GEMS Girls Club Reaching Out

Our Sunlight GEMS Girls Club collected hundreds of donations for local homeless residents in Saint Lucie County and packed 77 Blessing Bags and Socks of Love at their annual Christmas Party this year.

Multiple service projects have been planned throughout the year as an extension of the GEMS 2014-2015 theme …Bring the Message based on the call to serve from Isaiah 6:8. “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

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Bags were filled with personal items such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, crew socks, Chap-sticks, Band-Aids, toilet paper, deoderant and more. The girls also made hand decorated cards with notes of encouragement for each individual bag.

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At the Christmas party, the girls rotated through different stations enjoying group games, cookie decorating, crafts and packing bags for local residents in need.

Gems Christmas cookie Decorating

GEMS meetings return to 2nd and 4th Mondays in January 2015. For more information about GEMS Girls Club, visit their webpage here or contact Club Coordinator, Karyn Dekker, via email at


GEMS Leaders Prepare for “ACTS” Fall Workshop

GEMS Awards 2013 46THESE ladies are awesome! Our GEMS club is blessed to have outstanding leadership, some of whom are also Regional Coordinators who have been getting ready this week for the ACTS Fall Workshop scheduled to be held at Sunlight this weekend.

The Area Coordinator Training and Support workshop kicks off with The Higher Grounds Café at 7:30 PM tonight with coffee, tasty treats, prizes, and the sweetness of building relationships with fellow counselors and sharing ideas.

Karyn Dekker, GEMS Regional Leadership Trainer, (who also wears the hat of VBS Worship Leader) will be sharing powerful and playful ways to thread this season’s theme into every nook and cranny of club life.

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GEMS Awards 2013 09Lisa O’Hanlon, GEMS Area Coordinator, hopes Area 30 GEMS leaders leave the workshop this weekend “feeling equipped, encouraged, and inspired to build an effective, relational GEMS ministry in their churches.”

The workshop continues on Saturday with worship, and dives into this year’s “Who’s the Greatest?” theme based on John 3:30.

If you have a few minutes to look around, check out Sunlight’s GEMS club page on our website here.

and PS, our GEMS club wouldn’t shine as bright without this divine diva ; ) Stacy Knapp, Sunlight GEMS Club Coordinator extraordinaire!

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