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 2017--we continue with our second year of each program (first year for Breakfast ClubL

6th graders will be in Breakfast Club

7th and 8th  graders will be in their 2nd year of  Rite-13

9th and 10th graders will be in their 2nd year of J2A

11th and 12th graders will be in their 2nd year of YAC



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: Melissa Simon

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


2018-20 Youth Program Registration Information

Our 2018-20 Program Cycle begins September 23rd! Rising 6th-12th graders should complete the appropriate registration by clicking the link below. All youth should complete a new registration for this cycle. A medical release must be completed by all participants. Register for the All Youth Retreat scheduled for September 15th-16th. See move information below with registration link. Please contact Colleen Citrano if you have any questions.

Rite-13 Registration (rising 6th & 7th graders)

J2A Registration (rising 8th & 9th graders)

YAC Registration (rising 10th & 11th graders)

SWAAG Registration (rising 12th graders)

Medical Release (must be completed by all participants)

The program kicks off with our first lesson on Sunday, September 15th-16th with our ALL YOUTH RETREAT. We will travel again to Sandy Hill Camp for a weekend of faith, fellowship, games, water sports, and fun! Please use the link below to register online. Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration fee of $110 until June 30th. Registration increases to $130 from July 1st through August 30th. Everyone in our youth program may attend. It is a great way to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones. Please contact Colleen Citrano; if you have any questions or would like to be considered for a scholarship. Formal lessons begin on Sunday, September 23rd at 10:15am. Locations TBD.


2018-19 College Connections Registration

Are you a college student who wants to keep in touch with St. John's? Complete the 2018-19 College Connections Registration via the link below. Freshmen--register by September 9th to receive our "Welcome to College" care package. All others, register by October 1st to receive our Fall and Spring care packages.

College Connections Registration

J2A Amazon Fundraising Link

St Johns Episcopal Church

Help support our 2016 J2A Pilgrimage by clicking on the link below. Shop Amazon through the link below and a portion of your purchase will help J2A at NO additional cost to you. Be sure to log-in through AmazonSmile or the link below for all your Amazon purchases. 


A Video Message about St. John's Youth Program

DW 12 Group  Click here for the video






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