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.
Sign up to get weekly emails about our activities so you don't miss out! Also please add yourself to to the "Grace Young Adults" GroupMe text group to get spontaneous info about unofficial GYA events or updates about official ones!
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!
Aggie Game Watching Party -- Cancelled to Serve with Hurricane Harvey Relief!!
Saturday, Sept. 23
Join Team Berkey for a day trip to Houston to serve with Hurricane Harvey Relief! We will be working in Erin's family's townhouse -- their bottom floor and cars were completely flooded (garage and storage). It has to be rebuilt so they'll be in a temporary apartment for months before finding a new place to live that's at a higher elevation! We will help pack their belongings and move things to a storage unit. Meet at Grace's Southwood campus at 7:15 a.m. to carpool down to Houston together. Lunch will be provided and we'll eat dinner out in Houston before heading back to CS that evening.
Please be certain you can go before you register here and if you have a truck, we need you! Email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or text her at 979-574-9029 with any questions.
Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. at Team Berkey's House
Join us at Team Berkey's house at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 for a morning of prayer and breakfast! We will pray for each other, the church, our missionaries, the world and more. Don't worry, we won't make you pray out loud if that's not your jam. Please bring a breakfast food or drink to share! Email Erin at email@example.com with any questions.
Ladies Clothing Swap
Sunday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Team Berkey's House
Join us at Team Berkey's house for a ladies clothing, accessories and more SWAP! Girls, do some fall cleaning and bring new or gently used goods to swap with others. Let's shop and snack together! There will be a method to our madness so please read the instructions and details here (and PLEASE RSVP here too). Email Hannah Chavarria at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
GYA Fall Retreat!
Friday, Oct. 13 - Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Messiah's Ranch in Bryan
Join Team Berkey and other fine folks for the Grace Young Adults Fall Retreat! The fun and shenanigans will happen at Messiah's Ranch in Bryan (about 30 minutes from CS) and there will be challenging teaching, authentic community, amazing games, great food, unique teamwork, yummy smores and more. Retreat will start at 7 p.m. Friday and we'll leave by 11 a.m. on Sunday. Registration cost is $95 (lodging, four meals and more included). Partial scholarships are available, and any payment over $95 will be greatly appreciated as it will help to scholarship others.
Shoeboxes for Kids - Sunday, Nov. 5
We know it's early but wanted to let everyone know GYA will serve by stuffing Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes for kids this fall! We'll get together Sunday, Nov. 5 to stuff the boxes with items so now you'll have plenty of time to buy them (and school supplies are on sale now)! Here's general info and here's a list of items needed. Mark your calendars now, and happy shopping!
If you have questions or to want to help with this service project, email Hannah Chavarria.
Sept 23 – Aggies vs Arkansas Football Game Watching Party--CANCELLED for Hurricane Harvey Relief Day Trip to Houston on Sept. 23 instead!
Sept 30 – Prayer Breakfast at Team Berkey’s
Oct 1 – Ladies Clothing Swap Party at Team Berkey’s
Oct 9 – Monday Night Kickball
Oct 13-15 – GYA Fall Retreat at Messiah’s Ranch (online registration coming soon)
Oct 20 – Guys Laser Tag at Aggieland War Games
Oct 25 – Serve at GBC’s Country Fair (GYA will cook and serve the food again--yay, 3000 hot dogs!!)
Oct 27 – Pot Luck Dinner/Halloween Costume Party at Team Berkey’s
Nov 4 – Prayer Breakfast at Abbey & Nikita’s
Nov 5 – Stuff Operation Christmas Child boxes
Nov 11 – Ladies Day Trip to the Nutcracker Market in Houston
Nov 18 – Aggies vs Ole Miss Football Game Watching Party at Team Berkey’s
Nov 30 – Christmas Junction
Dec 7 – Last Fall Junction
Dec 9 – GYA Christmas Party (Christmas Caroling at Carriage Inn Retirement Home followed by pizza, a cookie swap and favorite things exchange at Team Berkey’s house)
*subject to change so please watch these dates
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.
Fall Bible Study
Grace Young Adults Fall Bible Study!
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Join other fabulous young single adults in a small group Bible study called "Jesus is Better" this Fall! Each group is led by our amazing GYA leaders--either Lance Wren (mens group), Candace Cross, Kaylah Koch or Larisa Escorza (all womens groups). This 9-week, disciple-making study of Hebrews (chapters 1-6) will equip you to connect in authentic community, grow in biblical truth and joyfully engage in helping others find and follow Jesus. All groups meet on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at various homes depending on which small group you are placed in. Please REGISTER ONLINE HERE! Please also email one of the leaders, Candace Cross, at email@example.com to let her know you are coming!
*There are also mens' and womens' multi-generational small group Bible studies on the book of Hebrews meeting this Fall at various times. Please check here for more info.
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 (meets weekly Thursdays unless otherwise indicated):
Sept 7 - Nov 16 - Normal weekly Junction until Nov. 16 (Nov. 23 is Thanksgiving)!
Nov 30 - Christmas Junction
Dec 7 - Last Fall Junction
Listen/Watch Junction Talks ONLINE!
If you missed a Junction, here are video links to some of the messages. More will be uploaded soon!
RELATE - A Relationship Series
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.
April 2017 - John 9: Zero to Hero - The story of the blind boy in John 9 applies to us and impacts our lives as we learn about who he was and how Jesus healed him.
June 1, 2017 - Ephesians Intro and Eph 1:1-2 - This summer at Junction we will work through the book of Ephesians. During this session we introduce the author, reader and overview of the book in a way that makes them accessible and relatable.
June 8, 2017 - Ephesians 1:3-14 - This summer at Junction we will work through the book of Ephesians. Paul loves long sentences and in this long thought Paul challenges his readers to praise God for a number of reasons - in this session we will look at a few of them.
June 15, 2017 - Ephesians 1:15-23 - This summer at Junction we will work through the book of Ephesians. Paul addresses the Ephesians reputation and reveals what his prayer for them is. These two things carried tremendous weight then and now. This session we explore how reputation and prayer ties into Paul's message to the Ephesians and how it can impact our life today.
June 22, 2017 - Ephesians 2:1-10 - This summer at Junction we will work through the book of Ephesians. During this session Paul explains a reality that we often reject and try to avoid - we are saved by grace through faith alone and not by works. Join in as we look at why this message is so critical to walking well with Jesus.
July 20, 2017 - Ephesians 4 - This summer at Junction we will work through the book of Ephesians. During this session we follow Paul as he gives some examples and characteristics of how life looks when we have a better grasp who God is and what He has done.
July 27, 2017 - Ephesians 5 - This session we dive into the truths communicated in Chapter 5.
August 3, 2017 - Ephesians 6 - In our last summer session of Junction, we dive into Chapter 6 of Ephesians and look at the armor of God.
Follow Jesus Series
August 31, 2017 - Community - Authentic community is always desired but appears elusive to many. During this Fall Junction Kickoff, we explore why we have such a strong pull towards community, what it looks like and how to go about it.
For more information about Grace Young Adults, contact Erin Berkey.