The Grace Collective presents: GOALS

Are you a new year resolution list-maker? Have you got dreams of making that Big Change this year? Or are you just hoping to scrape through 2016 with some degree of success?

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At the beginning of a new year it is a great time to make goals for the days ahead. Get straight As. Buy a car. Travel more. Pray more. Land your dream job.

However research shows that – no matter how well intentioned we are – by July most of us will have bailed on our goals. So where are we going wrong? Why is it so hard to turn our dreams into reality? Is it possible that we have been going about it the wrong way?  What if Jesus has some even better goals in mind for us?

Join us for the GC guide to goals – our amazing line up of speakers will share their stories and wisdom on making goals that are worth keeping.

Wednesday 9 March, 7.30pm at Crave, McDonald St, Kingsland

See you there!

2016 Changes – In The Know!

Some things are changing around here in 2016 and we want to let you know all about them!

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Cafe events are moving to Wednesday nights. Our wonderful friends at Crave Cafe are opening on Saturday nights now, so we get to move to Wednesdays! The events will be the same, just a little later (7:30pm – 9:30pm). We are super excited for this, it means that you can bring your small/home group along as a social event and the party animals among us still have their Saturday nights!

We need more musicians! If you play an instrument and/or sing, we want to here from you! We love showcasing new talent, and we love being blessed by those in our community. Sets are for the first half hour of the event, super chill and a great place to cut your teeth as a performer. Get in touch with Eleanor (admin@aym.org.nz) if you would like to know more!

We are always looking for more people to help us out with our cafe events (hosting, baking, photography, sound/AV, set up). We are a COLLECTIVE – all of us make up the community so we would love to have anyone who wants to be involved, involved! If you have a passion/gift/calling we are sure there is a place for you here. Email the address above for more info!

What happens next? Heaven, Hell & Hope

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It’s almost time for our next Grace Collective cafe!

Start off your Saturday night by catching up with friends, meeting new people and hitting up the realities of young adult life and faith.

Heaven Hell Hope ppt2This time we’re asking the big questions about what happens next: What’s heaven like? Does hell exist? And is this what Christians hope for – that one day we will avoid hell and go to heaven when we die? Or is there more to it than that?

Join us as we throw around all these ideas at ‘Heaven, Hell & Hope’. Rev Max Scott will be giving us hell, Kate Berkley – a glimpse of heaven, and Selwyn Fraser will be exploring what hope we have – for this life and the next.

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Everything kicks off at 6.30pm with the beautiful and talented Eleanor Calder performing live. So make sure you get there early, it’s going to be a great night!

Here are the details you need to know: Saturday 19 July at Crave at 25 Mcdonald Street, Kingsland, 6.30-8.30pm. Join the event on Facebook for more details.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Charlie

Because I’m happy

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In pursuit of HAPPY was a great night! Thanks to everyone who came along.

If you couldn’t make it, have a watch of this: Joe shares his story on finding happiness where he least expected it.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all again at our next event on Saturday 19 July – more details coming soon!

Photos with thanks to our photographer extraordinaire, Tom Berkley.

In Pursuit of Happiness

The first Grace Collective café event for 2014 kicks off on just over a week – on Saturday 26th April. We’re back at our fav café Crave and have got a whole load of goodies lined up for you.

happy fb event coverThe Grace Collective is all about young adults, exploring the unique experience of growing in independence and maturing into fulltime adults. And when we throw faith into the mix there is certainly plenty to work out. We want to make space to listen to one another and also celebrate the great things about being young adults.

What I love about these Grace Collective events is the vibe of chilled out music, food and coffee, people who take what I say seriously and afterwards, heading into the vibrant Kingsland for a drink, or on to a birthday party, feeling like I’ve laid a great foundation for an epic Saturday night.

_MG_4925So what’s in store for this particular Saturday night?

Catching up with friends, meeting new people and hitting up the realities of young adult life.

The reality for most of us is that being a young adult is a bit messy, a bit awesome and a bit daunting. Maybe life’s not turning out quite the way we expected – our Disney dreams are gradually fading under the pressure of assignment deadlines and rent demands.

How do we find happiness when life’s not all that we hoped it would be? Is pursuing happiness even the point?

We’ll be throwing around these ideas and more at “In Pursuit of ‘HAPPY’, with our speakers:
• Joe McGarry – Finding Happiness in Home Depot [The American version of Bunnings]
• Karen Spoelstra – Why Gen Ys are Unhappy
• Charlie Baker – Redefining Happiness

Everything kicks off from 6.30pm, make sure you get there early to hear Caleb Peeters performing live! Hope to see you there.

Kate Berkley

PS If you’ve never come along before then check out this little video from our event in November for a taste of what to expect.

The Grace Collective presents: In Pursuit of ‘HAPPY’

GC Happy PowerpointWe’re back with our first big GC cafe for the year!

It’s been said that Happiness = Reality – Expectations. Seems pretty simple really, but for many of us life hasn’t turned out quite how we expected… and so we find ourselves unhappy. Or a bit frustrated. Or even feeling inadequate.

How do we deal with this sense of disappointment as we pursue being ‘happy’? And how does faith in God affect the expectations and hopes that we have?

Join us as we throw around all these ideas, along with enjoying good coffee, food, conversation and live music. As always, all young adults are welcome, so bring your crew.

Saturday 26 April, 6.30pm at Crave Cafe, 25 McDonald St, Kingsland