youth ministry

The aim of the Youth Ministry at Grace Covenant is to reach students, and to help them cultivate a deep, rich, enduring faith in Jesus Christ that will carry them through college and into young adulthood.  , into lives that enjoy and glorify the Living and True God; equipping them to serve both the Church and in the world. 

It is our mission to connect with students (grades 6-12) and their families, encouraging them with the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that they may grow in His grace through study of the Bible, fellowship with the Christian community, and engagement with the world around us. 

If you, or someone you know, is interested in more information, contact Taylor Howsmon, Director of Student Ministries. Taylor can be reached at the church (757-220-0147), or by email:

You can also check us out on Facebook at: 

Grace Covenant Student Ministry

Large Group

The entire youth group, Middle School & High School, meets every Sunday night from 6-7:30 in the youth group room. This is a fun, safe place for students to encounter Christ through study of the Bible, discussion, and interaction with their peers and adult leaders. This is a doorway into our ministry, and a great place for new students and volunteers to get plugged in.


D-group information (2017-18 school year)

High school guys (grades 9-12)

Leaders: Taylor Howsmon, Chad Williamson

Location: Murphy house

Time: Tuesday's, 6:30-8

High school girls (grades 9-12)

Leaders: Larisa Nargi, Candy Cleary, Starr Van Wingerden

Location: Cleary House

Time: Wednesday's, 6-7:30

Middle School guys (grades 6-8)

Leaders: Daniel Block, Nick Bair, Case Van Wingerden

Location: Bair House

Time: Wednesday's, 5:30-7

Middle school girls (grades 6-8)

Leaders: Cynthia Howsmon, Ali Williamson

Location: Williamson House

Time: Wednesday's, 6-7:30

Sunday School

Classes meet each Sunday morning during the church’s education hour. These classes feature a Bible-based curriculum designed to educate our students on the fundamentals of the Christian faith.

High School Class Leaders: Aaron & Dena Kota

Middle School Class Leaders: Daniel & Katie Block



The service aspect of our youth ministry aims to introduce students to Jesus' call for his followers to love our neighbors and to serve others in practical ways, and to instill a Kingdom vision of the community and world around us. We partner with organizations around Greater Williamsburg, as well as serving our local body by helping those who are in need within the Grace Covenant community. 


An essential part of our youth ministry includes creating opportunities for students to interact with each other in informal fun activities. A variety of events provide terrific opportunities for our students to both develop relationships within the group and reach out to friends by inviting them to join an enjoyable activity in an unintimidating environment.


Special Events & Retreats

Middle School Modgnik – September

High School Modgnik – March/April

RYM High School Conference - July/August

All these activities help to build community within our group through a fun shared experience. Our retreats in particular help get us out of our usual surroundings and routines, and provide us opportunity to connect with other students both from around Virginia and across the USA .



Center for Parent/Youth Understanding


CPYU Parent Page

Recommended Reading

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens

by Paul Tripp

Almost Christian

by Kenda Creasy Dean

Sticky Faith

by Kara Powell & Chap Clark