In addition to the regular Sunday meetings, 9:30 to 10:40 a.m. September-May, each of our three youth groups gets together one Sunday evening a month for food, fun, and fellowship.
Journey to Adulthood is Westminster’s Christian education program for young people in grades 7-12. Journey to Adulthood (or J2A) has two guiding principles: (1) that manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God, and (2) that adulthood must be earned.
The program is divided into three components, each lasting two years:
- Rite 13 (a name based on a liturgical celebration integral to the program) focuses on fun and community building, celebrates the gift of gender, and provides a foundation for the remainder of the program. 7th and 8th graders — Room 206.
- J2A (Journey to Adulthood) builds on Rite-13 by training young people in six necessary skills of adulthood: listening, assertion, negotiation, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. J2A culminates in a weeklong spiritual journey, or pilgrimage, in the summer after the second year of the program. 9th and 10th graders — Lower Lounge (below the Office).
- YAC (Young Adults in the Church) builds on the previous four years of the program by enabling the young people to practice their newly acquired skills in the context of the supportive community. It includes a mission experience planned and executed by the youth. 11th and 12 graders — Common Grounds (White House at the corner of Rugby Road and Gordon Avenue).
In each component, issues of concern to youth on their journey into adulthood are addressed in light of the Gospel.