About Our Youth Programs...
The youth program we use is called Journey to Adulthood.
It is being released to Episcopal churches nation-wide, and has
been shown to be very effective in keeping young people active in
the church during their teenage years. The six year program is divided
into two year segments.
The program begins with a two-year course called Rite 13.
This class focuses on Bible stories. The first year they will cover
Old Testament stories, the second year they will cover New Testament
stories. At the end of the first year they go on "The Beginnings
Retreat" which includes a discussion of the creation story
followed by a fossil hunt. At the end of the second year they go
on "Suburban Adventure" and have touse public transportation
to make their way around Santa Clarita accomplishing certain tasks.
During the two years in this class each student will have the opportunity
to participate in a Rite 13 Ceremony which honors their thirteenth
birthday and marks the transition from childhood and the beginning
of their journey toward adulthood.
The second two-year course is call Journey to Adulthood (J2A).
This class focuses on spiritual, social, and moral issues. The first
year the group works on "Self" and "Society,"
the second year they cover "Sexuality" and "Spirituality."
At the end of the first year theey go on their "Urban Adventure"
as they travel to another city and have to find their way to six
different locations using public transportation and the maps and
limited information they are given. At the end of the adventure,
they face judgement and are held accountable for their decisions.
At the end of the second year they go on a spiritual retreat "In
Search of God."
The third part of the course lasts two more years and is called
Young Adults in the Church (YAC). These young adults focus
on life skills, Bible Study, and explore their options as they begin
to plan for their adult lives. They are encouraged to take on a
ministry within the church. One of them will be asked to serve as
a youth member of the Bishop's Committee. Each year they go on a
This is a wonderfully insightful and stimulating program that speaks
to the needs of young people in a way that has been shown to help
them through some of the most challenging stages of life. We believe
that this program will not only keep more of our young people active
in church through their teenage years, but will also attract many
more young people to our youth programs.
Youth Group's Sunday Morning Meeting Schedule
All youth groups meet at 8:45 am on Sunday mornings for breakfast,
socializing, opening prayers, and announcements. At 9:00, the groups
will move to their classrooms for the lesson and discussion.
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