Edge (Middle School)

Middle School.  It was hard then.  It's even harder now.

We all remember that middle school was awkward and difficult.  That hasn't changed.  In fact, societal shifts have made the middle school years more difficult than ever:

Age Compression.  Today, middle school youth are having experiences that were common only with high school students just 15 years ago.  Threats of violence, availability of drugs and alcohol and pervasiveness of sex and pornography are the new norm.

Relationship Dynamics.  Through each year of middle school, young people are in the process of moving from being family-centered to friend-centered.  Peers gain greater influence and parental authority is called into question.

Development.  Adolescents show physical development, yet they still have cognitive limits in information retention and decision making.  Unsteady emotional development leads to impulsive behavior.

Doubt.  As middle school youth develop intellectually, they no longer accept faith simply because it is what their parents believe.  They have real questions that need real answers.

Here at St. Clare's we refuse to ignore the unique challenges of middle school.  In our Edge program middle school youth learn about Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  At such a developmental time for youth, Edge is committed to journeying with them through their changes, fears, doubts and questions by helping them to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ and exposing them to the fullness of the Roman Catholic Church.

Edge Nights are designed to be relevant and hands-on by moving middle school youth out of the classroom and into a setting that meets their social and spiritual needs.  Through relational ministry they are challenged to be active in the Sacramental life of the Church as well as outside of our parish campus.  These positive experiences in middle school will lay a solid foundation for life-long formation.

Registration is required for the Edge program.  

Director of Youth Evangelization:  Christopher 'Chris' Platt

Phone: (623) 975-5607  |  E-Mail:  platt.christopher.ym@gmail.com

St. Clare Youth Ministry Website:   http://www.scayouth.com/

 

 

Goals of Edge
 

  • To foster a transforming spiritual experience of Jesus through the liturgy which will allow middle school youth to experience the Word of God and the Eucharist in a more profound way.
     
  • To create a positive experience of the Catholic Church for middle school youth.
     
  • To assist middle school youth in gaining an understanding and appreciation of what the Catholic Church teaches and believes.
     
  • To incorporate the Catholic Church's vision of social justice and peace into the spiritual lives of middle school youth.
     
  • To develop an understanding in middle school youth that they are a vital and visual presence within the parish community.
     
  • To enter into and transform the culture and lives of middle school youth with the Good News of Jesus Christ and his Church.
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