Welcome to the EDGE Middle School Youth Ministry!
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***Parents and Interested Adults are needed to serve as Catechists for our 6th, 7th and 8th graders! Please see below for details AND sign-up here: EDGE Middle School Ministry Volunteers (Please sign-up here!)
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Here is the EDGE PLAN for 2020-2021
Non-Gathered sessions (Twice a month): Starting in October and going through December, we will have small groups meet once a month virtually/online through Zoom meeting with their Edge Leader for 30 minutes. The 2nd session will be a family activity and discussion meant for the teen and parents—this can be done at home and at their own pace. Faith topics and detailed information will be sent to families by email each month.
Gathered sessions (Twice a month): Starting in January, small groups (of 10 students) will meet in the Parish Life Center on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm (or if we need additional space due to enrollment: 6:00-7:00 pm and 7:30-8:30 pm.). Social Distancing, temperature checks and masks will be required of everyone entering the PLC.
Large group gatherings at EDGE will be added as possible, but most likely not until February or March. We hope to include a short 2-3 hour retreat day for our students after the holidays. Parent Formation opportunities and resources will be offered monthly . Social and Service events added as possible. These plans may change based on the health situation and State of Illinois/Diocese of Joliet guidelines.
What is Edge
The EDGE 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 educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents. Kids are always welcomed and encouraged to invite their friends to the EDGE.
When We Meet
Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will participate in the EDGE program starting in October and going until April. Topics will be presented to educate about the Christian Catholic faith and challenge the student to grow in a relationship with Christ.
Social, Spiritual and Service activities for middle school youth will be offered throughout the year.
Mardi Gras Party-Feb. 8
End of Year Sports Night-Apr. 26
Students in grades 6-8 are asked to attend a retreat each year. Two time choices will be offered for both 6th grade EDGE students and 7th/8th grade EDGE students.
6th Grade Retreat: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Topic: Self Esteem
7th/8th Grade Retreat: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Topic: Discipleship and Service
General Information about Gathered Retreats
Students are expected to attend one retreat each year. Students can attend the morning or afternoon session. A permission form will be required and should indicate which retreat the student will be attending. Parents are needed to help chaperone. Please contact the Youth Ministry Office for more details.
EDGE Catechist & Leaders
Our EDGE program, for our junior high teens, is looking for some fun, loving, compassionate, spiritual, and caring adults and high school teens to help us for the coming year. We need help in these areas:
High School Teens
Serve as a Peer Mentor and assist adult leaders in a small group.
Help serve as a catechist or volunteer for the program. Whether you are a parent, grandparent or parishioner–you are welcome to help!
We need so many to help, and if many do, there will not be a huge time commitment. If you have questions or would like to get involved, please contact Dave Miserendino at DaveM@olmercy.com or (331)707-5371. You can sign-up here: EDGE Middle School Ministry Volunteer Sign-Up
Please prayerfully think about this…our teens need YOU.