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GEMS Freebies

Any GEMS leaders out there? I just discovered some great free resources and printables on the GEMS website and wanted to pass them along in case you hadn't see them. 

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GEMS Girls Enjoy Zumba!

I had the privilege of leading a GEMS group through a fun Zumba class. I loved sharing with the girls how important it is to take care of ourselves, both spiritually and physically, as Princesses of our King!

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GEMS Girls' Clubs Website

GEMS Girls' Clubs seeks to equip women and girls to live faithful lives and their website provides a wide variety of resources for doing just that.

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Being Intentional with Youth

So you would like for your tween or teen to be a Christian? What are you doing in your church or at your home that will support your child? If you have high expectations, then you need to give high support.

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A Kick-Off Art Project

Here's an idea for kicking off the year with a creative project that brings kids together.

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GEMS Annual Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the GEMS Girls' Clubs 44th Annual Counselors' Leadership Conference which will be held July 17-20, 2013 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Early Bird Registration is in effect until February 20. For more details and registration visit: http://www.gemsgc.org/conference/index.html
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Our daughter is in GEMS this year and loves it :)

Thanks so much to the counsellors and volunteers for maintaining such a great program in the churches! Such a great way for the girls to build friendships and talk about their faith openly.
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Can you share advice or ideas for 8th Grade GEMS?

I'm a new GEMS counselor this year, and I've taken on the 8th graders. Do any of you out there have advice for leading the 8th grade course? We're doing the new Esther curriculum, which I've really enjoyed reading through. I think it's excellent! Do you do any fun activities outside your lesson focusing on hair, nails, going out to dinner, etc? I'd love some ideas!! Thanks!
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Do you have craft ideas for GEMS?

Hi, I am a GEMS counselor, but not a craft counselor. The craft counselor mentioned to me that she is looking for craft ideas. This seems like a good place to share craft ideas. I'll start with a GEMS craft that my own daughters still do at home. Easy Friendship bracelet instructions: Cut a 3 and a half inch diameter circle out of a cereal box. Cut eight 3/4 inch slots around the outside edge. Put a half inch hole in the middle. Note: none of the dimensions have to be exact. Take 7 pieces of floss tie them together in a knot. Put the knot in the center hole of the cardboard. Put one piece of...
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A few basic things before the periferals.... read the bible with your kids.  Discuss it with them.  Don't wait till they are teens to do this.  Sing with them.  Pray with them.  Don't flaunt your relationship with God or make it a show.  Don't hide your relationship with God or be embarassed by it.  Confess your obvious sins.  Repent.  Let your feelings and sincerity and priorities be obvious.  Pray for them.  

Hi Laura

  Bring in a local hairdresser, pedicuress in, go to teen center  helpin area ,help out in senior center , ask a chef come in to help make meal for their parents. ask girls what does mean to help others? what would they do? babysitting course. I hope this help . have outing with sisters go a local talent show. . the main thing is bring Jesus Christ  to them  

Hi - I am also a GEMS counselor, a club coordinator and even an Area Coordinator.

My favorite craft that we've done in my club is a decorative ladder.  It in involves wood, hammering, staining and decorating. The girls loved it.  I even did it with my Women's weekend retreat from my church and they all loved it, especially the ones that aren't crafty (like me).  It is a two-part craft - the woodwork the first night and the decorating the next night.

The wood needs to be cut ahead of time.

Two posts per ladder - 1" x 2" x 4ish ft long.  We found them in the fencing area at Home Depot.  They come in a big bundle. Not expensive. They may have points at the end which you'll want to cut off to be flat.

Rungs - Use another wood post and cut point off then cut into 8" pieces.  To make attaching the rungs easier you might want to mark the post to indicate where rung should be nailed. Three rungs per ladder should be enough with a decent amount of space between the rungs (8 inches or so).

Stain the assembled ladder. Smelly - might want to do outside.

When completely dry, decorate.  We took dried grape vines or young willow branches and bunched a few branches together and attached them to the ladder.  Tie with wire.

We got wooden decorations from Michaels - hearts, stars, etc  (must have small hole on top) and painted them (the girls did the painting at the start of the decorating night).   Attach when dry with wire.  We also bought wood placards and wrote or stenciled WELCOME.  The welcome sign could be done ahead of time or at GEMS. (needs to be painted first).

Looks really good hanging on a wall or by an entry way in your house, at church, etc.

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