(GYM) Grace Youth Ministry

The GYM exists to help students develop their own personal relationship with Jesus and to come alongside parents as they disciple their youth in that relationship. 

 
 
 
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We understand that the Gospel not only saves us, but impacts and changes every aspect of our lives.

With that in mind, we look for fun, creative, life-giving ways to speak the Gospel into their lives so that they in turn can go and change their world through obedience to Jesus Christ.

Our community is made up of teenagers in public and private schools and homeschool students grades 7–12. It is our desire that each student involved in the GYM would make the decision to follow Jesus with their whole lives, understanding that the Christian faith isn’t just about Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, but encompasses the whole of who we are.

 
 

Upcoming Events

 

Parenting Workshop

In order to help “come alongside parents as they disciple their children” we are offering a workshop the first Wednesday of each month, starting March 6th at 7 pm. These workshops will address issues that parents expressed interest in via our survey; topics like technology, dating and peer relationships, family types and depression. These workshops will be lead by elders, staff, parents and leaders and will include teaching, Q & A, discussion and resources. These workshops are for parents of all ages. We look forward to this rich time of learning together. 

 
 
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Student Leadership Team (SLT)

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 2 Timothy 4:12

The idea of the SLT is to equip GYM students to help lead, serve, and plan our events and activities. We want to give students a place to connect and serve in the Kingdom of God. All members must attend our monthly meetings the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30-6:45.

 

Welcome Crew

Welcome Crew is in charge of greeting people on Wednesday nights, finding the lost and lonely and making them feel welcome and loved, and getting to know every new person that walks in the door.

  • 9th - 12th graders

  • Must attend weekly meetings before youth if you are scheduled that week (about twice a month).

Sunday Greeters

Sunday Greeters will pass out important information, such as Newsletters and postcards for upcoming retreats/events, on Sundays before and after services 1-2 times a month.

  • 7th - 12th graders

Junior High Discover Leaders

Discover Leaders help lead our junior high students through discussion groups and prayer on Sunday mornings.

  • 12th graders only. These leaders are chosen at the end of every school year for the upcoming year.

YHOP (Youth House of Prayer)

The YHOP is a place for students to come and pray for the GYM and the next generation of Kingdom builders. It is scheduled every Saturday morning from 10 - 11 am at the Grace House of Prayer. This team leads the YHOP in prayer and worship.

  • 7th - 12th graders

  • Must be committed to attend 2 Saturday’s a month.

Outreach Teams

This is a student-led team! These students will go to places like Mission Arlington, Youth World, or go and serve the homeless. They will oversee planning events, gathering your team, etc.

  • 7th - 12th graders

  • Must attend planning/prep meetings for scheduled outreach events if needed.

 

Summer Discussion Leaders

Summer discussion leaders will be responsible for leading small group discussions on Wednesday nights during the summer (This is great practice if you are interested in being a JH Discover leader your Senior year).

  • 11th - 12th graders

 
 

Weekly Events

 
 

ENCOUNTER
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Encounter is a large group meeting for our high school students (9th-12th grade) that meets Wednesday evenings in the youth room.

Students gather for a fun game, worship, food, and a biblical message.

 

GYM LIFE GROUPS

All high school students are invited to participants in Life Groups that meet throughout the week led by one of our Youth Leaders. Each group is divided by grade and gender. The next 6-week Life Group session will begin in September 2018. For more information or specific times/meeting, contact Will Hoffman.

CONNECTION
Wednesdays, 6:45pm-8:30pm

Connection is a small group meeting for our junior high students (7th-8th grade) that meets Wednesday evenings.  For more information, contact Amy Gallas.

 

DISCOVER
Sundays, 9:45am & 11:45am

Discover is a large group meeting for our junior high students that meets Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:35 am (2nd part of 1st service) and 11:45 am-12:35 pm (2nd part of 2nd service) in the Life Center.

Students gather for a quick snack, fun game, and Bible lesson followed by table discussion divided by grade and gender. 

 
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Contact Info

If you are interested in knowing more about the youth ministry at Grace Community, please contact Will Hoffman at will@gracearlington.com or at 972.213.5346.

 

GYM Winter Advance

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WHAT IS Advance?

It is a weekend retreat for high school students. This year, we will be going to Sky Ranch in East Texas for worship, teaching, small groups, skits, games, and camp activities like the zip line, climbing wall, jumping pillow, gaga ball, etc. 

WHAT IS THE THEME? 

The theme for this weekend is the “Explicit Gospel.”

WHEN IS Advance?

Friday, February 1st - Sunday, February 3rd.

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS DURING THE WEEKEND?

Students and leaders meet at Grace Community Church on Friday afternoon, February 1st. We will then load into church vans and drive together to Sky Ranch. Students will gather for a large group session upon arrival, followed directly by small group time for each grade/gender group. On Saturday we will have another large group and small group time as well as other fun games and activities. We will close out the weekend with a facedown worship session and a time for students to share what they have learned before returning back to Grace.

WHO ARE THE LEADERS? 

Current GYM leaders who are screened and trained in the GYM Policies and Procedures.

HOW MUCH DOES Advance COST?

Earlybird Sale/Scholarship Requests: Dec 30th– Jan 12th ($125)

Regular Registration: Jan 13th – Jan 23rd ($135)

Late Registration: Jan 24th – Jan 27th ($145) 

MORE QUESTIONS?

Contact Will Hoffman for more information.