G.E.M.S. (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior for 1st-6th grade girls)

GEMS Girls’ Club is a relationship building program created especially for school-age girls from 1st through 8th grade. GEMS Clubs are offered in many local churches all across the United States and Canada.

In GEMS many exciting things happen:

  • they learn how to apply the Bible to their life
  • pray for others
  • participate in team building
  • creative movement through song and dance
  • develop important life skills through badge activities
  • make creative and fun crafts
  • participate in service projects that make a difference in other’s lives

The purpose of GEMS is to bring girls into a living relationship with Jesus Christ and to help foster this all-important relationship between each girl and Christ. Other relationships are nurtured as well, between the girls and their counselor (leader).

Girls are organized into small groups with one counselor for each group of 6-8 girls. And it is through these small groups and weekly interactions that take place in GEMS that faith is nurtured and developed, and long lasting friendships are made. This ministry is non-denominational.

Our GEMS at Hope Fellowship Christian Reformed Church meet 2-3 times monthly on Monday evenings from 6:00PM to 7:00PM in the Youth Room. Our big events include: Father/Daughter date night, Thanksgiving Day Bake Sale, Senior Supper, Pajama Party, and Mother/Daughter Event.

Another exciting component of GEMS is the annual theme study. Each year, a Scripture passage is selected and a theme is developed around that Scripture to make the passage come alive for the girls. Bible studies, service projects, crafts, games, and other fun activities are created to teach the truth of God’s Word that is found in the theme.

This year’s theme: Loved.

All girls 1st-6th grades are eligible for membership. The cost of membership is $30 per year which covers a theme based t-shirt and other craft supplies needed through the year.

GEMS meet from September through the first Sunday of May. The first Sunday of May is designated, “GEMS Sunday” where the girls present the theme they have been studying that year to the Congregation and their families. The girls participate and help lead in the worship service, as well as host the coffee and cookie fellowship following the service. It is their day to shine!

Contact: Trish VanDusseldorp at trish.vandusseldorp@gmail.com