What do we mean by Engage?
When we say "engage" we are looking for ways to bless, serve and meet needs in the name of Jesus, both inside and outside the walls of our campuses.
We believe REAL people bring REAL change to their community and world. We are committed to engaging people in meeting the needs of others in both their community and in the world. There are lots of opportunities to choose from, as you find a place to serve based on your passions, personality and availability.
Engage Your World | 2017 Mission Trips
Throughout the year KCC’s Engage ministry organizes short-term trips to visit our global ministry partners and aid in the work they are doing around the world.
Teams are now forming for:
- Matamoros, Mexico- Focus: Home Construction | Build hope while building simple and safe new homes for widows and low-income families. Great first experience for teens and adults. Lodging in Brownsville, TX then drive across the border daily to work February 4-11
- Cancun, Mexico - Focus: Relationships | Work with Back2Back Ministries (and former KCCers Erick & Julie Mowery) to engage in community development projects and care for orphans and widows living outside the tourist zone April 1-7
- Guatemala - Focus: Orphan Care | Work with Pray America as to support orphans and widows in the city of Chichicastenango April 2-11
- Zambia - Focus: Community Projects | Visit KCCers Brad & Amber Howells who work with Poetice International in the music & Ares Academy in Livingston, and visit the village of Jembo, where KCC sponsors some community development projects June 2017
- Brooklyn, New York - Focus: Urban Outreach | Help World Impact International Ministries (a Wesleyan Church) serve their ethnically/ culturally diverse Brooklyn community through various outreach events July 8-16
- Rapid City, South Dakota - Focus: Native American Outreach | Help He Sapa New Life Wesleyan Church (a Native American congregation) finish their new church building and reach out to their native community. July 2017
- Macedonia & Czech Republic - Focus: Summer camp outreach | Visit KCCers Joel & Tiffany Toonstra in Macedonia and other Wesleyan Church missionaries in Croatia, helping with youth oriented summer camps August 18-28
- Los Angeles - Focus: Urban Outreach | Stay at the Dream Center and work with community outreach ministries serving the homeless, at-risk families and youth across L.A. October 2017
Trips in Development for 2017:
- Mozambique - Focus: Refugee Camp Water Project | Visit the U.N. refugee camp in Maratane (9,000 people are hosted there), caring for friends and relatives of refugees who immigrated to Grand Rapids, and providing clean water through installation of 1,000 portable water filter
- India - Focus: Community Outreach | Help KCC's Nagpur Campus with community outreach events and visit the school we sponsor in the village of Zilpa
For more information contact Rich Avery at 616.455.1740 ext.319
Engage your Community | Ongoing Opportunities
KCC partners with neighboring schools to help close student achievement gaps and better equip students and families to succeed in school and life. One hour a week can make a big difference – in a student’s life and yours!
Current opportunities include:
- ONE Wyoming | 1 on 1 – This community initiative pairs 1,100 academically challenged K-12 students in Wyoming with positive adult mentors who commit to meet with them for one hour per week for one school year.
- Glenwood Elementary Reading Buddies – This elementary school located near the Kentwood Campus needs “Reading Buddies” to come into a class for one hour a week to help students with reading comprehension and other skills.
- East Kentwood Freshman Campus Tutoring – This after-school tutoring program provides high school freshman with extra academic support on Wednesdays from 2:45-5:00 pm.
- Be the Dream - Be The Dream is looking for African American adult males interested in reading 30-60 minutes once a week in the Kentwood Public Schools. KCC lead pastor Kyle Ray reads to kids each week at Meadowlawn Elementary and absolutely loves it. You will too.
Adoption & Foster Care
KCC’s Families of Promise ministry promotes adoption and foster care within our church family and community, and provides care and support for vulnerable children and families in need.
Current opportunities include:
- Safe Families – When crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and our church family for support. But for some parents, there isn’t a safety net. With the changing economy many more families are experiencing financial crisis, unemployment, and homelessness. During such crises, children are especially at-risk for neglect or abuse as their parents struggle to cope with crushing circumstances and emotions. Safe Families provides team-based wraparound care and support for families in these situations. Opportunities to help include hosting a child in your home on a short-term basis, mentoring the parent during this time of transition, providing meals, transportation, or respite for the host family and more.
- The Closet of Hope - Exists at the Wyoming Campus to serve Foster, Adoptive and Safe Families in our church and community with urgent or ongoing needs. Items can be donated at either campus. Families benefit by receiving clothing and supplies for new child placements and by attending our quarterly open houses. For more information on this rapidly growing ministry or a list of needed items click here. Volunteers needed: To prepare freezer meals and sort clothing donations (flexible time slots available)
Other Local Engage Opportunities
- Woodfield Community Center – For more than eight years, KCC has provided after-school and summer activities for children, teens and adults living in the Woodfield Apartments on the west side of the Kentwood Campus.
- School Year Volunteers Needed: Thursday nights for “homework and hang-out time” from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., for kids of all ages
- Summer volunteers Needed: Monday -Thursday evenings
- Small Groups Needed: To sponsor and serve a meal on Thursday evenings during the summer
- Want to make a real difference? -Build relationships with our youth neighbors -Use your gifts and passions -Create your own serving experience -Live out your faith
- Pine Rest Youth Mentoring – This mentoring program connects abused and neglected youth (ages 11-19) living in a Pine Rest residential facility to a supportive role model who commits to walking alongside them through their journey in life. Mentors are asked to call their mentee once or twice a week and visit once or twice a month.
- Vista Springs Chapel Service – KCC hosts a chapel service at the Vista Springs retirement community in Wyoming on the first Sunday of each month, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. The service includes singing traditional hymns and choruses, an inspirational message, and communion, followed by a time of fellowship with the residents (including coffee and fresh baked cookies!). Vista Springs is located at 2708 Meyer Ave SW in Wyoming, north off 28th Street and west of Burlingame. Anyone is welcome to attend. We are especially looking for skilled musicians to play piano and lead the singing
Community Job Fair – KCC hosts the Community Job Fair at the Wyoming Campus on the second Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., featuring 40 employers and over 800 jobs. Help is needed to greet and register guests at the job fair. Click here for more information on the Community Job Fair
Urban Exploration – Join a small group of KCC adventurers in a half-day exploration of urban Grand Rapids. We’ll ride The Rapid downtown to explore some of the core issues of the core city (which ripple out to Kentwood and Wyoming and beyond), meet/visit some of our community partners and daughter churches to hear how God has uniquely positioned them to make a difference, engage with panhandlers and people living/working on the streets, enjoy some ethnic food, and more. Dates to be determined.
Local Food Pantries – KCC partners with local organizations like Streams of Hope and the Family Network of Wyoming to help meet food needs in our community. Opportunities are available for individuals and groups to sort, repackage and distribute donated food items.
To request more information regarding any of these ministry opportunities contact Kristina 616.455.1740 ext 504