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 (rising) 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.


ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are in need of adult chaperones and other volunteers for many of our Branching Out events and groups. Please consider volunteering! Email Angela Davis (adavis@saintjn.org) to discuss!

Calendar at a Glance:

This list is updated regularly so please check back often! Scroll down to register and for more information on these events. Hope to see you there!

 


Youth Volunteer Opportunities:

There are often opportunities for youth to serve the SJN community. Here is where you can find more information and sign up to help!

 

Knights of Columbus Charity Fundraising Breakfast

Help out with the breakfast! SIGN UP LINK WILL BE HERE ONCE AVAILABLE!

 

Branching Out WEEK

See more information below. All youth who fully participate in Branching Out WEEK will completed at least 10 hours of service.

 

Other Ideas

Please check in with Angela (adavis@saintjn.org) if you would like to discuss additional youth service opportunities or ideas.

 


GENERAL INFORMATION:

Please be aware that, at most of our events, mask wearing is encouraged, but up to the individual’s discretion. Protocols may vary depending on the nature of the event.

According to Diocesan policy, cell phones and other “smart” devices (tablets, watches, etc.) are prohibited for youth during events.

During events, Angela Davis can usually be reached by call or text at her work cell at 571-306-3341. This number is NOT checked regularly except during specific events and we do not always get reliable cell service. This is not a good place to leave messages or texts except important information needing to be communicated DURING events.

Full and partial scholarships are available for most events, contact Angela to inquire.

Friends from outside the parish are often welcome, contact Angela to inquire.

If you have not already completed the “General 2022/2023 Branching Out Permission Slip” you can download it HERE! Additional paperwork may be required for some events.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Branching Out WEEK!

SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE!!!

Join us for a week of fun, service, outings, faith, and friendship!

  • Dates: June 27 – July 1
  • Time: 10:00am-4:00pm (some days vary)
    • Participants are welcome to arrive as early as 8:30am with prior notice.
  • Registration: CLICK HERE! Registration has opened up again until the evening of 6/23. Space is limited however most spots could be added if additional adults volunteer as chaperones for some of the days.
  • Cost: $250 (full and partial scholarships may be available) (this cost includes everything, all activities, fees, food, and transportation for outings)
  • Who: All rising 6th-9th graders. (Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome but MUST be registered by a legal guardian.)
  • Service Hours: Youth will complete at least 10 hours of service during Branching Out WEEK.
  • Itinerary: An official itinerary will be emailed out to the parents of registered youth.
  • Location: SJN will be our primary location. We will also travel to Topgolf, JK Community Farms, and Saint John Paul II National Shrine.
  • Transportation: We will transport to outings using Chariots for Hire.
More information:
  • Adult volunteers needed! Our greatest needs are for Tuesday 11:15am-2:30pm and Thursday 8:30am-2:30pm. (Teen volunteers may be helpful at times.) Please contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org) if you would like to help!
  • Check out this recap video from our Summer 2021 Branching Out WEEK!

The Great Scavenger Hunt

Grow in faith while competing to win a grand prize of $50!!! Youth will complete challenges throughout the summer and submit their results by email.

  • Date: June 5th-September 1st
  • Sign-Up: now-July 1st CLICK HERE
  • Cost: FREE
  • Who: All RISING 6th-8th graders

More information along with rules and other details will soon be available HERE!

Parents, register your youth HERE!

 

Fire Pit Dinner (July)

Joins us around the fire pit to roast hotdogs and smores while having fun and showing off your lawn game and gaga ball skills!

  • Date: July 10
  • Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Location: SJN (backyard)
  • Registration: now-July 7 – CLICK HERE!
  • Cost: $10 (scholarships available upon request)
  • Who: All RISING 6th-8th graders from SJN. (Youth are encouraged to invite a friend/guest as long as the guest’s parent registers them and completes the permission slip.)
  • What: We will have the Gaga Ball pit up, a fire going, plenty of s’mores and hotdogs, and other lawn games.

Parents, register your youth HERE!

If you have not already completed the “General 2022/2023 Branching Out Permission Slip,” which will be needed for this event, you can download it HERE!

Girls Group

We will meet regularly throughout the Summer to grow in faith and friendship. Snacks are included and each girl receives frequent take-home gifts as a reminder of what was discussed in each session.

