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Faith formation is an ongoing development of the whole person into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ, Discipleship. To use the image of St. Paul “we put on Christ” so that Christ is the center of our lives. All of us are on the journey of faith formation. We begin this life-long journey in the waters of Baptism. Journey to Adulthood is a faith formation program for youth grades 7-12. Its goals are:
- To celebrate the transition from youth to adulthood
- To train young people in the skills of adulthood
- To explore the mystery of our faith heritage
- To establish our experience in the strength of community and liturgy
Lessons are grounded in scripture. The program has an overarching group of five guiding scripture passages:
- The calling of Moses (Exodus 3:1-4:20)
- Jesus’ ministry to the Twelve and the sending out of his disciples (Matthew 10:1-11:1)
- Putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)
- Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-13:13)
- The parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30)
If you have any questions about youth ministry at St. John’s, contact Jean Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Youth Gatherings
We gather most Wednesdays September through May. We meet at 6:30pm for dinner in the gym kitchen (unless otherwise noted). At 7pm the program portion of the evening begins. Most nights the youth will meet in their small groups with their adult leaders. The curriculum covers the themes of Self, Society, Sexuality and Spirituality. Within the context of these themes, youth and their leaders talk about questions of faith and doubt, and participate in various spiritual practices. Besides meeting in their small groups, youth will also on occasion meet as a large group. During large group time we have guest speakers come in, covering topics such as race, gender, empathy, healthy relationships, and more. We will also have times of fellowship together to build stronger relationships with each other. During fellowship we play a myriad of group games, question each other and our faith, worship together and serve together.
Grades 7 through 12 will continue to use the curriculum from Leader Resources Youth Ministry Center, which is an online portal and includes the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) program. Youth students remain in the same class/group with students in two school years with the same leaders for two years. The youth program at St. John’s also includes many fellowship/outreach/worship activities, which are integrated throughout the year. They include participating in lock-ins, retreats, pilgrimages, fundraisers, and many more. We will begin a new Rite 13 2- year cycle in the fall of 2018.
The Rite 13 Class (R-13) is for youth in grades 7 and 8 this year. It celebrates the gift of gender and provides a foundation for the remainder of the program. During the two years of this phase, we celebrate a Rite 13 Ceremony for those youth who have just turned or will be turning 13 years old. This religious rite of passage includes special classes, a dinner and a rehearsal. Rite 13 youth are presented with a gift from the parish and have a small celebration in the Undercroft during coffee hour.
The J2A class is for youth in Grades 9 and 10 this year, and builds on Rite-13 by training young people in six necessary skills of adulthood: Listening, Assertion, Negotiation, Research/Information Management, Partnership, and Leadership. Bible study, and spiritual practices are woven into the content of J2A. During the second year of J2A, the class plans and prepares for a spiritual pilgrimage to happen the summer following their second year of J2A.
Senior Youth Phase
This phase of the J2A program is for grades 11 and 12 this year. In addition to their Wednesday meetings, they will attend some Adult Formation classes, and meet in off-site locations at times.