Education

The EDGE Program

School Ministry Program

The EDGE program is a Catholic middle school youth ministry experience created for early adolescents in grades six, seven, and eight. The EDGE is designed to meet the education, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents.

At this age middle school youth are open to good and bad behaviors as well as positive and negative ideas. Many of the values and beliefs they held as children are now questioned and challenged. As young adolescents they are trying to figure out who they are and what they believe.

In many respects middle school children are on the edge because so much is going on in their lives physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially, It can be a very stressful and difficult time for them and their parents. As a Catholic Community, we have the opportunity to give our middle school youth The EDGE they need in life: Jesus, The Word, The Eucharist, and the Church!

Within the context of faith, middle school youngsters are moving from a child-like spiritually to one that will hopefully reach its pinnacle, through the work of the EDGE, into an adult faith commitment to Jesus Christ in the Catholic community.

The EDGE provides an unparalleled moment in the life of a middle school youngster to offer guidance, reassurance, and Jesus’ love to a group of people who have so many options and choices before them.

Those who minister to middle school youth are in the seed-planting business. They are working with children who still have many significant and important decisions ahead of them, and the ministering adult has the opportunity to plant the seeds of Jesus’ love, hope, and peace in the middle school child.

Components to the EDGE are:
A. EDGE sessions occur every week during the school year except when school is not in session during a particular week. The EDGE also has social and recreational activities designed to create a greater sense of community among our middle school youth and for the children to have fun and enjoy themselves in a church setting.

B. The EDGE offers middle school youth different occasions to put their faith into action through a variety of service projects.

Goals for the EDGE

1. To foster a transforming spiritual experience of Jesus through the liturgy which will allow early adolescents to experience the Word of God and the Eucharist in a deeper and more profound way.

2. To create a positive experience of the Catholic Church for early adolescents.

3. To assist middle school youngsters in gaining an understanding and appreciation of what the Catholic Church teaches and believes.

4. To incorporate the Catholic Church's vision of social justice and peace into the spiritual life of pre-adolescents.

5. To develop an identity in middle school youth and in the EDGE ministry as being a vital and visual presence within the parish community.


Interested?

Click to register or volunteer