With Heart

MINISTRY AT THIRD
Third Reformed Church has discerned God’s call to worship with a classic Reformed liturgy. Often lectionary-based, our worship combines the great hymns of the faith with newer songs of the global Christian Church. We seek worship that first exalts God and then also reminds us of our identity, confesses our sin, celebrates creation, and heartens other believers.

We seek to make worship inviting and accessible to all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, incorporating the arts to transcend spoken language. We gather around the communion table monthly, participate in creative liturgies, and give dramatic readings often led by students and children. During the high and holy seasons of the Christian year, we intentionally develop themes for worship and spiritual disciplines that can be practiced and lived-in daily life.
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR
8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

DURING THE SUMMER
10:00 a.m.

SUNDAY EDUCATION CLASSES
9:45 a.m.

DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Worship via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. and education classes via Zoom at 9:00 a.m.

NURSERY
Offered for infants through age 3 during Sunday morning worship services and classes.

CHILDREN AND WORSHIP
Children ages 4 through second grade participate in the start of the sanctuary worship service then leave to experience worship at their own level. The program offers singing, Bible story, response to God’s word, and prayer in a way that makes worship accessible. This program is offered throughout the year.
MIDWEEK ACTIVITIES

During the school year, join us Wednesday night for supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by Life in Faith Together (LIFT) children’s programming at 6:15 p.m. and youth and adult programming at 6:30 p.m.

LIFT is a multi-generational, mid-week offering of educational, musical, and spiritual development. Children’s programming, middle school youth group, high school bible study, choir, and more are available.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, LIFT has been held via Zoom monthly with special children’s and adult breakout rooms.

MUSIC

Music has always been an important part of worship at Third Reformed Church. At Third Church, we acknowledge that music is a God-given gift that uplifts and edifies the worshipper. With our music, we intend not to perform but rather to offer a gift to God out of gratitude for his gift to us. When the gift is returned to God, he is honored and glorified as the Lord of our lives.

God has endowed many members of our congregation with musical ability. We invite new members to share their gifts by joining our music ministry, which includes choral and handbell ensembles for all ages, from young children to adults.

The Robert L. Sipe organ, installed in 1982 and refurbished in 2010, is a 40-rank, three-manual mechanical action instrument. In addition to this marvelous instrument, we regularly feature piano, timpani, and solo instrumentalists in worship services.
Sings weekly at the 8:30 a.m. service.
Sings weekly at the 11:00 a.m. service. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. High School-Adult ages are welcome!
Plays regularly in both services and in the annual carol service. All ages are welcome, though you must be tall enough to see over the tables.
Sings regularly in morning worship services. This group also learns hand chimes in the winter season.
Children 4 years old through second grade sing songs praising God and share them in worship on a regular basis.
Rehearses on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 10:00 a.m.

DISCIPLESHIP

We seek to nurture the discipleship of individuals of all ages and stages of faith development by offering many opportunities for spiritual formation. We are intentional about training and inspiring youth so that as they grow in Christ, they “dream dreams,” engage in service, and assume leadership responsibilities with the rest of the congregation.
Children ages 4 through second grade participate in the start of the sanctuary worship service, then leave to experience worship at their own level. The program offers singing, Bible story, response to God’s word, and prayer in a way that makes worship accessible. This program is offered throughout the year.
Our youth ministry seeks to create opportunities for our middle school or high school students to experience God through fellowship, worship, discovery, and service.
Third Reformed Church has various ministries that encourage congregational members to nurture their faith with God and to develop the body of Christ in the fellowship of a smaller group.