Neu Waves Youth Ministry

"Our Father will not be outdone in generosity and he continues to scatter seeds. He scatters the seeds of his presence in our world, for “love consists in this, not that we have loved God but that he loved us” first (1 Jn 4:10). That love gives us the profound certainty that we are sought by God; he waits for us. It is this confidence which makes disciples encourage, support and nurture the good things happening all around them. God wants all his children to take part in the feast of the Gospel. Jesus says, “Do not hold back anything that is good, instead help it to grow!” (Pope Francis Homily Philadelphia, on Sunday, 27 September 2015)."

Religious Education Grades 8-12: Neu Waves Youth Ministry

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.

The mission of St John Neumann Catholic Youth Ministry is to inspire our youth to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church through Evangelization, Hospitality, Giving and Leadership. The High School Religious Education programs is an integral component of Neu Waves Youth Ministry.

  • Our curriculum utilizes the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age and the Journey to Emmaus (a four year curriculum).

  • Grades 8-10 and Grades 11-12 will meet on Sunday evenings as separate units this year.

  • All parents are asked to volunteer in some way. If you have questions regarding volunteering, then use the contact information found here.

  • While Sunday evening will be the norm, the Youth Ministry Team often make plans 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 Religious Education calendar We will also send email updates

Additionally, all parents-volunteers who work directly with children will need to be VIRTUS trained and complete a background check through the parish.

Confirmation

This program requires completing the Sacrament registration form in addition to the Youth Religious Education registration form. Check the Sacraments page for additional details and forms.

If you would like to support this ministry or have questions, please use the contact information button below.

Neu Waves Youth Ministry

What is Neu Waves?

Our NeuWaves program is a comprehensive, “one-stop-shopping” destination that uses a balance of four key elements:

  • WORD: systematic catechesis (Follow Youth Faith Formation links to the right.)

  • WORSHIP: Prayer, praise and worship

  • SERVICE: direct service along with awareness of larger global issues in social justice

  • COMMUNITY: retreats, social activities such as movie nights, Diocesan Youth Conferences etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteers?

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 & drivers to help with the outreach and social components.

Additionally, all parents-volunteers who work directly with children will need to be VIRTUS trained and complete a background check through the parish.

Successful Youth Ministry requires extensive volunteer participation as chaperones, drivers, etc. If you are interested in Youth Ministry and would like to explore working in this area, please contact Beth Belcher.

What is the goal of Neu Waves?

The goal of NeuWaves is to help young people in Grades 8 - 12:

      • Become empowered to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today

      • Participate responsibly in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community at St. John Neumann Parish.

      • Grow personally and spiritually and become faith filled youth.

Are there other trips and/or activities?

  • The Youth Ministry Team often make plans 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 Religious Education calendar We will also send email updates

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.

Are we changing the Catechesis component of the program?

No. In keeping with the diocesan directives, the curriculum that will be used by the Diocese of Richmond for all parish based programs is the Adaptation of Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Using this document, the Richmond Diocese has participated in the development of Journey to Emmaus, a four year curriculum that allows parents and catechists to provide complete understanding of the faith that God has called us to bring to them.

Each session includes direct correlation to the USCCB framework, Scripture references, Catechism and Church Document citations, opening & closing prayers, games and icebreakers, a sample talk, and related media links to music, movies and websites.

Why Christian/Faith 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.

Are there other Diocesan opportunities?

While youth opportunities at SJN are expanding, we also want to encourage and facilitate youth participation in diocesan events.

For diocesan event complete information and registration, please follow the link to the diocesan site