The Church of Our Redeemer uses the “Journey to Adulthood” program which keeps students and adult leaders together for 2-years. Journey to Adulthood is a complete youth ministry program of spiritual formation for 6th – 12th grades. It uses Bible study, prayer, age appropriate rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to underscore its two guiding principles:
- Manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God.
- Adulthood must be earned.
All groups meet at 10:45am Sunday morning during Formation time unless otherwise noted.
Rite 13 focuses on forming and nurturing Christian community, helping youth explore and affirm their gifts and creative powers. The Rite-13 ceremony occurs in Sunday worship around the young person’s 13th birthday.
In J2A young people learn skills for faithful living, blending action and contemplation. At the end of the second year, youth go on a holy pilgrimage. Our current group is planning a pilgrimage for summer 2015.
The YAC curriculum encourages these young adults, some of whom have been on pilgrimage, to enter all areas of parish life and claim their status as adults in the church. They are challenged to become good stewards of their time, talent and treasure, to share their knowledge and leadership skills, and to reach out to those in need.
Sundays, 5:30pm – 7:15pm - Young people gather, together with our adult volunteers, to make and eat dinner each week throughout the school year. Members of the group are encouraged and empowered to take part in service, parish leadership, diocesan youth ministry opportunities and more. Our focus on a weekly basis is fellowship and community, as well as developing a shared prayer life, supporting all those who participate. The Youth group is open to all, including any young people in the congregation (and their friends), regardless of ability to take part in Sunday morning activities.