Youth Ministries

Ministries for Preschool Children

At the current time, no nursery is provided during the service. Families with children younger than 3 are encouraged to join us in worship or take advantage of other worship spaces (outdoors, Room 24) if little ones need space to move around.
Contact: Kerry DeKraker.

Children in worship
During the service, 3 year olds through Kindergarten will be dismissed for their own Children’s Worship gathering. Children can be picked up after the service in Room 28. Parents are asked not to enter the room but wait in the hallway until your child is brought to you.
Contact: Kerry DeKraker.

Ministries for Youth

Sunday School
PreK-Grade 5, Room 23 (just past the mailboxes upstairs): Drop off your children at the door between 9:10-9:15 and pick them up at the same place at 10:15. In between, children will hear a story and sing together in a large group and then split into smaller groups for response activities.
Grades 6-8, Room 12 (downstairs across from the Youth Room): Our middle schoolers will gather for a lesson each week from 9:15-10:15.
Grades 9-12, Youth Room: High schoolers will meet together each week from 9:15-10:15 using a variety of formats, including discussions, hearing God-at-work testimonies, and serving the church.

Pizza Night
Pizza Night provides a time for all members of the congregation to come together for food and fellowship. This free event occurs on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5:45-6:30 PM. All who come are treated to pizza, salad, and lemonade. Pizza Night is hosted by the Youth Ministries Committee.

Cadets is a place where boys learn to grow spiritually in all areas of life; devotional, mental, physical, and social. Christian men serve as role models to the boys as together they learn about God and His will for our lives through prayer, crafts, activities, service opportunities, merit badge work, fun outings, and fellowship.
Contact: Paul De Kraker, Head Counselor, 878-7318,

GEMS, Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior
The GEMS Girls Club seeks to bring girls into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Leaders help to nurture this relationship as they mentor the girls in their small groups. Badges, singing, dance, crafts, service projects, and other activities offer fun ways for the girls to build relationships with each other and their leaders. The name for GEMS, Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior, clearly identifies the purpose for which the ministry was created.
Contact: Jeanne Palmbos, GEMS Club Coordinator, 340-3876,

Roots (6th – 8th grades)
ROOTS: Our programming for middle school students is designed to develop their understanding of what it means to love God and love their neighbor and to prepare them for a life of following Christ. Roots does this through interactive lessons, service projects, retreats, and a variety activities designed to keep them engaged while stretching their horizons.
Contact: Paul Machiele,, 769-2594
Roots – The Middle School Ministry at Ann Arbor CRC…

The Paraclete Project (6th – 8th grades)
Paraclete Project: As part of the teen ministry program each 6th through 9th grade student who chooses will be paired with an adult paraclete from the congregation. Paracletes will be the same gender as the student and would encourage their student through prayer, cards, and one-on-one interaction. Paracletes make a commitment to partner with a middle school student through their ninth grade year.
Contact: Ross Weener,

Reach (High School)
Gathering for faith formation, social activities, and service opportunities.
Contact a Reach leader to be added to the email list for the calendar of events
Contact: Jim ( & Jennifer ( Bryson

CONNECT (Multi-generational)
For the past several years our Family Ministry leaders have been helping us explore new ways of being a multi-generational community of faith. CONNECT nights bring together all ages.

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