Trinity’s COVID-19 precautions and protocols draw from the guidance of the Diocese of New Jersey’s Re-entering, Re-opening, and Re-imagining Task Force and also from other guidance available from the CDC and state and county health departments. With our current lower transmission and case levels, Trinity will be allowing small groups in the congregation to set their own mask policies, in consultation with their members. Therefore, we are in the process of obtaining consent from both parents and youth about unmasking indoors to make sure that we honor the needs and concerns of every member of our youth community. Once we have consent from all regular participants in a class, I will authorize that class to become mask optional.
Please note that masks will become mandatory in youth classes again if the Covid case levels and/or associated health risks rise to a sustained level that warrants it.
Our formation as Christians is a life-long process, as we learn from God and from one another in worship, in service, in the study of scripture, as we apply the teaching of our faith to our daily decision making, and in fellowship and friendship.
Journey To Adulthood is the youth ministry program of spiritual formation that Trinity utilizes for 6th-12th grades. It is centered on inclusive, relational ministry and uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, and service projects to help youth learn and engage with their faith.
There are three stages included in the program: Rite 13, J2A, and 4Ward. The youth move through the program in two-year cohorts designed to build and develop deep relationships of faith and trust with their peers. Each stage has lessons grouped under the themes of Spirituality, Society, and Self, which delve deeply into Jesus’s call to his disciples to love God and love their neighbors as themselves. Youth explore these themes in age-appropriate ways from a variety of angles, through discussion, Bible study, games, crafts, and the occasional off-site trip or service project.
Rite 13: This stage begins in Sixth or Seventh Grade
Rite 13 is the first stage of the Journey to Adulthood program. The youth spend two years together building community and beginning to take their first steps away from the roles they have played in their families and into some new roles in the church. At the end of the second year, this stage concludes with the opportunity experience a liturgical rite of passage celebrating the journey from childhood toward adulthood.
J2A: This stage begins in Eighth or Ninth Grade
J2A is the middle stage in the Journey to Adulthood program. It is a stage that attracts, instructs, and nurtures young people at the age when they are most likely to drift away from church. It provides new opportunities and new challenges, as youth become teenagers and begin to come into their own. This stage culminates in an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
4Ward: This stage begins in Tenth or Eleventh Grade
4Ward (previously “YAC”—Young Adults in the Church) is the final stage of the Journey to Adulthood program. It invites youth to become active participants in the life of the parish with a framework for providing support for meaningful conversation, learning, and life together.
4Ward focuses on applying faith in the everyday situations of life. This includes in depth study of Scripture and how it can be applied to their lives. Also included in this stage is intentional building of relationships with adults in the parish which helps the youth to foster a greater sense of belonging and agency as young adults in the parish community.
In addition to traditional Sunday morning classes, Trinity’s youth program also includes Sunday night youth groups for our middle and high school youth. The youth group format allows for creative and playful engagement with worship and various topics important to living a faithful Christian life.
Interested in our Youth Ministry?
Email Mother Angie at Acipolla@trinitymoorestown.org