St. James Confirmation/EDGE (Grades 6-8)
St. James is all about being Disciples and Making Disciples. That is at the heart of everything that we do. We are so excited and blessed to be able to walk with our families this year in person. If there is ever anything that you need, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Confirmation/EDGE (Grades 6-8)
Our middle school youth ministry/Confirmation preparation meets on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-4:30. You can sign up for any grade even if you missed the year before. The Sacrament of Confirmation happens in May of their 8th grade year. We will be sharing a calendar soon.
How it Works
We are combining the best parts of years past as well as what we learned worked well during the pandemic. This is how the month will break down most of the time.
The first week of the month will be done at home on their own or with their parents using the Chosen program. We received a ton of good feedback on this program and it helped to encourage dialogue about the faith within families.
Weeks 2 and 3 will be in person on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-4:30pm and we will run EDGE sessions from Life Teen International. Your son/daughter will be placed in a small group with a trained catechist/core team member that will walk with them throughout the year. We begin the session with a fun activity/game, give an engaging talk about the Catholic faith, break it open in small groups, and close in prayer. EDGE sessions end conveniently before our 5:00pm Mass to make it easy for families who want to attend Mass together afterward.
This past year we held monthly “Encounters” with our middle school families. It was the best part of the year. We come together in the church to worship God in adoration, sing songs of praise, and hear an inspiring message to challenge us in our faith. These will be done with our high school students on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm. This will allow the middle school youth to get into the habit of continuing their faith in high school and to deepen their prayer lives.
We believe that if your son/daughter spends these 3 years with us, they will be lifelong Catholics living their faith out as Missionary Disciples. We have seen this work all over the world and have experienced what God can do firsthand. We will work with every family and every schedule to help lead your teens to Christ.
Registration is different this year. We have a new database called Realm. Each parishioner is invited to create their own account in Realm. Many of you have received an email invitation from “email@example.com”. This email will contain a link allowing you to set a password for your login/account. This link will expire after 24 hours so please check your junk email. If you have not received an invitation from Realm, please contact our office staff. You will be able to update, add your family information and register for upcoming events in the database.
If you are new to the parish, please fill out this registration form. Your information will be added to Realm, and you will receive an email invitation to create your login/account. This process may take a week to complete as we are bringing the whole parish onboard.
Once in Realm, you are ready to register for Confirmation/EDGE Grades 6-8.
- From the left-hand side of your screen, click on
- From the drop-down menu, click
- Click All Events
- Scroll down to the first item that you find Confirmation/EDGE Grades 6-8
- Click Register by September 30th
- Enter your child’s name in the field under Registrant. Make sure you click the checkbox next to the name.
- Click Continue with filling in the fields to complete your registration.
We thank you for your help with onboarding our new database. If you need any assistance or have questions about registration, please contact us at 224-345-7213.
Jonathan Blevins: firstname.lastname@example.org
Theresa Storto: email@example.com