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Summit reflection Video on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time with Amanda Grubbs.
Covecrest is more than a retreat center and summer camp. Covecrest is a community of Catholics committed to transforming teens, transforming parishes, and transforming culture. Will you join us?
Hidden Lake is home to an incredible Catholic community, gorgeous views, welcoming meeting spaces and so much more. Dedicated to leading teens closer to Christ, we hope you'll be welcomed home to Hidden Lake soon.
For over 10 years Life Teen Inspiration has brought together thousands of Catholic teens for an unforgettable Saturday that proves that faith and fun fit together. This is your chance to kick-start a new year of youth ministry this fall! Registration for Inspiration San Antonio and Inspiration Los Angeles is now open!
Youth ministry flows from and to the sacraments. This training won't just be about the logistics of ministry. It'll be about renewing your relationship with Christ. We’ve compiled our best training material into one weekend. XLT, Mass, incredible general sessions, and seasoned youth ministry experts make this a training you won't soon forget. You'll be able to walk away from this training knowing you have support from others just like you in the ministry of leading teens closer to Christ!
Have you ever looked in the mirror and not liked what you saw? Well, you are not alone. More than a Pretty Face shares the real life story of a young woman who struggled to believe she was beautiful. This is a story full of ups and downs, tears and laughter; a story that is honest, funny, and encouraging.
You are going to make thousands of decisions today and one of them might change your life. Are you confident that what you want and what God want are the same thing? Don’t leave it up to chance - leave it in the hands of the Holy Spirit.
This is your one stop shop for great Catholic books, community, gifts, events, music, and resources. We are here to serve.
Edge helps middle schoolers unleash who they were created to be, in Christ.
Life Teen strengthens our teens' Catholic identity, while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church.
College Life is a simple online series-based solution to the problem of keeping students connected to their Catholic faith in college.
Who is Jesus Christ? Why did He become a man? What did He do while He was alive? Why did He have to die? What will happen when I die?
Kingdom Come explores the life of Christ taking the youth through the great drama of His life from the very beginning at the Nativity, to His Death on the cross, and all the way to His second coming. It brings to light who Jesus is and the great love that He shows through every single thing He did while He was living and continues to do until the end of time. The youth will come to a greater understanding of the greatness and the power of Christ as well as their own eternal destiny.
A detailed outline for every Edge semester from 2016-2018, all in one place. Look ahead to see what Edge Nights, Issue Nights and Social Nights are just around the corner, and set your Edge program up for success.
At the very moment of our baptism God infused within our souls the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
Fuse breaks open each of these virtues and reveals to the youth and their parents the power and importance of utilizing and growing in these virtues. The virtues of faith, hope, and charity are given as a gift from God and they allow us to live a blessed life with God empowering us to change the world for the better.
We put everything you need in one place. Here you can download all of the PDFs, environment images, parent letters, handouts, Edge Nights and videos. Enjoy!
"THE LABYRINTH" (LP) is the Aly Aleigha Band's first full-length album, and a copy is included in your August 2017 Edge Support Box!
Included in the August Edge Support Box is a copy of our brand new retreat based on our annual theme, Heart of God.
When we speak of the "heart" of a person, we often are not referring to the central organ keeping them alive, but that aspect of who they are that determines their direction and action. When we know God's heart, we approach a deep and mysterious encounter with His eternity.
This retreat is written so that you may encounter that heart.
All of our decisions in life lead us in one direction or another. Even choosing not to choose is making a decision. Choices dives into the very beginning of decision making and morality. It will cover what it means to make a good decision and why humanity has the ability to make decisions. The youth will learn about the consequences of actions as well as what it looks like to live a life of virtue and how the way we live affects society as a whole.
Middle school is a difficult season of life for all youth and there are many different issues they will face throughout these young adolescent years. In this Issue Series you will find four different Edge Nights that tackle a different issue facing middle school youth. Poison and Potential covers the topics of bullying, peer pressure, time management, and social media. They are designed to be used and implemented individually throughout the year as the need arises to address certain issues.
These “How To” guides cover an array of situations in youth ministry. They are quick tips and explanations to help you implement various activities in your Edge program. This quick sheet covers how to survive the dreaded bus ride and how to keep your middle school youth entertained and engaged while riding to or from an event.
