If you have been visiting for a while and would like to make a deeper commitment and connection, we have many ways that you can do this. We would love for everyone who attends to feel settled enough to consider the Ann Arbor Vineyard their church home. Not everyone is the same and we have many different ways of connecting and we are sure that we have something for you.
The Ann Arbor Vineyard has a strong small group culture. We have a variety of small groups that meet throughout the week at different venues and we are launching new groups in the fall. To find out more about small groups contact the Lifegroups Coordinator, who will work on finding a small group to suit your needs.
Community Life Events
These provide a great opportunity to meet with fellow congregants as well as the staff and leaders. We have a wide variety of events throughout the year and these are regularly updated on our church calendar. The most popular is the Community Coffee hour held one a month on the third Sunday after the celebration. Let’s do Lunch: members of the congregation go out to lunch once a month at a local restaurant and all are welcome. We have other fun events like the Easter Egg hunt, the Church Picnic, and the Fall Festival, as well as many others which are also open to all. We are always looking for volunteers to help host these events and this also serves as a great way of getting to know people. If you would like more information about Community Life Events, feel free to contact the Lifegroups Coordinator.
We believe that as a church we are called to support all who come our way however we can, on their individual faith journeys. We believe the ultimate goal for each one of us, no matter our stage of faith, is to continually grow, transform, and to become more and more like Christ. We do this mostly by engaging the practices that Christ himself demonstrated as our role model, and surrendering to God’s work in our lives. So whether you are new to faith or established in faith, we hope to encourage you and guide you in continuing to grow. Visit the Spiritual Formation page for more information and for spiritual practices to engage. Please contact Anna Hillaker for more information, or to meet in person to discuss support for your spiritual journey.
As a church we are grateful for the gifts, large and small, which God has given us, and we are invited by God to respond to His grace by generously giving back, by sharing the gifts and blessings that have been received by us, and by caring for the world which God has entrusted to us. Giving is a sacrament and also a commitment. You can partner with us today by making a one-time gift today or setup a recurring giving account. No matter the size, every contribution is important and appreciated.
To find out more about upcoming spiritual formation, or discipleship classes, contact Anna Hillaker.
Working alongside one another is the best way to get to know each other and to serve in His name. We have a very wide range of service opportunities. So if you know your preference or your area of gifting, I am sure we have an opportunity for you.
If you have an affinity for children, our Children’s Ministry needs you! Serving in Children’s Ministry is a fabulous way of getting to know children as well as their parents. If you have children of your own, we know they really enjoy having their parents as teachers. We are always looking for volunteers to help on Sunday mornings. The commitment level can vary from simply serving one Sunday during the summer, to subbing for someone during the term. We are also looking for monitors, check-in station volunteers, Sunday School helpers and head teachers to serve every other month. The age range is from nursery to fourth grade. To find out more about the Children’s Ministry and ways of helping, contact our Children’s Ministry Director, Mary Buzzard.
Our Youth Ministry also welcomes volunteers for both the junior high as well as the high school groups. The junior high group meets during the celebration on Sundays, and the High School group meets on Sunday evenings. There are also regular fun outings and activities, and chaperones are always needed. To find out more about Youth Ministry activities contact Youth Ministry Director, Sam Tidball.
The volunteers of the Ann Arbor Vineyard Homeless Ministry head to Liberty Plaza Park in downtown Ann Arbor for food and fellowship every Friday evening of every month where they serve pizza and coffee, and hand out bags of food. They also distribute warm clothing and sleeping bags in the wintertime. They are an amazing team of people, and it is a humbling and also an enriching experience to serve the members of our community suffering from homelessness. There are also other ways to join in with the activities of the Homeless Ministry, visit the ministry webpage for more information. For any additional questions about the Homeless Ministry or to find out how to volunteer, contact our Executive Director, Julius Buzzard.
Sunday Celebration Team
Being a part of the celebration team provides a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Christ in a very practical way and to participate with Christ in welcoming all people to His party. This ministry provides a wonderful opportunity of sharing the love of Christ in a very practical way. For more information or to volunteer to serve contact Julius Buzzard.
If your gifting is more technical we have a need for you too. The Vineyard Multimedia Team seeks to use the visual medium to extend God's Kingdom. For more information or to volunteer, contact: Donnell Wyche