Why Middle School Ministry?
We believe in Middle School Ministry because of the example of 12, 13, and 14-year-old saints whose holiness, prayer, and joy have impacted the world and the Church. A relationship with Christ isn’t reserved for adults and we believe that the lives of the saints prove that to us.
Middle Schoolers have big questions and desires that need to be heard, understood, and answered in Middle School. Our Church needs vibrant ministry to Middle Schoolers because studies show that 13 is the median age a person stops identifying as Catholic. Even if their family still attends mass, even if they attend faith formation or Catholic School, 13 is most likely the age they’ve decided if they will continue to be Catholic later in life.
At The Roots, we firmly believe that a Middle Schooler decides to identify as Catholic because they’ve had a personal encounter with Christ that impacts their whole life. They’ve come to know and believe that a personal relationship with Him is possible and leads to a joy-filled life. The Roots seeks to make the Catholic faith vibrant and personal by offering opportunities to encounter the love and joy of Christ through our joyful community, prayer, reflection on Church teaching, and the Sacraments.
8th Grade Leadership Team
The Leadership Team is comprised of 8th Graders who are invested in The Roots. The Leadership Team meets once a month on Sundays from 6:30-8:30 pm. As a member of the Leadership Team, you will receive training in Christian leadership and be a member of a consistent small group. Not to mention taking part in an epic scavenger hunt at the beginning of the year.
Core Team members are adults, young adults, and parents who receive training in Middle School Ministry. They seek to intentionally accompany Middle Schoolers on their journey of faith by being a constant presence at The Roots. They lead small groups and write and give talks and witnesses. By establishing personal relationships with those they minister to Core Team members have the unique ability to offer their witness of the Christian life. Core Team Members are present at every youth night, lead a small group of 8th Graders at Leadership Team meetings, and participate in a monthly formation night.
Chaperones are other parents and adults who would like to assist with The Roots but are unable to make the commitment that being a member of the Core Team requires. Chaperones assist our ministry by handling sign-in and sign-out, offering assistance during games, and co-lead a small group. Chaperones allow our Core Team members to focus on building community during these times. Chaperones also help ensure that we maintain proper PGC ratios. Chaperones attend Core Team Training in August and assist with one youth night a month.
Parent Ambassadors are parents who support The Roots through a ministry of “invitation.” A personal invitation to attend ministry is the best and most effective way to get the word out about The Roots. Parent Ambassadors and the Middle School Youth Minister meet in August before The Roots begins. Parents offer feedback and receive the vision for ministry that year. Our goal as a team of Ambassadors is to personally invite as many parents as possible to attend the Parent Info Meeting at the beginning of the year. Parent Ambassadors have a profound and important impact on our ministry. The Roots reaches more Middle Schoolers and the Youth Minister meets more parents because of them!
All youth must have the 2 permission forms below filled out and signed to participate. Youth without a signed permission form will not be permitted to participate. Only one of each permission form for the entire school year of on-campus events is required and will be kept on file. Just bring it with you to the first event you attend.
CATHOLIC YOUTH SUMMER CAMP ST BRENDAN MS and HS Week 1: Register HERE
This year both High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers are encouraged to register for Week #1 (June 6-June 11).
Also, there is no discount code for camp this year either. The parish wants to focus on giving a discount for families with a greater need. If a family has financial hardship they may apply directly to Fr. Bob for financial support to attend camp. You can either e-mail Fr Bob before September 30 so that the discount is applied before you register, or contact him after registration for assistance.
CYSC also offers a “Winter Camp” Follow this link to find out more information.
Click HERE for more information on receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Brendan.
Susan Nussman, Middle School Youth Minister
614.876.1272 ext. 237 | firstname.lastname@example.org