I grew up in Orange City
and have attended American Reformed all my life. ARC is like an extension of my
family—it’s a special place where you can be
known. It is a place you can go every week where people truly care about your
wellbeing. I also love the hospitality of ARC; so many members care about your
life and how you are growing in your faith.
The worship feels different too. I love
how ARC has not forgotten about the organ and hymns. I feel like when I sing
hymns I am worshipping with Christians of all generations. The pastors make the
message very approachable yet incredibly thought provoking. I love their
sermons! I also appreciate how ARC embraces women in ministry.
If I have anything to share with other students, it’s
that in ARC you will find a community that cares for others above themselves.
The pastors take a personal interest in knowing everyone, and everybody is
accepted no matter what.
Not being from Orange City,
one of the things I appreciate most about American is that the congregation
does a great job of making each student feel noticed and welcome. When I walk
in the doors each Sunday, I won't last more than a minute before somebody
approaches me to ask about my week. And there are so many different people from
various walks of life. It is awesome to see a diverse community come together
to worship every week.
I’ve attended ARC for 2
years while at NWC. I enjoy the worship service because it incorporates both
contemporary and traditional styles, and the sermons are always applicable and
engaging. I have also interned as a Middle School Youth Group leader and then
transitioned into a small group leader role. ARC is special because there is an
evident sense of belonging that pulls each member to get involved. So many
congregation members help to make the ARC programs run smoothly.
ARC has definitely been a