Middle School Youth Ministry
The St. Francis Xavier Middle School Youth program (grades 6-8) provides a great opportunity for our youth to meet new friends, have fun, enjoy fellowship, participate in mission and service, and grow in their Catholic faith while growing closer to Christ and His Church. Our regular meetings are held on Mondays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the playground. Don't forget your mask, please. We'd love to have you and your friends join us as we strive for Christ together.
Recap of "Art Show" in The Artist
If you have ever been to an art show, visited an art museum, or looked at what photographers or designers post on social media, you know you can learn things about the creator simply from what they have created. You can tell the mood of their work by their color palate or by the filters they use, and you can even see what they love to capture — people, places, still life, animals, etc. Most of the time you never meet the artist face to face or sit down with them and talk about what they have made, but you still feel like you know them based on what they have created. The same goes for God. He is the artist and the whole world is His art show. Everything that is created can reveal something to us about God. By observing the created world, we can come to reasonably conclude that God exists and what He is like as well. We began our time by creating famous movie scenes out of play dough. After presenting our creations, our teens then asked questions about the sculpture and guessed what they thought it was. This semester we will look at our world and see that it is reasonable to believe that God exists, learning how both faith and reason can both help us come to this conclusion. We are spending time this semester to reflect on the question, “Does God exist?” It is OK to ask this question, but it is important for us to put in the work to answer it honestly. Some of us may not have ever questioned God’s existence because we just know He is real or have had an encounter with Him. Some of us may not be sure about God’s existence — even though we want to believe — because we still have unanswered questions about God. Some of us may find it really hard to believe that God exists because there are things in our lives that make it difficult or because of a difficult or hurtful moment or situation in our lives. It may be because we do not believe there is logical conclusions about God. It may also be because someone we admire does not believe in God. We talked about how we can use not just science to answer questions, but we can turn to philosophy, faith, and logic to answer the needs of our intellect, desire, and will.
Join us next week in the gym or playground on Monday from 6:00-8:00!
Featured FORMED Selection: Is God Really Real?
There are nagging questions we've all asked: Does God exist? If he does, then why does he allow humans to suffer? What does faith have to do with anything? The questions have answers. And this study will uncover them.
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Want to serve as an adult leader for our middle school students? Please let us know! We really want to thank you for your desire to serve our Lord through the youth of our parish.
Note: All adults who sign up must have on file with SFX Parish the proper unexpired youth protection required training. It can be completed online here. They must also have submitted the volunteer inquire release forms at least three days before the day they plan to volunteer.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church abides by the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama Youth Protection Program. Through annual training, our students are reminded that they are made in God's image and carry dignity. To review the materials associated with our Safe Environment/Sexual Abuse Prevention, please click here. For more information about becoming a chaperone and earning Youth Protection certification, click here.