EDGE is a revolutionary, Catholic ministry designed to meet the educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of the middle school youth (grades 6,7, and 8). EDGE goes outside the traditional classroom model in order to attend to not only the education of their minds but also the conversion of their hearts in faith. They are taught the tenets of the faith, then shown the love of God through the Church community – all in one program.
Early adolescence is a critical and difficult time. The operative word during this time is CHANGE! It is during this phase that many youth become leery of their faith and begin to question what they believe. We particularly want to get them headed in the right direction on their personal spiritual journey during this time, just as they are forming more mature opinions and making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.
In many respects, middle school youth are on the “edge” between childhood and adulthood. In the context of faith, these youth are moving from a child-like spirituality to an independent ownership of their Catholic faith and identity.
EDGE is a ministry of “seed-planting”: seeds of faith, hope, love, knowledge, and peace are given to middle school youth to cultivate as they continue their journey through LIFE TEEN.
Middle schoolers are faced with a multitude of options and choices to be made. They are taught many things by society, the media, and their friends that are directly opposed to Catholic morals and beliefs. We try to counter these influences by reaching out to them where they are and bringing them to the fullness of the Catholic faith – not watered down, but in all its truth and glory.
For more information about Edge or Camp Celebrate, contact Middle School Youth Minister, Vince Roman at ext. 228.