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Youth Ministries

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

2018 Youth Ministry Brochure

august, 2018

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25aug1:00 pm5:00 pmSHYC 2018 Planning Team Meeting

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GAP Weekends, formally known as Spring Youthquakes, are open to youth who are currently in grades 6 through 8. Come join other youth from Grace Presbytery this coming April at GAP Weekends. It is a time to grow in faith in Jesus Christ, to enjoy being with other Presbyterian youth experiencing the beauty of creation, worshipping God, mission project, singing, energizing, canoeing, low ropes, hiking, archery, sharing in small groups, seeing old friends, and making new ones.

GAP Weekend Registration

2019 Dates:
March 22-24
March 29-31

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Senior High Youth Connection          Youth Leadership
Triennium National Youth Conference

Fall 2018 Youthquake

November 2 – 4, 2018

Cost: $125

Fall 2018 Youthquake Registration Info

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.

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.

To learn more about registration for the Fall 2018 Youthquake click here.

2019 Dates:
November 1-3, Fall Youthquake

 

 

Youthfest West

October 12-14

Cost: $125

6th Grade – 12th Grade

YouthFest West 2018 Registration Packet

On October 12 – 14 this year the Crossroads College Age Ministry invites anyone from 6th grade to 12th grade to participate in the event. YouthFest West will happen at Glen Lake Camp in Glen Rose, Texas. There will be energizers, music, small groups, as well as free time to enjoy the facilities and weather of Glen Lake Camp. Registration opens at August 12 and closes on October 7 this year. Registration costs $125. To learn more or to register please

 

To learn more about registration for the Fall 2018 Youthfest West Event click here.

 

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LEADERSHIP CONNECTIONS 
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.

 

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.

Click here to visit their website: http://www.churchunderthebridge.org/

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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.

Synod Youth Workshop Flyer

To visit the website click here: http://www.synodyouthworkshop.com/

 

Triennium

Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years. The 2019 event is July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University. The theme for the 2019 event is “Here’s My Heart”. Grace Presbytery Youth Ministry Committee is forming a delegation to travel to PYT.

The Youth Ministry Committee would like to know by August 31, 2018 the intentions of every congregation in Grace Presbytery regarding their participation in Triennium 2019.

Click here to visit the website: https://presbyterianyouthtriennium.org/

2019 Dates:
July 16-20

 

 

Junior High and Middle School (JHAMS) Week at Austin College

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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, and a service project 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.

Visit the JHAMS website here: jhamsatac.org

Email JHAMS at: jhamsatatc@gmail.com

 

 

RESOURCES

2018 Youth Ministry Brochure
Child Protection Policy
Child Protection – Approved Adult Letter & Form
 Grace Presbytery Youth Scholarship Form
 Prairie Valley Legacy Scholarship Application

Email Gary Holloman if you have any questions!

 

 

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