Coming of Age Retreat for Parents and Youth
Parents attend: 10 AM - noon
Youth attend: 10 AM - 6 PM
We are so please to be offering the Coming of Age program for our teens this year! All parents and youth plan to attend the Coming of Age retreat to learn about this unique opportunity.
About Coming of Age
The Coming of Age program guides youth in developing their own faith or credo statement. Youth are encouraged to develop a greater sense of what they believe.
They do this through participating in retreats and workshops, discussion with their mentors, and listening to guest speakers. In this program, each youth is paired with an adult mentor in the congregation, whom they meet with monthly.
In addition, workshops prompt the youth, challenge their modes of thinking, or aid them in furthering their ideas. At the end of the year, facilitators, youth, and their mentors prepare a service in which they present "faith statements" or "credo statements" — written statements of belief and perspectives developed over the course of program. These statements vary in many ways, because there are few "guidelines" as to what youth may say. Typically, participants who do not wish to present a credo statement may communicate their findings in other ways; for example a choreographed dance or a musical piece they have written.
Normally the Coming of Age class will meet on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. (in most cases) Mentor sessions will be the 2nd Sunday of the month from 12:30 - 1:30 PM.