We put everything you need in one place. Here you can download all of the PDFs, environment images, parent letters, handouts, "How To" quick sheets, additional Edge Nights and videos.
How do we weather the storms in our lives? When the waves come, and the winds pick up, will we be able to withstand what comes our way?
Through the Storm is designed specifically for 8th-grade youth to help them understand the importance of having a firm foundation in Christ. They will learn that through a relationship with Jesus, in reading the Scriptures, and in acting upon the will of God they will build an immovable foundation for their lives. In doing so, when they face the storms that inevitably come in high school they will not be washed away but rather stand firm in their faith and the truth.
In the winter of 2015 the young adults of Jesus Culture Church in Sacramento, CA began holding gatherings in the Underground Lounge, an empty pool in the bottom of an old hotel that was built in the 1920’s. The purpose of these gatherings was for the young adults of the city to come together, worship Jesus, and build community. Let it Echo (Unplugged) is an expression of these gatherings.
Enjoy Jesus Culture - Let It Echo (Unplugged), in the March Edge Support Box
Good small groups requires leaders—and that's where you come in. If you're a small group leader, you may have lots of questions: Am I making a difference? Can I really do this? If so, how can I maximize my impact in teenagers' lives?
Find the answers you're looking for in 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders. This book delivers insights, tips, and veteran advice for anyone leading a small group (from young to old). When these bite-size, consumable pieces of wisdom are put into play, leaders will be better equipped and more confident. This book is all about setting them up to win.
You'll get plenty of use out of 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders, included in the March Edge Support Box.
Transformation takes the youth deep into the mystery and wonder of the Sacraments of Initiation. The youth will see the transformative power of the graces of these sacraments and how they build the foundation of their faith and give them strength and nourishment for the journey of their lives. Not only will they learn about the liturgical celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist, but they will also see the rich Scriptural history of these sacraments.
These “How To” guides cover an array of situations in youth ministry. They are quick tips and explanations to help you implement various activities in your Edge program. This quick sheet covers preparing your youth for the sacrament of reconciliation, and how to implement the sacrament smoothly in order to help teens draw near to Jesus and be forgiven of their sins.
This Retreat Series dives down into the deepest desires of the human heart. Desires for happiness, greatness, fulfillment, and true friendship. Utilizing an inspiring quote from St. John Paul II, the youth will go deeper into the roots of these desires and find that at the center of everything they desire Jesus Christ. They will come to find that “it is Jesus in fact that [they] seek when [they] dream of happiness” and that it is Him alone who will fulfill all their desires (St. John Paul II).
A call to return to the heart of Jesus where mercy is waiting to embrace us, love pours out to welcome us, and hope inspires great joy as we respond to Christ's invitation to make your home in Me.
Journey through Advent 2016 with Life Teen’s Advent Companion. This guide is filled with prayers, reflections, and challenges for every day of Advent and will help you truly prepare your heart for the coming of Christ.
To purchase more copies of the 2016 Advent Companion, you can get them here.
Existence dives deep into the very beginning of everything. Starting with wonder and awe of the universe, the youth will be plunged into the depths of the love of God and the great truth that we were created out of the love of God and to love God. This Semester Planning Guide will walk the youth through learning about who God is, the world He has created, and their own creation. They will also tackle the tough reality of the fall of man and original sin as well as the ever timely question of why evil exists.
Joyful is a Family Series all about Mary and the events leading up to Christmas. It is a four night series that walks the middle school youth and their parents through the events of the Annunciation, the Visitation, and the Nativity ending with a joyous Christmas social. During this time the youth and their parents will come to a greater understanding of Mary and her journey to becoming the Mother of God. Not only will they understand with greater appreciation all her struggles, but they will also be inspired by her joy to go forth and share the joy of Christ with others.
These “How To” guides cover an array of situations in youth ministry. They are quick tips and explanations to help you implement various activities in your Edge program. This quick sheet covers how to lead middle school youth in adoration and avoid distractions while helping teens encounter Christ in this powerful sacrament.
