Rite-13: A Celebration of the Gift and Challenge of Manhood and Womanhood

St. Peter’s Journey to Adulthood (J2A) offering is a youth ministry program of spiritual formation for sixth through twelfth graders. It encourages relational ministry and uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries, theological reflection, and both serious and playful activities to underscore the two guiding principles of the program: manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God; and adulthood must be earned. Throughout the Episcopal Church and other Christian traditions, J2A is being offered as a brilliant and popular way to engage young people more deeply in their journeys with God in Christ.

Since my early twenties when I was a J2A mentor in Jackson, Mississippi, I have witnessed the powerful impact that J2A can make on the lives of those youth and families who engage the program at its fullest and unique degree. And on Sunday, April 28 at 10:45 worship, St. Peter’s will have an opportunity to share in one aspect of J2A called the Rite-13 Liturgy. Grades six and seven celebrate the individuality of each young teen and their creative potential, while exploring Biblical stories of God and God’s people. The Rite-13 liturgy is the community expression of this and serves as a rite of passage from childhood towards adulthood; it will occur during worship before we greet one another at the Peace.

On behalf of the Vestry, I give thanks for our youth, their families, and all who work with them, especially Lyn Holt (Director of Youth Formation) and the J2A mentors.  May our April 28th celebration be one way to meet and connect with our young people and to honor their invaluable gifts as faithful members of the body of Christ.

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector