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Children

Birth through 5th grade
Nursery (Ages 0-2)

Nursery care is provided most Sundays for children ages 0-2. Our nursery is located on our lower level. Head down the main stairs to sign-in your child(ren). To check if the nursery is open, look for the sign next to the bulletins in the narthex.

 

All volunteers are required to pass a background check. There are always 2 volunteers present in the nursery (one must be 18 or older). If you're interested in volunteering in the nursery, please get in touch with Director of Children's Ministry, Rachel Exoo.

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Children & Worship

Children & Worship is offered to kids ages 3 through 3rd grade during the worship service. Kids start in the service for gathering music and words, and then are invited to the front for a children's sermon. Afterward, they are dismissed down to Children & Worship.

Children & Worship runs September 17 through May 16, every Sunday. During the summer, kids are encouraged to grab supplies from the worship supplies station in the narthex for use during the service.

Sunday School

Sunday School runs from September-May. Ages 2 through 5th grade start together in the Children's Ministry Room, located in the lower level Education Wing, for Gathering Time (singing and offering). After, kids will be escorted to their classroom for the lesson and craft time.

Schedule

10:50 AM  Gathering Time (Children's Ministry Room)

11:00 AM   Lesson Time (Education Wing Classrooms)

11:45 AM   Dismissal

Parents of children please note: 

We ask that you bring your children to the Children's Ministry Room at the start of Sunday School and then pick them up at the end of Sunday School from their classrooms. In the break between worship and Sunday School, please provide an opportunity for your child to use the restroom and get a snack upstairs. Food and drink should not be taken to the classrooms. Thank you!

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Community Events

Take a look at our upcoming community events happening at TCC!

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Community Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30 at 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Ages 0 - 5th Grade • FREE • Registration Required

We're celebrating 15 years of our Community Easter Egg Hunt! We'll have thousands of candy-filled eggs and hundreds of prizes to redeem. This year, there will be two sessions (9:30 & 11:00 AM) and each session is broken down into two ages groups (0-Kindergarten, and 1st-5th Grade). Registration is required as space is limited; it will open on March 1st, 2024 here on our website.

Camp Thornapple 2023
Summer Programming
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Camp Thornapple
Ages 7-12

"Providing practical skills & educational opportunities for kids with a Bible-centered focus." It's our belief that God has blessed each and every one of us with special skills and talents that can be used to further His kingdom. And that's what we want to share with your kids! Camp Thornapple is a series of classes taught by different members of the congregation, each with a different focus or skill. Kids are then empowered and encouraged to go home and continue learning and practicing that skill for the glory of God. In the past, our classes included cake decorating, art, letterboxing, cooking, woodworking & metalwork, knitting, sports, card-making, outdoor exploration and more.

But, what do things like letterboxing or cooking have to do with building God's kingdom? Last year, we talked about how letterboxing encourages time spent in nature with others; being in community with people and with God's creation. Or take cooking: the act of providing someone a meal who may be in need or showing hospitality directly mimics Biblical principles. We encourage kids to go beyond thinking of the skills as just a skill, but as a way to be God's hands and feet on earth.

Check back in late spring for our 2024 class offerings!
FAQ
How do I sign up my child(ren)?

When registration opens on May 1st, all class sign-ups will be found right here on this page. You'll follow the prompts to register online. As long as you get a confirmation email afterward, you're all set!

Is there a cost to Camp Thornapple?

Yes, there is a low cost to participate in classes. In 2023, we charged $10-15/class to help cover a small portion of the material cost of running a class. For that price, you'll receive anywhere from 2-9 hours of instruction as well as materials used to teach the class, and sometimes some take-home materials, too. We also offer scholarships so that every kid gets to participate, regardless of financial status.

Is class space limited?

Yes, space is limited! Some of this is due to physical limitations, but mostly it has to do with how many kids one facilitator can feasibly teach at once. As classes get bigger, it's harder to give kids the focused attention and quality instruction needed. This is also why we have a small cost to the program to have some skin-in-the-game to hold your spot. We do have a waitlist that will open as people ebb and flow.

Where does Camp Thornapple happen?

Right here on site at Thornapple Community Church! We have a wonderful property inside and out that gives us plenty of space and resource for all sorts of activities.

"Thank you for the time and effort you invested in these camps! What a great ministry!"

"I can’t thank you and your team enough for providing such a wonderful summer program for the kids. My kids look forward to spending time being creative and learning new things."

"[My daughter] is so sad it's over. She said she's going to miss her second family!"

For more information, please contact Director of Children's Ministry, Rachel Exoo.

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