Our newest Christian Formation offering (The P&E Class) for youth too old for Godly Play and too young for Rite 13. The class will be co-facilitated by Shari Peck and our Rector, the Rev. David Hefling. They will use an Episcopal curriculum entitled, “Weaving God’s Promises” that incorporates scripture lessons, history, liturgy and social responsibility in its many components. Students in the class (and their parents) will help decide its direction and their intent is to get involved in social outreach and possibly, fundraising, as soon as possible. Flexibility is the key to the success of this newest group.
RITE-13 is a two-year phase for seventh and eighth graders who work toward building a sense of community, while discussing issues of self, spirituality and society. It’s not all work though, skating, sledding, overnights at Onanda Park and of course, pizza parties also build community. During this phase, these young people experience an important rite of passage as they become teenagers. The Rite-13 celebration recognizes the gifts of manhood or womanhood that God bestows on each of us.
J2A, the next phase for 14 to 16, is the core program that blends action and contemplation in teaching our young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, the program covers basic life skills while it aims to help these teens understand and affirm Christian living. The J2A phase culminates in a pilgrimage journey.
YAC, or Young Adults in Church, is the last phase. At this stage, youth are encouraged to take on adult responsibilities in all aspects of parish life and the community. Guided by their mentors, they learn to use the Anglican model of scripture, reason and church tradition to guide the lifelong pilgrimage in their faith. During this phase, they are also given the opportunity for Confirmation. For more information about the Journey to Adulthood program, talk to one of our clergy or one of the current adult leaders.