From the minute a young person steps on the Grace property, comes into the church or parish house or engages with someone from Grace they are being formed. We take that seriously. Any and all of our particular programs for young people, are just more focused and intentional efforts offered within our wider parish life. As part of the congregation-wide work done to prepare for the search for their next Rector, one particular statement of hope, received murmurs of approval across the room. We want Grace to be “a place where kids can come and see adults behaving in a Christ-like manner.” Christ-like relationships are key. Programming facilitates the relationships.
Our youth program is reorganizing with new leadership this year across the board and some new programming that aims to build on what’s worked well at Grace and adjust to.
Youth Formation at Grace has three overlapping formation venues. Some youth participate in all three, some only one:
In addition, intergenerational programs are offered on the 1st Sundays of the month. These programs may include a speaker such as someone from a local community program or outreach. In addition, we recognize that some prefer to be doing. As coloring has gained appreciation as a spiritual practice, we’re pleased to offer large format coloring posters, related to scripture, as a venue for all ages to come together, colorfully and enjoy each other’s company.
Middlers is our youth formation group for students in 5th-8th grade. This group will continue to use the Weaving God's Promises curriculum as a foundation, adapting to the needs of the young people themselves.
Our High School youth formation group is looking for a new name as they come together with new programming and new leadership this year. They will be using the Confirm not Conform curriculum as a foundation, again, adapting to the needs and circumstances of these teens.
Youth Formation events are at this link.
A registration form may be found at this link.