Youth Ministry News
We know that our teens are feeling more lonely and disconnected than ever, and we are responding by creating safe spaces where they can belong and grow. There will be changes to programs this year in light of Covid-19, and we are moving into a hybrid model that will include both in-person and online components.
Here’s what youth ministry will look like this year:
For our gathered sessions we will meet monthly in person in the Church (or via Zoom should we need to pivot to all-remote). Families will be able to choose whether to attend Sunday or Tuesday evenings (pick one for the whole year). Each young person grades 6-12 will be placed in a small group with 2 adult leaders and 2 teen leaders -- this group will be consistent throughout the year and will provide spiritual support and community during our gathered sessions and throughout the month via the group chat function on the Remind app. Our focus this fall will be the Faith in an Anxious World curriculum developed by the Fuller Youth Institute -- real life advice for letting our faith strengthen us amid everything that's going on right now.
Our online component will consist of monthly faith Playlists for youth on our parish website. A Playlist is a menu of micro-experiences to help teens in their daily personal prayer. Each monthly Playlist will connect to the theme of that month's gathered session and include many choose-your-own adventure options for teens to explore: links to Scripture passages, songs to pray with, blog articles, journal prompts, hands-on activities, podcasts, etc. The small group chats will reinforce the themes of the Playlists. Also, our Instagram page (transfig.youth) and Facebook page will provide additional spiritual inspiration each week. Our goal is to foster the habit of regular prayer in our young people and provide them the tools right on their phones.
Stay tuned - the playlists are coming soon!
FOR ANY YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAM - we ask that you download this Permission Form, fill it out and bring it with you to your first Youth Ministry program or Confirmation program meeting. The Permission Form HERE. Thank you!
***A word about health and safety precautions:
Our goal is for families to feel more at ease about your teen attending in-person youth ministry sessions than you may sending them to school this year. We will be holding all sessions in Church, which is now set up with physical distancing requirements in mind (pews taped off, traffic flow marked, etc.) All participants will wear masks for the entire session. The small groups will be cohorts of 7-8 teens who will sit in the same area of church each time they come. Since we will be offering two nights for the monthly gatherings, the total number of people in Church will be well below the number we are currently allowed to have according to the guidelines. If you have further concerns about safely gathering or would like to discuss an all-remote formation plan for your family this year, please call Anne Gallagher.
For more information on any of our youth ministry programs, or to be placed on our weekly email update list, please contact Anne Gallagher at [email protected] or 248-2427. I love to hear from you!