Vriesland Church has been doing ministry in Zeeland since 1847. We are a Bible-believing, Christ-exalting, Spirit-enriched community of believers who desire to encourage, challenge, empower, and disciple each other in order to share the love of Jesus with the surrounding community.
All are welcome and all are confronted with the Gospel and our need to conform to the image of Christ.
All are welcome!
Sunday mornings are not for our entertainment but for the Church’s edification and sanctification. Our services typically last about 65 minutes and consist of many elements: reading Scripture, preaching from Scripture, prayer, singing, community, and sacraments.
On any given Sunday you will see button-down shirts and dresses alongside jeans. Wear what you’re comfortable in and expect to be warmly welcomed.
Nursery (birth - 2 yrs) is offered during all worship services and during Sunday School.
During the school year, we also offer programming during the service for children 3 years through 2nd grade to learn about Jesus at their level. Children are dismissed following our time of singing.
After the Sunday service, 3rd - 5th grade students gather for a Bible lesson and a craft. Infants - 4 year-olds will meet in the nursery. Kindergarten - 2nd Graders will meet in room 5.
Middle Schoolers gather to have good discussions based on the sermon but also on how the Bible applies to and shapes their lives. This is a relaxed space where you can ask any questions you have without judgment.
High Schoolers will gather upstairs in the teacher’s lounge together in smaller groups for a time of connecting and conversing about life, the sermon, what questions they have, and anything else that comes up.
After the Sunday service, Adults will gather together in smaller groups for a time of connecting and conversing about life, the sermon, what questions you have, and anything else that comes up. It is a relaxing space for you to be open and honest about your life with Jesus.
We are a community of faith committed to meeting people at their point of need and loving them in the way of Christ.
Sunday gatherings are where the body of Christ gains momentum and expresses her collective love for Christ. Our worship gatherings are not meant to house spectators, but active participants in praise, prayer, and encouragement. We believe that when the church gathers, Christians make that a priority.
Individual discipleship is a responsibility shared by the whole community. This means when we gather, we expect to be asked how our week was by someone who truly desires to know the truth. The only way the church will help each other grow is through meaningful, honest interaction.
Partnering with Vriesland means taking responsibility for part of the ministry. The only way the church can spiritually mature and reach our community is through volunteers. “One of the clearest ideas the New Testament gives us is that we are all called to build up the body of Christ through service.” (J.T. English)
Meeting the needs of others often begins by being a light at your job, in your home, and with your neighbors. Being a tangible example of Christ’s love can open many opportunities to hear about the needs of those around you. Do not underestimate a life lived to the glory of God.
Generosity is not primarily money, although that is often what we think of. When entrusted to God, giving what we can of our time, talents, and resources make a larger impact than the gifts alone can afford. Our small acts of generosity can and will help our community thrive.
We are committed to being aware of the needs of those around us and taking steps to meet the needs by whatever means possible. This, oftentimes, takes creativity and ingenuity. As we intentionally keep our eyes open to the needs around us, God will work mightily through our efforts.
Daily: time set aside to be actively present to Jesus and to focus our hearts on Him.
ex. Study Scripture & Prayer
Weekly: time set aside to reset our hearts, minds, and bodies to rely on God’s strength and provision.
ex. Sabbath & Worship Gathering
The best way we can love people in the way of Christ is by being steeped in the Words of Christ. Having biblical words on our lips and in our heart allows us to speak wisely and intentionally when those around us are in need of loving advice, guidance, or encouragement.
Being poured into and, in turn, pouring into someone else is wildly impactful to our Christian walk and the health of our community of faith. We would all greatly benefit from Gospel friendships we can rely on for sound, biblical advice as we navigate this journey of sanctification.
We stand firmly and confidently on the inspired, all-sufficient, inerrant, and infallible Word of God. We believe because the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts, “we believe without a doubt all things contained in them.” (Belgic Confession) The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is our only rule for faith and life.
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - one substance, equal in power, glory, and honor.
We believe this God created all things by His Word and continues to sustain and rule over His creation. He is our creator, redeemer, and sanctifier.
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, fully God and fully human. He took on humanity by being born of a virgin, obeyed God’s law perfectly, died for our sins on the cross, rose again to defeat Satan, sin, and death, and has returned to the Father’s side to intercede for His people.
We believe in Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the dead, bodily ascension, and eventual bodily return and final judgment.
We believe that God created men and women in His image and likeness to be in fellowship with Himself and one another. We believe that men and women are equal in value and complementary in function. When Adam sinned in the garden, his sin was imputed onto the whole of humanity and we still suffer the effects today. Apart from God’s amazing grace, we are fully incapable of living holy lives, serving God, and receiving salvation. Humanity is wholly dependent on Him.
