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. View the 2015-2016 Merge calendar.
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 – June at 7:00 p.m. (146th Street, Central Auditorium)
Kickoff: August 26 at 6:30 p.m. (146th Street)
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.
Events & Retreats
September 9, October 28, January 13 & March 9 at 7:00 p.m. (146th Street)
While your students are at Merge, we invite you to join us for the Parents' Forum. Each Parent's Forum will focus on a different aspect of parenting and navigating the teenage years. This is a time for you to connect with student ministry leaders and other parents. Registration is not required, but we do have childcare available for those attending the Parent's Forum who sign up in advance.Childcare Sign Up
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.
LIFT - Disability Ministry
Welcome to LIFT (Loving Individuals and Families Together), the disability ministry here at Grace Church. LIFT – Student Ministries (6th – 12th grade) also strives to provide ways to love students with disabilities through special events, the self-contained room, and with the one-on-one buddy program. To learn more, visit the LIFT page. LIFT is currently only available at our 146th Street campus.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.