Join Grace Student Ministries (GSM) on Sunday mornings for our first short-term study of the year, in our NEW SPACE! Over an 8-week period that corresponds with the current Sunday morning sermon series, we will take a deeper look at the book of 1 Thessalonians in order to help us further understand God’s word. It is highly suggested to purchase the book that goes along with the study. If the cost is an issue, please let Daniel know so that we can assist you.
WHO WE ARE
GSM exists to see junior high and high school students (7th-12th) be and make disciples for the glory of God through being wholeheartedly committed to the Worship of God, fully engaged in the Mission of the Gospel, and intimately connected to the Community of Believers. We do this through our weekly gatherings, online resources, and annual discipleship events that are created with the student in mind.
We desire to offer a safe, relaxed, come-as-you-are environment where a student can build friendships, become deeply known, and connect to the greater body of Christ. We truly believe and hope you feel that YOU BELONG HERE. Our prayer is for all students to understand what it means to walk in the freedom that Christ offers and live fully alive in obedience to Him.
Furthermore, it is our hope to come alongside the family and serve each parent in their efforts to disciple their children, as we are convinced that parents are who God intends to be the primary disciple-makers in a child’s life. Throughout the year, there will be opportunities to be encouraged, equipped, and empowered to thrive in the role that God has graciously given to parents.
For questions or more information, contact any of our GSM Staff.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
(Deuteronomy 6:5-7, ESV)
GSM Wednesday Evenings | 3:30pm-8:15pm
Every Wednesday night throughout the school year, GSM gathers together for fellowship, fun, and Biblical teaching. Students will be challenged and encouraged in small groups as they look to build and strengthen relationships with their friends, adult leaders, and God by diving deeper into the evening’s topic. These smaller groups are divided according to age and gender as we believe this is a highly effective format for life-giving transformation to happen.
We open our doors at 3:30pm to allow students to hang out, do homework, and relax from the mid-week stress. At 6:00pm, we offer a free first-come, first-serve dinner, and our program gets started at 6:35pm with high school students jumping directly into their small groups while junior high students meet in a large group setting. Halfway through the evening, the junior high students move into small groups while our high school students finish the evening in large group.
Our junior high students are dismissed at 8:00pm while our high school students end at 8:15pm.
Sunday Mornings | 9:00am-10:00am
On Sunday mornings, we hope to create a safe and welcoming community for students to build friendships and accountability with each other as they grow and learn about Jesus. During our short-term studies, we will cover relevant topics and material that can supplement what students are learning at home and during our worship services at the 10 or 11 o’clock hour. Discussion groups and engaging leaders will help students absorb content designed to meet them where they are and answer questions they’re asking.
Catalyst is a year-long discipleship program designed to grow and challenge students in their junior and senior year of high school. The program begins with a trip in the later part of the summer before their junior or senior year. This trip is for the sake of unity and to form a foundation of strong relationships for community and discipleship within the coming year.
Throughout the year, we will have numerous Sunday night Alongsider group meetings where the guys and girls will separate to build community and accountability. For Sunday evenings that are not Alongsider groups, all Catalyst students will be together to cover theology, leadership, and life skills all while planning missional outreach opportunities in their community.
Students that participate in the Catalyst Discipleship Program are also expected to be contributors, not just consumers, at Grace Community Church. These students will be leaders of small groups on Wednesday nights and other GSM events, missional in their mindset on a Sunday morning in and out of the GSM room, and provided multiple opportunities to volunteer throughout the year.
Applications drop and registration opens for Catalyst in the Spring.