Evening Activities

Be sure to check out the Adult Education and Missions & Outreach pages for more information on ways you can get involved, including evening activities not mentioned on this page.



 What Does This Group Discuss?

The Monday evening book discussion group is an informal, “come-as-you-are” group that meets the fourth Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m.  in the church’s Ryder Lounge.  Lively conversation is the hallmark for those involved as they gather to read and talk about current popular and bestselling books of both fiction and non-fiction.  This group has read books as varied as:  A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck, Heaven’s for Real by child author Todd Burpo, The Orchard:  A Memoir by Adele Crockett Robertson, and The Cape Ann by Faith Sullivan.  The best part about this group is that all future book titles are recommended by the participants for monthly readings and discussions.  Please join us to help decide what to read next!







Can Anyone Join?        Yes.  The group always welcomes anyone interested in reading, open discussions and great idea sharing.  Come as you are—there is a place for everyone in this group.

How Can I Get Involved?      Contact the group facilitator, Gayle Cox, for more information.

What Books Are You Reading in the Future?  Future titles are published on our Adult Education page.


What is the “Wednesday Supper” Program?

Anyone is welcome to “fire up” your spirit as you enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal and fellowship together with church members at the “Wednesday Supper” programs.  All food is cooked by our resident “experts”—meal planners and volunteer “foodies” right in the church kitchens.  Meals are offered Wednesday evenings, weekly, at 5:30 p.m. in the church Social Hall, from September through May each year.

How Did It Get Started?   This ministry began in the 1980s in response to the growing need for our church family members to eat a meal together—in between choir rehearsals and Bible study group meetings held on Wednesday evenings.  Today, it has become so popular that volunteers are always needed to prepare the meal and clean up.

Is There a Cost?   Meals on Wednesday evenings are provided free of charge.  A free-will offering is always welcomed, however, to offset the cost of the food and beverages.

Do I Need to Make a Reservation to Attend?   No reservations are required to enjoy the Wednesday Night Dinners.  All church members and the general public are welcome to attend and bring a friend.  Our members are eager to meet you.

Can I Get a “Take-Out Meal” ?   The church does provide “take-out meals” for those church members, family members and friends who are ill, cannot make the dinners due to schedule conflicts or do not drive a vehicle.  Call the church office before 1 p.m. on Wednesday at 616-842-7980 or e-mail the church secretary at:  jblanchard@umcdunes.org, and we will make arrangements to have a meal delivered to you or your loved ones. Or, you can make arrangements to pick meals up at the church in the lower level kitchen on Wednesday evening.

How Can I Sign Up To Help?   If you are interested in helping out with cooking, serving or working with the clean-up crew, please contact either Sherry Baker, Kitchen Coordinator; Tracee Cole or Kelly Gilley, Wednesday Evening Dinner Coordinators, by calling the church:  616-842-7980.  We welcome your help with “open hearts, open minds, and open doors.”

You can read more about Wednesday Evening Program activities, by clicking here.



What is the Philosophy of the Music Ministry?

The Music staff at the Church of the Dunes is committed to providing this congregation with a wide diversity of musical experiences. It is our goal—with all of the choirs—to help individual participants realize this ministry is a musical offering presented first to God, and then in leadership of our worship experience to congregational members and guests. New members are always welcome – you can read more about this ministry here.

How Do I Get Involved? Please contact:



20-somethingsPersons ages 18-30 are invited to drop in for the topic focused Bible study, “UMCD 20-somethings.” We meet on Thursdays from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Ryder Lounge.

According to Bill G.,It is a great opportunity to study the Word and to have fellowship with people my age. I like studying topics that are relevant in my life and what the Bible says about it. I believe it will help grow my faith. It is a great time worshipping our Lord with people my age.” When asked what one word would describe the experience, James L. responded: “uplifting.”

20-something Game Night

In addition, monthly fellowship and/or mission activities are also scheduled.

You can read more on Facebook, including the topic of Bible study discussions, here.




Join this group to create a variety of art projects. All classes are held Thursday evenings, September through May, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lower level Social Hall. This creative group has created dolls with surface designs, cross assemblages, relief paintings, ink drawings, collage, copper wire pieces, fish assemblages for ArtWalk, banners and more. You don’t need to be an artist or have an art background to join. Facilitator is Helen Lystra: 616-846-5429.



 When Are Women’s Bible Studies Offered?

Women’s Bible studies are held in the evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Rooms 13 & 14 on the lower level.  In these programs, women get together at church to explore bestselling author Beth Moor, Joyce Meyer and other popular authors’ enriching Bible curricula.  The studies are broken down into various six, eight, ten-to-eleven-week increments.  The series provides a wonderful opportunity for women to explore timely people, places and stories from the Bible, in topical formats, which are enhanced by book and Bible reading, workbook lessons, dynamic video lectures and group discussions.  Make the application to your life in today’s world from sacred scripture.


How Do I Get Involved?

Women’s Bible Study discussion classes are ongoing throughout the year.  Contact Women’s Bible Study facilitator Joy Shimp:  616-850-9229 or via e-mail:  jeffshimp@charter.net to register.

Anyone interested in expanding their understanding of the Bible and wishing to join the group is welcome to attend.  You do not have to be a church member to join this wholistic and validating group.  Please get involved—it will transform your life through discussions and friendships formed.

Joy Shimp, Women’s Bible Study Facilitator