Offering opportunities to
connect, learn, serve and grow.

  • Wednesday Bible Studies | Meeting every Wednesday morning at 9:30am and Wednesday evening at 6:30pm at Thornapple. 
  • MOPS | Mothers of Preschoolers meets two Thursdays each month September through early May. 
  • Moms on a Mission | For moms of school age children. This group is on hiatus for the 20/21 year.
  • WholyFit | Devotional exercise Fridays at 9:30am (meeting times change around holidays, school vacations and during the summer). 
  • Hearts for Sewing | Sewing and fellowship for women on projects benefiting charitable organizations.
  • Retreats | Retreats are offered periodically. 

If you have questions about Women’s Ministries and events, or if you would like to help with women’s ministry events, please contact: Sarah DeBaets, Diane Kunkler or Lynne McLaughlin.


Are you interested in connecting further with the men of Thornapple? Growing in your faith? Discovering new ways to Serve?

  • Saturday Morning Gatherings (formerly Men’s Breakfast) | Multiple times throughout the year.
  • Monday Mornings Men’s Study | 6:30am (all year). We eat breakfast, discuss the sermon, share and pray together. Join us! We meet at church on all Mondays EXCEPT the first Monday of the month when we meet at The Gathering Place Restaurant at 6886 Cascade Rd. SE. For more information or with questions, contact Kirk Mortenson.
  • Small Group Studies | Groups meet throughout the week, learn more here.
  • Men’s Fall Retreat | Retreats are offered periodically. There is a denominational retreat offered to all men in our Covenant conference, typically every fall.
If you have questions about Men’s Ministry contact: Jim Knight, Ryan Russell or Doug Datema

Young Adults

for 20 somethings, college students and grads, and post high school adults

Our goal is to provide a church home where you can worship, serve, be challenged to grow in your faith and find community – with others in your same stage of life as well as people from all generations. If you are interested in learning more, contact Lynne McLaughlin.
Small Group
The Young Adults small group meets weekly -
it is currently on hiatus for the summer.
All are welcome to join at any time!

If you are interested in joining or learning more, please contact Lynne McLaughlin.
College Students
Many college students make Thornapple their home church while attending colleges in the area. In a typical year we offer brunches on Sundays for college students, goody bags during exam weeks and opportunities to serve.



Are you an empty nester, thinking about retirement, recently retired, not planning to retire, and/or changing your work focus? While committed to inter-generational opportunities, Thornapple recognizes there are good reasons to gather people in the same age or stage of life. The goal for this new group is to provide connection with people facing new horizons, to create space for support through transitions, to encourage spiritual growth and to give opportunities for service.

If you have questions, contact Lynne McLaughlin.

senior adults

Our ministry to our adults 65 and older

Older adults are an important part of our community and there are opportunities for 
fellowship, fun, spiritual nurturing and service throughout the year.  

The Soup and Study program takes place from late September through April on the first and third Wednesdays of each month starting at 1pm. Each gathering includes fellowship; program including hymn singing, humor, prayer, “getting to know you” (a member of the congregation comes to share briefly about themselves), followed by a program or talk given by a pastor, member or guest. There is no need to RSVP. Just come!
If you have questions about Senior Adults or Soup and Study, contact Lynne McLaughlin
You can also call the church office with questions at 616-957-0580.