Youth at Emmanuel

Youth at Emmanuel

Youth at Emmanuel consists of young people in grades 7–12. In addition to service ministries and other projects, youth meet during the school year on Sundays at 9:30am with various other meetings, events, retreats and service projects outside of primary class time. From Rite 13 youth (grades 7-8) meet in the youth room, upstairs across from the choir room. J2A youth (grades 9-12) meet in Father Joe’s office, downstairs across from the Parish office.

The program is based on the key concept that, “manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, but adulthood must be earned.” It encourages teens to explore the four areas of Self, Spirituality, Sexuality and Society, and learn to connect their faith to all areas of life. It is our hope that this program fosters an environment of wholeness and authenticity and helps teens develop a life-changing relationship with the God who created them. This journey has the potential to transform not just our youth group, but also our entire church. The program uses the collective wisdom of adults to guide our young people into responsible, faithful adulthood. It calls the entire congregation into a deeper relationship with their young people and it calls each one of us – whatever our age – to think about the gifts we have been given. When we find ways to use our gifts to be God’s presence in the world, we can ALL be changed in very powerful ways.
If you have any questions about our program, please contact our Director of Family Ministries, Adriel Slaughteremmanuelforma@gmail.com.

RITE 13

The first two years of the program is called RITE 13, a name that comes from a liturgical rite of passage we celebrate with young people around their 13th birthday. This rite is loosely based on the Jewish bar/bat mitzvah tradition and is a way for the entire congregation to celebrate the unique gifts and abilities of its young teens. The two years of Rite 13 focus on recognizing the gifts God has given us, celebrating our creative potential, and learning to interact as a community of faith.

J2A

J2A is an acronym for Journey to Adulthood. During these years, teens learn and practice six basic skills of adulthood: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research & information management, partnership and leadership. As our teens mature, they are encouraged to accept more adult responsibilities and to contribute their time, talent and treasure in ways that support the ongoing work of the church. The Journey to Adulthood experience incorporates much learning and laughter, but it takes our young people seriously and gives them real work to do.

Young Adults in Church (YAC)

The last two years of the Journey to Adulthood program are referred to as YAC, which stands for YOUNG ADULTS IN CHURCH. YAC students are encouraged to accept more adult responsibilities and to contribute their time, talent and treasure in ways that support the ongoing work of the church. Teens write a personal credo of beliefs and rely on their trusted group of peers as they explore their faith more deeply and struggle with the details of transitioning from teenager to young adult in today’s world. The Journey to Adulthood experience incorporates much learning and laughter, but it takes our young people seriously and gives them real work to do.

The program is based on the key concept that “Manhood and Womanhood are gifts from God, but Adulthood must be earned.” It encourages teens to explore the four areas of Self, Spirituality, Sexuality and Society, and learn to connect their faith to all areas of life. It is our hope that this program fosters an environment of wholeness and authenticity and helps teens develop a life-changing relationship with the God who created them. This journey has the potential to transform not just your youth group, but your entire church. The program uses the collective wisdom of adults in your church to beckon young people into responsible, faithful adulthood. It calls the entire congregation into a deeper relationship with their young people and it calls each one of us – whatever our age – to think about the gifts we have been given. When we find ways to use our gifts to be God’s presence in the world, we can ALL be changed in very powerful ways.

Come join us on this journey – you’ll be glad you did!