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!


We are in need of adult chaperones and other volunteers for many of our Branching Out events. 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.


  • Ongoing – RUNNING TEAM
    • Meets every Thursday 5:15pm-6:15pm
  • June 13 – August 22 – SUMMER GIRLS GROUP
    • Meets every other Sunday 10:30am-12:00pm
  • August 1-7 – EDGE CAMP
  • August 15 – PAINT NIGHT
    • 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Auditorium


Please be aware that mask and socially distance protocols vary depending on the event. We will keep you posted.

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.


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: August 15
  • Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: SJN in room B6 (downstairs and to the right)
  • Registration period: now through August 11
  • Cost: $20 (scholarships available upon request)
  • Who: All rising 6th-8th graders (Friends from outside the parish are welcome. Everyone MUST have a completed registration in advance.)
  • Masks will be required (regardless of vaccination status) except while eating.


Info about Edge Camp (a LifeTeen ministry)…
  • Dates: Aug 1-7, 2021
  • Registration: CLOSED – Email Angela (adavis@saintjn.org) to be put on the waiting list.
  • 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!

On Going Events and Groups:


Running 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: every Thursdays. Check the registration signup below to confirm.
  • Time: 5:15pm-6:15pm
  • Location: We will meet at the Faith Formation entrance at the church and then run on the trails 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 likely be fees for any race/meet registrations we do in the future)
  • Who: All rising 6th-8th graders. Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome! (Everyone must have a completed permission slip.)
  • Covid Protocols: see the sign-up for the social distance plan for this event.

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! (Must be completed before beginning the first practice.)

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: 10:30am-12:00pm.
  • Who: All rising 6th-8th graders. Friends/guests from outside the parish are welcome!
  • Registration period: We began on June 13 but would love to welcome new members! Email Angela to join.

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

Looking Ahead:

Here are some plans in the works for this Fall:

  • Girls Group will continue into the Fall. Most likely to meet some Sundays 10:30am-12:00pm in the Youth Room. Stay tuned for more information and dates.
  • Boys Group will begin in the Fall. Dates, time, and location TBD. Stay tuned for more information.
  • 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