which is a wonderful resource for someone when referred by the Red Cross, a Homeless Shelter, or Prison Re-entry.  This pantry is offered once if a person is in transition.  We are always looking for new or gently used household items. If you would like to volunteer, donate or get more information see Cornie VanTol or Dee Scott and/or go to www.loveincofmuskegon.com.


Supper House

Provides meals to those less fortunate, but along with providing food, they also provide attention, respect, dignity, love, opportunities, friendship and a sense of “belonging”.  Calvin volunteers sign up to serve dinner on the 1st Monday of each month.  This ministry is facilitated through the Deacons.  For more information go to   www.missionforareapeople.org/serving-the-community/supper-house.

Pack-N-Play ministry

Plays a vital role ensuring a safe sleep environment for babies.  Up to 2 pack-n-plays are given out each month.  Applications are filled out and approved by Love INC.  Delivery of the pack-n-plays may be needed at times.  This ministry is facilitated through the Deacons.  For more information go to www.loveincofmuskegon.com/church-ministries/crib-layette-ministries/


SERVE Muskegon

We host youth mission teams from the U.S. and Canada to do service projects in our community for one week in the summer.  For more info, see SERVE in Student Ministry.