We are all growing, changing and learning in our faith and Thornapple is ready to meet you wherever God is leading you. Below is information about ways you can take the next step in your spiritual journey.

Small Groups

Small groups are a place to build friendship, explore faith in Jesus Christ and deepen awareness of God’s presence in daily life. Through intentional time together, small groups become a place of relational, spiritual and missional growth for participants.

At group gatherings you can expect to talk about life, focus on God’s Word or a book or current events, and pray for each other.

Groups are formed around common identity, such as neighbors, life stage or interests. Some are intergenerational, some are similar age range.

To join a small group, click the link below to see which groups have room for more people, and fill out the form. You’ll see group leaders’ e-mail addresses if you’d like to contact them directly. If you have any questions, please contact Lynne McLaughlin.

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There are many serving opportunities at Thornapple – both inside and outside of the church. God has equipped us all to serve in some way – big or small – we are all part of the body of Christ with unique ways we can give of ourselves to help our church, its community and the world.


Recognizing the reality of freedom in Christ, and in conscious dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit, we practice both the baptism of infants and student/adult believer baptism.

We invite parents to prayerfully consider whether infant dedication or infant baptism is what God is guiding them toward as their public profession of their intent for parenting their children until those children are ready to make their own public commitment.

We also invite both students and adults to publicly commit their lives to Christ by participating in immersion baptism during a Sunday morning worship service. Lowering into the water is symbolic of our old selves dying and rising out of the water signifies having new life in Christ. This public profession is a moving event both for the individual being baptized and those who witness it. Prior to the baptism, participants either meet one-on-one with a member of the pastoral staff or in a group session with others exploring this significant next step in the faith.

Learn more about the next Baptism Seminar (for children or students/adults) here.

If you are interested in either infant baptism/dedication or student/adult baptism, please contact Kimberly Korpak.


The act of giving is a common practice of generosity towards God, giving back to Him the resources He has entrusted to us. We hope, for all believers, that financial giving will become part of your regular routine. Your gifts help us further our mission of helping people find and follow Jesus.

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Becoming a member shows you are making a deeper commitment to the vitality and life of our church, you are calling Thornapple your place, your home. We are so excited for anyone considering taking this next step and joining us in the mission and life of our church.

Here are the steps to becoming a member of Thornapple:

  1. Attend our two-part, online Membership Class.
  2. If you would like to join, but have not been baptized, please contact one of the pastoral staff to discuss and schedule a baptism.
  3. Complete a membership application and submit completed application to the church office.
  4. Meet with Elder(s) to share your faith story. An elder will contact you to schedule this.
  5. Applications are presented for approval at the next Elder meeting (3rd Thursdays of each month).
  6. New members are welcomed during a Sunday morning worship service. You will be given the date for this a few weeks in advance.

If you have questions about membership or the process, please contact Pastor Andrew.

Next Steps Form

If you’d like to take a “Next Step” with us, please fill out the form below:

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