The Journey to Adulthood Program

The Journey to Adulthood Program is a national ministry program of spiritual formation for young people. It balances Bible study, prayer, and serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the passage from childhood to adulthood. Leaders model the faith and remind young people of the ever-present love and mercy of God.

There are three two-year segments of the program: Rite-13, J2A, and YAC. Breakfast Club and SWAAG are two groups that have been incorporated into St. John’s program to serve the needs of 6th graders and 12th graders during alternate years. Here’s an example of how it works:

Fall 2016--first year in our two year cycle:

6th and 7th graders will be in Rite-13

8th and 9th graders will be in 2nd year of J2A

10th and 11th graders will be in 2nd year of YAC

12th graders will be in SWAAG



Youth Leadership Information

The youth program at St. John’s is supported by the leadership of the Rev. Jenni Ovenstone, Associate for Children and Youth, and by the Youth Ministries Commission.

Youth Ministries Chair: open

Vestry Liaison:


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!





Youth Happenings


2016-18 Youth Program Year Registration Information

Be sure to sign up for our 2016-18 Program Year in the appropriate youth group (based on school grade Fall 2016). Registration form and the medical release are below. A medical release must be completed by all participants, Please contact Colleen Citrano if you have any questions.

Rite 13 Registration Form; 6th and 7th graders

J2A Registration Form; 8th and 9th graders

YAC Registration Form; 10th and 11th graders

SWAAG Registration Form; 11th and 10th graders

Medical Release (must be completed by all participants)

The program kicks off with the All Youth Retreat (see more info below) and class begin on Sunday, September 25th at 10:15am. Rite-13 meets in the PDS Classrooms (2nd Sundays in the Auditorium), J2A meets in the Auditorium (2nd Sundays in the PDS Classrooms), YAC meets in the Media Center (4th Sunday off campus), and SHY meets in the PLC Conference Room.


J2A Amazon Fundraising Link

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A Video Message about St. John's Youth Program

DW 12 Group  Click here for the video






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