ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
61 Wood St.
Hopkinton, MA 01748
508-435-4536

Journey to Adulthood

Journey to Adulthood The Youth Ministry program offers adolescents in grades 6-12 opportunities for fellowship, service, fun, mission, and spiritual growth.

We use the "Journey to Adulthood Program" - which blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. We focus on six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research/informal management, partnership, and leadership.


What is The Journey to Adulthood?
  • A six year program of spiritual formation for young people that:
    • provides a liturgical frame for their experience in our modern culture
    • celebrates their individuality and their creative potential
    • instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society
  • Based on two key concepts:
    • Manhood and womanhood are gifts from God
    • Adulthood must be earned
  • Includes in-depth exploration of:
    • Self
    • Spirituality
    • Sexuality
    • Society
  • Follows the imperatives of the Baptismal Covenant
  • Enables young people to discover and experience the love of God

How does it work?
Christian formation is a lifelong process; this program gives young people a firm foundation on which to build. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length; Rite-13, J2A (Journey to Adulthood) and YAC (Young Adults in the Church).


Rite-13
The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. It begins with a liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood. During these two years, the community acknowledges the gift of gender, celebrates the amazing creative power and potential of these young people, and creates a safe haven to explore new ideas, new interests and new abilities.


J2A
Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the heart of this entire program--it blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare for adulthood, participants learn six basic skills:
  • active listening
  • negotiation
  • assertion
  • research/information management
  • partnership
  • leadership
The program also helps young people understand and affirm Christian living. After two years they are given an opportunity to be confirmed and their transition to young adulthood is acknowledged in the community. They are then invited to make a pilgrimage.


YAC
Young Adults in the Church (YAC) encourages older youth to take on adult responsibilities in all aspects of parish life and the community. They are challenged to become good stewards of their time, talent and treasure. Guided by adult advisers, they use Anglican model of Scripture, reason and the tradition of the Church to guide the lifelong pilgrimage in their faith.


The Journey to Adulthood is a systematic curriculum within a complete youth program.

The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the treacherous passage from childhood to adulthood. Leaders model living the faith and remind young people of the ever-present love and mercy of God.


The Journey to Adulthood promise:
If you seek Christ,
together we will find him.