Journey to Adulthood, or “J2A” is a two-year ministry program at Grace Church for youth who are completing middle school and beginning high school.
Adult sponsors help youth build the skills and critical thinking involved in adulthood, using Bible study, rites of passage, outreach ministries and other activities to underscore two guiding principles: (1) manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God; and (2) adulthood must be earned.
This ministry invites youth to reflect theologically about themselves, society, and spirituality, and helps them build a strong sense of community.
It also prepares youth for Confirmation and a group Pilgrimage, to encounter God in the world outside of the Alexandria community, accompanied by their adult sponsors. The pilgrimages have been domestic and international, and have involved visits to religious sites, historical and cultural exploration, and service.
J2A meets on Sunday mornings each week, and for monthly Sunday evening fellowship. This group also sponsors many fundraisers to support their activities and other ministries.