The EDGE program is organized by small grade-level groups that stay together for the whole year. We aim to have no more than 10 middle schoolers to a small group, led by 2-3 Core Team members. Core Team members consist of adults and high school junior and senior students.
A typical EDGE Night
Gather all small groups together for large group activities: opening music and prayer, announcements, an overview of the night, a celebration of Baptismal dates, and ice breakers.
Proclaim the lesson through scripture, skits, games, video clips, and/or witness/catechetical talks.
Break into small groups and get into the meat of the topic. In the small groups, we may have discussion questions, small group activities, video projects, skits, and/or crafts.
Send forth the youth after rejoining the large group to be reminded how to live the lesson in their everyday lives!
A typical EDGE Month
2 catechetical theme nights. The theme for the 2020/2021 year is “Saints.”
1 issue night. An issue night covers current issues that are relevant to this age group: peer pressure, gossip, stress, self-image, depression, bullying, friendships, cheating, taking care of our earth, advent, lent, etc…
1 social night. Social nights are designed to build our EDGE community. We have game nights, team building nights, movie nights, bingo nights, a Halloween party and an end of the year celebration.
Service projects are also a component of the EDGE. It is important to learn about our faith, but we must also live it! Through the year we will do service projects together monthly at an EDGE Night.
- October – Prayer Shawls
- November – Thanksgiving boxes
- December – Christmas Stockings
- January – Sock Drive
EDGE also leads the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Joan of Arc. We make prayer shawls for those in need of our prayers and support.
- Until it is safe to gather once again, prayer shawl requests are accepted and various families will make the prayer shawls. Once we can gather again, a signup will be posted and middle schoolers will gather to make these shawls once again.
- Anyone can request a Prayer Shawl for themselves or a loved one. It can be for any situation in which the recipient is in particular need of prayers-illness (either physical or mental), death of a loved one, a celebration of new life, etc. For each request, the 6th, 7th and 8th graders make a fleece, tie-blanket prayer shawl, and a personalized card and note. They then pray specifically for each prayer shawl recipient. You can fill out a prayer shawl request HERE. After filling out the form you can either print it and drop it off at the Parish Office or Youth Ministry Office or you can save the file to your computer and then email the completed form to Gina Camp.
The first opportunity for a student to experience an overnight retreat at St. Joan of Arc is the 8th Grade Hands and Feet Retreat. Sadly, due to the pandemic, we are unable to confirm a date for this retreat in 2021. If we are able to schedule on during the summer, we will. For updated information about this retreat or others for our middle school youth, please check back here regularly.
For updated information about this retreat or others for our middle school youth, please check back here regularly.