Brunch: Music Appreciation Sunday

Sunday, April 23, we will show our appreciation to the dedicated Cancel Choir and Handbell Choir members who share their ministry of music with us by having a Music Appreciation Sunday. You are invited to gather for brunch in Fellowship Hall after service.

St. John's UCC has a long history of fine music making, with a commitment to excellence in worship. Our chancel choir sings twentyfive Sundays each year and rehearses every Thursday, October through May. They work hard learning new music each week, as well as preparing hymns and responses. Our Handbell Choir also rehearses weekly and plays during worship about four times per year. Most of the members of the Handbell Choir also sing in Chancel Choir! We want to recognize their efforts in bringing beautiful music to us each week and enhancing our worship services.

Please join us for brunch in Fellowship Hall after the 10am worship service, Sunday, April 23. If you would like to volunteer in the preparation of the meal, the clean-up, or make a donation to help with expenses, please contact Joel Gary at (616) 304-3749 or

Easter Sunday: April 16, 2017

Celebrate Easter with St. John's UCC! Gather with us for a beautiful Worship Service on Sunday, April 16 at 10am. Stay after service for our weekly 11am Fellowship Hour where you'll find a family of friends and a variety of treats, coffee, tea, and juice. Nursery for little ones is provided. You are invited and welcomed to participate in the full life and ministry of St. John's UCC, whatever your race, age, sex, marital status, financial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, or ability. Come celebrate Easter! He Is Risen! 

1934 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV)

Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) celebrates our transgender community and their courage in the face of adversity. TDOV was founded in Michigan and is now nationally recognized. On March 31st, along with other churches and local businesses, we will stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in their fight for basic human rights by displaying the trans flag to establish safe spaces throughout the community. You are invited to attend TDOV Stories of Stealth and Activism on Thursday, March 30, 6:30pm at SpeakEZ Lounge. St. John's UCC is an open and affirming faith community. We honor all people in the wholeness of who they are in Christ.

Caroling Party

On Sunday, December 11, after our 10am worship service, you are invited to take the sounds of the season on the road with us as we sing for local veterans and our shut-ins, members that are unable to physically attend worship services. Gather at St. John's UCC, 1934 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 for this season's caroling locations and carpool. All are welcome. Let's go caroling together!

December 2016: Save The Dates!

DECEMBER 2016: Save The Dates!

We are excited to gather as a church family. We are blessed to share our time and talent. We are encouraged to invite our friends. Let's make the season bright together!


St. John's Food Truck: Wednesday, December 7: Volunteers report to the church at 5:15pm. We begin checking in our guests at 5:30pm. We serve free groceries from 6-7pm. You are welcome to come and help with any of our Food Truck tasks: unloading the truck, stacking food on tables in the Narthex, carrying groceries, standing behind a table and serving the line of guests, communicating with guests in the sanctuary as they wait, or cleaning up (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) This event happens on the first Wednesday of every month. Members and non-members are welcome to serve with us.


St. John's Caroling Party: Sunday, December 11: After our 10am worship service, you are invited to take the sounds of the season on the road with us as we sing for local veterans and members that can no longer attend services (our shut-ins) at 11am.


Party With A Vet: Tuesday, December 13: Volunteers for this ongoing outreach event are welcome. We will be meeting in the lobby of the Grand Rapids Home For Veterans (Location: 2 North Wing, 3000 Monroe Ave, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505). Help us celebrate veterans and pass out holiday gift bags at 11am. If you would like to donate snack-sized items for the gift bags, they are located on a table in Fellowship Hall.


Young At Heart: Wednesday, December 14: This St. John's group will meet at 11:30am at Diana DeKorte's home for a holiday gathering. Please contact the church office for address information. (616) 453-2497.


Youth Sunday: December 18: St. John's youth will lead our worship service on the 18th. Acolytes, greeters, ushers, singing, and images of them dressed as angels, shepherds, and the Nativity on the sanctuary screens as we hear our youth tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Rehearsals & costume photos, all ages, are on Sunday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Contact: Sue Bradford 616-450-7814 after 6pm, or email the church to sign up for a reading part:


Christmas Eve Service: Saturday, December 24: All are welcome to gather in the sanctuary with us at 7pm for our annual St. John's UCC Christmas Eve Service.


Casual Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25: Come as you are for this casual 10am Christmas morning worship service. Bring the kids in pajamas if you wish. All are welcome.


Team Meetings:

Worship Team: Monday, December 5, 6:30pm

Council Team: Monday, December 12, 6:30pm

Property Team: Wednesday, December 14, 6pm-7:30pm



St. John's Music Rehearsals: Thursday nights: Hand Bells 6:15pm, Choir 7:30pm.

St. John's Girlfriends Group: Tuesday nights at 6:30pm.

Second Saturday Potlucks: Monthly, 5:30pm, at Richard & Christine Johnston's home.

St. John's Giving Tree: Donations may be placed on the tree in Fellowship Hall.

Kids Food Basket: Donations may be placed in the Narthex entry to the sanctuary.

Hanging of the Greens 2016

This Sunday, November 20, you are invited to join us for our annual Hanging of the Greens! After 10am worship service, we will gather for lunch in Fellowship Hall, then deck the halls and sanctuary with trees, garland, wreaths, centerpieces, and more! All ages are welcome! Lunch: Families with last names beginning A-K, are asked to bring a crock pot of soup or crackers to share. Families with last names L-Z, please bring a salad or bread to share. Let's make the season bright together!