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!
Anderson Campus (not meeting Aug 6)
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!
Day Trip to Barton Springs Pool in Austin
Saturday, July 29, 9:45 a.m. to ?
Mark your calendars now to head over to Austin for our last GYA day trip of the summer! Meet at Grace Southwood at 9:45 a.m. to carpool over for a yummy lunch at The Shady Grove in Austin before heading to Barton Springs Pool! We will play and enjoy the beautiful, spring-fed swimming hole. Bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and dry clothes to change into before heading home. Check out more info here. Email Candace Cross to let her know you're coming!
Junction Fellowship - Jumping World and Freddy's!
Thursday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m. (instead of regular Junction)
Join us for a special Junction fellowship night where we'll jump and play at Jumping World in Bryan and then have dinner together at Freddy's Frozen Custard (and yummy burgers!). Please wear socks and no denim to jump. One hour of jumping is $13 and they have dodge ball!
Serve Internationals at The Big Giveaway!
The week of Aug 20 and Sat, Aug 26, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the GBC College Auditorium
Y'all! The Big Giveaway is coming and it's one of the Berkey's favorite service opportunities. It's Grace Bible Church's 15th annual Big Giveaway where we give gently used furniture and household goods to new international students for FREE, tell them about ways to get involved at Grace and build relationships that can last for years! We plan to help in several ways so please plan to help too--serving well on the Big Giveaway day takes lots of planning, sorting and organizing in the days before the main event on Aug. 26 and we would love for GYA to be at all of it!
Here are some of the days we can help:
Thurs, Aug 10, 4-7 p.m. - Furniture drop-offs in the College Auditorium (Junction building, and there's no Junction that night so we can serve together!)
Sunday, Aug 20, 1:30-4:30 p.m. - The Big Move - Help with moving donated items from our four storage units into the College Auditorium.
Tues-Thurs, Aug 22-24 - Register to sort and organize in 3-4 hour time slots.
Thurs, Aug 24, 7-9 p.m. - Junction is serving by sorting and labeling furniture and household goods, stuffing ministry info packets for students and more.
Fri, Aug 25, 7-10 p.m. - Help check in students and join them at a Bridges party (yes, they show up the night before to line up!)
Sat, Aug 26, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. - The Big Giveaway! Plan to serve for all 6 hours and serve by meeting and greeting students, helping them choose furniture and household goods, loading/unloading and delivering the items to where they live. Yes, we do all that in one morning, which is why we need about 300 volunteers! If you have a truck or can borrow one please register for that too. Afterward, we'll have lunch together to celebrate what God has done!
Check out more info and please register to volunteer here or email Erin Berkey with any questions.
Plan Ahead - Here's What's Coming Up this Summer!
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 - Serve with "The Big Giveaway" Drop-Offs
Aug 17 - Junction Fellowship Night - Jumping World Trampoline Park in Bryan (meet there at 6 p.m.) followed by dinner at Freddy's Frozen Custard
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!)
More Fall Events to come ...
Aug 31 - Fall Junction Starts
Sept 3 - Fall Kickoff Cookout at Lake Bryan
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! 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' Mansion 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 are 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. Please come--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 (meets weekly Thursdays unless otherwise indicated):
August 3 - Last Summer Junction
August 10 - Serve by helping with "Big Giveaway" furniture drop-offs
August 17 - Junction Fellowship Night - Jumping World Trampoline Park in Bryan (meet there at 6 p.m.) followed by dinner at Freddy's Frozen Custard!
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!
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.
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.
For more information about Grace Young Adults, contact Erin Berkey.