Young Adults Ministry
- Sunday Nights
- Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
- Age (18- late 20s)
- Location: The Warehouse
- Contact: Elliot Edwards
Young Adult Volleyball
Location: Seabreeze Courts
When: Friday, October 13th at 6:30-9:00pm
Come for friendly and competitive pick up games of volleyball with other young adults from the surrounding area.
SUMMER TRIP 2017
This was my second time attending the Young Adult Summer Trip at Gergen Ranch. The weekend was filled with relay races, tubing, worship, and awesome messages led by Elliot Edwards and Joanna Steinhaus. Both times I’ve been on this trip I have come home with great memories and tons of new knowledge on how to live my life according to the Lord’s will.
Elliot and Joanna led the Young Adults through messages about the different meanings of the word “Fool” in the Bible. Our “task” for the weekend was to pick two definitions of fool that we related to. We then got into focus groups and dove into the different challenges that we face and how to fight against our foolish nature. At the end of the trip it was evident that every young adult had learned something new about themselves and were ready to start putting what they learned into action.
Something that was really encouraging for me after this weekend was that nobody from the Young Adults group left Gergen Ranch feeling alone. The message of the weekend brought a lot of our flaws to the surface but instead putting others down, everyone was quick to encourage each other. Being open and honest with each other about how we were acting foolish allowed us to pray together, clear up relationships, and ultimately form deeper friendships.
Tubing, going on wave runners, and hanging out with friends by the lake would have been enough to make this past weekend great, but it was being able to worship and learn together that turned this weekend into a blessing. I am praying that the message of this trip doesn’t just turn into a memory, but rather what we learned would turn into a daily application and that we would be able to look at our struggles with eyes of faith.
WINTER TRIP 2017
This was my fifth time taking the Young Adults group up the mountain for the annual winter trip to Big Bear. Every year I look forward to this trip and this one did not disappoint. There was a ton of snow, some intense snowball fights, an epic sled jump, lots of board games were played and relationships were strengthened. We also spent intentional time exploring how God wants us to life.
Ethan Johnstone was our guest speaker and he taught the group about how to make the most of their twenties. There were lots of great questions and discussions that were sparked by Ethan’s talks. Many of the young adults were able to identify personal areas of growth and practical application of the material in their everyday lives.
Something I appreciate most about a trip like this one is that people get to do stuff together. They experience the beauty of the mountains and the snow together. They play games and laugh together. They explore God’s word and learn about him together. The reason I think being together is so important on these trips is because when we come down the mountain we need each other if we are going to get traction in living out what we heard learned and experienced. We need to stay together.
I have seen it happen to others and experienced it in my own life. God can challenge and speak in new ways but if we don’t have people around us to help us live out what we are learning then what God revealed to us tends to move to the bottom of our priority list. As a result of this trip something I am praying for those who went is that God will use the relational connections formed on the trip to create a network of encouragement as people return home and work to apply what they learned.
Written by Elliot Edwards
SUMMER TRIP 2016
Written by Cassidy Compton, 21
Going on the summer trip at Gergen Ranch is always one of the highlights of my year. I even start planning and thinking of new ideas for the next year when I’m on the trip. The entire weekend is filled with amazing things like waterslides, jet skis, tubing, golf carts, paddle boards, and an array of interesting animals such as emus, alpacas, peacocks, chickens and horses. It’s full of laughter, friendship, good discussion, and usually full of bruises, whether it be from an epic fall tubing, or trying your hardest to beat the guys’ record of how many people can go down the waterslide at once. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE ON THE BLOG
WINTER TRIP 2016
Recently we took a group of 25 Young Adults from Seabreeze up to Big Bear for our annual Young Adults Winter Trip. Each year we have a great time. We stay in an awesome cabin overlooking the lake, we give everyone amazing sweatshirts, we visit well-known Big Bear eateries, and most importantly we look at how we can grow in our relationship with God. To give you a glimpse into what the weekend was like, I asked two people from our group to share their experience on the trip. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE ON THE BLOG
SUMMER TRIP 2015
YOUNG ADULTS LA MISSION TRIP 2015
After a train ride into LA from Long Beach, our group of fourteen all crammed into the seats of a rental van and took a winding trip through Downtown LA, Hollywood, the Financial District, the Garment District, Skid Row, MacArthur Park, and City Hall, listening to heartbreaking statistics on homelessness, human trafficking, and gang-related violence, all while praying over these parts of the city.
The next morning, we rose early to buy breakfast at a small Central American bakery, and food in tow, set out to feed and speak with the homeless, hearing their life stories and offering prayer, food and consolation in return. From there, we visited a community center, where we spent four hours playing with kids from ages two to thirteen. Many of them are growing up in one of the poorest, most gang-heavy neighborhoods of LA, and are nearing the age when they are given the choice of joining a gang, or being an outcast in their neighborhood. That afternoon, we visited retirement home to play bingo with the residents there, taking up seats and talking with them while they played, keeping them all company.
On the drive home, we talked about our experiences over the past two days and we all agreed that the valuable insight and experiences we received through serving was worth applying to the people in need right here in Huntington Beach.
Amber – 19-years-old
SUMMER TRIP 2014
WINTER TRIP 2014
SUMMER TRIP 2013
WINTER TRIP FEBRUARY 2013