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Youth and Rite-13

 

St. Paul’s Youth Group

All teenagers and their friends are welcome to join St. Paul’s Youth Group! We meet every other Saturday at 6pm in the St. Francis room. This group is largely teen led, with guidance provided by Barbara Potgieter and our clergy. Meetings are a combination of activities outside the church and more reflective gatherings. Contact Barbara to find out more.

 

Rite-13

At St. Paul’s, children participate in our Montessori-based Godly Play classes every Sunday. But what happens when they begin to age out of the Godly Play program? We’re beginning to work on finding ways to include children in worship ministry as acolytes and readers (stay tuned), but what about continuing formation?

The Journey to Adulthood curriculum is designed for young people who are making the transition from childhood to adulthood and is centered around a liturgy called Rite-13. This liturgy recognizes the great power that comes with the change in their bodies at this time in a child’s life, and the curriculum is designed to recognize that power, and help children to become responsible, loving, creative, and even holy adults.

In the past this curriculum has been offered at multiple times during the year, on an as-requested basis.  However, this approach makes the class sizes very small, hampering the development of a critical mass for community among young people of that age. This year, we want to work with parents and children to establish a time at which as many young people as possible can be together for this offering. Classes may be offered at times other than Sundays if that works best for the majority of families.  We are looking to begin a series of approximately 10 classes in the early spring.  If you have a child who is aging out of Godly Play and are interested in Rite-13, please contact Barbara Potgieter.

 

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