Our Formation Curriculum
Children and Youth Formation at St. Andrew’s is structured to help our children move toward adulthood with God at the center of their lives using the curriculum Spark: Activate Faith.
7th and 8th Graders
In 7th and 8th grade, students move to a “blended” program, where they begin to process and discuss real-life events through a spiritual lens. They’ll still be doing some hands-on activities, but they’ll also be engaging in discussion about larger, more broad-reaching questions. Students will have developed a strong foundation of biblical and theological knowledge through their previous formation program, which we hope will give them the tools to begin to discuss these larger issues.
Meet on the third floor at 9:15 AM.
High School Students
As students transition into high school, they move to an even more discussion-based program. The students will watch videos which introduce “big questions,” and then engage in discussion about those questions. They talk about how these questions relate to their everyday lives. They also have the opportunity to act as “Shepherds” (assistants) to our younger, pre-k through 6th grade formation students. These four years of high school formation help to prepare our youth for life as adults in the church.
Meet in the Youth Room, Undercroft, Lower Level at 9:15 AM.
From March through May 2017, our high school freshmen are participating in weekly confirmation classes.
We have Middle School and High School Groups who combine for certain activities. They generally meet on Sundays. Typical events include lock-ins and field trips to places like the Pumpkin Patch and the Christkindlemart outing downtown. There are also service opportunities including volunteering with Feed My Starving Children or the West Suburban Humane Society. High School youth have the opportunity each summer to go on a Mission Trip.
For more information about Youth Ministry and activities contact Gregg.