June 17-21, 5:30pm - 8:35pm
Join other Junior High Students (entering grades 6th-8th) for a week of outrageous games, meaningful worship and new friendships! Eat dinner together each night and enjoy a free t-shirt at the end of the week.
Registration starts May 12th. Call 830-779-5200 for more details.
At Grace Bible Church we are committed to meet students where they are at in life and provide them with an opportunity to Encounter Jesus and be transformed by His redeeming love.
So what is Encounter Student Ministry all about?
We want every student to know that they have been created to pursue a relationship with God.
We want every student to know that they belong to Christ and that they are defined by what He says.
We want every student to understand that they exist everyday to demonstrate God's love to a broken world.
Student Small Groups
On Sunday mornings from 9:00am-10:15am (6-12 grade students) we meet in the Student Building for Student Small Groups. These small groups are geared towards building community, fellowship and discipleship in the lives of our students.
We have an awesome team of adult leaders who are committed to seeing our students build a deeper relationship with other students, their leaders and most importantly, their Savior.
We hope that you would come join us on Sunday mornings 9:00am!
Middle School Encounter Wednesday Nights
On Wednesday nights from 6:30pm-8:00pm our Middle School students (6th-8th Grade) come together for fellowship, goofy games, and a relevant topic that give them an opportunity to encounter Jesus personally. Come join us on Wednesday nights @ 6:30pm!
High School Encounter Wednesday Nights
On Wednesday nights from 6:30pm-8:00pm our High School students (9th-12th Grade) meet. We want to create an atmosphere where High School students can share their opinions, be challenged through God's Word and make a difference in our community and world. We hope that you would come check us out on Wednesday nights @ 6:30pm!
Resources for Parents and Students
Parents and students, we know that life brings about some tough issues and here at Encounter Student Ministries we want to provide you with resources that might shed some light into some key areas of your family, social issues and salvation. Please check out and download any/all of the files below and let us know if we can help you in any way!
Good Reads for Students
Life on the Edge by Dr. James Dobson
Life on the Edge: The Next Generation's Guide to a Meaningful Future is Dr. Dobson’s newest publication.
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
John Piper provides insight into why God created us and reminds us that to live is Christ and to die is gain. A life lived for Christ is a life not wasted.
How to Stay Christian in College by J. Budziszewski
The foundations of Christian faith are covered in this essential work that directly addresses different worldviews and myths students encounter in college.
How to Stay Christian in High School by Steve Gerali
How to handle the everyday temptations and pressures of high school are addressed as this author engages the student’s minds in a way that will lead to transformation and hope.
Good reads for Parents
Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
Learn about the teenage rebellion against low expectations.
Raising Dad by Thom S. Rainer and Art Rainer
Father and son authors share what fathers and sons learn from each other.
Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis
Learn the father’s role in guiding his son to authentic manhood.
Youth Culture 101 by Walt Mueller
This is a modern day primer on today’s culture: How media is shaping kids; push and pull of peer pressure; understanding our sexualized youth culture; teens and substance abuse. The last chapter is dedicated to helping your teen find their place in God’s story.
Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture by Walt Mueller
This highly recommended publication bridges teen worldviews and Christian culture. Mueller deals with modern v. post-modern worldviews and the need for listening and understanding the emerging generation in order to effectively minister and communicate the gospel to them.
Adolescence Isn’t Terminal by Kevin Leman
Trusted family relationship expert Kevin Leman helps parents navigate the choppy waters of their children's teen years with humor and grace. Emotive stories and practical advice give parents hope and encouragement.
After You Drop Them Off by Jerusha and Jeramy Clark
Youth leader and author Jeramy Clark provides trustworthy answers to parents’ questions about what goes on at youth group meetings and offers practical suggestions, biblical support, and “real-life” parents’ comments and stories.
The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman
Discover how to identify and fluently speak your teenager’s primary love language and gain insight into how and why teens need to be loved differently than preteens.
Confident Parenting by Jim Burns
Confident Parenting gives practical advice with God honoring principles. Jim Burns addresses overcrowded lifestyles, overcoming negative family patterns, and raising kids who love God and themselves.
Resources for Free Devotionals
Heart Connex Family eDevotionals: A Semi-Weekly Family e-Devotional from LifeWay Student Ministry.
Each week, parents receive two, twenty-minute Bible study devotionals via email. These studies, authored by Dr. Richard Ross, contain solid Bible teaching presented in a warm, interactive format. In addition, the devotions are set-up so that students & parents alike are involved - each given specific things to say or do. A meaningful way to pray as a family is also included at the conclusion of each study. Heart Connex devotionals are designed for very busy families. The head of the household can print the studies and make preparations in only about five minutes. In most cases families can complete the studies in twenty minutes.
www.lifeway.com (search Heart Connex)
HomeWard offers free family devotionals on-line.
Day by Day with Charles Swindoll : Communicating the truths of Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ in an accurate, clear, and practical manner.
Greg Laurie Daily Devotions: Challenging readings for personal growth