Youth Christian Education
Mission: To provide a fun and safe environment for learning, playing, and sharing.
Journey to Adulthood – Sixth - Twelfth Graders
The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is a complete youth ministry program of spiritual formation for young people in the 6th – 12th grades. It uses a balance of Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to underscore its core principles:
Manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God.
Adulthood must be earned and with privilege comes responsibility.
Following the imperatives of the Baptismal Covenant, the Journey to Adulthood program …
provides a liturgical framework for young people,
celebrates their individuality and creative potential, and
instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society.
There are three two-year segments of the program. Students begin the program with peers with whom they remain in class for the duration of their J2A experience. This allows our teens to form strong friendships within their class groups that last long after they have moved on to college and beyond. A testament to its success is the fact that our teens stay engaged in the life of the church and their own spiritual journeys throughout their High School years.
The three segments of The Journey to Adulthood are:
Rite-13: The first two years (6th & 7th or 7th & 8th graders) focus on celebrating the individuality of each young person. The Rite-13 liturgy (A Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood) is the community expression of this.
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.
YAC (young adults in church): A mentor-based program helping older teens (10th & 11th or 11th & 12th graders) to discern and carry out a ministry within their church or in the larger community. Vocation and development of a personal credo are also emphasized.
The Journey to Adulthood Leaders, along with the entire parish family, model living the faith and remind young people of the ever-present love and mercy of God and of the Journey to Adulthood promise: If you seek Christ, together we will find him.
EYC (Episcopal Youth Community)
EYC is Youth Group for 6th to 12th graders: games, theological discussions, outreach, retreats, camping, movies, “giants, elves and wizards”, bowling, food, prayer, Camp Mikell, Frisbee golf, Homework Helper stockings, Hi – Low, Christmas trees, faith, DYC, Happening, bonding, the pumpkin patch, talking, playing, working, great dinners, being silly, “Margaret” in the dark, the Ski Trip, adventures, music, worship, iPods, caring leaders, new friends, the absolute best time of your life.
St. Margaret’s is blessed with a thriving and lively community of tweens and teens and a youth group with a matching spirit and vigor. All 6th – 12th graders of the parish are invited and encouraged to attend EYC from 5 –7 pm each Sunday night from September to May in the parish hall. A calendar with specific information about current programs and events is provided each year.
EYC starts when a crowd of students gather in St. Margaret’s parish hall for fellowship, fun and food. Members come from city, county and private school systems in the area. The event always begins with a meal, provided by parents of the youth and other adults from the parish, and continues with programs that seek to build relationships: among those gathered, God, the church and our community. The program is lead by a wonderful group of adults who have just the right combination of humor and heart to work with young people.