God is merciful in saving those who have been elected and chosen in Jesus Christ without any consideration of their works. Thus salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone, based on the teaching of Scripture alone (5 Solas of the Reformation).
Through the finished work of Jesus, we are given His Spirit who convicts, regenerates, sanctifies, glorifies, and assures us of our salvation.
We believe marriage is a covenantal relationship designed by God, in the beginning, to be between one man, one woman, and God for life.
All sexual activity outside of the covenant of marriage is sinful. Lust, adultery, cohabitating, homosexuality, pornography, etc. are all outside of a covenantal marriage and thus condemned as sin.
Covenant Baptism: Baptism is a rite of initiation which replaces circumcision as the unique mark placed upon God's people and their children. Baptism is a sign and seal of the New Covenant given in Christ Jesus and is our entrance into the visible church.
The Lord’s Supper is a rite of fellowship. By faith in Christ alone, believers are supernaturally fed by Christ and receive spiritual nourishment as they partake of the elements.
We believe the Church is the physical representation of Jesus in the world, thus the Church is the loveliest place. As such, she is to live for the glory of God and have these three marks of a true church: faithful preaching in accordance to God’s Word, faithful administration of the sacraments, and discipline.
Michael Reeves defines the label evangelical as “people of the Gospel.” Evangelicalism is historic, mere, credal, catholic Christianity. Being evangelical does not speak to a denomination, but rather an emphasis. We are people who believe in and live by the supreme authority of Scripture. We believe the Gospel should always center its attention on our Savior, not on ourselves.
Reformed theology places great emphasis on the doctrines of God, His work throughout the ages and within our lives, and the doctrines of grace (Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverance of the saints). The emphasis on grace in reformed theology reminds us both of our unworthiness before God and God’s unbelievable saving power and love toward us. Even while we were dead in our sins, Jesus died for us and poured out His blood in order to redeem us - amazing grace.
We are a confessional church, meaning we affirm specific statements of belief called creeds and confessions. These statements are biblically-grounded and were written in response to wrong teaching to articulate what the Church believes regarding a number of topics. We adhere to the Apostle’s Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed. We also adhere to these confessional standards: The Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort, Belgic Confession, Belhar Confession, and Great Lakes Catechism on Marriage and Sexuality.
During our ministry season (Labor Day-ish and the end of April), on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-6:30 pm we offer a free meal to all who want to join. This meal is open to anyone in the community regardless of whether you take part in any of Vriesland’s Wednesday night ministries.
Right to Life works on behalf of vulnerable human beings, born and unborn, within our identified life issues of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Gateway Mission provides emergency services and long-term discipleship programs that offer help and lasting hope. This Christ-centered care helps our neighbors overcome the root issues of poverty, addiction and homelessness so they can rebuild their lives, from the inside out.
Words of Hope isn’t just a devotional ministry, and it’s not just a missions agency either! As you connect daily to the truths of Scripture with Words of Hope, you will also grow in your appreciation of and care for the global church. Resources you donate to the ministry will go directly to providing access to Scripture for people living around the world.
Western offers rigorous academic study in a nurturing community to prepare men and women for the challenges and opportunities of ministry in today’s world.
If you think you might be pregnant and are not sure what to do next, Positive Options is here for you. At Positive Options, they provide you with services and resources you need, at no cost. Their professional and caring staff will help you navigate through ALL your options regarding an unplanned pregnancy so you can make an informed decision.
Parkview works in conjunction with local agencies to make sure our residents receive optimal care and superior quality of life in a family setting within their community. They are well-known and respected community members, who are supported and actively engaged.
Campus Ministry, or CM for short, is a Grand Valley State University student organization right here on campus! They love Jesus and love people. They are here for you! CM hosts different events throughout the semester to create spaces to get to know people, as well as a weekly worship service.
More than a church, we’re a family.
La Casa is a church plant that serves their community through family-style discipleship and hospitality.
Grace Ministries (Guatemala Relief And Compassion Effort) serves impoverished children and their families in Guatemala by providing education, nutrition, health care, and spiritual care that breaks the cycle of both physical and spiritual poverty.
Paradise Bound runs a number of ministries for the country of Guatemala. They host mission teams, get the Bible into schools, have an orphanage, dig wells, train pastors, plant churches, build houses, and provide health care.
International Association for Refugees’ mission is to help people survive and recover from forced displacement. They are establishing long-term ministries in diverse locations along the well-worn routes people travel in their search for safety.
Bridge Ministries assists the church in making disciples and equipping the people of God for the work of ministry within the cultures of South Texas, Mexico and Latin America. They accomplish this by providing affordable faithful Christian resources.
We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding Sunday mornings, our ministries, our beliefs, or any other questions you.