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All Abilities

Thornapple Community Church is dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for people with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to be co-laborers with Christ.


Congregants with IDD are integrated into our church community. All are welcome in our worship services and can participate in a way that best meets their needs!


Adults are invited to participate in all adult programming. Children and youth are welcome to participate in all their regularly scheduled programming.

If the participant requires extra accommodations, such as a Buddy, please reach out to a member of the All Abilities Team for more information.

Volunteer Groups

If you are part of an organization that serves those with IDD, or are an individual with IDD that would like to be plugged in with an ongoing volunteer opportunity, please get in touch!

We partner with MOKA Community Supports on a monthly basis. Individuals in the program are invited in to help with a serve project on church grounds, and enjoy a snack and fellowship at the end. Projects include, but are not limited to, cleaning coffee mugs, polishing furniture, prepping for events, preparing children's ministry supplies, and washing tables.

Group Home Partnerships

Thornapple partners with four men's group homes through Hope Network and Spectrum. Members of the households are invited to attend Thornapple for worship and all church life activities. Members of the All Abilities Team host quarterly events with the households.

Want to learn more about connecting your group to Thornapple? Contact us below!

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Friendship Camp Serve Trip

CranHill - Big Rapids, MI

June 16-21, 2024

Be a volunteer for a week of camp at CranHill that ministers to people with IDD ages 16+! Participate in all aspects of camp life alongside campers. Swim, make crafts, sing songs, play games, ride horses and eat as much ice cream as you want, all while building lasting friendships. This volunteer opportunity is open to ages 14+.

There are several options on how to plug in during the week, ranging from being a counselor (staying in the cabins with the campers overnight) to being a floater (helping out during day-time hours and sleeping in a trailer/cottage/etc.). If you want to participate, but have a particular need, ask us how we can help arrange special accommodations!

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