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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose, PA kicked off the youth group’s program, Journey to Adulthood (J2A), at a sit-down dinner party Sunday, March 26. Students ages 12 – 19, their parents/guardians, leaders of the J2A program, and church officials were the invited guests.
Focusing on the importance of personal family, church family, and ultimately, global family, the guests prepared the meal together as a family. The group set the table for dinner, sliced and diced vegetables for the minestrone soup and salad. The students took over the task of seasoning the bread and making apple pies for desert. The leaders and coordinator prepared appetizers, munchies, and the main course earlier.
Pictured (l-r) are: standing – Matt Ochse, Barbara Vernovage, J2A Coordinator Ryan Ochse; seated – Sarah Warriner, J2A Leader, Zachary Warriner, Molly Brunner, Scott Finlon, J2A Leader.
Sarah Warriner, Montrose and Scott Finlon, Auburn Center are the leaders of the J2A program. Sarah and Scott escorted the parents and students on a tour of the J2A classroom, which is a special area in the church’s building. Enthusiastically, the students’ wish list for their space began, with the understanding of their responsibility for the care and maintenance of their space.
The J2A curriculum is for children 12 through 19 years of age and is based on two central ideas: manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God and adulthood must be earned. Throughout the curriculum these themes are visited from a religious perspective. There are three curriculum groups and each group includes an in-depth exploration of four areas of development: self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The curriculum has a plan for six years, which is divided into three segments of two years each. These program segments are called The Rite 13, Journey to Adulthood, and Young Adults in Church (YAC) and are age appropriate.
It is a spiritual journey for an affirmation of their faith, which invites the Sacrament of Confirmation and a Pilgrimage to be taken upon completion of the second segment. The students and their leaders were presented with J2A duffle bags containing items they will need on their Journey to Adulthood.
Movie nights, for students and their friends, trips to New York City, NY, Bethlehem, PA, and Washington, D.C., outdoor activities, work, service projects, and a game of Survivor, Temptation Island round out the curriculum. The J2A program for teens thanks to the commitment of the parents, leaders, and church officials is on its way at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
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