Middle School Faith Formation
Three components make up the activities for youth in grades 6-8. Sunday morning offers opportunities to volunteer with children in Sunday school or participate in a youth study that invites their deeper questions and understanding of their own theology. Wednesday youth fellowship from 6:00-7:30 pm builds peer relationships and opportunities for meaningful service in our community. Confirmation begins at eighth grade and is discussed separately on the confimation page. Parents support youth in their choice of activities. The schedule of activities for middle school youth is mailed at the end of August, available on the website and emailed weekly to middle school families.
If you have questions about our activities, your youth's participation, any challenges that you are facing or suggestions for added activity, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Faith Formation
This is when all understanding built through Sunday school and youth service and the intergenerational relationships come into play. High school youth are moving from a child to young adult; from protection to personal agency, and from following to making responsible choices. You can encourage your youth by reminding them that a life of faith is hopeful: (Matt 6:25 from the MSG) "If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body." In a life of faith, we are never alone. Youth are more resilient with more adult relationships. Our focus in building intergenerational networks relationships helps youth to safely discover who they are. (Isiah 41:10 from the MSG) "You're my servant, serving on my side. I've picked you. I haven't dropped you. Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."
Adult leaders and advisors support youth leadership. Youth decide on small-group gatherings during the year based on their interests. Past youth mission trip destinations have been Boston, MA; Weslaco, TX; and the Fox Valley in Wisconsin. In "youth moments" during worship, youth have shared how meaningful it is to be in service to others.