St. John Neumann undoubtably has one of the most robust youth groups in the diocese. With over 150 students in the program, it offers weekly opportunities for faith development and fellowship with activities such as hang out time, skits, music, food, and prayer. Under the direction of Youth Minister Tina Burtch, students are given opportunities learn about the Catholic religion and explore their faith, and have fun while they’re doing it.
The increasingly popular YDisciple small groups offer a more intimate experience for students where they get face to face interaction with their peers. The content is more in-depth leading them to a deeper relationship with Christ as well as to become evangelizers. High School Seniors participate in a program called THRIVE which fortifies them in preparation for their next steps as the walk into the freedom and challenges after high school.
The theme for the SJN Youth Group is this year is “Overflow” where the group members are focusing on filling up with Christ in every way (Mass, Adoration, personal prayer, fellowship, Scripture study) so that He automatically overflows in their lives. We are a reservoir that never runs dry, we literally ooze Jesus.
“Evangelization is also a big part of our ministry; reaching out to all of our teens (8-12th grade) in the parish is our goal. If a teen hasn’t joined yet, I want them to contact me to find out how to get them started. We have something for everyone.” – Tina Burtch
Face Forward had an opportunity to speak with some of the members of the SJN group recently. Furthering our exploration of discipleship, we posed the question to them, “What is the hardest thing about being a disciple in today’s society?” Here are some of their answers:
For more information on the St. John Neumann Youth Group, please contact Tina Burtch at 740 965-1358 x102 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.