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Jr. High Formation Class (6th-8th Grades, Rm 319): “Understanding our Inherited Faith”
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
To learn about our inherited faith. To fully understand what our faith means to us, we must know where it comes from. Goal of the class is to tell the story of where our faith comes from through the perspective of the Old Testament. We want to encourage the youth to question their family and parents about their inherited faith and incorporate that in their own faith. Create a safe environment for the youth in the class to talk about faith, both inherited and their own journey.
To understand what our faith is, we must understand where our faith comes from… therefore middle school has an Old Testament focus. We will use a curriculum that has been written just for this class. It is a lectionary-based plan that focuses on the Old Testament readings from each week. There are many reasons to study the Old Testament. For one, the Old Testament lays the foundation for the teachings and events found in the New Testament. The Bible is a progressive revelation. If you skip the first half of any good book and try to finish it, you will have a hard time understanding the characters, the plot and the ending. In the same way, the New Testament is only completely understood when we see its foundation of the events, characters, laws, sacrificial system, covenants and promises of the Old Testament.
This class is also meant to build to Confirmation. While the Confirmation process itself will not begin until February, this is designed to be a Confirmation Prep class. After going through this class for three years, youth should be fully prepared to enter into the process of Confirmation and take their inherited faith and make it their own.
“Making Your Faith Your Own”
Sr. High Formation Class (9-12th grades, room 323)
"You have known the Holy Scriptures ever since you were a little child. They are able to teach you how to be saved by believing in Christ Jesus. God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.” -2 Timothy 3:15-17
To take our inherited faith and develop our own beliefs and to be able to articulate those beliefs. One of the biggest problems with youth ministry today is that after high school, 70% of active youth group members do not stay connected with the church in college or in young adulthood. One of the ways to reverse this statistic is to teach our youth how to have a conversation about their faith. By having conversations like this, they will be able to develop their own faith and beliefs and be able to articulate those beliefs to others. This is due to the fact that the church as a whole is “failing rather badly in religiously engaging and educating youth” (Souls in Transition: The Religious Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults, Christian Smith).
The goal of this class is to create a space where the students feel comfortable to discuss deep and sometimes controversial topics. This allows the student to combine their moral, Christian and inherited beliefs and develop their own faith. One of the ways that we will accomplish this is through debate. By forming an argument and debating various topics, each student will have the opportunity to truly think about an issue and discover where they stand on the issue. This will train our youth to not only know more about their faith but to also being able to discuss their beliefs.
Worship on Wednesday - 6:30 p.m.
Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for dinner during Here@HolyC. Bring your parents, friends, and homework! We will gather in the Parish Hall for dinner and fellowship until 6:30 p.m. Then we will head to the Youth Room to discuss how our are weeks are going and discussion questions that help us better understand our faith. We will also have time each week to share ouir Junk, Joy and Jesus for the week. At 7:35 p.m., we will meet in Quilling Chapel for Order of Compline, lead by youth. WOW is a great way to recharge your spiritual batteries in the middle of the week.
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
EYC at Holy Communion welcomes all young people grades 6-12 into community on Sunday evenings for fellowship, worship, and prayer. EYC begins with a dinner in Blaisdell for everyone grades 6-12. Following dinner we will meet in the Youth Room (323) for prayer followed by fun and games! Unless other wise specified all EYC events will meet in Blasidell at 6:15 for dinner or in the Youth Room for EYC at 7:00. If you are interested, all are welcome to join me during the 5:30 Celtic/Taize Service before dinner!