Journey to Adulthood

What is Journey to Adulthood?

This year we offer the first two sections of the Journey to Adulthood program: Rite 13 and J2A. Each section of the program lasts for two years and that two-year grouping of teens will stay together until they graduate from high school. This stability of group dynamics helps create safe, sacred space where the group members can learn to trust themselves and each other as they grow in faith. Journey to Adulthood is based on the principles of relational youth ministry. This engages many more adults in building relationships with youth and providing positive role models for them. The Journey to Adulthood is a complete youth ministry program of spiritual formation. 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     2) Adulthood must be earned.

J2A (for 10th - 12th graders)

The second segment is J2A, an acronym for JOURNEY TO ADULTHOOD. It is a little confusing since the name of this segment has the same name as the entire program, but the reason for this is that the bulk of the work gets done in these two years, building on the foundation of the Rite 13 experience. During these years, teens learn and practice six basic skills of adulthood: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research & information management, partnership and leadership. The end of the second year of J2A is marked by the group designing and going on a Holy Pilgrimage.

When: Sunday mornings during the Christian Ed hour 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Student Lounge at the A-Frame

Rite 13 (for 7th - 9th graders)

The first two years of the program is called RITE 13, a name that comes from a liturgical rite of passage we celebrate with young people around their 13th birthday. This rite is loosely based on the Jewish bar/bat mitzvah tradition and is a way for the entire congregation to celebrate the unique gifts and abilities of its young teens. The two years of Rite 13 focus on recognizing the gifts God has given us, celebrating our creative potential, and learning to interact as a community of faith while exploring Biblical stories of God and God's people.

When: Sunday mornings during the Christian Ed hour 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Conference room at A-Frame Chapel

EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) for Rite 13 & J2A which gathers about once/twice a month in addition to Sunday mornings


Upcoming EYC events for 2017 - 2018:

November 18 - "J2A goes to the Cafe" 9:30AM - 11AM at The Cafe at Thistle Farms

November 26 - J2A & Rite 13 volunteer night with Room In The Inn

December 1 - 2 - Nightwatch Diocesan Retreat at DuBose in Monteagle

December 28 - January 1 - Winterfest Youth Retreat for 9th - 12th graders

This calendar may change, so please check the weekly e-newsletter & website for updates and possibly additional offerings.

Click here to see a road map for Children's & Youth Education for the next several years.

Email Christy Beesley at for more information.

St. Augustine's Ministry, Staff, Volunteers, and Advisory Board members all undergo "Safeguarding God's Children" training.  Click here to open a document summarizing the safeguarding guidelines at St. Augustine's Chapel.