Grace Young Adults exists to create an authentic community that encourages young single adults in the Brazos Valley to move into the family of God and onto maturity in Christ.
The Young Adults ministry at Grace seeks to impact the world by equipping singles in their 20s and 30s with a deeper understanding of how the Word of God and a relationship with Christ can change our lives. Understanding that inspires a heart for service and authentic fellowship with one another, our church and the community. Some of us are seasoned professionals, some are in graduate school, and others are just beginning careers (undergrads please check out our college ministry).
We gather for Bible study, coffee, movie nights, Junction (Thursday night young adults gathering), snow cones, costume parties, dance lessons, sports watching parties, day trips, retreats and more in order to deepen friendships and begin new ones. We serve together at the The Big Giveaway and Country Fair, give to Operation Christmas Child, support missions, and help with other volunteer projects.
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Sunday Morning Group
(GYA Sunday School)
A time of life application study and fellowship on Sundays after the 9:15 a.m. worship service. Come for coffee and make some new friends!
11 a.m. in the Portable Building behind the Education Wing, taught by Josh Perryman
(walk over after the worship service ends around 10:40 a.m. for fellowship before the teaching)
Contact: Josh Perryman*
*The first Sunday of the month Tod teaches at Southwood and Josh teaches at Anderson--a little switcheroo once a month!
Our fabulous GYA Leadership Team has planned out some wonderful events so look below for what's coming up!
"The Big Giveaway" Storage Unit Tetris!
Monday, May 29, 10 a.m.
Like to play Tetris? We get to do real-life Tetris by organizing the storage units for "The Big Giveaway" after the May drop-offs made them cray-cray. Come on out to Metro Mini Storage (3101 Texas Avenue South, CS, 77845) for a few hours and bring your spacial reasoning so we can get those units packed well and ready for more furniture to come at the next drop-off on June 30. After we organize, we'll enjoy some lunch together! The "Big Giveaway" takes place on August 26 and is an AMAZING event to serve in on the actual day and all the service opps leading up to it too! More info here. Contact Erin for info about Tetris day.
GYA Serves with Grace For the City
Saturday, June 3, Morning to Early Afternoon
Please plan to come on out and serve with new and old friends at Still Creek Ranch in Bryan! Still Creek Ranch's mission is "to rescue at-risk children and raise them to be anchored in hope, restored through Christ, and equipped for life. We seek to have a multi-generational impact by breaking the cycle of crisis and empowering them to make Biblical decisions, have healthy relationships, and reach their full God-given potential." We will be serving this awesome ministry in various areas like maintenance, landscaping, construction and even crafting! All areas of skill and service will be needed so please plan to come out and join us in serving our community together. Lunch will be provided. This service opportunity is part of Grace For the City!
Galveston Beach Day Trip
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Head down to Galveston for suntanning, sea shells, swimming, sand castles and seafood galore! We will meet at Grace's Southwood campus parking lot at 8 a.m. to carpool for the 2 hour trip to the beach and enjoy playing at the beach for the day. Then we'll head to a delicious seafood dinner and maybe the Pleasure Pier (roller coasters, shopping and other fun stuff) before heading back home. Please pack a sack lunch to enjoy at the beach and don't forget sunscreen, towels and beach toys! If you'd like to stay Saturday night, please make arrangements with friends (renting a big house was super pricey!). Contact Candace Cross for more info.
Retro Drive-In Movie Night at the Showboat Theater in Hockley
Friday, June 23, 2017, 6 p.m. to ?
Go see a movie on the big screen in your car like your parents (or grandparents) did in the old days! Meet at Grace's Southwood campus at 6 p.m. to park and carpool over to the Showboat (about an hour away). Once there, visit the snack bar for dinner or movie snacks (no outside food allowed) before the first feature starts around 8:45 p.m. They have two screens, so the movie(s) will be decided the week of this awesome throwback event! Your $8 ticket allows you to see TWO movies on one screen if you want to stay for both! The audio is broadcast on an FM radio station so listen in your car or bring a battery powered radio and some lawn chairs, or carpool in trucks and sit in the truck bed. Check out their web site here for more info. For questions or to let us know you'll carpool or meet us there, email Erin Berkey.
Plan Ahead - Here's What's Coming Up this Summer!
May 25 - Junction Pot Luck Dinner (at the regular building), Tod's Seminary Graduation Party & Games at Anderson Park
June 1 - Junction kicks off for Summer
June 3 - GYA serves at Still Creek Ranch as part of Grace For the City
June 4 - Grace Bible Church All-Campus Picnic at Veteran's Park
June 10 - Day Trip to a Galveston Beach
June 23 - Drive in Movie in Hockley at the Showboat Theater
June 30 - Serve with "The Big Giveaway" Drop-Offs
July 2 - Games with the OWLS (widows and widowers of GBC) at the Anderson Fireside Room
July 4 - Dinner and Fireworks at Bush Library (BYODinner and watch fireworks)
July 16 - Grace Bible Church All-Campus Pool Party at Adamson Lagoon
July 22 - 1950s Dinner and Mocktail Party at Team Berkey's (with proper 1950s attire and recipes!)
July 29 - Day Trip to Barton Springs Pool in Austin with a special stop for lunch on the way
Aug 3 - Last Summer Junction
Aug 10-12 - Serve with "The Big Giveaway" Drop-Offs
Aug 12 - Jumping World Trampoline Park & Dinner at Freddy's
Aug 17 - Junction Fellowship Night (epics plans TBD!)
Aug 20 - Serve with "The Big Move" for The Giveaway (move furniture and household goods from the storage units to the church)
Aug 24-26 - Serve at "The Giveaway" (Junction will serve Thursday night; everyone will serve at The Giveaway Saturday morning!)
Aug 31 - Fall Junction Starts
Sept 3 - Fall Kickoff Cookout at Lake Bryan
Oct 13-15 - GYA Fall Retreat at Messiah's Ranch
Monday Prayer Group
NEW Weekly Prayer Group!
Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
Sherris Runcie's House
All are welcome to join Sherris and other GYA folks at the Arbor House for a weekly evening prayer group! Bring your own dinner (drinks provided). We'll pray for friends, family, our community, our world and for what's going on in our own lives as well. Let's do life together and support one another through this awesome season of life! Contact Sherris for more info.
Monday Sand Volleyball
Sand Volleyball - Bump, Set, Spike!
Mondays, 7 p.m.
Sand volleyball on Monday nights is back! Have some fun and a little healthy competition on the sand volleyball court at Fox Run Apartments at 801 Luther Street West - the gate code is 289458. Park in visitor parking (yellow spots all over the complex). Contact Tim Morgan for more info and watch the GYA GroupMe for info.
Summer Bible Study
Summer Foundations Bible Study!
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Grace Mears' Place at Fox Run Condos
Want to understand the Bible better? You're not the only one! Many folks have said they would like to get back to the basics (or do the basics for the first time!) and learn more about the Bible. We will be studying a very user-friendly book that helps you "think your way through" Scripture called "30 Days to Understanding the Bible" by Max Anders. It's a study on what every Christian needs to know about the Bible introducing you to key characters, places, and events in chronological order; plus teaches some core Christian doctrines. We started meeting May 16 but it's never too late to join! Email Brittany Hyde for information, the address or to let them know you're coming!
JUNCTION - A Young Adults Gathering!
Thursday Nights from 7-9 p.m.
Who: Grace Young Adults or any 20/30s single young adult wanting to connect with others and grow spiritually (Anderson, Southwood, Creekside and even people not attending GBC are welcome!). Undergrads please check out Grace's college ministry!
What: Come relax and hang out with Team Berkey and some other amazing people! We will fellowship and have snacks, worship through song, listen to Tod teach from God's Word in applicable and challenging ways, then finish with small table groups for discussion and prayer. We also set up table groups to get together outside of Thursday nights for additional fellowship! Folks stay at the same table for about six weeks to allow for community building and then we switch it up again. New folks are placed at tables when they arrive so don't worry if you're new and don't know who to sit with--by the end of the evening you'll have new friends!
When: Thursday nights from 7-9ish p.m.
Where: Grace's Anderson campus in the College Auditorium at 701 Anderson Street (across the street from "big church")
Why: Why not? It will be a great time, so come on out, meet some new people, get connected and join the fun!
