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Youth Sunday Programming

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6th Grade

St. Columba’s uses the Journey to Adulthood curriculum. Journey to Adulthood consists of three two-year cohorts: Rite 13, J2A and YAC. A new Rite 13 cohort begins in September of odd-numbered years with 6th and 7th graders, who stay together as they enter 7th and 8th grades the following academic year. Even-numbered years create a "gap year" for 6th graders not yet involved in Rite 13. In these alternate years, 6th graders continue their spiritual journey with their peers in Sunday School. They also participate in occasional fun activities and events through a program that we call Gap Kids, which is designed to ease the transition into the next year’s Rite 13 class.

Schedule (September to late May)
Sundays, 10:15 am to 11:05 am

Contact: Jason Cox (youth@columba.org)

Register: Grade 6 Online Registration
Registration is required for all participants.

Gap Kids

Gap Kids is a casual way for 5th and 6th graders to get to know one another as they transition from single-grade Sunday School into the next two-year Rite 13 class. Gap Kids typically meets once a month on Sunday afternoons for fun and fellowship.

Schedule (September to late May)
One Sunday a month, 12:30 to 2:30 pm (except as noted)

Contact: Jason Cox (youth@columba.org)

Register: Registration is required for each monthly event and will be posted here as events are announced.

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Rite 13: 7th and 8th Grades

Rite 13 is the first of three two-year sections of the Journey to Adulthood program for young people at St Columba’s. In these two years, young teens explore their creative gifts and abilities while building a strong faith community of peers. A Rite 13 Liturgy is celebrated near a young person's 13th birthday. This rite is the congregation's recognition of the unique qualities of its young teens and occurs twice a year. After two years the Rite 13 group becomes the J2A class.

Schedule (September to late May)
Sundays, 10:15 am to 11:05 am

Contact: Jason Cox (youth@columba.org)

Register: Rite 13 Online Registration
Registration is required for all participants.

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J2A: 9th and 10th Grades

J2A is the second of three two-year sections of the Journey to Adulthood program, and the core of the program. Following Rite 13, young people in J2A begin to learn and practice six basic skills of adulthood: active listening, assertion, negotiation, research and information management, partnership and leadership. At the end of the second year of J2A, the young people explore the mystery of their faith heritage by designing and going on a Holy Pilgrimage. After this the group moves on to YAC.

Schedule (September to late May)
Sundays, 10:15 am to 11:05 am

Contact: Jason Cox (youth@columba.org)

Register: J2A Online Registration
Registration is required for all participants.

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YAC: 11th and 12th Grades

After their pilgrimage, the J2A group becomes YAC (Young Adults in Church). During their final two years in the program, young people take ownership of their place in the church as young adults by exploring different church ministries and leadership opportunities. The group meets weekly, and leaders and youth alike lead discussions on faith, belief and the church.

Schedule (September to late May)
Sundays, 10:15 am to 11:05 am

Contact: Jason Cox (youth@columba.org)

Register: YAC Online Registration
Registration is required for all participants.

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Click on the following links for more information:

Online Registration for all Grade 6 and
any new Rite 13, J2A and YAC participants

Children’s Sunday Programming (pre-K through grade 6)

Photo: Wayne C. Fowler


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