StreetFest student working with elementary school child

About StreetFest

StreetFest is a one-time co-curricular service-learning opportunity that occurs during our first-year student orientation program, Quest. During StreetFest, we explore our call of doing God’s work in God’s world by joining over 60 community organizations in their work in the city of Grand Rapids. StreetFest will be on Thursday, September 3 this year.

Engaging PLACE: Presence. Listening. Action. Commitment ... Everyday.

The places where we have been and our current place are woven into the fabric of who we are, how we live, and how we see the world. Place is integral to our identity and how we approach the work that we do.

In Jeremiah 29, God calls His people to seek the shalom of their city. During StreetFest, first-year students will explore this call by engaging their current city and place--Grand Rapids. StreetFest is a day to practice what it means to be present, listen, act and be committed to the places God has brought us; we do this daily and continually as a part of our Christian calling. First-year students will learn from people and organizations who have been present, listened, acted and been committed, day by day, to the work of God in the city of Grand Rapids. We hope this day will create a longing in students to seek the shalom of the places God calls them to throughout their lives, joining in God's work in His world.

Here is a basic schedule of the day:

Time Activity
8:15am Check-In
9:00am Opening Chapel
10:00am Introduction to Grand Rapids
11:00am Pick up Lunches and Transportation to Work Site
11:30am Arrive at Work Site
11:35am Lunch & Agency Orientation
12:00pm Serve and Learn Together
3:00pm Time of Reflection
3:30pm Transportation to Calvin
4:00pm Arrive at Calvin

To learn more about StreetFest including past years' themes, click here for our StreetFest history page.