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Youth

The aim of the Youth Ministry at Grace Covenant is to reach students, and cultivate a deep, rich, enduring faith in Jesus Christ that will carry them through college and young adulthood, into lives that enjoy and glorify the Living and True God; equipping them to serve both the Church and in the world. It is our mission to connect with students (grades 6-12) and their families, encouraging them with the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that they may grow in His grace through study of the Bible, fellowship with the Christian community, and engagement with the world around us.

Large Group

The entire youth group, Middle School & High School, meets every Sunday night from 6-7:30 in the youth group room. This is a fun, safe place for students to encounter Christ through study of the Bible, discussion, and interaction with their peers and adult leaders. This is a doorway into our ministry, and a great place for new students and volunteers to get plugged in.

D-Groups

D-Groups are age and gender based small groups that meet weekly in homes around Williamsburg for Bible Study. The focus of these groups is two-fold:

  • to study and gain a better understanding of the Bible and life.
  • to build strong relationships with peers and leaders in a small group setting, so that group members can encourage one another as they seek to follow Christ together.
  • D-group information:

    High School Guys (grades 9-12) - Thursday’s from 6-7:30

    Where: Slade's Home @ Yeardley Loop

    Leaders: Taylor Howsmon (taylor@gracecovpca.org), Billy Carrier (wncarrier@email.wm.edu)

    Study: Peacemakers by Ken Sande

    High School Girls (grades 9-12) -

    Where: Swink's Home

    Leaders: Chelsea Swink & Lien Day

    Study:

    Middle School Boys (grades 6-8) --

    Where: Murphy Home

    Leaders: Taylor Howsmon

    Study: The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Study

    Middle School Girls (grades 6-8) --

    Where: Tewksbury Home

    Leaders: Christine Robison & Michaela Allen

    Study: Teach Me Your Way

    Sunday School

    Classes meet each Sunday morning during the church’s education hour. These classes feature a Bible-based curriculum designed to educate our students on the fundamentals of the Christian faith.

    High School Class Leaders: Aaron & Dena Kota

    Middle School Class Leaders: Daniel & Katie Block

    Service

    The service aspect of our youth ministry aims to introduce students to Jesus' call for his followers to love our neighbors and to serve others in practical ways, and to instill a Kingdom vision of the community and world around us. We partner with organizations around Greater Williamsburg, as well as serving our local body by helping those who are in need within the Grace Covenant community.

    Fun/Fellowship

    An essential part of our youth ministry includes creating opportunities for students to interact with each other in informal fun activities. A variety of events provide terrific opportunities for our students to both develop relationships within the group and reach out to friends by inviting them to join an enjoyable activity in an unintimidating environment.

    Special Events & Retreats

    Throughout the year we have a variety of fun events for our students to participate in. Each year we also take students on a couple of awesome retreats:

  • Middle School Modgnik – September
  • High School Modgnik – March/April
  • RYM High School Conference - July/August
  • All these activities help to build community within our group through a fun shared experience. Our retreats in particular help get us out of our usual surroundings and routines, and provide us opportunity to connect with other students both from around Virginia and across the USA .

    Contact

    For more information, or if you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, contact Taylor Howsmon, Director of Student Ministries. Taylor can be reached at the church (757-220-0147), or by email: taylor@gracecovpca.org.

    Resources:

    RYM

    Center for Parent/Youth Understanding | CPYU Blog | CPYU Parent Page

    Recommended Reading:

    Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul Tripp

    Almost Christian by Kenda Creasy Dean

    Sticky Faith by Kara Powell & Chap Clark

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