GraceYouth

GraceYouth is the student ministry of Grace Church. We are committed to creating exciting environments where students can learn about Jesus and build life-giving relationships with their peers and caring adults.

Our vision is to equip young people to make and be fully devoted followers of Jesus. We do this through two ministries:

The GraceYouth Retreat – April 3 through April 5, 2020

The GraceYouth Retreat is Grace's annual full-weekend student getaway at Mission Meadows camp on Chautauqua Lake. Students in 6th through 12th Grades from all Grace locations are encouraged to attend our weekend of worship, learning, and tons of fun with new and old friends. Cost is $70.00 per student and $35.00 for each additional sibling.

REGISTER TODAY!

GraceYouth Nights – Every week February 10, 2020 - May 24, 2020

GraceYouth is a group of students that get together every week at our Grace locations. We are in Grades 6 through 12 and want to see Jesus active in us and in our friend groups. GraceYouth Nights are built around inclusiveness, authenticity, and total fun. These nights are life-groups based with separate spaces for Middle School and High School – no worries, you’ll fit right in and make friends immediately. Find your site below for information:

  • GraceYouth McKean
    • Wednesday Nights, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 7300 Grubb Road, McKean, PA 16426
  • GraceYouth Harborcreek
    • Wednesday Nights, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 2420 Cumberland Road, Erie, PA 16510
  • GraceYouth Girard
    • Monday Nights, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 2371 Rice Avenue, Lake City, PA 16423
    • GraceYouth Night takes place at the home of Alex and Abby Scott

The goal of The Exchange is to create a place like no other for young people in our community. We invite students of all backgrounds and stories to bring their drama, their stress and their worry - and walk away with hope, life, and the knowledge that there is a God who loves them and is for them. The Exchange is a common ground worship experience for anyone in Grades 6-12.

The Exchange happens the first Tuesday of every month (September-May) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at our Grace McKean site. We offer shuttle services from Harbor Creek High School and Girard High School at 6:00 p.m. Friends are encouraged to come! For more information, E-mail or visit theexchangeerie.com.

Hey guys, we know where the fun is at.

You’ll find us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter at @whoisgraceyouth and @theexchangeerie.

A Word to Parents:

  • Parents, your student’s safety is incredibly important to us. Our amazing team of leaders and volunteers have successfully gone through an application, interview, and background screening process.
  • GraceYouth volunteers are top notch. Passionate and dedicated adults are ready to come alongside every student that walks through our doors. Our volunteers lead student small groups, lead worship, and work to create an all-around fun experience for students. 

Join Our Team

Students: You have been gifted to serve and are not too young to get involved at Grace! We are here to help you get plugged into a serving opportunity that you’ll love: tech, guest experience, event and fun planning – whatever it is, we’ll make it happen. Text your Site Lead to get the ball rolling.

Adults: GraceYouth are stepping into independence and total brilliance – they are leading our world with their desire for authenticity and innovation. To best succeed, they need us to walk alongside them as coaches and spiritual mentors. Caring and safe adults meet with GraceYouth every week to help them live out what the Bible says and how to be influencers in the world through the love of Jesus. You don’t need to be an expert - our team will provide training and tools for you to make a difference in the life of a young person. E-mail to find out where you can find your place in the GraceYouth ministry.

 GRACEYOUTH TEAM CONTACT INFO

GraceYouth Central Lead info

  • Kristin Hesch
  • (814) 790-4973, Ext. 238

GraceYouth McKean Site Lead Info

  • Nate Gainer
  • (717) 629-6273

GraceYouth Harborcreek Site Lead Info

  • Anna Bentley
  • (412) 297-9946

GraceYouth Girard Site Lead Info

  • Abagail Scott
  • (724) 992-4478

2018-2019 STUDENT LIFE GROUPS

EMAIL KRISTIN HESCH WITH QUESTIONS

All Students (6th – 12th Grades)*

Day & Time: Monday, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Leader(s): Abby Scott, Mandy Gay, and James Ester

Location: Scotts’ Home, 2371 Rice Avenue, Lake City, PA 16423

Contact Abby:

* Group breakout discussions by age/gender

Senior High Co-Ed (9th-12th Grades)

Day & Time: Wednesday, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Leader(s): AJ and Heather Zuber

Location: Zuber’s Home, 544 Rankine Avenue, Erie, PA 16511

Contact Heather:

Senior High Co-Ed (9th-12th Grades)

Day & Time: Tuesday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Leader(s): Tyler and Xan Baechtle

Location: Baechtles’ Home, 8609 Haft Road, Erie, PA 16510

Contact Xan:

Junior High Girls (6th – 8th Grades)

Day & Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Leader(s): Katie Hughes and Brooke Fitzgerald

Location: Longtines’ Home, 4654 Ledgewood Court, Erie, PA 16511

Contact Katie:

Junior High Boys (6th – 8th Grades)

Day & Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Leader(s): Zach Bentley and Trent Shatto

Location: Burnetts’ Home, 3864 Gay Road, Erie, PA 16510

Contact Zach:

Junior High Boys (6th – 8th Grades)

Day & Time: Thursday, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Leader(s): Nate Gainer, Jae Aoh, and Jeff Hokanson

Location: Grace McKean Youth Rooms

Contact Nate:

Junior High Girls (6th – 8th Grades)

Day & Time: Friday, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Leader(s): Dori Biggie and Amy Irwin

Location: Irwins’ Home, 410 Pasadena Drive, Erie, PA 16505

Contact Dori:

Junior High Girls (6th – 8th Grades)

Day & Time: Tuesday, 6:15 PM to 7:45 PM

Leader(s): Quyen Aoh

Location: Lipperts’ Home, 515 Beverly Drive, Erie, PA 16505

Contact Quyen:

Senior High Girls (9th – 12th Grades)

Day & Time: Tuesday, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Leader(s): Justine Kuroda Location: Kurodas’ Home, 1209 Silver Drive, Erie, PA 16509

Contact Justine:

Senior High Boys (9th – 12th Grades)

Day & Time: Wednesday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Leader(s): Rich Ligo and Mike Silvis

Location: Ligo Home, 4032 West 38th Street, Erie, PA 16506

Contact Rich:

Sunday Morning Junior High Class (6th-8th Grades)

Day & Time: Sunday, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Leader(s): Nate Gainer, Jeff Hokanson, Dorine Biggie, Larry Morris

Location: Grace McKean Youth Rooms (Y1/Y2)

Contact Nate:

Sunday Morning Sr. High Boys Accountability Group (9th-12th Grades)*

*Email:  to register

Day & Time: Sunday, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Leader(s): JT Salmon

Location: Grace McKean Conference Room

Kristin Hesch
Central GraceYouth Leadoffice: 814-790-4973 x 238