Attention, parents! The model we now use for formation at the high school level at St. John the Evangelist is a small group discipleship model.
This means that once things are rolling for the school year, small discipleship groups meet with their core team leader every two weeks for two hours. This requires a signed commitment form from the students, just like any sport/school activity. This gives our ministry an opportunity to better meet the needs of the individual students of our Parish by ministering as Jesus did (James, John and Peter were his closest homeboys). Ministry bears much more fruit in this way.
Students have an opportunity at the beginning of each semester to join a discipleship group. There are also monthly social events, service opportunities and community events that all students can participate in. Please be sure that you are on the weekly email list serve to be notified of these events.
We strongly encourage this formation experience for your teens. Our leaders are passionate, dynamic and full of the love of Christ. There is also a parent component to the program—after each small group meeting you will receive a parent sheet with the information covered that helps you to dialogue with your students about faith and life. One parent says, “[my student] and I have had the chance to discuss things that I have never thought about bringing up before.” This holistic approach to faith formation helps you as a parent to catechize and support your student in their faith journey.