worship with us
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs...Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and the LORD'S love endures forever; the LORD'S faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100
become a part of our family
Sundays @ 9:30am - Traditional service in English led by Pastor Lindsay Small and Pastor Kristy Bootsma
Sundays @ 11:00am - Bilingual service in English and Spanish led by Pastor Bob Rienstra
Wednesdays @ 7:00pm - Bilingual prayer service in English and Spanish led by Pastor Bob Rienstra
Watch our live stream Sunday mornings at 9:30am on our YouTube channel. You can also watch the recorded service at the time that works best for you.
Listen to our services via podcast! Current and past episodes can be found here: https://eastern-avenue-crc.simplecast.com/
or search for "Eastern Avenue CRC" wherever you get your podcasts.
how we worship
Each week you’ll find these main elements of worship at Eastern, led by different members of our congregation and our pastors:
Gathering: we welcome all to worship, praise God in song, receive God’s greeting, and greet each other
Confessing: we reflect on our daily lives and receive the assurance that God forgives us
Hearing God’s Word: we read a Scripture passage and reflect on it together through the sermon and a song of response
Offering: we share our resources out of gratitude and pray for those in need
Celebrating: once a month and during special seasons our service includes a time of communion when we remember together that Jesus died for us and offers us new life in him
Going Out to Serve: we’re reminded that we’re blessed to be a blessing to others
We enjoy many different styles of music, from hymns to praise songs to spirituals to world music. We use many different types of instruments, including organ, piano, guitar, and drums.
how we welcome
God meets us where we are, so we welcome all God's children to worship as they are. Come whether you know what you believe or aren’t sure, whether you feel like you have it all together or your life is falling apart. Wear what makes you comfortable—jeans and tees, shirt and tie, shorts in summer, whatever!
During the service, children from pre-school through 1st grade are invited to meet God in age-appropriate ways through Children in Worship. We offer loving nursery care for children up to age 2.
Following the worship service, get to know your family in Christ with coffee and conversation in our Fellowship Hall.
be part of worship
At Eastern, there are many ways to be involved in worship, including singing in the choir, leading the prayers of the people, running the sound booth, and welcoming visitors. We invite you to use your gifts and time to serve as God has called you!
we worship bilingually
Experience God's love in multiple languages. We meet every Sunday morning at 11:00am for a time of Christian fellowship with believers from the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Our entire service is conducted in both English and Spanish. Not all of us speak English. Not all of us speak Spanish. But no one is left out of the community we share in the Holy Spirit.
where we worship
We’re located at 514 Eastern Ave SE, in the historic Baxter neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Parking is available in lots to the east and south of the church as well as along the surrounding streets.
Our east entrance is wheelchair accessible, and that's also where you'll find our Welcome Center.
Sundays @ 9:30am - Traditional service in English
Sundays @ 11:00am - Bilingual service in English and Spanish
Wednesdays @ 7:00pm - Bilingual prayer service in English and Spanish