Middle School Formation – Grades 6-8
Mondays: 7-8:30 pm for Christian Formation and Spirit Nights
Parents are recognized as having the primary responsibility for training their children in practicing their faith. At Holy Spirit, we are delighted to partner with you and your child on this faith journey! Our middle schoolers are taught by experienced, caring individuals who want our pre-teens and teens to get to know and grow their relationship with Jesus Christ. Our Christian Formation program uses the St. Mary's Press Catholic Connections for Middle Schoolers curriculum which aims to encourage our young people to live out the Gospel truths and the Church's mission.
Spirit Nights are a way for our middle schoolers to interact with one another in large and small group activities led by our high school leaders, the Young Apostles. Together they play games, share in testimonies, fellowship and small-group discussions. Adult leaders serve as mentors and "snack-providers".
We encourage being part of the greater church family by caring for others and so we offer opportunities to serve in various ways
- in liturgy as altar servers, lectors or cantors
- in outreach projects as packers of the Beach Bags program, packers of holiday food baskets, or crafters of gifts
- in sharing their faith as assistants for Children's Liturgy of the Word or as actors or emerging leaders for Vacation Bible School.
LIFE TEEN - GRADES 9-12
Sundays: 6 – 8 PM
Life Teen is a comprehensive Catholic faith formation program used all over the world to bring high schoolers closer to Christ. Holy Spirit's Core Team Leaders are adult leaders who gather together once a month to plan each of the sessions of a series of Life Teen topics. They have become a family dedicated to sharing the beauty of the Catholic faith and its traditions. We are also blessed in having teen leaders called Young Apostles who gather, plan and carry out our Life Teen Socials once a month.
Our interactive and engaging format encourages teens to ask questions, seek answers, and live out their Catholic identity in their day to day lives. Through small and large group activities, teens are given a safe and nurturing environment to build healthy and lasting relationships. They find a sense of community and belonging in our Church. Our Core Team Leaders have had the privilege of sharing in the sacraments with our teens through Life Teen Nights of Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation and Holy Mass.
This past year we've participated in Catholic Youth Day at Busch Gardens, the Diocesan Youth Conference in Richmond and the Steubenville Conference in Atlanta as well as a teen and core team led retreat in Hanover, Virginia.
Currently we are preparing for our fall weekend retreat called "Spoken" at the KOA Campgrounds in Virginia Beach from Friday to Sunday, November 8 to 10.
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to volunteer in any of our Middle School Christian Formation or High School Life Teen Programs, please contact Katrina Cruz at 757-468-3600 ext. 108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.