Middle School Faith Formation

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EDGE

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

EDGE is not your traditional catechetical program; instead it is a youth ministry style faith formation program. The sessions are made up of activities, lessons, and small group discussions focused on teaching scripture, prayer, social justice, and church tradition. 

If you are interested in joining EDGE, contact Emily Wenner at emilyw@st-gerard.org

Generations of Faith

Whole-Family Catechesis for Elementary & Middle School Students AND their families

Monthly on Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Occurring once a month, this family faith formation program offers families a unique chance to experience and learn about their faith together. These two hour sessions are based on important themes of the Catholic Faith. Families gather first for a meal, then join in large group prayer, a presentation, family time, and then divide into age-based small groups for activities and faith sharing. A large group closing reflection and ritual nurtures prayer and invites celebration.  As an extension of the evening, families are then provided take-home packets to continue exploring the monthly theme in their homes.

The evenings will be planned and led by a team of small group leaders who have dedicated an additional night to planning.

Please Note: Parents are required to attend with their child(ren). The nursery will be open for younger children. Donations are accepted each month to help defray the cost of the meal.

Youth Ministry

The purpose of youth ministry at Saint Gerard's is to offer opportunities for our young people to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Visit the St. Gerard Youth Ministry webpage for more information.

Contact Emily Wenner at emilyw@st-gerard.org with any questions.

Camera  Read a "snapshot" of our Youth Ministry Opportunities:

Life Night:

High School Youth Group
Open to students in grades 9-12. Meets one Sunday a month from 7:30-9:00pm in the youth room. This year we will be focusing on how to apply your faith to everyday life and connect it to the things you are interested in and passionate about. Snacks provided­čśŐ
Elevate: Middle School Youth Group Open to students in grades 6-8. Meets the last Wednesday of the month from 7:15-8:15pm in the youth room. Offers middle school students opportunities to grow in their relationship with God, meet new people, explore liturgical seasons and other faith related topics, play games and participate in activities related to the topic, and have fun. Snacks provided­čśŐ
Stretch Open to students in grades 6-12, usually offered over school breaks. Details posted on the youth ministry webpage. Stretch students have the opportunity to start their day with Mass, participate in a service project and finish the day with a fun social event.
High School Mission Trip Open to students in grades 9-12. Stay posted for details on CHWC 2018! We will travel to Catholic HEART Workcamp for a week of serving others, growing in faith, and building community. For more information visit the youth ministry webpage.
Winterblast Winterblast is an opportunity for 6th-8th graders to join hundreds of youth from other local parishes for a lock-in. Winterblast 2017 is Friday, December 15th-Saturday, December 16th. The evening will begin with Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Brooklyn Park, followed by the lock-in at the Maple Grove Community Center. We will enjoy an entire night of inflatables, pizza, skating, swimming, dancing, laughing, and praising God.
Youth Ministry Volunteers A group of adults and high school students who help run the ministries listed above. These adults and high school students help make all these ministries possible. They accept a leadership role and commit to helping with middle school or high school events, building relationships with the students, and being a faith-filled role model.
Treats for Teens We are looking for 1 or 2 people each time the monthly youth groups meet to bring in snacks for the teens to enjoy. Sign up in the gathering space on the Faith Formation Bulletin Board or contact Emily Wenner at emilyw@st-gerard.org. to get involved!