youth ministries

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Faith formation is a life long process that begins with children and youth. We offer a variety of youth ministries in order to help encourage kids on their faith journey.

Youth Group

Our Youth Group (for kids in 7th-12th grade) meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings from 6-8 pm. Each time we meet, we share a meal, work on a Bible lesson, spend time in prayer together and play games. We also enjoy doing service projects throughout the year as well as fun activities outside of church.  In the spring of 2018, we were blessed to be able to take an inter-generational mission trip to Rehoboth, NM and we look forward to returning there in the spring of 2020.

Youth Leaders: Nicole Dornbos and Kristina Netz

GEMS – Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior

Gems stands for girls everywhere meeting the Savior. The purpose of GEMS girls clubs is to bring girls into a living, dynamic relations with Jesus Christ and to help foster the all-important relationship between each girl and Christ. Other relationships are nurture as well - between the girls and with their counselors. GEMS meetings are for girls in grades 1-6 and are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:15 pm. Families are welcome to come to our Wednesday Night Supper before the meetings. Dinner is served from 6-6:45 pm.


We start each meeting with singing and announcements. The girls then rotate between a bible lesson and a craft or activity. From time to time, we welcome special guests to help us complete a badge or activity. Our goal is to create a safe and fun environment for girls to grow in the faith and friendships. For more information, please email

GEMS Counselors:

Krisitna Netz- Head Counselor

Tracy Mann- 1st and 2nd Grade Counselor

Nicole Dornbos- 3rd and 4th Grade Counselor

Kelly Vogel - 5th and 6th Grade Counselor



The goal of the Calvinist Cadet Corps, based upon Luke 2:52, is to help boys grow spiritually in all areas of life, devotional, mental, physical. Our club is open to boys in 3rd - 8th grade and meets on the the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays each month. The 3rd Wednesdays are spent on projects, while the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays are divided between a bible lesson and project time.

Throughout the year we also participate in events with the full Grand Valley Council including the chuck wagon in the fall and the Cadet-O-Rama in the spring. In March, we hold our annual Derby Race where the GEMS and cadets race the derby cars they design and decorate earlier in the year. For more information, email



Gabe Neve (Head Counselor)

Ben Netz (Co Head Coulselor)

Jim Alkema

Mike Besteman

Hunter Vogel - Junior Counselor

Faith Formation

Faith Formation is a lifelong process. We strive to enfold all ages into the life of our church.

At South Grandville we welcome children to the Lord’s Supper after they have completed a course where the meaning and importance of the Lord’s Supper is explained to them in a way that they can understand. This course is offered in the spring to all 2nd-graders and any older children who have not yet completed the course.


Once the children complete the course the parents decide with their child whether they are ready to partake of communion.

Our other children’s ministry programs prepare our youngest children for this course. For older children this learning is reinforced and expanded upon, helping them to continue to grow in their understanding and their faith.

Another important component to faith formation is fostering inter-generational relationships through prayer partners. Children of all ages are partnered with an adult from our congregation who commits to pray for them and get to know them better.

Faith formation is not just for kids, its a life long process.

See the adult  ministries page to see some of the ways we continue faith formation for adults.

Staff Contact Person: Kristina Netz

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