The Glenn Van Noord Short-Term Urban Missions Program enables students to serve in urban Grand Rapids each summer.
Thornapple is committed to responding to the needs of the urban community in Grand Rapids. We want to be God’s hands and feet to help. But how does a church located in a suburban setting do that? That question was asked back in the year 2000 by members of Thornapple’s Love Mercy Do Justice team. They wanted to help ministries operating in our city and also to give students a chance to serve and be exposed to the realities and needs present in the urban community. Out of that desire came the Glenn Van Noord Short-Term Urban Missions Program.
Through this program students serve in short-term placements (over the summer) in Grand Rapids. Local urban ministries receive free help and our students gain invaluable experience. The positions are open to Thornapple Covenant Church college students and fall juniors and seniors in high school who feel called to serve in the inner city. Students must have their own transportation to get to and from work and each student earns a stipend, the amount of which depends on how many hours are worked (part time is 125 hours and full time is 250 hours, and the hourly rate is $9.25).