Middle School Ministry
Contact: Kerrie Ritchey
Phone Number: 740-965-1358 ext. 103 or 740-881-0651
Mission is a Catholic middle school youth ministry experience created for early adolescents in grades six and seven. Mission is designed to meet the educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents. At this age middle school youth are open to good and bad behaviors as well as positive and negative ideas. Many of the values and beliefs that they held as children are now questioned and challenged. As young adolescents they are trying to figure out who they are and what they believe. In many respects middle school kids are on the edge because so much is going on in their lives physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. It can be a very stressful and difficult time for them and their parents.
Goals of Mission Middle School Ministry
1. Foster a transforming spiritual experience of Jesus through the liturgy, allowing early adolescents to experience the Word of God and the Eucharist in a deeper and more profound way.
2. Create a positive experience of the Catholic Church for early adolescents.
3. Assist middle school youth in gaining an understanding an appreciation of what the Catholic Church teaches and believes.
4. Incorporate the Catholic Church’s vision of social justice and peace into the spiritual life of pre-adolescents.
For the MISSION, 60% attendance for 6th grade and 70% attendance for 7th grade is necessary in order to receive credit for the year. If a child is close to the attendance cutoff, we will let parents know each year. We will provide make up materials at the parents request to help a child meet the minimum attendance requirements. Parents will assume responsibility for making sure their child completes the work. It needs to be turned in to the child’s small group leader or Mrs. Ritchey so we can update our records.