Youth Ministries

Our youth ministries are meeting differently right now to keep everyone safe while our church building is mostly closed.
Please contact our church office or ministry leaders for more information.

Ministries for Preschool Children

Currently on hiatus: A safe and caring nursery is provided for infants through 2 year olds during Faith Formation Hour and Sunday worship services. Children who are 3 years of age are welcome in the nursery during the Faith Formation hour while their older siblings and parents attend activities. For safety, parents must sign children in and out of the nursery. Pagers are provided in case a child needs the attention of his/her parent. Due to allergy concerns, parents are asked not to bring food into the nursery. Approved snacks will be provided.
Contact: Kerry DeKraker and Megan Boes.

Children in worship
Currently online: A special age-appropriate worship time for 3, 4 and 5 year old children who have not started Kindergarten meets during morning worship. The children experience Bible stories and have a chance to respond. Children attend the worship service with their families before being dismissed to class, usually after the children’s message.
Contact: Kerry DeKraker.

Ministries for Youth

Sunday School (Pre-K through 8th grade)
Currently online bi-weekly:An opportunity for the youth in our church and community to PLAY, IMAGINE, WONDER, MARVEL, and DIVE into timeless truths through Bible stories, using creative storytelling, and engaging activities that allow age appropriate small group interaction to practice what they’ve learned.
Contact: Church office

Pizza Night
Currently on hiatus: 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: Andrea Bennink,

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 or Andrea Bennink,

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.
Read more about CONNECT…

AACRC Safe Church Policy…