Edge is Life Teen’s response to a growing need for middle school youth ministry. As adolescents, middle school youth are going through a time of immense change in their lives. They are starting to make decisions for themselves, beginning to act largely based on feedback from their peers, and becoming more independent from their parents. They are also in the midst of great uncertainty. Middle school teens are trying to figure out who they are and often struggle in their faith and beliefs. This makes middle school a vital time for youth to learn about and understand their faith.
The Edge program was developed to minister to the needs of today’s middle school youth. Students in middle school have lots of questions about the world they live in, and this includes many questions about religion. But in middle school, teens are usually no longer captivated by a traditional religious education program. They are too old to be treated the same way as a first, second, or third grader, but not quite mature enough to be treated like a high school teen or adult. In short, middle school teens are on the edge. They are trying to find where they belong in the world. And Edge is the perfect place for them to start looking.
Mass is the most important expression of our Catholic faith, and it is for this reason that Edge students are strongly encouraged to attend Life Teen Mass at St. Mary's on Sundays at 6 p.m. Going to Edge class is NOT a substitute for going to Mass each week. In fact, Edge is a supplement to Mass (especially the Life Teen Mass). The Edge program will have a significantly lesser impact on your child if he or she is not coming to Mass. Please encourage your children to come to Mass each week regardless of whether they attend Edge. Mass is a thousand times more important than Edge class.