Outreach @ Beckwith
Our congregation has made an effort to be involved in our community. If you are wondering how you might be able to get involved with any of these ministries which we have partnered with please contact the church office at 458-0150.
Cookies for Vets
We have adopted the 4th floor of the Grand Rapids Veterans Home. You can sign up to make cookies/homemade goodies for one of the pickup dates at the Welcome Center at church. Then bring your goodies to church on the date you signed up for and a couple from the church will deliver your goodies for you.
Kent Community Hospital
On the second Sunday of every other month, at 11:00 a.m., Beckwith Hills CRC provides the Sunday Morning Worship service for some of the residents. We provide someone to bring the message, a pianist to play a prelude, accompany the singing, and play a postlude. Special music can be provided or a group of church members go to assist with the singing. Residents need to be transported to and from the services.
Kids' Life Bible Club
In October, 2017, we began a Bible club for children in grades 1 through 4 on Monday afternoons - right after school. We have averaged between 25 – 30 students at each meeting.
Carol Cowenhoven is the Bible teacher, and there are 9 regular volunteers that assist with each grade. They supervise, teach music, do the puppets, song words, and snacks. This ministry has been a blessing to all those involved, and we pray for these children and their families, that they will come to know the Savior who loves each of them.
Celebration Fellowship CRC in the Ionia Prison System
Services are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings in three locations inside the prison. This is a new ministry for us, and a group of members attended one of their services this fall. After our orientation, we attended their service. The services begin with a Bible study, where the inmates gather in circles, and the lesson is led by the inmates, using a curriculum that was written by Rev. Andy Hanson, former Pastor at the prison. Following the Bible study time, they break up the circles and join together in worship, now led by Rev. Bob Arbogast, the new pastor at the prison. Members of various local churches in G.R. and surrounding areas attend each week to assist in this ministry. We were all very impressed by how the inmates take over the Bible study time and by how much they appreciate learning more about God and Jesus Christ as their Savior. They are looking for more volunteers to assist in these services each week.
Leonard Terrace Retirement Community Ministry In 1974, Beckwith Hills CRC was invited by Leonard Terrace to provide a Thursday evening Vesper Service each week for the residents there. The message was provided by the Pastor, sometimes a Seminarian from Calvin College, or various church members. Each week there were two families assigned to visit and a pianist was provided for the group singing. In 1990, Rev. Peter Kooerman took over the ministry every week. The visiting families brought treats for the coffee time following the meeting.
These Vesper services continued for 40 years. Then, due to poor attendance, due to regular attendees transferring to Nursing Homes, or passing away, we discontinued doing the Vesper services in 2014. Now we are reconnected with Leonard Terrace by doing Pizza, Pop, and a Psalm, every three months, and we are having good attendance and participation with them. Pastor Rick and Laura provide music during the meal, and Pastor Rick does the opening devotions. Various groups from church serve the meal. The Young People’s group has also been involved with visiting residents and helping them with a moving/remodeling project.
Missionaries and Agencies
Beckwith Hills Church supports these missionaries and agencies:
- Dr. Mwaya & Munyiva Wa Kitavi - Eastern & Southern Africa
- Rev. Jeong & Misook Gho - Japan and beyond
- Rev. Steve & Sandra Brauning - Dominican Republic
- Rev. Ricardo Tavarez - CRC Church planter in Burton Heights
- Bob Arbogast - Pastor at the Ionia Prison Ministry