  • Registration Period: now-July 5 CLICK HERE
  • Dates: Meetings are planned for the following Sundays this Summer – July 10, 17, and 24; August 14, 21, and 28; September 11 and 25
  • Time: 10:45am-12:00pm
  • Location: SJN Youth Room
  • Cost: $40 (scholarships available upon request)
  • Who: All rising 6th-8th graders (Friends from outside the parish are welcome but must be registered.)

Parents, register your youth HERE!

Paint Night

Joins us for dinner and a guided paint lesson. Each youth will have the opportunity to create their own Summer-themed canvas painting to bring home.

  • Date: July 24
  • Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: SJN Auditorium
  • Registration period: now through July 20 CLICK HERE!
  • Cost: $20 (scholarships available upon request)
  • Who: All rising 6th-8th graders (Youth are encouraged to invite a friend/guest as long as the guest’s parent registers them and completes the permission slip.)
  • What: An evening of dinner and guided painting.

Parents, register your youth HERE!

If you have not already completed the “General 2022/2023 Branching Out Permission Slip,” which will be needed for this event, you can download it HERE!

Discipleship Team

Calling all current 6th and 7th graders!!! Join us as leaders in your faith. Work together to help create a strong Middle School ministry at SJN and learn how to best support your peers as you all grow together in faith.

  • Date/Time: Ongoing
  • First Meeting: POSTPONED – We will be in contact soon to schedule!
  • Location: SJN (Room B6)
  • Sign-Up: now-May 19 CLICK HERE
  • Dinner: Dinner will be provided at the first meeting.
  • Who: All current 6th-7th graders from SJN. (Let us know if you have a friend from outside the parish who would like to join.)
  • What: Growing together as Disciple Leaders!

Parents, register your youth HERE!

Boys Group

The Branching Out Girls Group is going strong and growing…we’d love to extend this opportunity to the boys! Meeting days and times will be determined once we have established a core group of boys who are interested. We will then contact the parents to schedule a first meeting where we will have fun, get to know each other, and discuss ideas for the future of the group.

  • Interest Period: Please let us know you are interested as soon as possible!!! CLICK HERE
  • Dates: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Cost: Free (there may be future costs depending on what direction the groups takes)
  • Who: All rising 6th-8th graders (Friends from outside the parish are welcome.)

Parents, let us know your youth is interested HERE!

Vacation Bible School: Senior Campers

  • Registration Period: Check the VBS WEBPAGE for more info.
  • Dates: July 11-15
  • Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Location: SJN
  • Cost: $50
  • Who: All rising 6th-8th graders for Senior Campers (younger children are welcome as mini and regular campers and teens and adults are needed to volunteer)

More information and registration forms can be found HERE!

EDGE Camp – Summer 2022

SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE!!!

Info about Edge Camp (a LifeTeen ministry)…
  • Dates: July 31-August 6 (2022)
    • Departure time on July 31 is TBD – We will likely leave very early in the morning from the SJN parking lot OR we will leave in the late evening from another location about 30 min to an hour away. This will be worked out far in advance but is somewhat dependent on numbers.
    • Return time will be either very late on August 6 or very very early (like 2am) on August 7. This will depend on many factors that cannot be determined ahead of time. We will keep you updated with our ETA along the way.
  • Registration Dates: Registration is closed. It is likely we will be able to accommodate additional youth, so please contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org) as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us. Space is limited!
  • Cost: $850
    • $100 due at Registration
    • $500 ($600 total) due by Feb 25
    • $250 ($850 total) due by April 25
  • 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 or take a private bus (this will depend on numbers). The cost of transportation is included in the price listed above.
More information:
  • Chaperones and/or drivers are needed! Please contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org) if you would like to help!
  • Parents, contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org) if you are interested in registering your youth!
  • Check out this recap video from our Summer 2021 EDGE Camp!

 

COMING SOON: The registration links for PAINT NIGHT and future FIRE PIT DINNERS will be available soon.


 

 

 

Family Resource: Exploring Racism

This is an at-home family lesson plan to explore the issue of racism together. It is intended for families with youth 5th-12th grade and can be used by anyone at our parish.

CLICK HERE to access this resource for your family.

 


Check out these photos and videos from past Branching Out events:


 

EDGE Camp – August 2021

Branching Out WEEK – July 2021

Upper Room Zoom – April/May 2021