Gems stands for Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior. Gems is a place for girls to belong and be loved. Our mission is to bring girls everywhere into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our theme this year is Friended: For Girls Who Long to Belong. Our girls live in a culture that is unprecedented in both its digital connection and its social isolation. Researchers name the growing problem “The Loneliness Epidemic” and that was before a global pandemic kept them at a distance from one another.
We see girls desperately search to find a place to belong and loved, whether it’s at school, on the sports field, or through their innumerable Snapchat streaks. We dry their tears and ache over the loneliness and isolation that will always be a part of their lives until they hear about a Friend who changes everything.
His name is Jesus. Our deepest need is for Him to be our Savior, Lord, and Friend.
Girls come together at the start of the meeting in a group devotions and a game. Then the girls separate into smaller groups where they discuss the Bible study, then do a craft and end the night back together with a snack, devotions and prayer. Some nights are dedicated just to working on Badges. There are over 100 different badges for us to choose from. We do not do a badge that has been done in the last 5 years.
Palos CRC Gems meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month from 6:45-8:30. Our first meeting for 2020 will be October 7th. We usually do a Fall retreat at Camp Tecumseh in Indiana. We also do one fundraiser a year to help offset the cost of the retreat.
For more info on GEMS, contact Kim Stoub at
Cadets is a fun, fast-paced group for boys in 2nd to 6th grade. Our club has about 25-30 boys. Everyone is welcome.
The club meets in the church on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, from 7:00PM to 8:30 pm. The structure is similar to Boy Scouts in many ways. Counselors lead groups of five to six boys in doing merit badges, craft projects and other hands-on activities. Cadets also go on campouts, paint-balling, and rock-climbing during the course of the year. In addition, we strives to teach boys to follow Christ in all they do. As part of each meeting, 15 minutes is set aside for Bible study.
Before the meetings, boys plays games. Meetings start with prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, our 'Landmarks' - motto, verse, code and pledge. Then some brief announcements. The 'cadres' of 5-6 boys and a leader or two, then move to their own spaces. There they do the Bible study, and work on merit badges. Popular merit badges include art, archery, axemanship, cooking, fire building and marksmanship. There are almost 200 possible merit badges. After the merit badge work, there's usually a short play time. Meetings conclude with singing the cadet song and then pop and cookies.
Our club is part of the Calvinist Cadet Corps. Take a look at that site for a much more detailed description of what we do, and some videos. As part of a larger Corps, the boys also have an opportunity to attend special events in our Council. For example, the annual roller skating party in Lynwood, IL. And every 3 years, the Corps holds a Camporee. This event brings boys over a thousand boys and men from around the world for a week of wilderness camping.
For more information, you may email Brandon Beach at or call the church office at 708-448-0186