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, sports watching parties, crafting, 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 Mornings with GYA
9:15 a.m. - Sit together at the 9:15 a.m. Worship Service in the front center left few rows, then join Tod and Erin Berkey for an early lunch out to discuss the sermon and have fellowship together. Watch the GYA GroupMe for where lunch will be each Sunday.
Contact: Tod Berkey
9:15 a.m. - Sit together at the 9:15 a.m. Worship Service, then join Tod and Erin Berkey for an early lunch out to discuss the sermon and have fellowship together. Watch the GYA GroupMe for where lunch will be each Sunday.
Contact: Tod Berkey
Our fabulous GYA Leadership Team has planned out some wonderful events so look below for what's coming up!
Still Creek Service Project - Still Creek Ranch, 6055 Hearne Road, Bryan, TX 77808
Saturday, April 28, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Since 1988, Still Creek Ranch has rescued boys and girls from crisis environments including abuse, neglect, abandonment, and sexual exploitation, placing them in safe, loving, Christ-centered homes.
GYA has an opportunity to serve some Still Creek boys while their house parents attend a training on Saturday, April 28 so we need men from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m (can serve morning, afternoon or both.) You'd play games (board games, basketball/volleyball, etc.) with their kiddos and helping serve lunch, which they would provide. The two boys homes have six kids in each. They need a minimum of two GYA members per house so we need two more guys!
You can sign up for the whole day or take a morning or afternoon shift! Please do not sign up unless you know you can make it--they are counting on us! You can sign up here on the Google doc, or contact Erin Berkey for more information.
Spring Camping Trip
April 20-22, 2018 - Fairfield Lake State Park
The camping trip is coming up next weekend and is going to be EPIC! We'll be going to Fairfield Lake State Park (about 1.5 hours away) and will have a lakeside weekend of fun, cooking, relaxing, camping and getting in touch with nature and our amazing God. Cost is $30 per person for the campsites, supplies and four meals!
Please register on the Google doc ASAP and check there for more info. Contact Kaylah Koch or Enoc Medina with questions. There is a Google doc registration HERE. For now, email Kaylah Koch for more information.
Cross Country BBQ!
Sunday, April 29, 5:30 p.m., Cross Family Ranch in Caldwell (2441 FM 2000 Caldwell, TX 77836)
Come join us for an End of the Spring Bash on Sunday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Candace’s family's home in Caldwell! The short 30-minute drive to Caldwell is worth it to enjoy the evening in the country. The Cross place is fabulous and has a beautiful pond, lots of land and many places to relax (including a big back porch that overlooks the pond--so nice). Join us for a cookout, games, campfire with s'mores and fellowship. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided, but please look at the list below and bring something to share. Contact Candace with any questions. If anyone wants to carpool out together, meet at Grace's Southwood campus parking lot at 4:45 p.m.
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
Drive In Movie Night
Friday, May 4, 5:45 p.m., Showboat Theater in Hockley
Join us for an amazing retro movie experience! Meet at Grace's Southwood campus at 5:45 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 8:15 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. For questions or to let us know you'll carpool or meet us there, email Erin Berkey. Don't miss the fun and May the Fourth Be With You!
GYA Summer Mission Trip
June 9-15, 2018 to El Salvador
Applications are in and our team has been formed! We are taking 24 people (three familes and young adults) so please be praying for the team as they prepare for the trip, for those whose they will serve and for them to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
Apr 20-22 - Spring Camping Trip (will be in tents!)
April 28 - Serve at Still Creek Ranch
Apr 29 - End of Spring Party/BBQ at Cross Place
May 3 - Last Spring Junction (with Baptisms)
May 4 - Drive In Movie Night in Hockley
May 24 - Prayer Dessert (evening)
GYA Summer 2018
May 28 - Memorial Day/Big Giveaway Storage Unit Tetris (morning service project) and Lunch at Double Dave's
May 31 - Summer Junction Starts
June 9-15 - Summer Mission Trip to El Salvador with SHIP
June 13 - Summer Bible Study starts (GYA joins with adult/college study)
June 14 - Junction Fellowship
June 16 - Grace for the City service project
July 4 - Dinner and Fireworks at Bush Library
July 5 - No Junction
July 21 - Day Trip to the Beach in Galveston
Aug 2 - Last Summer Junction
Aug 11 - Party at JT & Larisa's House (!)
