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.

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Small Groups

Small Groups are designed to encourage participants to build friendships, explore faith in Jesus Christ and deepen your awareness of God’s presence in daily life. At small group gatherings you can typically expect to share life experiences (both joys and pains), focus conversation on Bible study, Christian books, or hot topics/applications, pray together and seek to develop authenticity in relationships.

Some Small Groups are formed by a common identity, such as neighbors, young adults, young married couples, parents of teenagers, etc.; other groups come together with a diversity of ages and life circumstances. Groups are usually 8 to 15 people who meet in homes twice a month.

If you are interested in taking the next step and joining a small group, contact Pastor Karen.

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Serve

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.

Baptism

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.

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

Give

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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Membership

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 What is a Covenant Church? classes
  2. Attend our Membership class. The Sunday afternoon AFTER the final What is a Covenant Church? class.
  3. If you would like to join, but have not been baptized, please contact one of the pastoral staff to discuss and schedule a baptism.
  4. Complete a membership application and submit completed application to the church office.
  5. Meet with Elder(s) to share your faith story. An elder will contact you to schedule this.
  6. Applications are presented for approval at the next Elder meeting (3rd Thursdays of each month).
  7. 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 Rob, Pastor Andrew or Pastor Karen.

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

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