Members of this guild range in age from late 50's to 70 something, most with grown children and grandchildren. Projects include kitchen duty and serving meals; hosting various fund-raising projects (such as the Barbara Rinella Book Review); making "Gift of the Heart" kits for needy families; sponsoring a hurricane Katrina family and adopting needy families for Christmas.  Contact Ann Miller by emailing her at

Joy Guild's members enjoy inviting speakers to their monthly meetings to discuss topics of interest to this age group of 60 years and up. Joy Guild also participates in kitchen duties; contributes to "Gifts of the Heart;" plans the Lenten Quiet Hour; has participated in the "Adopt a Heifer" project and various other projects. For information, contact Nancy Hollowell at

1005 Giddings Avenue S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
Phone:  616.245.0578
    There's something for everyone at East Church.  Consider getting involved.
  • Meditation Wednesdays
Our adult education program began in September. Our "Disciples" class is a 34-week bible study on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.

Christian education for children takes a high priority at East Church.  Our smallest infants and babies are cared for in our Noah's Ark nursery, located on the second floor.  Sunday school is offered during our 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service for children ages 3 through 5th grade.  You do not need to preregister your child.  All children are welcome.

Questions about children's worship can be directed to our Director of Christian Education, Stephanie Rodriguez at
Every Wednesday through June 2017, we meet at 5:30pm for reflection, meditation, prayer, journaling and peace.  The room is second door on the left side of the entry. 

We will take a break for the summer, and will resume Meditation Wednesdays in the fall.

Formed in 1999, Grace Guild's members range in age from early 30's to late 40's (some older), most with children school-aged or younger. Projects include IHN backpacks; making "Gift of the Heart" kits for needy families; sponsoring Family Night Dinners which consist of meals and programs that cater to young families; sponsoring a hurricane Katrina family; coordinating the G.R.A.C.E. Hunger Walk and coordinating the annual fall Women's Retreat. For information, contact guild president Chris Koorndyk at
East Congregational has a long history of supporting youth groups.  We offer a junior high youth group, which is made up of 6th, 7th and 8th graders, and a senior high, which is made up of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.  Each Youth Group meets twice per month, and often volunteer with events and community service in the community.  Click here to see what our youth have been up to. 
Here is a partial list of ways that you can serve your church and God with your time and talents.

Church Council
Boards and Committees
  • Christian Education Board*
  • Constitutional Amendment Board
  • Finance Board
  • Endowment Fund
  • Health Ministry
  • Membership Care & Growth Board
  • Memorial Committee
  • Mission & Community Outreach Board
  • Music, Drama & Fine Arts Board and Worship*
  • Personnel Committee
  • Property & Maintenance Board
  • Stewardship Committee 
  • Visitation Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Board of Property and Maintenance

Men's Club
Sunday School Participant*
Food Pantry
Youth Group*
Youth Confirmation*

If you are interested in volunteering in some way, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kris Choura at

*For any volunteer position where contact with children and/or youth is common, a criminal background check must be completed for the volunteer.  This is for the protection of the children & youth, the volunteers, and the church itself.  This is a REQUIREMENT for this type of volunteering.