Our youth program at Grace seeks to be a safe and fun community for Middle and High School students to form friendships with peers and adult leaders and explore in community their personal and spiritual growth. The curriculum we follow revolves around the five main areas of self, society, sexuality, spirituality and prayer.
Rite 13 is the youth group for Middle School students (6-8th grade.) In it they explore what it means to move into their own lives. Trained leaders help youth recognize the amazing creative power and potential God has gifted them with. They explore together the “big questions” that will help them learn to use those gifts in ways that shape God’s vision for the world. The program culminates in the Rite 13 Liturgy, which celebrates their transition from childhood into adolescence and their gifts of creative power.
Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the high school youth group that picks up where Rite 13 left off. J2A blends action and contemplation to help teens explore faithful living, with an emphasis on the convergence of personal spirituality and Christian community. J2A is defined by a pilgrimage experience that takes place roughly halfway into their time in High School. After preparation and fundraising, the youth venture to a sacred site chosen collectively by the group. This is often a very powerful experience for the youth. The final years in J2A can serve as preparation for Confirmation, and at the end members of the group can discern whether to participate in this sacrament. They also focus on naming the gifts they can offer the church community and begin more actively contributing to the community that has nourished them.
If you would like to learn more about the our children’s or youth programs, please click here to contact Kendall Batten Kalantzis, Director of Formation.
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