We put everything you need in one place. Here you can download all of the PDFs, environment images, parent letters, handouts, "How To" quick sheets, an additional Issue and Social Night, and videos.
Wild Heart is the first studio album from Urban Rescue. Sparrow Records alongside Rend Family Records released the album on May 6, 2016.
Katie Prejean (McGrady)'s frequent mistakes and occasional successes with her students taught her how to evangelize young people by building relationships in joyful, humble, and prayerful ways. Likewise, her determined that the power of inviting conversation, welcoming questions, and witnessing to faith through personal stories engages students and helps them fall in love with Jesus.
This semester is one of our Edge bonus boxes and steps outside of our usual semester curriculum to bring you an interactive semester all about the Fruits of the Holy Spirit with a Superhero theme. Get ready for some high flying fun with your middle school youth.
This retreat presents to the youth the infinite love and endless mercy that God has for each one of us. It introduces them to the private revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska and the Message of Divine Mercy. They will learn about the ways that God pours out His merciful love and how this message can greatly impact their spiritual life. By the end of this retreat, the youth will not only know about God’s mercy but will have been presented with many opportunities to encounter the mercy and love of Jesus Christ.
This resource provides advice for you as a youth minister as you journey through some tough topics with your youth. This issue features articles on how to change your perspective on fundraising, the importance of consecration to Jesus through Mary, and how necessary Christian friendships are.
In "A Second Look", you'll be fascinated, amused, and challenged as you get to know ten characters from Scripture, from all walks of life, and learn about their encounter with Jesus. What do the magi, a rich kid, a short tax collector, a thirsty woman from Samaria, a boy with some bread and fish, a burly fisherman, and a Jewish official, have in common with YOU?
Edge Nights create the engaging, interactive setting for comprehensive catechesis within the Edge middle school ministry. This resource provides outlines for eight Edge Nights, designed to be adapted to meet the needs of your middle school youth and your parish. This semester is focused on the Sacraments and is the fifth semester in our Edge Curriculum cycle.
Pastoral Note: An Edge Night in this semester, “Marry Me” includes a wedding reception dance as a part of the Send. Songs are listed as examples of the kind of dance music to be played. One of the examples given in the print version of this resource contained objectionable content. This example should’ve been removed, but was missed during our editorial process. To remedy the error and avoid confusion, that example has been removed from the digital version of this guide. We apologize for our error
Working with middle school youth is anything but easy. It requires patience, dedication, simplicity, and humility. Amplify is a resource that was created just for you as you steer through the confusion and chaos that often surrounds this age group. This resource provides advice for you as a youth minister as you journey through some tough topics with your youth. This magazine issue features articles on how to work with parents, how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, and how to teach youth about sacramentals. There is also an article about how to recognize addiction and how to talk to youth about drugs. So cozy up with some coffee and dive into these materials that will challenge you and your Core Team and transform your ministry.
Edge Nights create the engaging, interactive setting for comprehensive catechesis within the Edge middle school ministry. This resource provides outlines for eight Edge Nights, designed to be adapted to meet the needs of your middle school youth and your parish. This semester is focused on the Church and is the fourth semester in our new nine semester Edge Curriculum cycle.
This Day Retreat is designed to assist 8th grade youth in making the transition from middle school into high school. Along with a focus on some of the hopes and fears they may have, this retreat will encourage them to find a good community while keeping God at the center of their lives. Do not miss out on this opportunity to build up your 8th graders and help them to make a seamless transition in this next step of life.
Working with middle school youth is anything but easy. It requires patience, dedication, simplicity, and humility. Amplify is a resource that was created just for you as you steer through the confusion and chaos that often surrounds this age group. This resource provides advice for you as a youth minister as you journey through some tough topics with your youth. This magazine issue features articles on how to talk to your youth about sex and sexuality with a Edge Night resource specifically on same sex attraction. You will also find articles about spiritual direction, church hierarchy, and reaching out to 6th grade youth.
This updated and expanded edition deals realistically and honestly with concerns about God, temptations, personal issues, social media, technology, and more. Solutions to typical situations the young and not-so-young face today.
