Middle School Youth Ministry

Branching Out is the Middle School Youth Ministry program at St. John Neumann parish. Branching Out aims to provide a number of opportunities for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to engage in service-oriented, social, and faith-growing experiences to complement the Rooted program. As we become more ROOTED in our faith, we are called to BRANCH OUT as Christ’s hands in the world around us.

Please contact Angela Davis (adavis@saintjn.org) if you have any questions.

Looking for information regarding Rooted (SJN’s Middle School Faith Formation Program)? – CLICK HERE!

Looking for information regarding Teen Confirmation at SJN? – CLICK HERE!


Calendar at a Glance:

This list is updated regularly so please check back often! Scroll down for more information on these events.

EVENT DATES:

  • April 6 – May 18 – Upper Room Zoom series (to meet every-other week)
    • Last day to register: April 2
  • May 6 – Running Team begins (will then meet weekly)
  • June 13 – Summer Girls Group and Summer Boys Group begin (will then meet about twice per month on-going)
  • July 12-16 – Branching Out Week
  • August 1-7 – EDGE CAMP
    • Last day to register: March 31

UPCOMING EVENTS AND INFORMATION:

Please be aware that masks are required to be correctly worn during all in-person events and social distancing protocols must be followed.


 

EDGE CAMP

***Registration has been extended to April 4!***
Info about Edge Camp (a LifeTeen ministry)…
  • Dates: Aug 1-7, 2021
  • Registration period: now through March 31, 2021
  • Cost: $800
    • $100 due at the time of registration
    • $550 (total) due by March 31
    • $800 (total) due by May 1
  • Who: All CURRENT 5th-8th graders who are members of SJN. Space may be available for non-SJN youth upon request.
  • Location: Dahlonega, GA
  • Transportation: We will drive down in rented vehicles (this cost is included in the price listed above).
Chaperones and drivers may still be needed depending on our numbers. Please contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org) if you would like to help!
Parents, CLICK HERE to register your youth.
Check out this promotional video from LifeTeen!

Upper Room Zoom

Join with Joe Melendrez on Zoom for a Branching Out exclusive series full of fun, fellowship, and a deeper dive into our faith!
  • Dates: April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18
  • Time: 5:00pm-5:45pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Registration period: now-April 2
  • Cost: $10 (scholarships are available)
  • Who: All current 6th-8th graders. Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome!

Questions? Contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org).

Parents, register your youth HERE!

Running Team

Join with others for running/jogging/walking and fun!
  • Dates: most Thursdays beginning May 6. Check the registration signup below to confirm.
  • Time: 5:00pm-5:45pm
  • Location: We will meet at the Faith Formation entrance at the church and then run on the trails beginning behind the church.
  • Registration: Sign up for the dates that you plan to attend so that we can be prepared and know who to expect.
  • Cost: FREE! (there will be fees for race/meet registrations)
  • Who: All current 5th-7th graders. Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome! (Everyone must have a completed permission slip.)

Questions? Contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org).

Parents, register your youth HERE!

Parents, if you have not already completed the PERMISSION SLIP for Running Team, please download it now! Once completed return to Angela!

Branching Out Week

Join us for a week of fun, service, outings, faith, and friendship!
  • Dates: July 12-16
  • Time: 10:00am-4:00pm (early arrival at 8:30am is an option)
  • Registration period: now-June 1
  • Cost: $250 (full and partial scholarships may be available) (this cost includes all activities, fees, food, and transportation for outings)
  • Who: All current 5th-7th graders. (If you would like to request to invite a friend/guest from outside the parish please contact Angela.)
  • Service Hours: Youth will complete at least 10 hours of service during the the Branching Out Week.
  • Transportation: Depending on numbers, we will either transport in 12 passenger vans or through Chariots for Hire. Please be aware that we will most likely not be able to remain 6 feet apart while in transport. Food will not be permitted in the van/bus so that masks can remain on.
  • Itinerary:
    • Monday – On site at SJN for team building, introduction to the week, service, and fun!
    • Tuesday – Service trip to JK Community Farm.
    • Wednesday – Trip to Topgolf. Service back at SJN in the afternoon.
    • Thursday – Trip to the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
    • Friday – On site at SJN for service, fun, and closing out the week.

Questions? Contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org).

Parents, register your youth HERE!

Girls Group

Build a small community of other Catholic girls growing in faith, supporting each other, having fun, and serving others!
  • Dates: June 13 – August 22, every other Sunday
  • Time: 1.5 hours. Start time will be determined based on interest; please let us know your preference when you complete the interest form.
  • Registration: Let us know if you are interested so we can begin to better plan with your interests and schedule in mind!
  • Who: All current 5th-7th graders. Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome!

Questions? Contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org).

Parents, sign up your youth HERE as interested!

Boys Group

Build a small community of other Catholic boys growing in faith, supporting each other, having fun, and serving others!
  • Dates: June 13 – August 22, every other Sunday
  • Time: 1.5 hours. Start time will be determined based on interest; please let us know your preference when you complete the interest form.
  • Registration: Let us know if you are interested so we can begin to better plan with your interests and schedule in mind!
  • Who: All current 5th-7th graders. Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome!

Questions? Contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org).

Parents, sign up your youth HERE as interested!


Looking Ahead:


More information on these events will be updated soon.


Check out these videos from past Branching Out events:


 


Other Important Information and Links:


 

Branching Out T-Shirts

Branching Out t-shirts are on sale for $10. At most off-site Branching Out events, all participants will be required to wear a Branching Out t-shirt to assist with better supervision and accountability. Participants in those events may purchase one to own or may choose to borrow one for the event. Shirts can be purchased during Rooted sessions or any other time that staff is available in the Faith Formation Office.

2020/2021 Calendar

Please check back later for an update and current calendar of events.

Newsletter

Click on the picture above to see our most recent Branching Out newsletter and let us know if you are not getting these emails!