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Children

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

Nursery care is provided for children ages 0-2 during the service. Our nursery is located on our lower level. Head down the main stairs to sign-in your child(ren).

 

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 through May, every Sunday. During the summer, kids are encouraged to grab supplies from the worship supplies station in the narthex for use during the service.

Ages 4 and under are welcome to use the nursery during summer break.

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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Floodwaters: A Family Escape Room

Saturday, July 20 & Saturday, August 3

All Ages • FREE • Registration Required

Help Noah finish the ark in time for the floods to come! Your family will work together as a team to solve puzzles and find clues to help you escape the room in time. Registration is required, and will open on June 15, 2024. For more information and how to register, click on the button below.

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.

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Parade Float Design

Design & prepare a float for the 4th of July Cascade Parade! Participants of the class are also invited to be in the parade on the 4th.

June 26 & 27; optional July 4

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Planter Box Construction

Construct, paint and fill your own planter box! You’ll even get to take home some herbs to get you started.

July 9

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Hand-Knitting

Create the perfect knit pumpkin fall decor using yarn, filling and some toppers! No previous experience needed.

July 11

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Card-Making II

Learn the art of making homemade greeting cards. Last year’s class was so much fun, we’re doing it again with new designs!

July 23

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Field Sports

Spend some time outside with us! We’ll play 4 different field sports that all skill levels can enjoy.

July 30 & 31

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?

Mostly, on-site here at Thornapple! Some classes may take us off the property, which will be clearly listed in the course description.

"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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