We want to reach all the young adults in the Brazos Valley no matter which church they attend, if any. SO COME, and BRING YOUR FRIENDS or other young adults you might know from school, work, the gym, grocery store, etc! We are praying and trusting God to do big things, and we'd love for you to be a integral part by praying for this ministry as well. Our greatest desire is to continue to provide relevant, challenging teaching that helps us mature in Christ AND provide opportunities for authentic community and meaningful fellowship.
Here's the upcoming schedule for Junction on Thursdays:
May 25 - Pot Luck Dinner and Tod's Seminary Graduation Party at our normal location in the College Auditorium followed by games at Anderson Park, all starting at 7 p.m.!
June 1 - Junction kicks off for Summer!
July 6 - No Junction (July 4th week)
August 3 - Last Summer Junction
August 10 - Serve by helping with "Big Giveaway" furniture drop-offs
August 17 - Junction Fellowship Night (epics plans TBD!)
August 24 - Junction Serves for Grace's "Big Giveaway" by organizing furniture and household goods (and then again on Saturday, August 26 for the actual "Big Giveaway").
August 31 - Fall Junction Starts!
If you'd like to know more about why we chose "Junction" please read on. It was not an afterthought! Lots of praying and discussing went into the name. We chose Junction partly because it just sounds cool, but more because of the definition:
1) an act of joining – state of being joined (we are forever joined with Christ by grace through faith)
2) a place or point of meeting (community and fellowship)
3) an intersection of roads especially where one terminates (stop heading down the wrong road and follow Christ)
4) a point at which dissimilar metals make contact (different types of people uniting for service and maturing in Christ)
5) something that joins (we are joined as brothers and sisters in Christ)
The idea here is joining and bonding – both in community with others but also with God. We think of it as the state of being joined so closely with Christ it should be hard to tell where He ends and we begin. Jesus is the One who joins us in authentic community so let's be a part of it!
Listen/Watch Junction Talks ONLINE!
If you missed a Junction, here are video links to some of the messages. More will be uploaded soon!
November 3, 2016 - RELATE: Who Are You? Part One - How you define and view yourself impacts every human interaction that you have, so, how do you define and view yourself? Is your view based on the world's thinking or is it based on the new creation given to us in Christ?
November 10, 2016 - RELATE: Who Are You? Part Two - How you define and view yourself impacts every human interaction that you have, so, how do you define and view yourself? Is your view based on the world's thinking or is it based on the new creation given to us in Christ?
December 8, 2016 - RELATE: Family - Heading home for the holidays means encounters with family and friends which can often cause tension. In this "Relate" session we briefly discuss that tension and ways to respond.
December 15, 2016 - The Rich Young Ruler - Mark 10:17-22
January 19, 2017 - RELATE: Others - Are Christians different in their words, actions and reactions? Does it matter? Why? During this session we look at why Christians are to be different and what that difference might look like.
February 24, 2017 - RELATE: Dating (What To Look For) - As a Christian, what are some things we might want to look for in a person to date?
March 2, 2017 - RELATE: Warning Signs When Dating - When we are looking to date a person, what are some warning signs/red flags we should be aware of to know if we should proceed or not?
March 9, 2017 - RELATE: Communication in Dating - Can God can be glorified through how we communicate in a dating relationship? Are we truthful? Do we speak this truth in love? Are we intentional? Does it matter? We take a closer look at these items and more during this session.
March 23, 2017 - RELATE: Sex - During this session we explore God's view on sex and how it impacts our life. God has clearly revealed His thoughts and boundaries within the Bible, and are we willing to side with Him or demand that we know better? CAUTION: THIS MESSAGE WAS PRESENTED TO AN ADULT AUDIENCE and has adult content. ,
March 30, 2017 - RELATE: Marriage - While Junction focuses on reaching single young adults, it is wise for all of us to know what the Bible says about men and women's roles in marriage. During this session we explore what God asks of husbands and wives and then we examine what that those expectations might look like in a single person's life.
April 9, 2017 - RELATE: Q&A - We conclude the "RELATE: God and Others" series with answering many questions the young adults submitted, from telling people you date about your past to what's up with online dating.
For more information about Grace Young Adults, contact Erin Berkey.