RCRC Youth Ministry

  • Rochester Christian Reformed Church aspires to include all ages in worship, discipleship and mission.  The mission of the youth ministry is to provide opportunities for our youth to be strengthened in their relationship with God, with fellow Christians and with Christ's Church.  We pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all our youth, inspiring them to live joyful and obedient lives as their faith matures into adulthood.  In contemporary society young people experience pressures and temptations that in some ways are unlike, and indeed, more intrusive than those experienced by previous generations. 

    Our discipleship model emphasizes relationships.  Friends are always welcome! Through prayer, conversations on faith and life, service in the inner city (Flower City Work Camp and Cameron Ministries), SERVE mission trips through Youth Unlimited, youth retreats and events to build community, we hope to nurture our youth in a sincere faith that is lived out beyond church walls, even as they are also part of multi-generational community of believers.  Youth share in activities such as: 

    Reading powerful Bible stories that shape identity

    • Discussions that help faith to grow

    • Small groups where youth share what is on their hearts and build community with others

    • Awesome games that help them let their guard down and build relationships

    • Spending time with adults other than parents and family who care

    • Interacting with friends who accept them no matter what

    Students are encouraged to be involved in the church as a body as well as the community in which they live. Service activities and fun events are planned for all who wish to participate. Financial assistance is available for activities, if needed.

    Contact Julie Vande Brake, our Director of Youth Ministries, for more information. email

  • Grades 6-8 meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

  • Grades 9-12 meet on Sundays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Kids' Programs

  • Mark 9:36-37 He took a little child whom they placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name, welcomes me..." 

    During the school year, children aged 3 through 6th grade are welcome to join us for Children and Worship and Children's Church.

    Children and Worship and Children's Church allow children to enter into their own special place to experience  God.  This time prepares our young ones to be able to worship meaningfully apart from the congregation so that they become able to worship meaningfully with the congregation.  

    Children will participate in the beginning of the Worship Service, then will be dismissed for Children and Worship and Children's Church.

  • The Rochester Christian Reformed Church Cadet Program is an independent club of the Calvinist Cadet Corps.  We are a ministry of men dedicated to bringing elementary school boys into a living relationship with their Lord and Savior.  We do this by studying the Bible, praying, working on badges, memorizing landmarks, playing games and learning about God's creation together.  We also enjoy special activities together including Amerks hockey games, pinewood derby races, church lock-ins and camp-outs at Agony Acres.

    Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM, September - May. 

    2021-2022 Cadet Schedule

    For more information about the Calvinist Cadet Corps visit www.calvinistcadets.org or email the church office.

  • The GEMS Girls Club here at Rochester Christian Reformed Church is a special ministry for girls in Grades 1-5. Our GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) Club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Please see the Calendar for details.  We learn about God's love for us and how to show God's love to others through Bible study, badge work, crafts, music and games. 

    Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-8:00 PM, September - May.  

    The RCRC GEMS are currently led by Charlene DeLallo and Christine Ferraraccio.  If you would like more information about our club, please send an email to the church office.  email

    2021-2022 GEMS ScheduLE

    For more information regarding the GEMS Girls Club, visit www.gemsgc.org

  • Youth Bell Choir meets for practices on Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:00 PM. Children from 2nd grade to Seniors in high school participate together under the direction of Richard Astifan. They perform in our church services one time per month.

Kids' Camp 2024

(We're sorry, but our Kid's Camp in now full. If you missed registration this year, we hope to see you next year!)

This August, we'll take a journey through the book of Acts: learning about God's family in ACTion. We'll meet Peter, Paul, Dorcas, (and more!) as we talk about the power of the Holy Spirit at work in and through His people.

Kids' Camp is open to students ages 4 - entering fifth grade (campers must turn 4 prior to the start of camp). Youth entering 6th grade - age 13 can sign up to serve as CITs (Counselors-in-Training) on the CIT registration form.

Contact Bethany Miller with any questions at kids@rochestercrc.org.