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.


ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are in need of adult chaperones and other volunteers for many of our Branching Out events, especially the walk/jog/run team and our Girls Group and Boys Group. 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 for more information on these events.

 


Youth Looking to Volunteer:

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

Rooted Set-Up

We are in need of tweens, teens, and adults to help set-up for Rooted sessions. Please see the signup and come help out! SIGN UP HERE!

 

Knights of Columbus Charity Fundraising Breakfast

Check back soon for the November signup!

 


UPCOMING EVENTS AND INFORMATION:

Please be aware that properly worn masks and keeping a social distance of at least 3 feet are our general standards. However some protocols may vary depending on the nature of the event.

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.


 

EDGE Camp 2022

Info about Edge Camp (a LifeTeen ministry)…
  • Dates: TBD
  • Registration Dates: – SPACE IS VERY LIMITED
    • Oct 3 – Pre-Registration closes
    • Oct 16 – Date will be announced and Priority Registration opens (for those who pre-registered)
    • Oct 20 – General Registration opens
    • Oct 27 – General Registration closes
  • Cost: $850
    • $0 due for Pre-Registration
    • $100 due at Registration (by Oct 27)
    • $500 ($600 total) due by Feb 21
    • $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.
Chaperones and/or drivers are needed! Please contact Angela (adavis@saintjn.org) if you would like to help!
Check out this recap video from our Summer 2021 EDGE Camp!

Youth Adoration

Join us for dinner and Eucharistic Adoration!
  • Dates: Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9 (More dates are being planned for the Spring.)
  • Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Location: We will meet in the Youth Room (downstairs, next to B6) for pizza and preparation at 5:30pm and then move to the Chapel around 6:00pm for Eucharistic Adoration with praise and worship music.
  • Registration: Sign up for the Oct date so that we know how many people to expect. Future sign-ups will be shared soon.
  • Cost: FREE! (includes pizza)
  • Who: All 6th-12th graders. Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome! (Everyone should complete the sign-up so that we can order the correct amount of pizza.)
  • Covid Protocols: Masks are required except when eating.

Parents, sign up your youth HERE!

Walk/Jog/Run Team

Join with others for running/jogging/walking and fun! We have many  walkers, so even if you’d rather not run we’d still love to have you on the team!
  • Dates: most Thursdays. We will not meet on evenings that Youth Adoration is held. Check the registration signup below to confirm dates.
  • Time: 5:15pm-6:15pm
  • 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. There is no deadline to register but we must have enough chaperones/coaches to support the size of the group.
  • Cost: FREE! (there will likely be fees for any race/meet registrations we do in the future)
  • Who: All 6th-8th graders. Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome! (Everyone must have a completed permission slip.)
  • Covid Protocols: Masks are optional while we will be outside and exercising. It is mandatory to maintain 6 feet of distance from others while not masked. Masks are required if we need to be indoors.
  • Snacks: Snacks will be provided at the end of practice.
  • What to Bring: Youth should wear running shoes and it is recommended to bring a water bottle.

Parents, register your youth HERE!

Parents or other adults, would you like to be a coach/chaperone? We need more adults on our team so that youth can go at the pace that works best for them! Contact Angela for more information.

Parents, if you have not already completed the PERMISSION SLIP for Running Team, please download it now! Once completed return to Angela! (Must be completed before beginning the first practice.)


On Going Events and Groups:


Check back soon!

Walk/Jog/Run Team

Join with others for running/jogging/walking and fun! We have many walkers, so even if you’d rather not run we’d still love to have you on the team!
  • Dates: most Thursdays. We do not meet on evenings that Youth Adoration is held. Check the registration signup below to confirm dates.
  • Time: 5:15pm-6:15pm
  • Location: We 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. There is no deadline to register but we must have enough chaperones/coaches to support the size of the group.
  • Cost: FREE! (there will likely be fees for any race/meet registrations we do in the future)
  • Who: All 6th-8th graders. Come as often or as little as you would like, no commitment required. Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome! (Everyone must have a completed permission slip.)
  • Covid Protocols: Masks are optional while we are outside and exercising. It is mandatory to maintain 6 feet of distance from others while not masked. Masks are required if we need to be indoors for any reason.
  • Snacks: Snacks will be provided at the end of practice.
  • What to Bring: Youth should wear running shoes, bring a mask, and it is recommended to bring a water bottle.

Parents, register your youth HERE!

Parents or other adults, would you like to be a coach/chaperone? We need more adults on our team so that youth can go at the pace that works best for them! Contact Angela for more information.

Parents, if you have not already completed the PERMISSION SLIP for Running Team, please download it now! Once completed return to Angela! (Must be completed before beginning the first practice.)

Girls Group

We meet regularly throughout the school year to grow in faith and friendship. We are using the Blaze “Belong” program. Snacks are included and each girl receives a small take-home gift as a reminder of what was discussed in each session.
  • Registration Period: Registration is now closed. Please email Angela to inquire about joining.
  • Dates: Meetings are planned for the following Sundays – 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 6/5
  • Time: 10:45am-12:00pm
  • Location: SJN Youth Room
  • Cost: $50 (scholarship discounts available upon request)
  • Who: All rising 6th-8th graders (Friends from outside the parish are welcome.)
  • Covid Protocols: At this time, masks are required (regardless of vaccination status) except while eating.
Parents, email Angela to inquire about available space.

Youth Adoration

Join us for dinner and Eucharistic Adoration!
  • Dates: Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9 (More dates are being planned for the Spring.)
  • Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Location: We will meet in the Youth Room (downstairs, next to B6) for pizza and preparation at 5:30pm and then move to the Chapel around 6:00pm for Eucharistic Adoration with praise and worship music.
  • Registration: Sign up for the Oct date so that we know how many people to expect. Future sign-ups will be shared soon.
  • Cost: FREE! (includes pizza)
  • Who: All 6th-12th graders. Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome! (Everyone should complete the sign-up so that we can order the correct amount of pizza.)
  • Covid Protocols: Masks are required except when eating.

Parents, sign up your youth HERE!


Looking Ahead:


Here are some plans in the works for this Fall that do not yet have a flyer or further information published above:

  • We have another Fire Pit Dinner tentatively scheduled for the evening of November 28th. More information will be available soon.
  • An Christmas themed Paint Night is scheduled for the evening of December 10th. More information will be available closer to the date.
  • We would love to offer a Boys Group and an alternative day/time for a Girls Group, but we need more leaders. Parents or other adults, please email Angela if you are interested or have any questions about becoming a leader.
  • Another Branching Out Week is planned for the summer, date TBD. We will let you know once a date is chosen and confirmed.
  • Other events will be added so keep a look out!

 


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


 

Branching Out WEEK – July 2021

Upper Room Zoom – April/May 2021