Sunday Morning Service begins at 10 am with second hour and fellowship following immediately after. There are opportunities for all ages during second hour.
What To Expect
Many people have commented over the years about what a “friendly” and “welcoming” church Third Reformed is. We certainly hope that is your experience. Whether you’re looking for a new church home or simply visiting, we value your time and want to make your experience as positive as possible. Here are some things you might want to know.
Our worship service at Third is a blend of traditional and contemporary, particularly in terms of music. We value every generation and hope to be a place where all feel comfortable to worship. On any given Sunday, you might hear an organ, piano, brass quartet, bell choir, praise team, adult or youth choir, or guest soloist – or any combination of the above. And, of course, the congregation is invited to lift their voices on hymns and praise songs as well. Praise song lyrics are projected on the screen; hymns can be found in the grey hymnals in the pews.
Bulletin, Peace & Friendship Register
As an usher seats you, you will be handed a Bulletin to follow along the order of worship. When it comes time to “share a sign of peace,” most people shake hands with those around them. However, if you’re more comfortable with a nod of the head and “hi,” that’s perfectly acceptable, too. During the Offering the person closest to the inside aisle will pass the Friendship Register. Please sign it and if you feel so called, fill in your contact information so we can follow up with you. We promise no high-pressure sales pitches.
Once a month (usually the first Sunday of the month), we partake in Communion. Any member of a Christ-confessing church is welcome at the Lord’s table. You will be instructed whether to come up the center aisle or to remain seated to receive the elements. The bread we serve is gluten-free.
You will see a variety of clothing preferences at Third – and that’s just how we like it! If you feel comfortable in a suit and tie or dress, you will fit right in. If you prefer business casual, or even jeans, you will still blend in. Come as you are, with a heart open to worship God.
We take seriously our baptismal vows to play an active role in the spiritual development of the children of Third. That is why we take great care to staff a nursery and a Little Lambs room for the youngest among us. A visual pager system will alert you should your child need you during the service.
Children in Worship
Early in the service, children ages four through third grade are called to the front of the church for the children’s message. They are then released with their teachers to the education wing for Children in Worship time. This program is designed to flow seamlessly into the Sunday school hour so that their activities wrap up at 12:15. During the summer, a different program is offered for the children during the service. There is no Sunday school.
Sunday school is also offered for children in fourth grade through high school, mid-September to early June.
Following the service, you are invited to gather in the Fellowship Hall (down the front hallway that faces Michigan Street) for coffee, tea, or punch, and cookies. Please take a few minutes to introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you and answer your questions!
At 11:30 a bell will ring, indicating the Sunday school hour. Please feel free to take your drink with you to the Adult Education class offered in the Lounge (September through May). Or, you are also welcome to stay in the Fellowship Hall and chat. All programming concludes at 12:15.
Who We Are
Third Reformed Church got its start in 1875. We continue to minister to the needs of Northeast Grand Rapids and beyond, drawing our membership from throughout the greater Grand Rapids community. We are a member of the Reformed Churches of America (RCA), the oldest denomination in the United States.
If we can answer any other questions, please contact us at (616) 458-3089.