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Youth

3 in One Youth Ministry serves the youth of Saint Jerome, Saint Philip and Saint Joseph Parishes.

Our mission as a youth ministry team is to foster a deep sense of Catholic identity within the young church and lead them to a greater understanding of their relationship with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

3 in One is looking for adults of any age to serve our youth, if you feel called to serve please contact The Tri-Parish Youth Ministry Coordinator, Andrea Perry, for more information, email aperry@bcacs.org or call (cell#) 269-788-7000.

Middle School Youth Ministry- "The EDGE" (Fifth through eighth grade)

"A PARISH THAT PROVIDES SOLID, SYSTEMATIC CATECHESIS DURING THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS LAYS A FOUNDATION FOR THEIR HIGH SCHOOL FORMATION AND BEYOND."

EDGE is a structured program of faith lessons that include catechesis nights, issue nights, and social nights. These nights are designed to
  • Create a fun, safe place to spend time with their Catholic friends.
  • Help our youth get answers to their unanswered questions about their Catholic faith.
  • Help our youth experience Jesus Christ in a profound, personal way.
  • Help our Youth feel like they are important to everyone else in the parish.

High School Youth Ministry - "3 in One"

Our high school Ministry program is rooted in living out our faith through Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. We have currently adopted our curriculum from the Center for Ministry Development.

"The Center for Ministry Development supports the development of youth ministry that implements the U.S. Bishops' document, Renewing the Vision—A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry (1997). This vision proposes a holistic ministry with youth that is directed towards the goals of empowering disciples, promoting participation in the community, and fostering the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person." - CMD website

Bi-Weekly gatherings:

Youth group meets two times per month to grow in faith and community. September through May.

- Middle School on Fridays at St. Joseph or St. Philip
- High School on Sundays at St. Jerome

Check your Church facebook page to stay up to date with all the happenings for our youth!

https://www.facebook.com/stjosephbc

https://www.facebook.com/Stphilipbc

Youth Links:

Music: http://catholicplanet.com/mp3/index.htm

Blogs: http://catholicblogs.blogspot.com/

Apologetics: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stjosephbc

3 in One Volunteers

If you are interested in helping with youth ministry at St. Joseph Church or St. Philip Church in the areas of baking/cooking, fundraising, prayer team, event planning, and music ministry or if you would be interested in assisting with either middle school or high school Ministry please contact Andrea Perry, Tri-Parish Youth Director aperry@bcacs.org or 269-788-7000.

Core Team volunteer- (Youth Leader)
A Core Member is an adult who is responding to his or her baptismal call to serve in youth ministry. 3 in One is a program where one can be in a healthy, ministerial relationship with young people. The goal for this role is to lead teens closer to Christ. It is a call to evangelize youth when they need it most. A core member has both an opportunity and an invitation to reach young people during this critical, life-defining time. A Core Member is an important role model in our youth’s lives. Their approach to ministry should be rooted in service, commitment and dedication to the Church and the youth they serve.

We are looking for people all ages 18 and above. A healthy Core Team has a range of ages, backgrounds, and personalities. Any person called by God to serve in this capacity, regardless of age or background, can be an instrument to lead teens closer to Christ. All that is needed is a faithful heart and willing spirit.

Junior Core
This volunteer is either a junior or Senior in High school who has a desire to serve the middle school youth. You will assist the core team in all facets of middle school ministry.

Baking/ Snack Provider
This role consists of providing a snack for our youth on a Monthly basis. You pick the week and provide either a store bought or homemade snack. It’s that simple! This role is greatly appreciated as it allows our ministry to put our monies towards other youth opportunities. (ie.- lowering the cost of a retreat!)

Fundraising Team
In this role a volunteer helps to plan and execute yearly fund raisers. We are in great need of volunteers for this team. We are offering 6 opportunities for our youth to encounter Christ in the Greater community! We want to make these opportunities affordable to all!

Prayer Team
The prayer team has the most important role! We have over 300 youth that need your prayers! We want every youth to have a prayer partner! When a youth goes on retreat or on a mission we will notify you. It is so important that we are praying for our youth! If you would like to become a prayer partner please contact the Tri-Parish youth Director.

Music Ministry
We are currently seeking individuals who can play the guitar and/or piano. This volunteer would attend either Friday or Sunday youth group 2 times per month during the praise and worship portion of our evening. (approx. 20min) they are welcome to stay for the entire night as well.

