Confirmation & Adulthood Readiness
Pilgrimage Trip Preparation
Note: The safety of children is a top priority. All adults who work with children and teenagers undergo background checks and are required to take our Safeguarding God's Children training classes.
JOURNEY TO ADULTHOOD (6th-12th Grades)
Our younger children currently meet with our older children in J2A, in the spirit of children's community-building.The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is a complete youth ministry program of spiritual formation for 6th-12th grades. It encourages relational ministry and uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to underscore the two guiding principles of the program: 1) Manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God; and 2) Adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of Self, Spirituality, Sexuality and Society.
The first two years of the program (Grades 7-8) are called Rite-13, a name that comes from a liturgical rite of passage we celebrate with the young people around their 13th birthday. This rite is loosely based on the bar/bat mitzvah tradition and is a way for the entire congregation to celebrate the unique gifts and abilities of their young men and women. The Rite-13 program assists young people as they begin to take the first steps of independence from their families into their own lives. During these two years, the community acknowledges the gift of gender, celebrates the amazing creative power and potential of these young people, and creates a safe haven in which to explore new ideas, new interests and new abilities.
The next segment (Grades 9-10) helps teens create and understand the importance of Christian community as they develop critical thinking and other skills they will need in adulthood. This segment is called J2A, an acronym for the Journey to Adulthood. It may seem a little confusing for this second phase to have the same name as the entire six-year program, but this section was the first piece developed and many young people find that the bulk of their formational work gets done in these two years. In many ways, the J2A years are the heart of the entire program. During the J2A phase, teens learn and practice six basic skills for adulthood: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership.
After two years, they are acknowledged as being equipped for new levels of responsibility and are given an opportunity to be confirmed. The end of J2A is marked with a spiritual pilgrimage that is often a life-changing experience for the group.
YAC (Young Adults in Church) allows 11th and 12th graders to learn about and engage ministry in the church and the world.
SPY (St. Peter's Youth) meets most Sunday evenings, 6-8 pm for fun, food, fellowship, and frequent field trips! For more information on any of the above programs, call 912.598.7242. Visit Staff page to read about Associate for Youth and Children's Ministry, Matthew Rice.
The culminating experiences for our young people is the pilgrimage. Every 3 years, our high school students decide where they want to go on pilgrimage, raise the funds and go out into the world for this adult experience of discovering God in the wider world. Past St. Peter's pilgrimages have been made to Scotland, Italy and Spain. In 2018, the group made their pilgrimage to Alaska.