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Religious Education Grades 7-8

Junior High Christian Formation

An Integral Component of Neu Waves Youth Ministry

Grades 7-8

Overview  2016 – 2017

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Dear Parents, Grandparents and Guardians, 

 We’d like to share with you the many exciting plans for the Junior High School program this year.  May the Holy Spirit guide all our steps as we travel new paths in our journey towards Finding God.

Deacon Ed

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Contact Information

Catechist: Maureen Farlow   maureenfarlow@hotmail.com   379-4496

Catechist: Joni Peck   joniw555@aol.com   598-0613

Neu Waves Laison: Beth Belcher micbeth2b@yahoo.com 479-0160

Website:           www.sjnpowhatan.org

Facebook:         www.facebook.com/sjncf

Director of Christian Formation: deacon.ed.sjn@gmail.com

 Middle School?

Grades 7-8 will meet as one unit this year. Meetings will be weekly with some exceptions at St. John Neumann. We have reserved space at SJN for Sunday evenings.

While Sunday evening will be the norm, the Youth Ministry Team is planning for many special social and outreach activities, so dates, times and places may change. It will be important to check for updated information on the SJN website by clicking the Christian Formation tab on the homepage and then clicking CF Calendar. We will also send email updates and post information on the SJN Facebook page.

 Why this Location and Time ?

This meeting time was discerned as best in light of the many commitments of our youth and families outside of parish life during the week. As in other parishes in the area, limited space requires that middle and high school students will meet at a different time than elementary students.

Why Christian Formation instead of Religious Education?

Religious Education is only part of Christian Formation, especially for teens. We understand that youth have different needs and like to choose how to be involved. We know that youth have hectic schedules and that young people benefit by having the opportunity to relate to a variety of adults.

We will meet the needs of your youth through formation in eight key areas: Catechesis, Prayer and Worship, Evangelization, Leadership Development, Justice, Service, Pastoral Care and Advocacy. We will work with them in Mission and Outreach activities and join with them in just plain Fun. The content is limited only by the imagination of our youth and the willingness of parents to help. We seek your input and participation.


All parents are asked to volunteer in some way. The Church teaches that parents are the primary teachers of their children. Volunteering to support the program is the least we can do for those giving their time and talent as catechists and youth ministers. Needs will vary from week to week. Please let us know of any special skills or talents you are willing to share. We will not be bashful about telling you what help we need. We especially need chaperones and drivers for the outreach and social events.

Are we changing the Catechesis component of the program?

No, we will continue using the Finding God Grades 7–8 program from Loyola Press.

Seventh and eighth graders face many important decisions—about school, interactions with family, friends, interests they want to pursue, and faith. Finding God Grades 7–8 reaches young people where they are in this critical stage of their lives and provides in-depth support for teachers, catechists, and their parents.

Here is the link to view the brochure:  http://issuu.com/loyolapress/docs/finding-god-7-8-brochure?e=1149037/2712180#

 What next?

 Make sure you are registered in the parish and fill out a youth registration form for your middle school youth.

 I have more questions.

Contact one of the catechists (contact info above) or get in touch with Deacon Ed Schmidt, Director of Christian Formation,  by calling SJN and asking for him or leaving a message in his voicemail if he is not there, or email deacon.ed.sjn@verizon.net