Serving the Community: Community Partners

St. John's United Church of Christ takes pride in working with a diverse community of partners. We participate with and support many groups with our time, talent, and donations.

Inclusive Justice

A state-wide, faith-based, Michigan coalition, inclusive of all traditions, that affirms the inherent dignity and worth of every human being as a matter of spiritual conviction. 

Kids' Food Basket

Sending sack suppers home after school with over 4,000 kids every day in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Currently 4,173 kids each day.

Spectrum Health Foundation & Renucci Hospitality House

Providing housing for the families of children receiving medical care of Grand Rapids.

Access of West Michigan

Eliminating hunger and reducing poverty in Kent County.

Feeding America

Collecting and redistributing surplus food from farmers, grocers, manufacturers, and other commited citizens. By saving surplus food from landfills and using it where it is needed, the community grows stronger.

Michigan Conference UCC

Equipping clergy for faithful leadership, compassionate generosity, prophetic integrity, and spiritual discernment. Our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Bill Lyons, is featured as a keynote speaker for Vitality Day and serves as the facilitator of the Vital Growth Mission Area Team.

United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM)

Building community by providing material and educational assistance to meet basic needs, improve quality of life, and promote self-sufficiency.

Women & Children's Shelters

Working in partnership for the good of all children by providing comprehensive services to children and families at DA Blodgett/St. John's Home, Safe Haven, and Family Promise. 

Pilgrim Manor

We support this retirement community's Christian commitement to compassionate care for our elders.

Dégagé Ministries

Serving the homeless and disadvantaged in Grand Rapids.

Heartside Ministry

Working to enrich and empower the people living in the shadow of downtown Grand Rapids.

Habitat For Humanity

Putting God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. 

West Michigan Pride

Celebrating and advocating for the diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender community while educating the public on issues like health, social justice, sexual orientation, gender expression & identity, public services, etc. 

Grand Rapids Home For Veterans

Our local MI Dept. of Military and Veteran Affairs run home for service men and women.

Grand Valley State University (GVSU)

Programming, opportunities, and events

Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS)

Community education & donations.

Gays in Faith Together (GIFT)

Faith based support groups & meetings for youth and adults.

Grand Rapids Red Project

Removing the stigma of HIV, educating the public, and promoting testing and public services. 

Micah Center

Educating people about the biblical call to justice and how to respond to that call in the community. Many issues are addressed: Poverty, Environment, Health care, Worker Justice, etc.

United Church AIDS Network (UCAN)

Care giving, education, and prevention.

Neighbors In Need

Offering support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Working with the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM), advocacy efforts and direct service projects.

One Great Hour of Sharing

A refugee, relief, development offering transforming lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries.