EDGE Catholic Middle School Youth Ministry
In 2013/14, St. Teresa has 20 teens (7th and 8th graders) participating in the EDGE: a fun-filled youth ministry experience which includes Confirmation preparation, learning practical life skills and community service. We meet most Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30PM in the Religious Education Center. For more information, contact Kate Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 528-6650 x232.
What is the EDGE?
The EDGE is designed to meet the educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents. At this age, youth are open to good and bad behaviors, as well as positive and negative ideas. Many of the values and beliefs that they held as children are now questioned and challenged. As young adolescents, they are trying to figure out who they are and what they believe. In many respects middle school kids are on the edge because so much is going on in their lives physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. It can be a very stressful and difficult time for them and their parents. As a Catholic Community, St. Teresa of Avila is going to give our middle school youth The EDGE they need in life: God’s love that is made known to us through Jesus, the Word, the Eucharist, and the Church.
2013/14 Catechetical Year
The curriculum for the EDGE for 2013-2014 will focus on the dignity of the person and the sanctity of human life and just how the Church views persons, systems and structures.
In the Fall we will look closely at the Seven Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
-Sanctity of human life and dignity of the person
-Call to family, community, and participation and the pursuit of the Common Good
-Rights and responsibilities; Social Justice
-Preferential Option for the poor and vulnerable
-Dignity of work
-Solidarity and the Universal Destiny of the Goods of the Earth
-Care for God’s Creation
We will explore these teachings in various ways: through skits, activities, short talks, small and large group discussions, games, etc.
In the Spring we will look at how the Church’s perspective of the dignity of the person and the sanctity of human life is viewed in our closer inter-personal relationships and in our sexuality. We will have an 8 week course on the Theology of the Body. During these 8 weeks we will discuss:
– Who am I?
– Are there consequences to my actions?
– What is the difference between love and lust?
– How do I balance family, friends, school, God, music, TV internet, texting etc., in my daily life?
– How can I discern my vocation to marriage, priesthood, or religious life?
– How do I deal with bullying, gossip, peer pressure, pornography, divorce, etc.?
– Can I live my Catholic faith no matter how I messed up in the past.
Again we will explore these topics by various means and media.
The teens very much enjoy both of these semesters of study. Both aspects (how we are to live in community and how we are to live in intimate relationships) are very important to the teens at this point in their lives. Exploring and discussing these topics help them to navigate through these difficult years of change as they grow out of childhood and into adolescence.
EDGE Service Opportunities
The EDGE offers middle school youth different occasions to put their faith into action through a variety of service projects. St. Teresa is using VolunteerSpot.com to schedule youth and parents to help out. Click here for information on current service opportunities or to sign-up.