Youth Ministries

Ministries for Preschool Children

A safe and caring nursery is provided for infants through 2 year olds during Sunday worship services and the Sunday School hour. Children who are 3 years of age are welcome in the nursery during the Sunday School hour while their older siblings and parents attend Sunday School classes. 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.

Preschool Church Hour
A class for 3, 4 and 5 year old children who have not started Kindergarten meets during both morning services. The children hear Bible stories, work on crafts or activities, sing and play. 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)
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.
9:15—10:00 AM
Pre-K through 4th grade meet upstairs in the new wing
5th-8th grade in Rooms 14-16
Contact: Mary Admiraal at

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.
Contact: Andrea Bennink, and Mary Admiraal,

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. Meetings during the school year are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings of each month from 6:30-8:30 PM. Additional special outings are planned for other nights or weekends.
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. Meetings during the school year are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings of each month from 6:30-8:30 PM. Additional special outings are planned for other nights or weekends.
Contact: Jeanne Palmbos, GEMS Club Coordinator, 340-3876,

Roots (6th – 8th grades)
ROOTS: Our programming for middle school students 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.
Meetings during the school year are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-8:30 PM.
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)
Faith Formation: Meeting 1st and 3rd Sundays beginning in September in the Youth Room
Social and Service Activities: 2nd and 4th weekends from September through May
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…

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