Yes, we need more adults to help! It is such a blessing to work with teens at such an exciting time in their lives. If you're interested, contact Zack to have a conversation about where your gifts and youth ministry's needs match.
How to Protect Children and Teens from Abuse
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has published this guide to help parents/guardians talk with their children about Child Abuse. It states, "Discussing [child abuse] with children is perhaps the most important step a parent can take to protect his or her child."
HomeLIFE Communities 1st & 3rd Sunday Evenings
HomeLife begins for the year on September 18. What's HomeLife all about? Teens long to belong; these communities are a place for them to be themselves, get to know one-another, and receive the challenge of living their faith in real life. Communities have formed, but teens can still join existing communities.
F.R.E.S.H. 2nd & 4th Sunday EveningsCome the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month to the Gym and Lounge at St. Max. FRESH stands for Fun Religious Exciting Stuff Happens! All high school teens, try it out! Remember to bring a Medical Release Form for the 2016-17 year, if you haven't already.
The High School Youth Kick Off will be August 28.
High School Ministry at St. Max is comprehensive youth ministry, following the Bishop's document Renewing the Vision. We hope to empower teens to live as disciples of Christ, draw them into full participation with their Catholic community, and foster teens' personal and spiritual growth. As Archbishop Schnurr recently said, if what we do in ministry isn't drawing us closer to Christ, why do it?
Of course we're all here to follow the Good News of Great Joy, so we do celebrate God's goodness and gifts, by having a lot of fun at our events! Rejoice in the Lord always. I say it again, REJOICE! (Ephesians). In today's world, belonging leads to believing.
Several times a year we offer retreats, service trips, and conferences. These 'get-away' events turn down the volume on daily life and turn up the volume on our spiritual life. Through games, service, witness, prayer, and a whole lot of fun, we build up the Kingdom and get closer to God.
And, watch for both regular and spontaneous opportunities to do works of service and justice, like serving meals to the homeless, working to end abortion, and collecting cans for the hungry.
In addition to all these special events, the bread and butter of High School Ministry are HomeLIFE communities and FRESH. These two alternate, one the first week, another the second week, and they work together. We need every teen at St. Max to be in a HomeLIFE community, building up his or her faith with their friends. In today's world, belonging leads to believing. See the sidebar to the right to sign up.