Connecting with a local church is good way of growing spiritually and developing community. As it can be overwhelming to find a new church, we’d be happy to talk with you about it, and we’ve also compiled a list of some churches we have partnered with and where some of our members have found a home. We hope the following list helps you find a place to worship where you are encouraged and challenged.
River Terrace Church (Christian Reformed Church) is across the street from Campus Edge Fellowship and is a generous supporter of the ministry. The church emphasizes doing worship well, biblical teaching, and holds adult Sunday school. It holds a more traditional music worship service at 9 a.m. and a contemporary music at 11:15 a.m. It would be considered theologically moderate by many.
University Lutheran Church (ELCA) was originally founded as an outreach to the University. The church continues to be a welcoming place to students, and One Community Campus Ministry, which has a few graduate student members, meets regularly at ULC. The congregation is liturgical (with a historic organ), progressive (yet creedal) and often partners with its neighbor, the Islamic Center of East Lansing on inter-faith events. Worship is on Sundays at 8:30 am & 10:45 am.
University United Methodist Church is another “University church” meant to serve the campus community. The early service is loosely liturgical and the late service is contemporary with a band. The congregation is very progressive and has been actively working on disaffiliating with the United Methodist Church over disagreements about same-sex marriage. The Chapel of the Apostles at UUMC hosts MSU Wesley and the Korean Presbyterian Church of East Lansing, a conservative member of the PCUSA. Worship is on Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m.
University Reformed Church (Presbyterian Church in America) is a large congregation that focuses on biblical teaching and has significant small group opportunities. It also has a very active undergraduate ministry, international student ministry, and has just started groups focused on faculty, staff, and grad students. It would be considered by most to be more conservative theologically. Worship is on Sundays at 9:15 and 11 a.m.
The Peoples Church (Interdenominational: American Baptist, United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, and Presbyterian Church (USA)) is close to campus and has their own campus ministry with a mixture of undergraduate and graduate students participating. Worship is loosely liturgical and the second service is often followed by a free meal for students. Committed to accessibility, the church is the only one in the area with an ASL sign-language interpreter at every service. Worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Riverview Church (non-denominational) is a church with multiple venues around MSU. It has contemporary worship, a campus ministry, and a variety of small group opportunities. See their website to find the worship service times at the different venues.
St. John’s Student Center (Catholic) and its partner church, St Thomas Aquinas, are the places where most local Catholic students attend. They have a vibrant undergraduate ministry and a graduate student and young professional ministry. Between St John’s and St. Thomas Aquinas, they have 7 mass times on Sundays and at least two on Saturdays, as well as holding daily mass, so there is always an opportunity/time to attend church.
Church of the Resurrection (Catholic) is a slightly more conservative church (than St. John’s) closer to downtown Lansing, close to where a number of graduate students (especially marrieds) tend to live. They hold mass almost every day, as well as services on Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church is liturgical, as is typical of their tradition. The congregation is heavily involved in the community and regularly hosts local music artists. The church has a “20s and 30s” group and has recently relaunched Canterbury MSU, a campus ministry. On top of that, any of their programs are open to anyone: choir, handbells, outreach ministry, and various study groups. Their Sunday bulletin is always full of opportunities. Worship services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Edgewood United Church (UCC) has a unique circular worship space. The church is quite progressive and is known for engaging in justice issues in the community. The congregation was one of the first churches in the area to become “open and affirming.” Worship services are on Sundays at 10 a.m.
Sycamore Creek Church (United Method Church) is a fairly recent church start that hosts innovate worship services and community events, such as “Church in a Pub,” as well as providing easy-to-participate-in small groups for the wide range of people attending. One of the pastors (Mark Auperlee) used to be a researcher at MSU. See their website for their various worship times in various locations.
Lansing Church of God in Christ (Church of God in Christ) is a large Pentecostal church in South Lansing with spirit-filled worship and which provides regular studies and outreach events. Worship is at Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (see website for further details).
For further thoughts on the different sorts of churches, click here.