Aug 16 - Jumping World and Freddy's
Aug 19 - The Big Move (Giveaway furniture moving)
Aug 23 - The Big Giveaway Sort
Aug 24 - Big Giveaway Bridges Party Friday night (meet and welcome new international students)
Aug 25 - The Big Giveaway!!! (one of the coolest service opportunities ever!)
GYA Fall 2018
Sept 1 - Fall Kickoff Cookout at Team Berkey's
Sept 6 - Fall Junction Kickoff/Pizza Dinner
Sept 11 - Mens and Womens Small Group Bible Studies start
Sept 22 - Aggies vs Arkansas Game Watching Party at Team Berkey's
Oct 5 - Ice Skating at Spirit Ice Arena and Dinner
Oct 13 - Prayer Breakfast
Oct 26 - Pot Luck Dinner/Halloween Costume Party at Team Berkey's
Nov 2-4 - Fall Retreat at Messiah's Ranch
Nov 11 - Stuff Operation Christmas Child Boxes
Dec 1 - Progressive Restaurant Dinner
Dec 6 - Last Christmas Junction
Dec 8 - Christmas Caroling/Party at Team Berkey's
Dec 31 - New Year's Eve Party at Gerling's
*above dates subject to change
Board/Card Game Night!
Mondays, 7 p.m., Blue Baker on University
Bring your favorite board/card games to Blue Baker to play with friends and maybe buy a cookie! Watch the Game Night GroupMe to see if folks are meeting.
Spring Bible Study
Grace Young Adults Spring Bible Study - done for the Spring - watch for Summer study info soon!
Join other fabulous young single adults in a small group Bible study called "Jesus is Better" this Spring! Each group is led by our amazing GYA leaders--either Nathan Gober (mens group that meets from 7-9 p.m.), or Candace Cross and Kaylah Koch (womens group that meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m.). This 9-week, disciple-making study of the second half of Hebrews will equip you to connect in authentic community, grow in biblical truth and joyfully engage in helping others find and follow Jesus. Both groups meet on Tuesdays at different homes. Please register online here, and email one of the leaders, Candace Cross, at email@example.com to let her know you are coming! Location info will be sent after registration. They are almost done but it's not too late to join.
*There are also mens' and womens' multi-generational small group Bible studies on the book of Hebrews meeting this Spring 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):
May 3 - Last Spring Junction with Baptisms
May 31 - Summer Junction Begins
June 14 - Junction Fellowship with Tables
Aug 2 - Last Summer Junction
Aug 30 - First 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.
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.
September 7, 2017 - #FollowJesus Intro - During this series we will look into Christ's life and see how He interacted and responded to many of the high tension issues we face today.
September 14, 2017 - #Follow Jesus: Racism - During this session we explore God's view on racial diversity. Join us as we make stops in Genesis through Revelation showing that God's love and plan has always been to reach ALL people and ALL nations. Therefore any and all forms of racism stand against God and His heart for all.
September 21, 2017 - #FollowJesus: Money - Money is a topic that people always talk about but rarely dive into. Most of the time we talk about not having enough and how to get more. Rarely do we stop and ask deeper questions about it. Ultimately it comes down to the question, "Whose money is it?" There is a great difference between being the owner of money and being a steward of money. During this session we talk about this difference.
September 28, 2017 - #Follow Jesus: Politics - coming!
October 5, 2017 - #FollowJesus: Disappointment - Disappointments are a part of life. A relationship ends, a job is lost or sometimes healing doesn't come. But how do we respond to disappointments? During this session we will look at the story of Lazarus to glean some insight as to how to respond. Martha and Mary had no idea that Jesus was going to raise their brother Lazarus from the dead when He arrived. All they could see and feel was the hurt and disappoinment associated with the loss of their brother. Just like Martha and Mary we don't know exactly what God is doing or is planning on doing through those challenging seasons of life, but we can be certain that He hasn't left us.
October 13, 2017 - #FollowJesus: Outcasts - We live in a world where it often seems we create divisions and treat others as outcasts. This isn't new. How did Jesus respond to the outcasts? What can we learn from Him? During this session of Junction we look specifically at how we are to respond to not only those labeled as outcasts but to all people.
October 20, 2017 - #FollowJesus: Singleness - Our culture seems to value marriage over singleness, but God values holiness over marital status. How do we follow Jesus in the season of singleness and what purposes might He have for us?
October 26, 2017 - #FollowJesus: Sexuality - coming soon!
For more messages, check out Tod Berkey's You Tube channel.
For more information about Grace Young Adults, contact Erin Berkey.