“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
Thornwell has always been a ministry of the Presbyterian Church through its connections to local churches and presbyteries, and its covenant agreement with the Synod of South Atlantic. We believe there can be no wholeness in a person unless the soul is at peace with God. For many of our children, Thornwell is their first exposure to God and to a family that loves and cares for them. For that reason, faith development permeates every aspect of our services.
Meet Our Director of Faith Formation and Christian Nurture
Thornwell has a full-time Christian educator who works each day with our staff, children, and families to tailor devotional materials to meet the children where they are in terms of spiritual maturity. Weekly Bible study, youth group activities on Wednesday evenings, crafts, and other life-enriching projects are offered each week as well.
The children also complete a variety of missions throughout the year, ranging from hosting fundraisers for local charities to making cards and visiting the elderly and disabled in our community. In addition, our cottage families attend local Presbyterian (USA) churches on Sundays and are encouraged to become engaged in church activities. If you would like more information about Christian education at Thornwell, please email Jenn Stanley, Thornwell’s Christian Educator.
Group Missions Program
We love to have groups come visit campus for mission trips and service projects. One of the best ways to learn about a ministry is to get hands-on experience. Thornwell’s Missions Program runs year-round, although most groups come from May to August. The goal of the Missions Program is to provide opportunities for spiritual growth and Christian service for mission-minded groups, and to provide groups an opportunity to learn about Thornwell’s ministry to children and youth in need. To enhance your group’s experience, Thornwell also offers a daily devotional tool. Email us to learn how you can volunteer.