We know it can be intimidating to visit a new church – whether you’ve been attending church for years or this is something that is brand new to you or your family. We’re so glad you’re taking the time to learn more about us and we can’t wait to see you on Sunday morning!
During the “school” year (September 9, 2018-May 19, 2019) we have two identical services at 9am and 10:30am. During the summer months (Memorial Day Weekend- Labor Day Weekend) we have a single service at 10am. During holidays our schedule may change; we will post changes here and on our Facebook page. Call the church office if you have questions.
Learn more about our beliefs, our denomination, our staff and our Elders.
Check out our preaching schedule.
For thirty-eight years, with the help of the Holy Spirit, Thornapple Covenant Church has been called to help people find and follow Jesus Christ (John 1:35-51). We believe this to be our main task and by keeping this calling ever before us we are able to participate in God’s desire that all people come to know God and that all things be made right in and through Jesus our Lord.
Read Thornapple’s full mission here.
What should I expect when I arrive?
We hope you are greeted warmly at the door as you come into our church; greeters can answer any questions you might have or they will direct you to someone at the Welcome Center. You can expect warm drinks (coffee and tea) before and after services (feel free to take your beverage into the sanctuary with you). Each worship service lasts about 70 minutes.
What does a worship service look like?
In worship we create the time and space for us to respond to God with all that we are, both individually and corporately. We strive to tell God’s story through new and classic songs; visual and creative arts; new and ancient prayers; strong Biblical and practical teaching; and times of meditation and reflection. We seek to create a worship environment that reaches into the spiritual depth of the past while embracing the new expressions of the present.
Is there a dress code?
There is no “dress code” at Thornapple – on any given Sunday morning, you will see everything from jeans and sweatshirts to jackets and ties.
Do I have to donate money when I visit?
If you are visiting our church we never want you to feel obligated to give. We hope that as you get involved, that giving will become part of your regular routine. Visit our Giving page to learn about different ways to give.
What do you have for my children on Sunday mornings?
Nursery for children 3 and younger is available for all services, all year.
During the summer we have Lil’ K for ages 4 through fall 1st grade.
During the school year, we have classes for 4-year-olds through 5th grade during the 9:00am service and 4-year-olds through high school during the 10:30am service. Programming is every Sunday EXCEPT the first Sunday of the month when we invite everyone 2nd grade and older to worship together upstairs in the Sanctuary.
We also offer a classroom for children with special needs during both services.
Learn more about our Children’s Ministries.
Check out our Wednesday night gatherings.
What about middle school and high school students, what do you have going on for them?
During the second service (10:30am) on Sunday mornings there are classes for both middle and high school students that we call “Huddles.” during the 10:30am service. This is a time of teaching, reflection and quite often eating (because we know teens can always eat). The middle school Huddle studies The Journey curriculum with classes led each week by our three pastors. The high school Huddle has teaching led by our Minister to Students, Cory Hendrickson, or other special guests.
Huddles happen every Sunday EXCEPT the first Sunday of the month when we invite everyone 2nd grade and older to worship together upstairs in the Sanctuary. On these Sundays, we typically have a Night Huddle just for the high schoolers from 6-8pm.
Learn more about our Student Ministries.
Check out our Wednesday night gatherings.
What is the “Covenant” denomination?
We are a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The Evangelical Covenant Church is a denomination of more than eight hundred churches in the United States and Canada founded by Swedish immigrants in 1885 as a voluntary covenant of churches committed to working together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Covenant churches emphasize the Bible’s witness to new life in Jesus Christ expressed in a day to day walk with the Lord.