Equipping communities of teens to live and lead like Jesus.

Choose LocationWinter Blast 2019

We exist for students to encounter God and respond to what He is saying.

Locations and Times

New Haven High School


Sunday Nights
6:00p – 8:30p

Grace Gathering New Haven
3157 Minnich Rd
New Haven, IN 46774

New Haven Middle School


Wednesday Nights
7:00p – 8:30p

Grace Gathering New Haven
3157 Minnich Rd
New Haven, IN 46774

North High School


Every other Sunday night
6:00p – 8:00p

The Maconochie’s House
2912 Kenbridge Ct, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

North Middle School


Wednesday Nights
7:00p – 8:30p

Living Grace Community Church
13726 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Next Event:

Winter Blast 2019

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Dates & Info:

Friday, January 11 — Sunday, January 13, 2019

We will be staying at Beulah Beach retreat center.

  • 6101 W. Lake Rd., Vermillion, OH 44089
  • Phone: (440) 967-4861


Our theme this year is RELENTLESS: Pursuing Christ At All Costs. We want to help you begin to lay the foundation of a relentless faith that doesn’t wither in the face of hard times or persecution.

Extra Fun:

On Sunday, we will be spending the day at Kalahari, the largest indoor waterpark in North America! Kalahari has multiple waterslides, a 12,000 square foot wave pool, raft rides, a lazy river, a mini-golf course and an amazing arcade Game Center (mini-golf and arcade are extra $).

Total Cost:  $69

Last Year’s Winter Blast:

Things to Know

We are providing pizza and pop after arrival on Friday, all meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. You are responsible to bring money for lunch at Kalahari and dinner at a fast food restaurant on the way home Sunday evening.

A note about cell phones: Cell phones will be turned in to your team leader upon arrival at Beulah Beach Friday evening and returned to you before leaving for Kalahari on Sunday morning. Parents can reach any of our leaders on their cell phones (we’ll provide you with their numbers) at any time and students will be able to call parents if they wish to. If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to one of the team leaders.

Concerning food allergies: If you have medical reasons for dietary restrictions, you are welcome to bring a cooler to supplement our meals, and we will provide ice or a refrigerator for your items over the weekend.

Youth Missional Communities


A Target is a youth missional community, and we have several across the greater Fort Wayne area. Each Target is a group of students and adults who see themselves as a family, who have a predictable pattern of meeting each week, and who are missionally-driven to reach other teens with the gospel.

Each week, they meet for a meal or snack, enjoy hanging out, and invite other students who are open to knowing more about Jesus. As Targets grow, their goal is to multiply into more missional communities.

Many of our Targets are student led. In 2017 we grew from 1 Target to 8 Targets and have seen many students come to faith in Jesus! For more information, you can email Brian Gerig at

Youth Stories

FAQs for Parents

Will my son or daughter be welcomed?

Yes! We know that visiting a new group of people can be a little outside people’s comfort zone. We work hard at making sure your son or daughter feels welcomed by adults as well as other students.

What do you teach?

We meet students where they are and create space for them to meet God through worship, the Bible, and each other. Because Jesus asked us to disciple others, we place a high emphasis on knowing God’s voice and responding to what He is saying. We use Jesus’ life as an example and train teens to live and lead like him. At youth gatherings, we pattern each week to represent one of three aspects of Jesus’ life: UP (worship), IN (serving), and OUT (evangelism).

Is it safe for my son/daughter to be a part of Grace Gathering Youth?

Absolutely! We interview and perform background checks for all of our leaders. On youth trips, we have a 1 to 7, adult to teens ratio. We take seriously the responsibility of keeping our kids safe and reducing the risk of harm to your student.

Is there opportunity to fundraise for trips?

Yes! We work hard at making sure your son or daughter is able to go on our Summer trips and Winter Blast Weekend! We try to keep costs as low as possible, but we realize that finances can be a burden, especially if you have more than one student involved. Each year there are opportunities for kids to fund-raise, do extra jobs for others at Grace Gathering, and qualify for scholarships for families with multiple students.

Please contact us! Don’t let cost keep your son/daughter from participating!

Meet Our Youth Staff

Adam Smith

Breckelle Hieber

Brian Gerig

Grace Maconochie

Youth Team Leader (North)

Kyle Zimmerman