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Children's Ministries


At First CRC, we care deeply about our children and their walk with Jesus!  We desire to come alongside parents and reinforce their efforts in pointing their child(ren) to Jesus.  First CRC’s Children’s Ministry serves infants through 6th graders on a weekly basis.  Whether it’s in a Sunday morning Nursery or a mid-week ministry, our adult volunteers provide a fun, Christ-centered atmosphere that focuses on God’s love and fellowship with others.  All of our volunteers have been background checked and trained.


Jori Staal, Nursery Team

Email:    nursery@cpcrc.org
Phone:    219-663-3643 x 303

Nurseries (Infant-3yrs. old)


During Sunday Worship Services
9am &10:30am


Our Infant Nursery provides a place for newborns to walkers. With a place to play and volunteers who love them, your little one is sure to be happy (or sleeping in one of our arms) when you return from worship.

Walkers and toddlers will love all the places to explore in our Toddler Nursery. With fun floor mats to climb on and wall toys to discover, they're sure to want to stay just a few minutes longer after worship!

We utilize text message paging in our Church's Nurseries.  If we need to get in touch with a parent while your child is in our care, we will text the phone number that was used to check in your child.  Please be sure to have your phone with you should a need arise.  Thank You.

For the protection of your child, you will be given a security pick-up tag that must be presented upon your return to pick up your child.  If a family member or friend is picking up your child, they must have the security pick-up tag. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep our children's areas safe and secure!

Having a trying morning with your little one?  Both nurseries are fully equipped with a live feed screen from the Worship Center.  Enjoy the service while rocking your little one back to calm!



Jenn Prim
Children's Ministry Coordinator

Email:    jenn.prim@cpcrc.org
Phone:    219.663.3643 x 303

Crown Town    

Crown Town Tots - age 3 yrs (by Sept. 1) & potty-trained 
Crown Town - age 4 yrs-6th Grade

Sundays, 10:30-11:30am (Sept.-May)

In Crown Town and Crown Town Tots, we are helping kids take their next steps to Jesus!  

Children begin at the Kids Begin Here Check-In Counter as early as 10:10am for a name tag and a parent pick up security tag.  

Children will then join together in the age-appropriate location for a time of fellowship and games. Children will break up for a time of praise & worship and for a time of small group active learning of the Bible.  

This year's theme is TREASURED: Discovering You're Priceless to God.  The theme verse for this year is "But now, this is what the Lord says - he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:  "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine."  (Isaiah 43:1)
 
An offering is collected each week for various causes--both local and abroad.  A weekly Crown Town email communication is sent to all parents with the latest news of who we are collecting for.


Jenn Prim, Leader
Email: jrgems@cpcrc.org
 

Jr. GEMS (girls club)    

Junior Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior shapes our girls into young Christian women!

This ministry, supported by the GEMS Girls Club, is designed for younger girls.  It allows them to experience the excitement of GEMS nights, as well as discover how much Jesus loves them through Bible stories, craft making, and praise & worship.  

This year's theme is UnshakableThe theme verse for this year is "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe."  (Hebrews 12:28)

Jr. GEMS takes each talent of our girls and teaches them how to use them to glorify God as they become young Christian women. 


 
Ruth Buikema, Coordinator
Liz Bakker, Co-Coordinator
Email: gems@cpcrc.org 

GEMS (girls club)    

1st & 3rd Wednesdays (September - May)
6:30-8:00pm

Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior shapes our girls into young Christian women!

This year's theme is UnshakableThe theme verse for this year is "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe."  (Hebrews 12:28)

Through God's Word, praise and worship, blessings projects, badge work and other fun activities, they will discover what it means to receive God's blessings and eagerly share them with others so they can know Him, too. By working with their counselors and other girls their age, these girls will learn and grow in a safe environment.

A typical meeting will start with time together for praise & worship, then each group moves to their classrooms for Bible study, crafts, and badge work. GEMS takes each talent of our girls and teaches them how to use them to glorify God as they become young Christian women. 



Josh Bultema, Leader
email: cadets@cpcrc.org
 


Cadets (2nd-6th grade boys)

 

2nd & 4th Wednesdays (September - April)

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 

The theme for the 2021-2022 year is God's In Control.  Our theme verse is "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
(Joshua 1:9)

Cadets is a ministry where our boys begin their evening pledging their allegiance to God, Country, and Corps.  Christian men from within the congregation provide Bible lessons, merit badge work, and crafts that are created to reach boys at appropriate age levels.  The goal of the Calvinist Cadet Corps is designed to help boys grow spiritually in all walks of life--devotional, mental, physical, and social.  

The cadet talents are then developed as they learn the proper use of a hammer, a saw, a drill, and many other skills as they work on various projects.  Cadets begin living for Jesus and use their God-given skills to become young Christian men.