Central Park ChapelCentral Park Chapel

Morning Worship Services Begin July 19th at 10am.
Evening Worship has been canceled for the season.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalms 34:3

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What’s Different for 2020 Chapel Worship?

What's Different

  • Indoor seating will reflect social distancing guidelines.
  • Additional outdoor seating will be available along with shade coverings or bring your own blanket and chairs.
  • No nursery.
  • No hymn singing.
  • No coffee/cookies after morning worship.
  • No 6pm evening worship services.
  • Restrooms still available in the Annex, one way foot traffic.

What's Still The Same

  • Gifted pastors delivering the word of God.
  • Special music both vocal and instrumental.
  • Open air worship in an historical chapel.
  • Ringing the bell.
  • Fellowship with others at a “distance”.
  • Praising the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The History of Central Park Chapel

Located on rail and interurban lines linking the west Michigan shore with Chicago and Grand Rapids, Holland has long been a tourist destination. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, vacationers erected summer cottages at Central Park on the shores of Black Lake, present-day Lake Macatawa. Many of them, like the permanent residents, were of Dutch descent and had strong religious beliefs. John R. Stryker hosted services on his porch until 1903 when the Central Park Chapel was built to serve interdenominational religious needs. Dr. John A. Otte, a medical missionary, led the construction of the chapel on land donated by Gerrit Zaalmink. Early services were held in Dutch as well as English. Because of the number of clergy who vacationed here, Central Park was known as "Saint's Rest."

For over 110 years Central Park Chapel has provided vacationers and area residents with meaningful summer worship services affirming the doctrines and creeds of both the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church of America.

Board of Directors

  • Dan Goris President
  • Dave Van Andel Vice President
  • Drew Wierda Treasurer
  • Carol Danhof Secretary
  • Jeremy Brieve
  • Robert Frieling
  • Andrew Huizenga
  • Jeanie Koops
  • Jon Schram
  • Jeff VanDerKolk
  • Jamie VanHekken