Welcome to St. George’s Youth Ministry home page! The St. George’s Youth Ministry serves all members of our parish and community in grades 6 through 12. We are a place where you can explore your own faith journey, and join an inclusive community that welcomes everyone regardless of where you are in your spiritual life. We have conversations about faith and issues affecting our lives, get involved with our community by engaging in service projects, and have fun hanging out with friends.
Our Youth Formation program is described below. For additional faith engagement and fellowship, check out our Youth Group page and calendar as well!
What is… The Journey to Adulthood?
Journey to Adulthood is a program of spiritual formation for young people, which provides a liturgical frame for their experience in our modern culture. It celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The Journey to Adulthood program is based on two key concepts; that manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and that adulthood must be earned.
Rite-13 (6th and 7th grades)
The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. The liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood is an integral part of this group’s curriculum.
J2A Year 1 (8th grade)
Journey to Adulthood (J2A) blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. This program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living.
J2A Year 2 Confirm not Conform (9th and 10th grades)
This class provides a safe place for participants to explore the breadth of the Christian tradition, to ask questions and express their doubts, and to discover what they truly believe. It takes confirmation seriously in that it thinks it’s worth a genuine decision; it’s not something that’s just “done” because you go through the steps. And it takes confirmands seriously in that it asks them serious questions.
Young Adults in the Church – YAC (11th and 12th grades)
This class meets on Sunday mornings to reflect on where they’ve been and where they are going, to implement the leadership skills they’ve developed, to define and affirm their faith. They will use the two resources The Animate Series and On Being Series.
- The Animate Series– Each lesson features a different topic of the Bible or Christian Faith and a different thinking/leader/speaker in an animated-live action video.
- On Being Series– This series looks at some important ideas surrounding faith: Science and Faith, Civil Discourse and Abrahamic Religions, to name a few. Each class features sound clips from the NPR show “On Being with Krista Tippett” and a discussion guide and activities.
Our hope for all young people at St. George’s is that life together here in God’s church will lead them to embrace mission, generosity and prayer as a way of life. We work towards helping them have an “active and mindful faith” through fun, learning, service, community, prayer, and embracing our vocation as ministers of God’s church. For questions about our Youth programming, contact Gay Rahn, our Associate Rector.