Middle School Ministry
Contact: Kerrie Ritchey
Phone Number: 614/806-2692
Mission is a Catholic middle school youth ministry experience created for early adolescents in grades six and seven. Mission is designed to meet the educational, 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 that 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 kids 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.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Mission will be done in an online format. Students and families can access the curriculum online through Dynamic Catholic. Click here to access the program materials. The program we are using is called Decision Point; you may notice that this is referred to as a Confirmation program through Dynamic Catholic, but it is the material we’ve been using at Mission for years and is a great introduction to what students will be covering during our 8th grade Confirmation Program at SJN. Once you are on the Decision Point page, click into Session 1. This will bring up the video for Session 1. There is a “Download Workbook” link in the left-hand navigation bar within Session 1. This will allow you to download the corresponding workbook for free. All work can be completed by the student according to his or her preferred schedule; please submit the completed workbook pages or a summary of what was learned by the last week in April. Please visit this page now to register for access to a password-protected page of our website which will house videos and supplemental materials for students each month. You will be prompted to enter a password to enter the registration page; please use the SJN password that was emailed to you by Jennifer Glassmire, or email Jennifer to request the password.
In addition to the online format of Mission, we will offer four Mission Homecoming nights this year, which will be opportunities for 6th and 7th graders to meet in our Faith & Family Center as a community! Please add these dates to your calendar:
October 21- Damascus Missionaries will be here!
December 2- Movie Night -Nativity Story
January 20- Life Night-Movie Night
March 3- Father Noble will be here!
Goals of Mission Middle School Ministry
1. Foster a transforming spiritual experience of Jesus through the liturgy, allowing early adolescents to experience the Word of God and the Eucharist in a deeper and more profound way.
2. Create a positive experience of the Catholic Church for early adolescents.
3. Assist middle school youth in gaining an understanding an appreciation of what the Catholic Church teaches and believes.
4. Incorporate the Catholic Church’s vision of social justice and peace into the spiritual life of pre-adolescents.
St. John Neumann Catholic Church
9633 East State Route 37
Sunbury, OH 43074