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Young Adult Ministry

The goal of the Young Adult Ministry is to connect adults aged 19-39 to the larger Catholic community of Christ Our Light by organizing social, spiritual, and service events.

COL YAM is a ministry that evangelizes, not a group that recruits.  The demographic target of the ministry is all young adults in the parish territory, registered or unregistered, who are not already active in the parish.  The ministry accomplishes its goal in three steps:

  1. The evangelization of active and inactive young adults
  2. Creating and nurturing active young adult disciples
  3. Integrating young adults into the life of the Church

It is expected that most young adults will leave the ministry for non-age-specific ministries well before they “age out.”  Other young adults will remain involved as members of the leadership team.  COL YAM is an evangelical and transitional ministry, not a Catholic club for college students and young professionals.

Who are Young Adults?

  • College Age: Including those in a university setting, the military, a trade/vocational school, or already in the working world
  • Single: Including those intentionally single, seeking, dating, separated, divorced, widowed, and single parents
  • Couples: Including engaged, married, and those with and without children

COL YAM is aware that young adults are not the same. Although few events can appeal equally to all groups, in the course of the year COL YAM organizes events that serve the needs of each group.

Take a look at our calendar.

2014-15 Leadership Team
Team Leader
Kathryn Wallace
Members Kathryn Eclar
Larry Gilbert
Genevieve Jordan Laskey
Michael Rinehimer
Staff Liaison
Sherine Green, Pastoral Associate for Youth Faith Formation

 

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7th & 8th Grade Youth Faith Formation

This program includes the last two years of students’ formal education in the Christian faith. Students meet Wednesday Evenings 6:30 - 8:30 PM from September-December or January-April. The program includes class sessions, retreats, stewardship, youth community engagement and journaling.

 

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Middle School Youth Ministry

Students from grades 6 - 8 are invited to grow in community and spirituality.  The objective is to get students to begin to ask deeper questions about faith, spend time with one another, while recognizing solidarity.  Students obtain opportunities to lead prayers and reflections and also participate in games, gardening, music and dance.

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Boy Scout Troop 70

Boy Scout Troop 70 is chartered by the Catholic community of Christ Our Light. Weekly meetings are held Mondays 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM in the Resurrection Catholic School cafeteria. All boys age 11-17 are invited to join. We offer an active outdoor program — camping 11 out of 12 months.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.  For more information, visit our troop website at http://troop70bsa.ScoutLander.comTo contact us, click "Contact Our Troop" on our troop website and leave a message.

 

 

 

 

 

High School Youth Ministry

The objective of this ministry is to build a community of faith.  Growth in the faith continues after Confirmation, through interactive presentations, service learning, immersion, leadership building, mentoring, prayer and networking - all in the safe, friendly atmosphere. 8th Grade students are also invited to come experience the Youth Group Community as an introduction. Students are given opportunities to deepen their understanding of God through Catholic Social Teachings, scripture and the world that they live in. Students obtain opportunities to lead reflections, prayers and retreats.

 

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Leadership Training Opportunities - students are trained overtime on how to lead small and large group sessions. Importantly how to be present to one another. The simple ministry of presence if one of our biggest push. 

Volunteer Opportunities - high school students are given an opportunity to help, build, direct, lead, organize, plan and facilitate events such as: dinners, retreats, faith formation programs, immersion events etc. 

Service Immersion and Mission - this includes both short term and long term mission opportunities. In the past we have been on mission trips to Camden, Philadelphia and Jamaica where we built relationships on the foundation of faith in solidarity. Mission Jamaica is a week long experience with Mustard Seed. 

Starbucks Mondays - Families and friends of youth ministry are invited to spend time in conversation. This is one of our most popular events which happens a few times a month. 

Movie Friday/ Gym Night/ Stations of the Cross - teens select a Friday of the month which works, during that time we spend time in prayer and fellowship by watching a though provoking film which is generally followed by faith/ culture discussion. 

Mass & Friends - select weekend mass which includes dinner for youth ministry friends and families  and games/ activities post mass. 

Summer Program - Monday-Thursday. Times are varied, opportunities includes service, spiritual, social opportunities:

Serve Mondays - Service in Camden/ Philadelphia is a time of fellowship and community building with our brothers and sisters of faith. 

Friends Tuesday - Potluck Evening where youth invite their families and friends for a social night of faith building. 

Fun Wednesday - in the past we have visited NYC via train, UN Tour, Philly Run, Franklin Square Ice-Cream Eve, AC Mass and Shore, Coffee Nights, Yoga/ Meditation Evenings......

Spirituality Thursday - teens meet for fellowship and prayer which includes games, meditation, prayer, stories, scripture: the challenge each time is to find out where is God in all our lives. 

 

 

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