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What is GEMS?

GEMS Girls’ Clubs is a place for girls to belong and be loved. At a club, girls in first through eighth grade are welcomed into a vibrant community of mentors and peers who genuinely care about them. GEMS is an exciting, safe environment for girls to learn about God, His Word, and His world. Girls in a club are organized into small groups with one leader for every six to eight girls. Together, they will develop a lasting relationship with Jesus, each other, and their mentors. They’ll learn how to apply the Bible to their everyday life and challenges, participate in service projects, sing, and make meaningful crafts that encourage others.

Clubs are located throughout the US and Canada and in 15 other countries! Learn more about how GEMS equips you to reach today’s girls.

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Our History

1958

A meeting is held at Beverly Christian Reformed Church in Wyoming, Michigan, in response to the YCF (Young Calvinist Federation) board’s decision for a girl’s club movement and committee appointment. Calvinettes is suggested as the name.

1960

Barb Vredevoogd is appointed as the first part-time Director of Calvinettes. Barb wrote curriculum at her kitchen table for six girls in her church, which became the first lessons.

1970

The first magazine is released. The publication is named Touch which suggests contact; by touching we are aware of others. Suggests that girls, counselors, and the Global Office keep in touch by sharing ideas, plans, and suggestions. In July, the first Calvinette Counselors’ Convention is held in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

1972

Micah 6:8 is adopted as Calvinettes’ verse and aim and “Jesus Is All the World to Me” is adopted as the song.

1995

GEMS Girls’ Clubs chosen as the new name of the ministry. This was done in an effort to better convey our mission and vision – helping bring girls everywhere into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.

2006

A team goes to Zambia, Africa, to build The House that GEMS Built for orphans. Training for Zambian women to be GEMS counselors also takes place. Four new clubs are started in Zambia, Africa.

2018

GEMS celebrates its 60th birthday. GEMS ReFresh launches as a new, online training program for counselors. GEMS is active in 17 countries, and Dr. Munyiva Kitavi, GEMS Regional Training Manager, is starting clubs throughout Kenya.

Partnerships

GEMS has developed strategic partnerships to help our leaders, parents, and friends reach this generation of girls. Learn more about our partners and how they can help you impact the lives of today’s girls for Christ.

FAQ

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