So much is changing for sixth, 7th, and 8th graders. The way we think about life and relationships--with friends, parents, community, and God--is undergoing a major shift. Our bodies are changing, too. All these changes are gifts from God; they are how God created us to mature into men and women. In Rite 13, we walk together to navigate these changes as we take a fresh look at our relationships. We celebrate these gifts from God at a special Sunday service near each young person's 13th birthday. Rite 13 meets each Sunday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's.
J2A - Journey To Adulthood Youth Group
J2A is for teens in grades 9 and 10. We recognize that these years are filled with excitement and challenges and a growing awareness of our relationships. J2A encourages teens to build and understand the role of Christian community in their lives, and to develop critical thinking and other skills that are needed as they move toward adulthood. The second year of J2A concludes with a spiritual pilgrimage to a destination chosen by the teens that is often a life-changing experience for the group. J2A meets each Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Krebs Room.
Young Adult Community
YAC (for grades 11-12) fosters young adults' independence by recognizing their growing skills and leadership abilities. We continue to build community, have fun, and learn about our God-given gifts while giving more freedom for the youth to select topics and activities. This mentor-based program focuses on discerning gifts for ministry within the church and larger community. A final rite of passage will send them out to be Christians in the world. We also work towards a summer mission trip. YAC meets each Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Krebs Room, and other times determined by the group.