SMALL GROUPS

God intended for us to live in community together. We read in scripture that the early church met in the Temple Courts, but also in houses. Large group worship is essential for our spiritual growth, but small groups are where we can connect with each other on a more relational level.

In a small group, we study the Bible, eat together, care and pray for each other, and share our time and stories. Participating in a small group is the best way for adults, college-age and older, to connect with others in the church and live out our mission and vision.

Anyone can join a group, even if this Sunday was your first time at Sunrise. If you’re not already involved in a small group, you’re missing out. You’ll be blessed!

So are you ready to join a small group? Would you like more info first? Whatever your interest, contact Dan at dan@sunrisemin.org

OUR MINISTRIES

At Sunrise, we offer many opportunities for people of all ages to learn and grow in God. Below you will find some basic info about such ministries.

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kidzone children's ministries

Our KidZone program exemplifies our commitment to the future of our community. It is designed for kids age 3 through 5th grade.

All kids are welcome to come in at 9:50 to meet up with the other kids in their designated zone. There they will work on Bible memorization while building authentic community.

Afterwards, all the kids come together as a large group for a time of worship and to hear the message for the week.

When the message is done we break off once again into our zones for a more in-depth, age-appropriate discussion of the message. Kids are then encouraged to visit the worship response stations such as: Prayers, Blessings, Promises, and Encouragment.

On occasion events for the kids are planned outside of Sunday morning worship.

A nursery is provided the entire service for infants to 2-year olds. 

If you have any questions about KidZone please contact Penny Plowman, our Director of Children's Ministries.

OUR WELLNESS POLICY

We ask that any children exhibiting the following symptoms not be brought into Nursery or KidZone:
  • Fever: Child should be fever free for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea: Child should be episode free for 24 hours.
  • Strep Throat: Child should have started antibiotics 24 hours before attending.
  • Nasal Drainage: Child should not attend until drainage is clear in color.
  • Sore Throat/Cough: Child should not attend with a sore throat, or persistent coughing associated with respiratory infection.
  • Pink Eye: Attend only after 24 hours of antibiotics, no matting or drainage occurs, and the child is no long rubbing the eye.
  • Chicken Pox: Child may not attend until all spots are scabbed over and the child is no longer scratching or touching scabs.
  • Rash:  Children with an unexplained or contagious rash should not attend.
  • Lice/Other Infestation:  Children should not attend until after treatment, and all live lice and nits have been removed.

Anchor Student Ministries

Sunrise’s Anchor Student Ministries group meets regularly at the Sunrise Ministry Center.

Together with our Student Ministries Director, Zachary Brummel, and his volunteers, students 6th grade through 12th grade strive to establish meaningful relationships at gatherings where students are encouraged to participate in fun events, engage in life-applicable discussions, and build their faith.

If you are a student, you will not want to miss out on this opportunity! For information on Anchor Student Ministries, please email Zach at zachary@sunrisemin.org


women's ministries

At Sunrise, our Women's Ministries are busy! There are always groups and events going on, and as we update the calendar for the coming summer, be on the lookout for those opportunities.

In the meantime, if you'd like to get involved with a women's group or event, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact either of our Women's Ministry Directors, Kellie and Tracy.

local missions

Sunrise is committed to transforming the world with God’s grace and love.  It’s a commitment we mean to keep.  We believe that God calls us not just to attend church, but to focus our energy and resources locally to help people hear about Jesus and experience God’s love in real, tangible ways.  We have committed to participating in various efforts to help others in need in West Michigan.  As Christ served us, so we serve people around the world—and right at our front door.

Our local focus area is led by a team of people who work together to find needs in our community and connect people from Sunrise to meet those needs.  Currently, we have developed a few partnerships within the West Michigan community.  If you can lend a hand somewhere (and let’s be honest – you can), don’t hesitate to let us know and then jump right in!  Here are just some of the opportunities for individuals or small groups to serve:

  • Go – be part of a one of the teams and use your gifts to help people in our local community by serving food, driving a bus, using mechanical skills, helping with basketball camps, serving at VBS, and more
  • Give – financially support local initiatives that strengthen the local community
  • Join – get involved with the Local Focus Team to further support our partners and help educate and equip Sunrise

some of our Local Partners

Presidential Estates

Sunrise partners with Presidential Estates in our local community. Presidential Estates is a manufactured home living facility.  We partner with them to help the kids and those in need in the community. There are a variety of ministry opportunities involved with this, including food distribution (see below), VBS, basketball camps and recreation, bus ministry, and more.

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Feeding America

Help us distribute groceries and love our neighbors. Although we meet a very physical need, we try to meet spiritual needs as well.  Sunrise partners with Feeding America to provide a food distribution on the third Thursday of alternating months as the Presidential Estates Club House.

Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and is followed by a free pizza dinner. After dinner, we distribute tons of groceries. You are welcome to take part in serving others, receiving food—or both!

Mechanic Mission

A group from Sunrise fixes cars for single mothers and those in need. If you are “handy” with cars or possess mechanical skills this group is a great way for you to use your talents to help others.

Please feel free to contact Shana DeWent, Director of Missions, at shana@sunrisemin.org if you have any questions.

GLOBAL MISSIONS

Sunrise is committed to transforming the world with God’s grace and love. It’s a commitment we mean to keep. We believe that God calls us not just to focus our energy and resources locally but also to reach out across the globe. Currently, our global partnership is with the country of Niger.  While we know that everyone on the planet has an undeniable need for love and grace, we have felt led by the Spirit to Niger and have been given an opportunity to help the people hear about Jesus and experience God’s love in real, tangible ways.

Our Niger focus area is led by a team of people at Sunrise working to support long-term workers on the ground, increase awareness of the issues faced by the people of Niger, and raise support for local causes. We also try to regularly send people on short-term trips to visit our partners in Niger. Short-term teams gain vision for missions, develop a deeper understand of the context in which our partners work, and allow God to radically transform their worldview. While currently we have developed only one global partner, we are listening and looking as to where we may be called next. Our goal is to help as many people as possible grow in their understanding of God’s mission and purpose and to deploy them as ambassadors of Christ worldwide.

The country of Niger is immediately to the North of Nigeria with four-fifths of the terrain being consumed by the Sahara Desert.  The situation in Niger is difficult for many.  Niger is the least developed country in the world, according to the United Nations Human Index.  The average income is $390 per year (slightly more than a dollar a day) – one of the lowest in the world.  Nearly 65% of the people living in Niger have never been enrolled in school and the literacy rate is 29%.  A food and nutrition crisis resulting from cyclical severe droughts is threatening the survival of an entire generation of children in the Sahel region in West and Central Africa.  Half of the population (about 7 million people) faces food insecurity.

While these conditions may seem severe, there is great potential for growth, especially when efforts include improving education for children.  Our mission team has devoted itself to making a difference and bringing the love of Christ to Niger.   We partner with a local organization called Remember Niger.   The mission of the Remember Niger Coalition is to unify people and mobilize resources in order to expand quality educational opportunities in Niger.  Sunrise is partnering with Remember Niger to sponsor children, develop schools and educational opportunities, provide meals and medicine, send people on short-term trips, and raise awareness globally of the plight of the country of Niger.  Click here to check out Remember Niger’s website.

A few things you can do:

  • PRAY – lift up the people of Niger regularly in prayer
  • LEARN – find out more about the nation of Niger through books, websites, and other resources
  • GO – be a part of a short-term trip to Niger or consider how God may be calling you to go for a longer duration.
  • GIVE – financially support short-term teams and initiatives that strengthen the local church
  • JOIN – get involved with the Niger Focus Team to further support our partners and help educate and equip Sunrise