Journey to Adulthood Groups
Breakfast Club: A program for our 6th graders “waiting in the wings” as they get ready to start Rite 13 the following year. One of the primary program goals is to build community. (Note; no Breakfast Club classes this year, they will resume in the Fall of 2017.)
Rite-13: The first two years (6th & 7th or 7th & 8th graders) that focus on celebrating the individuality of each young person and their creative potential. We celebrate a special Rite-13 liturgy in the context of Sunday morning worship to honor each young person and mark their rite of passage from childhood to adulthood.
J2A: The middle portion of the program (8th & 9th or 9th & 10th graders) engages youth with the skills and critical thinking involved in adulthood. The youth plan and embark on a pilgrimage together at the end of this segment.
During this time we incorporate exploration and discernment regarding the youth’s decision to be confirmed.
YAC (Young Adults in Church): This is a mentor-based program that helps older teens (10th & 11th or 11th & 12th graders) discern and carry out a ministry within their church or in the larger community. Vocation and development of a personal credo are also emphasized. A final rite of passage sends them out into the world as ambassadors of Christ.
SWAAG (Seniors With An Awesome God): 12th Grade program occurring every other year when the Seniors’ older Journey to Adulthood partner-class has gone off to college or the workforce.
College Connections: College students remain connected to St. John’s with regular care packages from church, Godsibb mailings, and communications from a “guardian angel” (parishioner), as well as get-togethers during breaks.
Vacation Bible School
Held four days in June; exact days/times TBD (based on Howard County Public School last day). More information will be posted in early spring 2016!