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!

Sunday Mornings

We have both online and in-person worship options each week. Online worship is at 9am on Vimeo and Facebook. In-person worship is at 10:30am in our Sanctuary, with limited seating (reserve your spot here). 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.

Mission

For forty 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.

Directions

We are located at 6595 Cascade Road SE in Grand Rapids, MI 49546, at the intersection of Cascade Road and Burton Street.
Our phone number is: 616.957.0580.

What to Expect

We realize you may have some questions about what to expect. Below are some typical questions (and their answers) and email us if you don’t see an answer to a question you have.

Please note, this FAQ is specific to pre-pandemic Sunday mornings. For COVID-19 related questions, please visit our Re-Entry page.

Learn more about our beliefs, our denomination, our staff and our Elders.

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 who can help. Ushers will help you and your household find an appropriately-distanced seat in the Sanctuary. At this time we ask that you leave beverages at home or in your vehicle. 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?

PLEASE NOTE: In response to the pandemic, we will not be offering Sunday morning programming for children, including nursery.


Traditionally, we have offered:

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 1st 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 1st 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?

PLEASE NOTE: At this time we are inviting students to attend worship with their families; we plan to resume Sunday morning programming for students when we feel like we can safely do so.


Traditionally, we have offered the following for students:

During the second service (10:30am) on Sunday mornings middle school students have “Huddle” taught by one of our pastors. This is a time of teaching, reflection and quite often eating (because we know teens can always eat).High school students are encouraged to attend worship, volunteer in some capacity with our Children’s Ministry offerings or join the Adult Formation & Fellowship class during the second service.

Learn more about our Student Ministries.

Do you have a class or study for adults?

There are men’s small groups that meet for times/days during the week (go here to learn more). Women’s Bible Studies are available on Wednesdays at 9:30am and 6:30pm.

Learn more about our Adults Ministries.

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.