The journey to adulthood involves more than simply physical or emotional changes. Middle and high school age kids are ready to engage with their faith in different ways than they had as children, and we are ready to help them along that way. We are not afraid to wrestle with the difficult questions of faith with these youth, because they are the same questions we ponder our whole lives. We want our youth to explore what a living relationship with God can be like, and begin to trust that God is present with them in the joys and the struggles. The Christian faith is big enough to guide and sustain us through all of life, and it offers us the meaning and purpose for which kids at this stage of life yearn.
At Transfiguration, we know that you can’t wrestle with big questions about a big God unless you have a safe space in which to do so. We focus on building trust and community, both between youth peers and between the youth and our staff and sponsors. This is why our Wednesday program is so important. Each week, middle and high school youth gather for Crossover, a time of prayer, conversation, and community. It is just the boost many kids need to face their week and remember the love of Jesus that is big enough for anything.
On Sunday mornings we focus on teaching, and we try to help kids connect the dots between God and their daily lives. We want them to know the stories of Scripture are not dried ink on a page, but words to live by and strength for the journey.