Our Youth Group

Welcome to the Youth Group page! Youth Group is a place where we hope you can ask questions, have fun, and learn more about what it means to follow Jesus.
We meet Alternate Sundays after the second service in the church basement.We also do at least one event a month.We have a short teaching time where we learn a little bit about what the Bible teaches us about life.After that we usually just hang out and talk. We hope that you will join us.

The Calvinist Cadet Corps 

The Calvinist Cadet Corps is an independent youth ministry organization whose purpose is to provide a program that will enable churches to share Christ’s love with boys from their church and community. The basis of the Calvinist Cadet Corps is the Word of God.

The Calvinist Cadet Corps provides material and program support for approximately 14,000 boys and 4,200 counselors in 642 clubs located across Canada and the U.S.A. It also provides support for
over one thousand cadets and counselors in clubs throughout Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Africa and other far reaches of the world.

First Christian Reformed Church’s Cadet program is geared for boys between the ages of 7 and 13 and we provide a varied weekly program of crafts, bible study, games and outings including camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Soccer Camp for Christ 2019:

Registration - for players entering SK-Grade 6, begins on Saturday, March 23 at noon, online at www.chathamgrace.com/soccer or look for us on Facebook. 
You are strongly encouraged to invite unchurched friends, family and neighbours to attend SC4C 2019 on July 2-6. Volunteers - join our team of volunteers if you are in grade 6 or older. 
We need lots of team leaders, prayer partners, registration helpers, breakfast servers and clean-up crew. 
The volunteer link is currently posted on our website. 
Questions – please send any questions or comments by email to sc4cchatham@gmail.com or talk to Suzanne Van Eijkern (Grace), Roger Grootenboer 519 365-4788 (First) or Sue DeGroot (Calvary). 
  

GEMS

GEMS Girls' Clubs is a relationship-building club program created especially for girls! GEMS Clubs are offered in local churches and other Christian organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Girls in first through eighth grades are eligible for membership. In club, girls will:
Participate in team building
Develop important life skills through badge activities 

Enjoy dynamic singing, creative movement, and dance
Learn how to apply the Bible to their lives
Make creative and fun crafts
Participate in service projects that make a difference in other’s lives
Find answers to challenges that girls face today.
The purpose of GEMS Girls' Clubs is to help bring girls into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. To help foster this all-important relationship between each girl and Christ, other relationships are nurtured as well — between girls and between girls and their counselor (leader).Girls in clubs are organized into small groups with one leader or counselor for each group of six to eight girls. These small groups coupled with the weekly interactions that take place in club nurture and develop faith and help girls create long-lasting friendships. 

Thursday Night bible study – This week’s topic will be: “The Church is a spiritual house built by living stones” 1 Peter 2: 4-12. We will meet at 5:30pm for dinner and 6:00-7:15pm for study and discussion. Babysitting available. Join us!

Backyard Mission


After experiencing a hardship, a Chatham woman is getting a new look for her home with the help of an initiative organized by two local churches.Laura Bailey is one of this year’s two recipients of the Backyard Mission Project, organized by First Presbyterian Church and First Christian Reformed Church to transform the outside of a home for a family or individual in need.
“I think it’s great, after having to deal with being hit by a car three years ago and kind of feeling like nothing was going right and for this to happen,” Bailey said.The volunteers for the project were set to paint the outside of her home and provide some gardening and landscaping Friday and Saturday.Bailey, who was nominated for the project by her friend, said the painting was “very needed.” 
She chose grey with white trim as the colours.“The accident stuff was overwhelming,” she said. “It’s nice that this group from the community cares enough to help people who need it.”She said she expects her house will look “a lot better than it does now.

”The other property, located a few houses down from Bailey’s home on Forest Street, was to have its exterior wood walkways and ramp replaced and have some landscaping and cleanup work done.Mike Maroney, minister at First Presbyterian Church, said some people are cautious about being nominated for a project because they don’t believe it will be entirely free to the homeowner.“It means a lot to them and over the years that we’ve done a number of these projects. I think the homeowners and their families and their neighbours are all very thankful for the work,” he said.
Beyond the impact to the individuals and families, the project, which started 11 years ago, also brings together younger and older people, said Nate Van Denend, pastor at First Christian Reformed Church.“Usually, a youth group might go together with a bunch of kids and do their project, but here it’s everybody working side by side,” he said. “It’s local, which is nice, and it definitely gives us a chance to love our neighbours.”Gabriella Heather, 10, from First Presbyterian was busy scraping paint from Bailey’s home Friday.“I’ve heard about it every year,” she said of the Backyard Mission. “I’ve been trying to encourage my grandparents to let me go. So far, this is the first year I’ve been able to.”Heather said she wanted to get involved “to help my community.”
This was the first year the project has covered two homes, but more volunteers weren’t needed because the combined work was comparable to work they’ve done on a single home in past years, said Van Denend“Instead of trying to decide which one it was going to be, we just thought as long as we get our normal amount of volunteers, we would do both,” said Maroney, who added about 50 volunteers were expected over the two days.The project also had 26 businesses provide supplies or services, either free of charge or at or below cost. Maroney and Van Denend said the value of the work at both sites would be in the tens of thousands of dollars.Maroney said he hopes the project acts as a pebble in a pond, with ripples of positivity spreading across the community.
“We always hope too that, even if it doesn’t spark, say, other projects of this scale, that it will spark a pile of things that people will do for each other,” he said.

(From the Chatham Daily News)