Youth

The Grace Presbytery Youth Ministry Committee offers a number of ways for the youth and youth ministry leaders of our presbytery to connect. Contact information for many of the opportunities listed here can be found on our “Contacts” page.

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

2017 Youth Ministry Brochure

Senior High Youth Connection (SHYC)
Late each January (sometimes early February), the Senior High Youth of Grace Presbytery gather at Austin College in Sherman for SHYC: a high energy weekend of challenging theme presentations, thought-provoking and encouraging small groups, interest groups, music, worship, and of course, energizers. SHYC is planned by a special team of adults and youth from across the presbytery in partnership with the Austin College ACtivators. The registration fee is $75 by January 17 ($90 after January 18).

SHYC 2017 Packet
SHYC 2017 SGL and ASGL Application

Youthquakes
Youthquakes are retreat weekends with other 6th – 8th grade youth from all over the presbytery at Camp Gilmont in Gilmer and Glen Lake Camp in Glen Rose. During the weekend, youth will experience worship, small groups, fellowship and FUN together.Groups travel to and from camp together and stay in cabins together. Event leadership is provided by the Austin College ACtivators (Fall Events) and Grace Presbytery’s High School PULSE leadership team.

Giving Youth another opportunity to be at camp other than the summer to experience outdoor games, recreation, small group bible study and new friends.

Spring 2017 Youthquake East Registration Info
Spring 2017 Youthquake West Registration Info


Youth Fest West

Participants young and old love Youthquake weekends, getting away to retreat and regroup both spiritually and physically.  When the Prairie Valley facilities closed, the distance between the churches west and south of the Metroplex and Gilmont has made it difficult for the youth & sponsors to attend the Youthquakes in East Texas. An alternative facility was located to help serve those congregations in Glen Rose. In October 2013, the first Youthquake was held at the Glen Lake Retreat Center. It was the premiere event for Crossroads, the college-age leadership group, and together with a handful members of PULSE, led the weekend for about 35 – 40 participants.Several churches on the western side of Grace Presbytery combine their youth into one group out of necessity and may not attend Presbytery events. There is a need to reach these congregations.  The facilities at Glen Lake are large enough to accommodate both middle and high school students and their sponsors. Opening this event up to both age groupings would provide a great service to those churches and youth programs. The weekend activities would be a combined mixer on Friday night, all keynotes, service project and meals would be combined and all small groups and Saturday night activities would be separated by age.  If the weekend is being led by both Crossroads and PULSE, Crossroads would lead the high school small groups and PULSE would be leading the middle school small groups.

YouthFest West 2016 Registration Packet

Spring and Fall Worship Celebration
The Youth Worship Celebration is an opportunity for the youth of the presbytery to gather to praise God and give thanks. Worship and music leaders are invited from various Grace Presbytery congregations. Speakers are usually members of the senior class, and communion servers are youth from across the presbytery who have been elected by their church to serve as elders and deacons. The YMC recruits a special planning team to organize this service.

LEADERSHIP CONNECTIONS

PULSE
PULSE is the youth leadership development ministry of the presbytery. PULSE sponsors a series of workshops (September, October, November, January, February and March) that prepare youth to be leaders in their church and within the presbytery. PULSE are called upon to share their skills by leading Youthquakes and serving as leaders at other events sponsored by Grace Presbytery.PULSE is open to youth in grades 9-12. Information and application materials are available in June.

Youth Sunday on Wheels
Would your congregation welcome a unique opportunity provided by the youth of our presbytery? “Youth Sunday on Wheels” is a Grace Presbytery Youth Ministry Committee sponsored team of youth who visit small Grace Presbytery congregations and lead worship. As a connectional church, it is important for us to share our gifts with one another across congregational lines, and that is what “Youth Sunday on Wheels” is all about.

“Church under the Bridge”
“Church Under the Bridge” is a unique Sunday morning mission opportunity in Waco. Groups have the opportunity to provide a meal for homeless and street people who gather for worship under the I-35 bridges at the entrance to Baylor University.

DENOMINATIONAL EVENTS

Synod Youth Workshop
The Synod Youth Workshop is a gathering of Presbyterian young people from within the bounds of the Synod of the Sun that takes place at Tulsa University. Grace Presbytery provides organizational leadership for the event.

SYW 2017 Flyer

Triennium
The Presbyterian Youth Triennium is an international gathering of Presbyterian and Reformed young people that takes place at Purdue University. Grace Presbytery sends a delegation to each Triennium and offers all churches in the presbytery spots to attend. Multiple participants from a church will be accepted as spaces in the delegation are available.

Junior High and Middle School (JHAMS) Week at Austin College
JHAMS Week at Austin College is a summer youth conference for junior high and middle school youth (completed 5th through completed 8th grade).This affordable summer conference will include four days of group gatherings, energizers, small group experiences, speakers, music, a service project, and a lake trip while living on campus in dorm rooms!  This event is sponsored by Grace Presbytery, Austin College and First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth’s Regional Children & Youth Conference committee. Leadership will be provided by both Austin College ACtivators and members of PULSE.

JHaMS flyer