Grades 6-12 Faith Formation
Due to COVID-19 and restrictions on large group gatherings, we need to step away from our large group Edge gatherings for middle school faith formation. God is still at work and we know there is still a need to provide a safe, supportive, and formative environment for our young men and women of the parish. Our response to this need for the fall will be the forming of small discipleship groups with our middle and high school students.
What is a Discipleship Group?
In lieu of classroom teaching this year, faith formation for our middle and high school students will be taking a youth ministry approach. We are forming small groups of 6-8 teens led by two VIRTUS trained adults. Each group will commit to meeting at least six times from late September-Thanksgiving for fellowship/social time, faith-based activities, learning about their faith, discussion, and prayer.
When/Where: Thanks to the small group model, the times, dates, and locations of these meetings are flexible and can be created to fit the needs of each small group. When registering, parents are asked to submit preferred dates, times, and preference between in-person or virtual small groups. Most small groups will be age/gender specific, but parents will be able to make requests to have their child in a group with their friends that are already connected by school, sports, neighborhoods, etc. This will help existing friendships grow in virtue and accountability while simultaneously limiting exposure to a wider group of people.
Who: Students in grades 6-12, including public, private, or home-school students
Cost: Suggested donation of $30 helps cover the cost of our materials and content subscriptions. If you would like to make an additional donation to help cover the cost of our Edge middle school materials you can click here: https://donate.lifeteen.com/fundraiser/2874312.
Registration is now open. Please click here to register your child for a discipleship group.
Additional Gatherings: When safe and possible to do so, we hope to be able hold large group, socially-distanced gatherings for middle and high school students to supplement their small groups.
What about Confirmation Preparation?
Confirmation preparation will still take place for those high schoolers who are ready to receive the final sacrament of initiation in our Church. Traditionally this preparation is begun in 9th grade, but students are welcome to enroll when they are ready to do so. Click here for more about PURPOSE, our Confirmation preparation.
What about Unite, summer camps, and other youth ministry activities?
Parish leadership is still evaluating how to proceed with other youth ministry activities that have previously been offered. Click here for more about our Youth Ministry activities and events. To make sure you receive the most up to date information about these activities, please subscribe to our email distribution list by clicking here.