Edge Nights create the engaging, interactive setting for comprehensive catechesis within the Edge middle school ministry. This resource provides outlines for seven Edge Nights designed to be adapted to meet the needs of your middle school youth and your parish. This semester is the first of our new Edge bonus boxes and steps outside of our usual semester curriculum to bring you an interactive semester all about the Liturgical Seasons. Use this resource for an entire semester or periodically throughout the year as the Church celebrates the different Liturgical Seasons.
The life of Christ is filled with many wonderful and miraculous events. This weekend Edge retreat will walk your youth through some of the pivotal points in the life of Christ. They will understand not only who Christ is but also how He is still relevant to their daily lives. The retreat will also reveal that they are called to love Him more and bring Him out to the world.
This issue of Amplify features articles with tips on summer ministry, as well as how to make a smooth transition for your 8th graders from Edge into Life Teen. Be sure to check out the article about warning signs for high risk youth as well as a quick way to explain Adoration. Get your sunblock and flip flops and get ready to rock your summer ministry.
Edge Nights create the engaging, interactive setting for comprehensive catechesis within the Edge middle school ministry. This resource provides outlines for eight Edge Nights, designed to be adapted to meet the needs of your middle school youth and your parish. This semester is focused on the Creed and is the second semester in our new nine semester Edge Curriculum cycle.
This issue of Amplify features a wide variety of articles covering everything from ideas on how to help your youth enter more fully into Advent, to how to plan a retreat and still keep your sanity. Make sure to check out the new Christmas themed Social and Issue Night to help you amp up your Christmas festivities!
Welcome to our new Edge Semester Planning Guide! Be sure to look through the whole book and check out all the new things. Whether you are a veteran to Edge or this is your first semester, we wanted to take some time to explain some of the new sections in your curriculum guides, why we included them, and how you can use them.
This retreat has been designed to take middle school youth on a day-long journey through their story – past, present, and future. It challenges youth to see how Christ redeems our past history, sins, and hurts. It calls them to walk with Christ every day. Finally, the retreat helps middle school youth look forward to their eternal destiny in heaven, and calls them to strive for sainthood daily, placing their hope in Christ.
This volume of Amplify contains articles to help you get off to a great start with this next year of your Edge ministry. Check out the article titled Getting Started to help you plan for your year in order to bring your best to the youth that you serve. Also take sometime to prayerfully reflect on what inspires you to do middle school youth ministry and who your saintly intercessors will be to help make this year fruitful. As usual there are two Issue Nights, one specifically about being Thankful and one on Modesty, and be sure to check out the new Social Night - your youth are going to get colorful!
Welcome to your new Edge Semester Planning Guide! Whether this is your first Edge semester or your tenth, we wanted to take some time and point out various sections from the Edge Nights and give our thoughts on why we included them and advice on how to incorporate them.
Without the Resurrection there is no Christianity, no Catholic Church. This
retreat is a resource to help you break open the Resurrection narratives with your middle school youth in a dynamic way; to invite them to immerse themselves in the events, which have shaped our faith. We have our faith thanks to the fortitude, wisdom, and faith of the men and women who were witnesses to Christ’s Resurrection. This weekend retreat extends that invitation to your youth to go forth as witnesses to the Resurrection today.
This volume of Amplify features an article and Edge Night based on Life Teen's annual theme for 2014, INSPIRE[D]. Be sure to also check out the other articles covering an array of topics from a personal testimony of doing prison ministry, to how to do a good Send. This issues also features new Issue and Social Nights, along with the Issue Night on the theme INSPIRE[D] there is also an Issue Night on helping youth have a positive self image. And get ready for some messy games as this Social Night will be sure to have your youth slipping and sliding into some messy game fun!
Welcome to your new Edge Semester Planning Guide! Whether this is your first Edge semester or your tenth, we wanted to take some time and point out various sections from the Edge Nights and give our thoughts on why we included them and advice on how to incorporate them.
This volume of Amplify features articles on how to stay refreshed in ministry, the popular app vine, how to use humor in the proclaim, and how to handle bad behavior in small groups. Check out the Issue Nights on Pope Francis and Profanity, and also the Mardi Gras Social Night.
