Nearly 60% of students leave the church after high school. This is why the high school years are vital in training young people to be disciples of Jesus. Merge is focused on equipping high school students to be disciples, so they can become key members of the church through the college years and beyond. We do this through fervent Wednesday Night worship experiences, Christ-centered small groups, transformational retreats and life-changing short-term trips.
Weekend Small Groups
Small groups are a perfect place for students to form friendships with other students, build relationships with adult leaders and grow closer to God. Groups are encouraged to establish accountability with each other, get involved in ministry, serve the local community and participate in service projects. Freshmen and sophomores meet onsite at each campus during regular service hours. Juniors and seniors meet off-site on Sundays at 3:30 p.m. We do ask that you sign up to commit to a specific small group for the sake of consistency in relationships.Small Group Signup
August 6 - June 10 at 7:00 p.m. (146th Street, Central Auditorium)
Wednesday nights are about getting together to worship God in a big way, learning more about the Bible, connecting with other high school students and playing a few games. If you're not sure what you think about God or you already call Jesus your Savior, but want to go deeper, this is the place for you! This is a great place to get connected, so feel free to invite your friends too. Registration is not required for Wednesday nights, just come as you are.
We invite all graduates to participate, regardless of their involvement here at Grace. This post-high school transition is an important stage in your graduate's life and for your family. We want to celebrate it with you! No matter which campus you attend, we will begin the service by inviting all graduates and their families to the stage. The Merge and Access staff will lead the parents and graduates through some "vows of transition." These are simple statements noting this transitional stage in your family. After Grad Weekend, your student will be considered part of the Access community. We look forward to spending Grad Weekend with you and your family!
Summer Fun Events
Sunday, June 28 - Cookout
Sunday, July 12 - Surprise
Sunday, July 26 - Outdoor Movie Night
We know the summer can be even busier than the school year with vacations, missions trips, camps and summer jobs. But we also know that it's a great time to break out of our normal routine and do some fun things together to build relationships and get to know others in our group, so that's what we're doing! But instead of meeting at Grace, we meet up at places around town and spend time doing something fun! Check back for details and times for each summer fun event.
Merge retreats take place in November and February each year. They provide time to slow down and listen to what the Lord has to share with you. During each retreat, you will also have the opportunity to partake in fun activities, personal quiet time, group discussion and energizing worship! Details and registration coming soon.
One way we launch our students into God’s kingdom work is through short-term trips. Each summer, Merge students have the opportunity to be a part of one of these many impactful mission experiences. Students can choose from a variety of service projects in dozens of different locations such as Indianapolis, Mississippi, Ukraine, Haiti, Kenya and more. To learn more and sign up, visit our Short-term Trips page.
We are always looking for new people to join the team! If you would like to volunteer in Merge, see a complete list of opportunities on our serving page or sign up to serve using the button below.
Have questions or want to get connected? Contact Michelle Hogge at email@example.com.