Grades 9 & 10 Faith Development Class Curriculum
As a Eucharist-centered movement within the Catholic Church, Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the sacramental power present within the young Church. This program engages our young people in their faith in a unique way that has never been done before, with the goal of creating young leaders who are willing to boldly proclaim their Catholic faith! Our high school students are engaged in church teaching and tradition through ideas and activities that are trendy and exciting!
Grade 11 Faith Development Class Curriculum
During the sacrament of confirmation our students prepare to receive the Holy Spirit more intensely.
Our teaching is guided by Decision Point from Dynamic Catholic, which is the most-used Confirmation program in America. It’s specifically developed to engage young Catholics in a meaningful conversation about the genius of Catholicism. It teaches and inspires teens to respond to God’s grace, and it is changing hundreds of thousands of young lives.
Although we use Decision Point to guide our discussion and teaching, special attention is given to actively engage our confirmation students through active learning and Set the Stage to Engage teaching strategies. Our confirmation program looks to set our young people on fire with the Holy Spirit so they are willing to move from hearing God’s Word to doers of God’s Word!
Glow 4 God (G4G)
God loves to see the hearts of His people glowing towards Himself. During Glow 4 God our young people have the opportunity to encounter the love of God through praise worship, glow sticks and lighting. This gives our students an opportunity to glow for God, while reminding them that their loving God glows even brighter for them!
Life Teen High School Retreats
These events combining Youth Ministry and Faith Development occurs on various Wednesday evenings during the school year. During these theme events, our 9-12 grade students engage various large and small group activities that focus on prayer, praise, games/movement and food!
At these five masses from October to March, children from two of the grade levels 1-9 will participate in the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass as readers and as the choir.
FIRE Camp is an amazing day where any student from the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Community in grades 5-12 comes together. We jam out with DJ Bill (professional DJ from Minnesota), break into our smaller workgroups, and then head out to the local neighborhood where we do some spring projects such as raking, washing windows and putting out patio furniture. The highlight of the day for the kids is getting to spend time talking with the homeowners. Afterward, we come back for Mass, dinner, and more time with DJ Bill. We end the night with a campfire. Students in grades 7 and 8 have the option of a sleepover.
High school students participate as peer leaders. They are paired up with an adult and group of campers to go out to the worksites. They are able to drive themselves and can work with a friend. This counts as great service hours if needed and their adult leader (or Ryan) can sign off on the form for them. If the morning shift does not work for their schedule, we also need some help with the dance party and campfire in the evening.
Christmas Bag Drop
This event allows our 9-12 grade students to deliver bags of Christmas cheer to random members of our community before Christmas. The Christmas bags are put together and donated by our parish community. This service opportunity is a favorite among many of our high school students. It allows them to have fun bringing the love of Jesus to members of our community.
Service nights are a part of our Faith Development class for middle and high school students. “Truly I tell you, that whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
Living Stations of the Cross
Faith Development class 10th grade students present the Stations of the Cross as a live drama in church. It is a wonderful, family-friendly reflective experience to enhance your Holy Week. All are invited!
Ryan Gloudemans, Faith Development Director 920-788-9033