The goal of this retreat is to introduce middle school youth to Mary. Very often, Catholic veneration and love of Mary is misunderstood. During this retreat the middle school youth will come to learn why Mary is so important to our faith. The youth will gain a basic understanding of the Blessed Mother by breaking open the Gospels. They will also come to a greater understanding of Mary as their own mother and the role that she plays in their lives.
This issue of Amplify is all about helping our middle-school with their identity as children of God, especially their sexual identity. Make sure to take some time to read through all of the articles about chastity, sexuality, homosexuality, and safe environment topics to help you navigate these difficult and important topics.
This retreat is designed to help the middle school youth not to see themselves or others just by their outward appearance. This is a hard thing to do with all of the pressures that come from society and sometimes the pressure we place upon ourselves. The idea of this retreat is to have the youth begin by looking at their inward appearance and help them to not just see what physical attributes they have, but also the dignity they possess as a son or daughter of God.
This volume of Amplify highlights articles on Instagram, Bruno Mars new CD, and the 2013 Life Teen Theme of Fearless. Check out the Issue Nights on Fearless and Honoring our Parents, and the Putt-Putt Golf Social Night.
Welcome to your new Edge Curriculum Guide! Whether this is your first Edge semester or your tenth, we wanted to take some time and point out various sections from the Edge Nights and give our thoughts on why we included them and advice on how to incorporate them.
This issue of Amplify highlights the Year of Faith. There are also articles about core members, and engaging and empowering youth. This Amplify also includes Issue Nights on the Year of Faith and a Kickball Social Night.
The goal of this retreat is to help the middle school youth take greater ownership of their faith and their identity as men and women in God’s Kingdom. Using the basis of Matthew 6:33, this retreat will encourage the participants to see the importance of seeking the Kingdom of heaven. This retreat will compare and contrast the Kingdom of God and historical kingdoms, to help them recognize that a “knight” and a “lady” are not only figures in history. The retreat will place an emphasis on the Sacraments and active participation in the life of the Church.
This issue of Amplify features the Give It Away Now: Shelter the Homeless Edition. There are also articles featuring conversations with middle schoolers, and empowering eighth graders . Also check out the latest Issue Night on Advent and the Beach themed Social Night.
Welcome to the brand new Edge Semester Planning Guide! The goal of this resource is to help you
provide systematic and complete catechesis for your middle school youth while providing opportunities for evangelization and transformation as well. Each book contains a semesters-worth of catechetical Edge Night outlines.
Middle school is often a time of self-discovery, where the youth begin to see even more clearly that the world doesn’t revolve around them. Middle school youth often think their decisions do not effect others and they go about doing whatever is necessary to make themselves the center, disregarding parents, friends, siblings, teachers, authority, etc. This retreat will help the youth realize they must give up their “self” (selfish ways) and fill their hearts with God through virtuous acts of self-giving love (practice of Beatitudes). With prayer and the Sacraments as their strength, the youth can surrender their lives to God.
Even in middle school, our youth are overwhelmed by the many expectations and responsibilities that are placed on them by the various people in their lives (parents, teachers, coaches, priests, youth ministers, friends, etc). The goal of this retreat is to reflect on what it means to live with childlike faith; this will incorporate not only having faith like a child, but also what it means to forgive and to love with the simplicity of a child. The Father is calling all of His children to be with Him. This retreat will remind the middle school youth that they are children of God.
For many middle school youth, this may be the first time that they attend an overnight retreat. Most youth do not go on retreat prior to middle school. This retreat is intended to be a foundational retreat experience for those who attend, because it focuses on the very core of our faith: the Paschal Mystery. The goal of the retreat is to help the middle school youth relate their own experiences to the Paschal Mystery, so that they may see how they can experience Christ in their everyday life. In doing so, just as Christ was restored to life in the Resurrection, the youth may experience restoration when they unite their life with Christ.
Middle school can be a confusing and hectic time in the lives of your Edge youth. During this time, the youth can feel very lost and forgotten because of all the changes occurring. This experience can lead them to search for life’s answers in the wrong places. The goal of this retreat is to help the middle school youth understand that God’s love is always present, especially in the times they feel lost.
The transition from middle school to high school can be daunting. This retreat is designed to address the middle school youth’s fears and anxieties and connect them with high school youth and adult Core Team in your Life Teen program.