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!
Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m.
Team Berkey's House
Join some amazing GYA folks for a prayer breakfast! We've prayed for many things during these breakfasts and it is always a wonderful, encouraging morning together. 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 Berkey for location info.
Cross Country BBQ and End of the Spring Bash!
Saturday, April 29 at 5 p.m. to ??
Candace Cross' House
Come join us for an End of the Spring Bash on Saturday, April 29 from 5 p.m. to whenever we're done at Candace’s house in Caldwell! The short 30-minute drive to Caldwell is worth it to enjoy the afternoon/evening in the country. The Cross place is fabulous and has a beautiful pond, lots of land and many places to relax. Join us for a hamburger cookout, games, campfire with s'mores and fellowship. Burgers will be provided, but please look at the list below and bring something to share. Contact Candace with any questions and for her address.
Last name A-H: Please bring a burger side (chips, potato salad, veggies, fruit)
Last name I-P: Please bring a 2 liter of drinks (soda, tea or lemonade)
Last name Q-Z: Please bring a dessert
Ladies' Craft Night
Sunday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Team Berkey's House
Are there any creative Pinterest-loving ladies out there who also love fellowship with fabulous women? Bring the supplies needed to make the next craft project on your list and create some amazing artistry at our Ladies' Craft Night! Erin will provide tables to work on and outlets for any glue guns! Email Erin for info, the address, or to volunteer to bring snacks and drinks.
Plan Ahead - Here's What's Coming Up this Summer!
April 22 - Prayer Breakfast at Team Berkey's
April 29 - End of the Spring Bash at the Cross's Country Palace in Caldwell
May 4 - Last Junction of the Spring
May 5-7 - Grace Women's Retreat at Camp Tejas in Giddings
May 16 - Summer "Foundations" Bible Study starts
May 21 - Ladies Craft Night at Team Berkey's
May 25 - Junction Pot Luck Dinner, Tod's Seminary Graduation Party & Games at Anderson Park
June 1 - Junction kicks off for Summer
June 4 - Grace Bible Church All-Campus Picnic at Veteran's Park
June 10 - Day Trip to a Galveston Beach (with optional overnight)
June 23 - Drive in Movie in Hockley at the Showboat Theater
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 10 - Last Summer Junction
Aug 12 - Jumping World Trampoline Park & Dinner at Freddy's
Aug 17 - Junction Fellowship Night
Aug 24-26 - Serve at "The Giveaway" (Junction will serve Thursday night; everyone will serve at The Giveaway Saturday morning!)
Oct 13-15 - GYA Fall Retreat at Messiah's Ranch
Monday Sand Volleyball
Sand Volleyball - Bump, Set, Spike!
Mondays, 7 p.m.
Sand volleyball on Monday nights is back after our winter hiatus! 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 Andrew Demko for more info.
Summer Bible Study
Summer Foundations Bible Study! - Starting Tuesday nights, May 16!
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 will meet Tuesday nights starting May 16! More info to come soon.
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:
April 20, April 27 - Topic TBD
May 4 - Baptisms and Celebration Junction!
May 11 & 18 - No Junction
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!
June 1 - Junction kicks off for Summer!
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.