Why we exist
We exist to create a community where young adults can connect together and experience the love of God.
young adults meeting online for YA.nights
young adults attended our Fall Retreat
Over 40 young adults served within the church in youth ministry, children’s ministry, host ministry, young adults ministry, and worship.
Stories of Impact
Josh Sison - Impact Story * Click to Open
I count myself blessed and privileged enough to be attending the Bridge and by extension, the Young Adults at the Bridge, for the past 7 years. Starting out as one of the youngest individuals at one point, to one of it’s more seasoned members now, I have been able to witness this ministry grow under God’s constant provision. When the former Young Adults Pastor, Ryan, moved on from the ministry, God provided leadership by way of Paul Yoon and other volunteer leaders from within the community to see the ministry progress. The years under Paul were ones of immense faith and growth as we saw the community develop a culture of its own. The leadership team comprised of part-time YA members who poured everything they had into seeing the ministry and community grow. In recent years as Sam moved from the Youth ministry to the Young Adult Ministry, we again saw God’s handiwork in motion as the same youth that Sam had built relationships with were now able to integrate into the YA community seamlessly. Who knew that something seemingly as minor as ‘integration’ from one ministry to another would have such a profound effect on belonging, acceptance, and overall ownership of this ‘community’ culture that been cultivated and fostered through the years!
Coming into this community at the behest of my sister, Ciara, who at the time was invited by Asha (a childhood friend) was one of the furthest things I had in mind in terms what I thought I needed when it came to life after graduation. I think the whole notion of having a community was something I didn’t really put much thought into. It had always been there through all those years of school – a community of individuals of the same age, in similar situations and backgrounds, with similar motivations and aspirations and timelines in life, was always available to me. It wasn’t until I graduated that I realized that the workplace had people of a vast array of ages and motivations, aspirations, timelines and backgrounds that were quite different from my own. The inability to relate with most of them became pretty evident early on. Discussions on job hunting difficulties, university and college failures and successes, the dream of one day owning a home in this wild housing market, and the endless conversations on relationships and marriage were difficult to come by with people that couldn’t readily relate with my situation.
I was thankful to be given the vision of what this YA community could become through a culture of safety and acceptance that would be established within it. It’d be a real and genuine community comprised of like-minded individuals that welcome people from all walks of life. Anyone can come as they are, as broken as they are and be accepted for who they are, no matter what they’ve done or where they’ve been. Once a community like this is established and cultivated, being able to navigate through the Christian life with members of the same body whilst being discipled by YA counsellors, would only benefit the church and the community at large. It has been an honour to serve in this community over the years in a variety of roles ranging from weekly gathering facilitation, weekly sport and board game nights, to event planning and logistics to social media curating and the welcome team. I think that it was because of my own God-given experiences of being left out, forgotten, and not included that I able to empathize with those that are. I know what that feels like and I never want anyone to feel or go through that. It is because of this that I have made a concerted effort to ensure that everyone is included, thought about, and cared for within our YA community.
The benefits of the culture and mindset are vast and definitely felt as members of this YA community have taken ownership of it. They are more than willing to invite their own churched and unchurched friends to join in what God is doing among these group of “misfit toys”. Everyone has their own quirks and eccentricities but are accepted and cherished just the same. To God be all the glory for sure and I am quite amazed by how the ministry has grown over the years and I’m ecstatic at the direction it’s heading in and all that God has in store for us!
Here are some prayer requests from the YA team for the new year of ministry:
- This generation of young adults are the loneliest in history. COVID has hit them hard; many dealing with mental and emotional health problems.
- Zoom fatigue is a real thing. Please pray for our young adults as they are navigating through their own fatigue, but at the same time looking to connect.
- Please pray for our leaders. We have had to shift in how we connect with our young adults. At times, it can feel difficult to comfort someone who is struggling online when sometimes a hug is needed.
- Pray for what YA will look like coming out of COVID. Pray for innovation, and wisdom as we head into a new season of ministry because ministry can’t go back to “normal” the way we have done it before pre-COVID.
- Pray we lean not on our own understanding, but on the wisdom, strength, and grace of God. This isn’t our ministry; it is the Lord’s.