Youth

At St. Andrew's, we believe it is important to partner with parents and other adults in equipping our young people with the tools they need to grow into adulthood.

Our approach to spiritual enrichment for youth is comprehensive and relevant in that it encourages our young people to apply spirituality in all areas of life, including self-development and social responsibility. It is our hope that our approach fosters an environment of wholeness and authenticity to help young people discover more of who they are, develop strong relationships with others, and deepen their connection to God. We welcome their questions and doubts - two components to experiencing faith with honesty. The experience incorporates ample learning AND laughter, but it takes our young people seriously!

The young people journey together through the stages of the program to build strong community with each other and adult mentors. This stability of group dynamics creates a safe, sacred space where the group members can learn to trust themselves and each other as they grow in faith.

Participants interact with other parishioners as they participate in a parish-sponsored ministry.

Youth Ministry at St. Andrew's is coordinated by Fr. Derrick - please contact him with any questions at rector@st-andrews-longmeadow.org or 567.5901.

Specific Formation
All regular Christian formation for youth takes place on the first and third Sundays of each month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. At each youth gathering, youth will participate in large group activities, including games, meals and service projects. On the first Sunday of the month, we begin the gathering with a worship experience tailored to youth life. Friends of participants are welcome to all our activities! After large group activities, the youth go to grade-specific classes:

Grades 6 and 7 - Rite 13
The two years of Rite 13 focus on recognizing the unique gifts, attributes, and personalities God has given us, celebrating our creative potential, and learning to interact as a community of faith. Real life application and experiential activities make the journey engaging.

Grades 8 and 9 - Journey to Adulthood J2A (an acronym for Journey to Adulthood)
This program builds on the foundation of the Rite 13 experience. Teens learn and practice six basic skills of adulthood: active listening, negotiation, assertion, information gathering, partnership and leadership. At the end of the second year, the group designs and goes on a combined spiritual retreat/mission trip called Pilgrimage.

Grades 10 - 12 - Young Adults in the Church YAC (an acronym for Young Adults in the Church)
This program builds on the foundation of Rite 13 and J2A. This experience emphasizes articulating personal beliefs, serving others and transitioning from teenager to young adult in today's world. This serves as the final segment of formation in preparing our young people for the sacramental rite of confirmation when they are 16 or 17 years old.

Our youth ministry is solid thanks to a dedicated group of adults, including Betsy Bartlett, Dean Berry, Catherine Brill, Mary Ellen Brush, Ed Butrick, Jamie Fetz, Fr. Derrick, Betsy Scuderi and Valerie Smart.

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