The opportunities for spiritual growth are open to all. You will meet many members of Calvary, but also those seeking a closer walk with God who are not part of the Calvary Church Family. If one of the ministries looks good to you or looks good for a member of your family, please come! If you would like further information before your first visit, call (712)737-2797. Someone will be happy to take you so you don't have to go alone.
From the very beginning of life, Calvary cares about your child. We consider each boy and girl to be a gift from God, so they deserve our special care. Infants and toddlers each are welcomed to the nursery in the lower level of the church building for the morning and evening services. If your infant or toddler needs you during the worship service, someone will come for you.
In most morning worships, children ages 3 through pre-Kindergarten are invited to participate in Children's Worship. The main purpose of Children's Worship is to lead the younger members of Calvary in a meaningful worship service at their own developmental level. We try to instill in them the importance of finding a quiet place within themselves to sit still and listen to what God is trying to tell them through the Bible, the pastor, Sunday school teachers, and many others. The goal is to make them understand how exciting and special attending church is, but also how God wants us to be in His house and why we do the things we do in each service. We pray that each one will have learned the importance of reverence and respect in God's house, listening carefully to His teaching, and that we can have great fun praising HIm through songs and fellowship with others at church.
Sunday School begins right out of nursery. We have classes from beginners to pre-schoolers right through 6th grade, and 7th grade through seniors in high school attend catechism classes. Our classes are small enough for each teacher to personally know and care about your child. We strive to have each child grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord.
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This is our ministry to the boys of Calvary Church along with their friends and neighbors. Cadets are Christian "Boy Scouts." In a Christian atmosphere, boys are guided to maturity by Christian men who model Christ in their living. Cadets learn both Biblical and practical skills that boys enjoy. Cadets is for boys from 4th to 8th grade. There is also opportunity for older boys to participate as junior counselors. It meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday nights of each month throughout the school year. Check out this page for more information.
GEMS-Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior
This is our ministry to the girls of Calvary Church and their friends and neighbors. GEMS is a Christian "Girl Scouts." Like Cadets, mature Christian women guide and nurture girls to Christian responsibility as adults. The girls have both Bible lessons and crafts geared towards their age and interest. GEMS concludes with "Finishing Touches", a course which helps girls evaluate true Christian beauty in contrast to the world's view of beauty. GEMS ministers to girls from 3rd through 8th grade. It meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday nights of each month throughout the school year. Check out this page for more information.
This is our co-ed ministry to high school students which meets each Wednesday evening of each month. It includes discussion of contemporary topics from a Christian point of view, fellowship, and of course Food! Mature Christians lead the high school students. They are role models for young people as they move through the high school years. Through Youth Unlimited (YU), there are many opportunities for Christian service from day projects in Orange City and surrounding communities to week long service with SERVE in other parts of the country. The youth also have the opportunity to attend outings and serve projects where they are challenged to live the Christian life. Check out this page for more information.
Post High, College-Aged
All post-high young adults, whether students or working, are invited to a coffeehouse after the morning worship service during the school year. This is a time for fellowship for members and guests and visitors. Once a month a noon meal is served, and once a month care packages are distributed. Twice a year, other activities are planned. Bible studies are organized to meet at different times on different days of the week to fit a variety of schedules.
Coffee Break at Calvary is huge! All women of all ages and denominations in the community are invited to our Coffee Break ministry. It focuses on the study of the Bible and its interpretations. Nursery is provided for infants to 2 year olds, and story hour is available for 3 to 5 year olds. Coffee Break meets every Wednesday morning, from September to April, at 9:30 - 11:00 AM. All women are welcome, and please bring a friend!
Faith in Action
This ministry is geared towards singles and also families. Faith in Action meets once a month, from September to April, for fun evenings of service opportunities.
Harmony Circle is a senior-aged women's group led by Pastor John in various selections of Bible study guides. It meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday afternoons, from March to June and September to December.