The Children and Youth Ministry Programs at Bauer CRC are organized for children and teens through the High School Age Groups. Our focus is to gather together and live our lives as we learn about God and our relationship with Him.
Sunday School & Catechism
4 years old – 4th grade Sunday School
Bible stories and singing help children grow in their faith and love for God. Classes are offered for children from September – April on Sunday mornings in the educational wing at 10:45 a.m.
5th grade – 12th grade Catechism
Classes are focused on learning more about the Christian faith, the creeds of the Christian Reformed denomination and growing in your walk with God. These classes meet on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. in the youth building.
5th & 6th Grade students will be Marvelling at God’s work in our lives.
7th & 8th Grade students will be responding to the Heidelberg Catechism’s call to live out our faith in the world.
9th & 10th Grade students will be learning about the basics of the Christian faith and Reformed doctrine through a look at the Belgic Confession.
11th & 12th Grade students will be looking at different religions from around the world from a Christian perspective, and learning what it means to be a Christian in the context of these religions.
Our Cadet group helps boys in grades 3-8 to grow spiritually in all areas of life (devotional, mental, physical and social). Cadets meet every Wednesday night for Bible study, badge work and other special events.
During the program year (September-April) we offer a special, age-specific worship time during our morning service for 3, 4 & 5 year old children. Children participate in a Bible story, create art and play a game relating to the story, and join in a prayer at the end. All3, 4 & 5 year olds are invited to join us, whether members or visitors.
Our GEMS group (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) provides a similar experience for girls in grades 3-7 twice a month on Wednesday evenings. The girls share in Bible study, badge work, crafts, service projects and special outings.
Kid’s Hope is a mentoring program in the Allendale Elementary School District in which a mentor is paired with an at-risk student for the school year. The mentor meets with their student for 1 hour, one day a week. They help with academics, building a friendship with the student, supporting the student’s needs throughout the school year, and generally let them know they care by playing games and special activities. During the program year, we schedule various activities here at Bauer CRC to incorporate teaching about Christ’s love for them into the program.