Youth is a time of passages of many kinds. Primarily it is a time of passage from childhood to adulthood. For the Church this means creating a strong sense of support among peers and mentors, providing settings for genuine community, and encouraging serious thought and dialogue about the meaning of faith and its impact on life choices. There are three components to this passage.
A two year program (beginning with grades 6 and 7 in year one and grades 7 and 8 in year two) that explores the spiritual transition from childhood to young manhood and young womanhood. Here youth experience community, find fun in being together with leaders and mentors, and explore the pathway toward faith. Rite 13 meets on Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m. and at special events, retreats and activities.
Journey to Adulthood (J2A):
A two year program (beginning with grades 8 and 9 in year one and 9 and 10 in year two) that seeks to develop the skills necessary to a maturing faith and to living faithfully in daily life. It culminates with being confirmed as an Episcopalian and a pilgrimage experience. J2A meets on Sunday mornings and at special events, retreats, and activities.
Pictures from the 2014 J2A Pilgrimage
St. Philip’s Youth (SPY):
A two or three year program (encompassing grades 10-12 in year one and grades 11 and 12 in year two). SPY focuses especially on stepping out into the world as young adults in mission. The participants in this group plan a yearly mission project or trip. The youth are able to design and carry out many of their own programs of service, learning, recreation, and fellowship. SPY meets on Sunday mornings and other times and places, as special events, retreats, and activities are scheduled.