GYA is a Young Adult Discipleship Ministry is about connecting and empowering a generation to impact and influence every aspect of life. Through our love of God and one another we engage spiritually, professionally and socially in order to build the Kingdom of God both within and outside the church.
Our goal is to be a premier Christian young adult community where we help people discover and live their purpose, show them how to love God, themselves and one another, and assist them as they mature through young adulthood.
We have opportunities to connect each month through fellowship, small groups, socializing and community service. We also have various committees that we hope you’ll join after you find what best fits your interests, schedule and skills.
GYA is comprised of college students, young professionals, singles, and married couples of the Goshen SDA Church, as well young adults from across the greater Chicago area.
Each summer, Goshen is turned into a spiritual adventureland for children from our church and community. Every year we focus on a specific character or event in the Bible and we create crafts, play games and learn lessons surrounding that theme. Volunteers work with these children to provide them with religious education, teach them arts and crafts, lead them in physical exercises, and ensure that the whole experience is fun.
Enlarge your window on the world and build a relationship with God as a member of the Goshen’s Pathfinder Club, designed for children ages 10–15. Pathfinders engage in activities that include community/civic service projects as well as those with a global impact, using their God-given talents to make a difference along the way. Pathfindering is built on an age-specific curriculum of six levels along with approximately 350 specialized skill development topics covering arts and crafts, aquatics, nature, household arts, recreation, spiritual development, health, and vocational training.
This is a sub-group of our Usher Ministry, and is an excellent training ground for all children over 12 years of age to assist the adult Ushers with: greeting members and guests and escorting them to their seats; distributing materials related to the worship service/meeting such as bulletins, handouts, etc., directing individuals out of the service/meeting in an orderly fashion; and assisting with getting the sanctuary ready for the next service or meeting.
This is a sub-group of our Deacon Ministry, and is an excellent training ground for boys over 12 years of age to assist in maintaining the smooth operation of church services and meetings, including offering collection, set-up and tear-down for fellowship and other functions, assisting with Baptism and Communion Services.
Get ready for an amazing adventure as the journey to a new life in Christ begins!! Especially for children ages 6 to 12! Baptism & Bible Class engages young people in personalized studies designed to help them get to know Jesus as their Best Friend and Savior and prepare to follow Him through baptism. With options for one-on-one, small-group, in-person and/or virtual studies. Classes are fun, spiritually-focused, and informative. Lesson studies and materials are selected to support each child’s unique journey with Jesus and can easily be integrated into family devotions and discussions. Based on participants’ needs, the thirty-minute sessions are held virtually, or in-person on Sabbath afternoons.
Our support to children, ages 3 to 12, through music, is four-fold: spiritual growth, ministry, service and peer responsibility. The children’s choir ministers on Youth & Children’s Emphasis Days and rehearses in the main sanctuary following our fellowship lunch.
Stories are presented for our children during our 11:15am worship service-but the grown-ups may like them too! Each story is based on a story Jesus told or a story that teaches an important lesson. Team of storytellers are schedule on a rotated basis.
The Goshen Adventurer Club is designed to strengthen parent-child relationships for kids ages 4–9 by providing specialized and developmentally-engaging activities ranging from games and outdoor activities to nature exploration and family camping, field trips and community service projects. A five level age-specific curriculum is used along with approximately 80 specialized award areas of crafts, nature, recreation, spiritual development and home arts.
AYS engages young people in a variety of spiritually-enriching experiences designed to lead young people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and help them embrace His call to discipleship. Join us every 3rd Saturday afternoon for time spent in prayer, worship, service, and creative activities.