By providing consistent and loving support, UICM is empowering young people to find FAITH and HOPE, while changing our community with LOVE…one child at a time!
UICM exists not only to impact the youth in this community, but to empower the body of Christ everywhere.
UICM gives people from Grand Rapids and beyond the oppurtunity to serve others in a way that helps advance God's kingdom.
To be a “community for the community.” To be a diverse, multi-generational, Christ-centered community that has a passion for building relationships with God and each other. We want to provide every person who enters our family a place to belong, a place to grow in Jesus Christ, and a place to serve others through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Black Hills neighborhood is geographically isolated in Grand Rapids, MI between Godfrey, the Grand River, and the railroad tracks. It is surrounded by industrial parks on all sides. The racial mixture as of 2000 was 30% white, 30% African American and 40% Hispanic. The age ranges are 43% under the age of 18, 53% in the 18-64 year old range and 4% 65 and older. 25% of the kids living in the Black Hills live at or below the poverty level.
Every Saturday morning year round, young kids gather together to sing songs, learn bible stories, do crafts, enjoy lunch, and just experience the loving kindness of the volunteers from our partnering churches. God’s Club is one of our flagship youth programs.
Time: 11am-1pm on Saturdays
Similar to God’s Club, Kid‘s Zone is a high energy gathering weekly throughout the school year, where an average of 40+ youth gather for a time of worship, dinner, crafts, and bible based stories and lessons. We look to meet the needs of our youth in mind, body, and spirit. There are multiple volunteer opportunities, whether it be serving food, or helping with crafts and games.
Kid's Zone Time: Tuesdays from 6:30–8pm (during the school year)
Boys Night Time: Wednesdays from 6:30–8pm (during the school year)
Middle school youth are at a Pivotal time in their lives and are positioned to make impactful decisions about their identity, decisions that can affect their physical and spiritual growth for the rest of their lives. Pivotal youth is a time designed for students in our community to discover not only who they are, but whose they are. Students have the opportunity to connect with each other, play games, and discover practical steps that they can take to discover God’s purpose for their lives.
Time: Mondays from 6:30–8pm (year round)
The Motion Initiative (TMI) is our bicycle ministry working to facilitate adventure, freedom, and hope, through the gateway of cycling, to those that need it most. In this process we aim to facilitate personal achievement, responsibility, and life-giving alternatives to the pitfalls of growing up in a challenging context through the presentation of the Gospel. TMI accomplishes its goals through running a bike shop, offering bycicle repeair, allowing youth to earn bikes, and taking youth on bike trips.
Girls meet weekly to learn live skills such as interviewing, volunteering, gardening, sewing, and more.
Time: Thursdays from 6:30-8pm (during the school year)
Preschool aged kids meet to sing songs, listen to stories, play games, and learn school-readiness skills.
Kid's Zone Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am–12:30pm (during the school year)
During the summer we do a lot of once-per-year activities such as take kids to camp, host a VBS, and participate in Guts to Serve. Also, we host a weekly community dinner whare anyone in the neighbohood can stop by for a free meal.
Community Dinner Time: Wednesdays from 6am–8pm (in the summer at 850 Norwich Ave. SW)
United in Christ Ministries is a grassroots organization that depends on financial support from family, friends local churches, and frankly anyone who believes in the mission that God has given us. We are always looking for financial partners who are willing to support the work we do.
Please feel free to donate online here or send your gift to our mailing address:
United In Christ Ministries
1035 Godfrey Avenue, S.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United In Christ Ministries is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
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There is no better way to learn about United In Christ Ministries (UICM) than to set up a time to come in and get a personal tour of our Community Center and Bike Shop. Please contact our Executive Director, Julie Braun, to set up a personal or group tour of the Ministry.