Chaperone
A parent or community member who is over 21 and virtus trained that is willing to join us on any event that takes us off campus. A love for Jesus and youth is all you need for this role!

Faith Formation and Spiritual Growth Opportunities for Youth

Called by Name- October 16, 17th - 7th and 8th grade confirmation retreat. This retreat is offered for any youth currently enrolled in the 2 yr confirmation prep program. The purpose is to help the youth begin building or expanding their relationship with Jesus Christ and with each other so that they want to be Confirmed to be an active part of the Catholic Church. Two afternoon retreats are also offered in conjunction with this process. Email Barb Kincaid (DRE) for more information bkincaid@bcacs.org

National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) - November 19th-21st, Youth entering 9th grade this fall through 12th grade are welcome to attend. This event is both a conference and a concert experience for youth. They will connect with 25,000 Catholic youth from all over our nation!

March for Life Kalamazoo Diocese - January 2016, 6th- 12th grades are welcome to attend this March from the Saint Augustine to a determined location in Kalamazoo. Lunch to follow. (cost $7.00) for more information: http://dioceseofkalamazoo.org

The Presence - March 2016, High School youth are invoted to attend this weekend encounter with the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Sponsored by the Kalamazoo Diocese Office of Vocation. (cost $85) see link for more information: http://thepresencekalamazoo.org

Diocesean Youth Rally - Fall of 2016, 6th-12th grade youth invited to attend this one day exciting, faith filled event. The day is filled with praise and worship, activities and breakout sessions relevant to the lives of the teens and a well known and enthusiastic teen centered key note speaker.

CHWC - July 17th- 23rd, 2016, Mission opportunity for youth entering 8th grade in the Fall of 2016. We are headed to Roanoke Virginia for a week of service and faith exploration. Last year we took 33 youth, it is an exciting opportunity and spots fill quickly! More information at: http://heartworkcamp.com/promo/promo-video/

Middle School - Faith and Community Building Retreats - offered by St. Thomas Moore Parish in Kalamazoo. Youth 6th- 12th grades are welcome to attend any of the following retreats. October 4, 2015; January 3rd, 2016; March 20th, 2016 all from 3-8 p.m. Retreats are held at St. Joseph Church in Kalamazoo.

High School Movie Retreat - Novemeber 7, 8th 2015, 9a.m. to 6;30 p.m We watch different movies and then discuss the theme of the movie, how it relates to Catholic teaching, and how the movie affected us. This retreat will take place at St. Joseph Church in Kalamazoo.

Social Justice Video Series - High school through young adults are welcome to attend on the following dates: Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Mar. 15, April 19. Series will take place at Transformations in Kalamazoo.

Catholic Kids Camp/ Sister Camp - June 2016. A Service opportunity for all 6th-12th grade youth at St. Joseph Parish. Come help us put on a week of fun and faith for the little ones in our community!!! Planning begins in February!

Why Fund raise??
We are offering the Battle Creek youth several different faith filled experiences! Why not do them all! So how does fundraising work?
  • As youth participate in fundraisers the money they raise is logged for the year. At any time the youth may access their “Youth Bucks” to participate in any one of these events.
  • Youth may participate in all of the fundraisers if they chose! The more you participate the more “youth bucks” you accrue.
  • We ask that parents participate by hosting the fundraisers
  • We will set them up, promote them, and make sure you have all you need, parents show up and make sure they happen!
Planned Fundraisers for the upcoming year:
Sponsor letters - Tri-Parish 3 n 1 - (e letters)

Bottle Drive- Dates TBD

Lenten Soup Dinners- St. Joseph Campus Lent of 2016. Held at the St. Joseph parish center followed by the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. in the church.

Family Dinner- A dinner put on by the youth and parents in the cafeteria? Fri. or Sunday? Maybe even a Taco Tuesday?

Sacramental sale- Lent of 2016- After masses at Both Saint Philip and St. Jospeh Churches. Community members can purchase religious items for first Communion, Confirmation, Easter Birthdays.

Toostie Roll Challenge- Youth collect their change and change from others, at our February meeting, the youth with the most change collected receives a monetary gift toward their trip!

Other ideas, please let us know!






Saturday
Vigil 5pm

Sunday
8am, 10am,
12pm

5pm Spanish
at St. Jerome

Mon-Sat 8am



Saturdays at
3:30 and
Sunday
Before Spanish Mass
at 4:00-4:30pm