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POWER TRIP: Building on the foundation of Heritage Bowl, Mrs. Doyle developed Power Trip for middle and/or high school Catholic youth ministry. The entire youth group goes through the same introductory material in the General Gathering, proceeds to prayer and praise in Adoration, and then breaks into Small Groups (organized by age) for Bible Study. (See Inside)
Small Groups build community and allow for discussion according to maturity level. Each week youth examine a New Testament book and study a teen issue addressed there. Principles and Promises collected from throughout the chosen book are passed out, one to each youth, for prayerful reflection. Members read their verses to the group - or recite from memory at the next gathering - and share how God spoke to them. The word of God begins to take root and form a spiritual foundation of faith and trust.
The advantage of the book by book approach over the Lectionary method is that youth become progressively familiar with each book of the New Testament and learn Bible verses that directly affect their lives as teenagers. As they grow in familiarity and appreciation of God’s Word, they also become informed and attentive listeners and better participants at Mass.
Besides promoting Bible literacy, the materials teach Church history through lives of saints and how to research questions in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. They also provide helpful recommendations for SERVICE PROJECTS and a list of topics for ISSUES NIGHT, to address the many moral issues young people face in our modern culture. YOU TURNS recommends holding an ISSUES NIGHT every 5th or 6th gathering. (See Inside)
Power Trip A & B are used in rotation. Together they consist of 40 Steps - enough material for about 3 years - with the possibility of repeating the material again giving a different emphasis (e.g. more catechism, less scripture or vise versa). No subscriptions, no uncertainties! Pay once. Use indefinitely!
FOUR FACETS TO EACH GATHERING
FRIENDS: Opening period with music, snacks (optional), table games such as foosball, and time to socialize.
FUN: Time for organized fun and games before teaching begins. Or FUN may be incorporated into the FAITH period when a skit or game is used to illustrate the lesson or theme.
FAITH:Teaching time. This begins in the General Gathering where the theme is presented, moves to Adoration (praise and worship before the Blessed Sacrament), and then breaks into Small Groups for Bible study under the guidance of volunteer catechists.
FORWARD: Time of commissioning youth to go FORWARD in Christ, to practice what they have learned and to advance the kingdom of God on earth.
THE POWER TEAM
Volunteers - adults and mature teens who are role models - are invited to fulfill their baptismal call by assisting the youth minister as intercessors, catechists, musicians, food preparers/servers, chaperones, etc. INVITE YOU TURNS to provide a Training Retreat.
Youth ministers can reproduce each mini Bible study to send home for a family session. This expands the outreach and gives teenagers a double benefit.
WHEN JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH MUST BE COMBINED
Leadership in skits, music and activities - and the call to be role models - are the realm of older youth. This stimulates desire and anticipation in younger members to be the next leaders. Small Groups separate the mature from the less mature while building COMMUNITY and CONTINUITY. These features make Power Trip A & B ideal when it is necessary to combine adolescents with teens. Bringing together the two age groups, particularly in a small parish, increases numbers and helps to create a critical mass.
Scope and Sequence, Power Trip A
Scope and Sequence, Power Trip B
FOR THE HOME SCHOOL, YOU TURNS offers the same materials and plans as for parishes, at an adjusted price. Call (503) 738-6065 for more information.
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