Middle School CREW

What's New?
Our next MS Fun Night is Fri, Apr. 28th from 7-9pm at HNOJ. Come enjoy a fun evening of  yummy food and awesome games planned by our High School Core Team. Bring a friend! No cost. Register at the door.
Check out the  Extreme Faith Camp and Summer Stretch tabs on the right side of your screen to check out our upcoming Middle School events!
What is MS Crew?
In the 2016-2017 School Year, sixth through eighth grade HNOJ Middle School CREW will meet on Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  See the calendar for 2016-2017 here

The CREW is more than textbooks, lectures and religious education. Middle School CREW is a place where our teens can be themselves, talk about what really matters and have meaningful encounters with a God who loves them like crazy.  This year we will have a team of high school leaders that will present skits, lead games, and provide the mentoring of the love of Christ that we all desire.

The evening begins with games, open gym, food, hanging out, meeting new people and developing friendships that could last a lifetime. We will then gather together to hear God's Word. In addition, we will engage in dynamic talks calling us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and helping us explore the beautiful of our Catholic faith.  We will worship with the MS CREW Music Team. We will share our lives in small group. We will also have meaningful times of prayer prior to wrapping up each night at 7:30 p.m.

Middle School has the reputation for being a challenging time for all areas of a family's life. Sports, school, hormones, friends, music, cell phones, the Internet--these all present a number of significant challenges to raise teens to be followers of Christ in the world today. You want to do what is best, but all the world is pulling at your time.  Here at Holy Name of Jesus, we want to be intentional about the faith of your youth and your family. 

Click here to register online for Middle School CREW.  Registration costs $100 per registrant through August 15.  After August 15, registration fees go up to $125 per registrant.

Click here to sign up as a volunteer in Middle School CREW.  Caring adults are needed in varied positions to make Middle School CREW awesome for the teens!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the schedule look like for a MS CREW evening?

Middle School Crew will vary slightly every night, but you can expect this general schedule: 

5:45 - Come, be who you are!  Many of us enter classes, meetings and formal events stiff and uncomfortable--especially after a long day! This is no different for our teens. The preceding time for activity and fellowship will aid in transitioning into the evening.  This period of time serves to continue to welcome new teens and build new friendships as we gather together at Holy Name of Jesus. Hang out with friends in the youth lounge, play minute-to-win-it games in the Emmaus Rooms, munch on dinner at fine dining in the Good Samaritan Center and enjoy Open Gym.  

6:15 - 6:50

6th grade teens enter into deeper friendships and conversation through small groups to dive more deeply into Scripture in preparation for their large group gathering. This is also a time of mutual encouragement, responding, questioning and reflecting. Being a member of a small group gives the opportunity to build community and friendships.

7th and 8th grade teens gather together in the main church to hear God's Word through group activities, talks and engaging, prayerful music.  During this time teens are invited to receive the Good News in their hearts and minds. Until February, 7th and 8th grade teens are exploring the questions, "Who am I?" and "How should I live?" by studying the Theology of the Body: Middle School Edition written by Jason Evert and Brian Butler. Starting in February, we will look more closely at the value of a prayer life and why Sunday Mass is the most improtant hour of our week!

6:50 - 7:30

6th grade teens gather together in the main church to hear God's Word through group activities, talks, and engaging, prayerful music. During this time teens are invited to receive the Good News in their hearts and minds. Until February, 6th grade teens are studying salvation history--that is, the way God continually breaks through history to save us from our sin and bring us to eternal life. Teens are using Mark Hart's Bible Timeline to track the different periods of salvation history. 6th graders have the opportunity to grow more comfortable with navigating the Bible, to memorize verses each week, and to see how Scripture is really a story about them! Starting in February, we will look more closely at the value of a prayer life and why Sunday Mass is the most improtant hour of our week!

Why is only one time offered for Middle School CREW?

Middle school Crew provides our teens the opportunity to socialize, worship and learn to pray in a deeper way as one group. This is a model of ministry that is not yet available at most Catholic parishes but has seen great success in surrounding protestant communities. We have a strong feeling that the ones who will embrace and benefit from this change the most are the teens themselves. 

The new structure will give our middle school students a half hour to come and simply be who they are. No sitting at desks for eight hours at school and being whisked in to HNOJ to sit some more.  Now, come be with friends, play in the gym, win games in the Emmaus Room, eat in the GSC and relax in the Youth Lounge. Following the time with friends, continue to be with friends listening to a short dynamic talk on relevant issues of the faith for a middle school teen.  Then, enjoy time talking with friends in small group about how the week has been, what you are looking forward to, what you learned from the talk and what it means for your life.  

What if I have conflicts?

As a church, it’s hard to compete with sports scheduling conflicts. We understand that our teens might not be able to make every session and also hope that families will allow their sons and daughters to miss practices or game from time to time. We also hope that Christian parents, coaches, and teens can be advocates for keeping Wednesday nights free for students who do desire to be active in their faith community. 

Can our Family Still Come for Fine Dining?

Absolutely!   We strongly encourage families to eat together.  Every Wednesday when Middle School CREW is in session, Fine Dining runs in the Good Samaritan Center.  This is a great place to enjoy a hot meal together before class.

How Do I Sign Up?

Click here to register for Middle School CREW online.

Can I Bring a Friend?

Yes!  Middle School Crew is for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders no matter who you are or where you are at in your faith.  Whether you go to Wayzata, Benilde, Orono, Delano, Plymouth, Providence, Holy Name, or are homeschooled, the CREW is the place for you! Golly, you don't even have to be Catholic to come to Middle School Crew. All are welcome. 

I'm Interested in Helping... 

Great!  We depend upon you, as parents, being involved in the faith life of your child!  We have many ways that you can be involved with Middle School CREW!  One big difference you notice in Middle School and Senior High CREW is the time for small groups.  These groups depend upon leaders who can encourage, support, and help keep youth on task.  Beyond being a small group leader, we have opportunities for monitoring the halls to ensure the safety of our youth and chaperoning on our events and retreats.  Please click here to sign up online to volunteer (Middle School CREW is at the bottom).

Middle School CREW Events:

The weekly gathering of MS CREW isn’t the only time we get together. MS CREW also has a number of special events including: Winterblast, Luke 18, Fun Nights, Extreme Faith Camp, and Genesis.  Check out the bulletin and THE CREW events for registration and more information.

Contact Ashley with any questions about MS Crew or MS Youth Ministry events!
763-233-0251 | acermak@hnoj.org