“The Journey to Adulthood” is our youth program. The intent of this program is to balance both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the difficult passage from childhood to adulthood. The youth are reminded of the ever-present love and grace of God. Presently, we have about 15 youth involved in this program.
The Journey to Adulthood Vision
Based on the premise that “manhood” and “womanhood” are free gifts from God and that the passage to adulthood is shared in community, our youth gather for in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society that
- Provides a liturgical framework for the teenage life in modern culture.
- Celebrates youth individuality and creative potential.
- Offers training in some basic life skills needed for adult living and interaction.
The program is based on three two-year stages, for a total of six years. However, new youth are welcome at any step along the way.
Rite-13 (approx grades 6 to 8) is the first stage of the Journey to Adulthood program. The key element in Rite-13 is celebrating the “rite of passage” as these youth become teenagers. This ritual is a way for the entire congregation to celebrate the unique gifts and abilities of our youth. Through regular Sunday programming and some mid-week activities, these youth develop into a strong cohesive group.
J2A or Journey to Adulthood (approx. grades 8 to 10) is the second stage of the program. This level focuses on developing six basic skills for adulthood (which are active listening, negotiation, assertion, research & information management, partnership, leadership). These skills are learned by developing a strong sense of community and adapting different methods of Scripture reading, prayer, and community building. A pilgrimage will be the culmination of the two years for this group. In 2008, the pilgrimage was to Sedona, Arizona and in 2010, the pilgrimage was to San Francisco, California. In 2013, another J2A group went on pilgrimage to Alaska. Blogs about all of these trips are available below:
YAC or Youth at Community (approx grades 10 and up) is the third stage of the program. The youth continue to form community through discussions and social activities, but also begin to become engaged with how they offer their gifts to the church community and wider community. They begin to focus on how they have an impact on others through social outreach and participation in church life.