Middle School Faith Formation

All the Info

Curriculum (what they'll learn and explore)

 

Retreats & Summer Camp:

We focus on relationship-building here. We absolutely include worship, Bible study, and conversation about all the good stuff that happens throughout the year. But the focus is on the people, not the content.

 

Project Boxes:

Each of the 4 boxes contains 5 projects, which are centered on the 5 baptismal promises found in the ELW:

  • LIVE among God's faithful people

  • Hear the Word of God and share in the Lord's Supper (WORSHIP)

  • PROCLAIM the good news of God in Christ through word and deed

  • SERVE all people, following the example of Jesus

  • STRIVE for justice and peace in all the earth

 

Each project also includes a Bible story, a "typical" confirmation topic, a "commit to the heart" (memory) piece, and some materials to complete the project with.. Topics include things like: Jesus, OT/NT, catechism, Abraham, Paul, Prophets, vocation, biblical interpretation, Luther/Reformation, etc. The first box also includes a journal for the year (which includes both blank pages and templates for worship notes) and a letter for mentors and parents. 

 

For the most part, projects can be done in any order at any time. Some projects may line up with specific times in the church year  (e.g., Advent, Holy Week). The tag on each project tells you what additional materials you'll need, how much time it takes, and whether you need to plan ahead. 

 

All projects can be done at home, with mentors, or as a group, giving a lot of flexibility. Some projects suggest connecting with others at church, and some require the help of the pastor. Our suggestion is that the pastor looks at the projects first to think through if you have any special requirements or help you'd like to give for any individual project. Many pastors choose to do some projects with their youth and give them others to do at home. 

 

If you'd like to receive a sample box, just let us know and we'll be happy to send one to you.

Note: We love the program we've created. Just know that it's not the "Mt. Cross Confirmation Program". We set no requirements for that. We give you the resources and then you (as the pastor/church) decide how much and what is necessary to be confirmed. Maybe they just do this program; maybe you add on mentors or worship notes; maybe they do whatever track they want except one year they have to do Track 1, etc. If you need help thinking through the best way to do this for your church, let us know. We're happy to help!

 

Tracks (ways to participate)

We know that every church is different, so we have 3 ways (tracks) for you to build your program.

At the beginning of each year, you decide which track you'd like to follow. Each youth can potentially have their own track (e.g., Congregation A could have two youth participating in Track 1 and one youth participating in Track 3).

Regardless of the track, each one assumes a September - July calendar year. If you're looking to start midyear, only Track 3 will be available to you for the remainder of the year and then you can choose your track again for the following school year.

 

Track 1: Everything! (Best Value)

Includes:

  • Fall & Spring Retreats

  • 4 Project Boxes

  • Summer Camp

Youth start with a September retreat at Mt. Cross to build their cohort, jump-start the year, and have a great time! They receive their first box at the retreat and then every 8-10 weeks another box will be sent out (to either them or the church). In late April we hold our spring retreat in the Tahoe area, and finally in July we come together for confirmation camp! 

 

Track 2: Retreats + Boxes

Includes:

  • Fall & Spring Retreats

  • 4 Project Boxes

Our school-year option means you don't have to commit ahead of time to summer camp, but you get the rest. Youth start with the same September retreat at Mt. Cross to build their cohort and jump-start the year, where they receive their first box. Then every 8-10 weeks another box will be sent out (to either them or the church). In late April we hold our spring retreat in the Tahoe area. If youth would like to add on summer camp later and join the cohort for confirmation camp they can, but will pay full price instead of the discounted amount in Track 1.

Track 3: Just the Boxes 

Includes:​

  • 4 Project Boxes

Ultimate flexibility, but you forfeit the peer cohort. We'll send out the first box in late September and then a new one every 8-10 weeks after that. If you'd like to sign up for summer camp on your own you're welcome to, but you'll pay full price and won't be able to join the cohort.

Details and Costs

There are some simple, but necessary details that go along with this (like payments and how we need chaperones for retreats!).

Download this page to get them.

 

Resources (for pastors, parents, and councils)

Handout for those wanting basic info (e.g., parents and councils)
Packet for those planning (e.g., pastors and youth leaders)

Mt. Cross Ministries • 7795 Hwy 9 • Ben Lomond CA 95005 • 831.336.5179 • mtcross@mtcross.org

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