Youth at Trinity take part in the four-year program, Journey to Adulthood.
We celebrate the changes that teenagers experience as we help them grow toward maturity.
This program is divided into two, two-year components, Rite-13 and Journey to Adulthood (J2A).
- Rite-13, for seventh and eighth grade teens, works to establish and maintain cross-gender friendships, establishes the church as a safety zone in the midst of an evolving time in teens’ lives, and builds a group with shared experiences and memories.
- Journey to Adulthood (J2A), for ninth and tenth graders, celebrates the transition from teen to adulthood, trains young people in the skills of adulthood, explores the mystery of our faith heritage, and establishes our experience in the strength of community and liturgy. J2A focuses on active listening, negotiation, assertion, research/information management, partnership, and leadership.
Through all four years of Journey to Adulthood, the youths travel with the same small group of peers. The bonds they form grow strong and support them. Youth leaders are adults in the congregation who commit to journey with youth through all four years of the program. The end result–young adults who have learned who they are, know they are loved, have confidence in themselves, and have encountered their faith in a safe community.
At the end of J2A, teens go on a spiritual pilgrimage. The pilgrims participate in mission work, community living, and explore the local area of the pilgrimage site. The most recent pilgrimages have been to Iona, Scotland; Juneau, Alaska; Rome, Italy and Banff Alberta Canada. Teens help pay for their travel expenses by participating in a number of volunteer activities and fundraisers, including cookie bakes, car washes, and Mother’s Day flower sales.
Confirmation The Rite of Confirmation—making a mature, public affirmation of one’s baptismal vows—is encouraged for anyone 16 years or older. Each young person is free to decide when he or she is ready to be confirmed. While Journey to Adulthood prepares our youth to become adults in the church, it is not the only avenue to confirmation.
A confirmation class is offered every other year to the juniors and seniors of Trinity. This class is led by Mother Julia and usually takes place over an 8 week period. The young adults will be asked at the end of the series of classes if they are ready to be confirmed by the Bishop. The next class will begin in the Spring of 2020.
CONTACT: Missy Roetter, Trinity Youth and Parish Life: [email protected]