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Fall 2020 Formation

Opportunities for Youth

In a typical academic year, the Youth at Grace (grades 6-12) all meet together between the two Sunday services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and occasionally outside of Sundays for the express purpose of fellowship and recreation. Nothing is typical at the moment but we still have a plan for youth formation this fall!

Blessed to Bless

Youth in grades 6-12 will be using Tim Sean Youmans’ Blessed to Bless: An Introduction to the Bible as our curriculum for Sunday School this fall. This is a systematic study of the Hebrew Scriptures (6th – 9th grades) and Christian Scriptures (10th – 12th grades).

Copies of the Study Guide, along with a Bible, have been delivered to each student. Each week, suggestions will be given about what to read and youth will be directed to questions or statements to guide their reflection. Youth are asked to record their thoughts either in their books or in a separate journal.

Regathering protocols issued by the Diocese of Atlanta now allow for small groups to meet outside on our campus and we are so looking forward to our in-person gatherings from 9:30 – 10:30 AM on Sundays! We will gather 6th and 7th graders one week; the next week 8th and 9th graders; and the following week 10th-12th graders. Bring your Bible, your Blessed to Bess study guide, any notes you have taken, and a portable chair if you have one. You’ll also need to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.

In order to comply with diocese guidelines registration is required and only the first 8 youth to register each week can join in person. The registration link will be sent by email. The rest of the group are welcome to attend virtually if they wish.

If you are new to Grace Church and are/have a 6-12th grade student interested in joining our youth group, please email Cheryl Kelley for information.

Youth Program Goals

The primary goal of the Youth formation program is to equip our young people with the skills necessary to engage their peers in thoughtful and respectful discourse regarding the Christian faith and to develop the skills to explore their own journey of faith. These skills include learning how to use biblical commentaries, learning the various hermeneutical lenses through which Holy Scripture may be read and understood, and the capacity to be emotionally and psychologically resilient through life’s inevitable disappointments and challenges. In addition to training youth in these skills, our adult facilitators help foster and maintain a community where seeking for God is welcomed and space is provided for discussions about current events in the lives of the young people in the group.

Our hope is that the decision to be confirmed in the Church by the bishop will be a joyous occasion in which each young person takes responsibility for the baptismal promises made earlier on their behalf by parents and godparents. Our hope is also that the community of the youth group will always be a safe place for those who may not be ready to make this affirmation.

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