EDGE (Grades 7-8)


St. Francis of Assisi EDGE

7th & 8th Grade Youth Ministry Program

EDGE is our parish’s youth ministry program for all 7th & 8th grade youth of our parish who attend public, private, and home schools   This is a program where our youth can learn about their faith, find a Catholic community, and experience Jesus all while having fun and serving others. As young adolescents are moving from a child-like spirituality, it is our goal with EDGE to help them develop an adult faith commitment to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Community.


EDGE Program Areas

1. Faith Formation: These EDGE nights will help our youth learn and grow in their Catholic faith.  The themes of the nights will be catechetical, issue, or social nights.  EDGE uses small group discussion for our youth to ask questions as learn about about the topic of the night. We have discovered with our EDGE youth, that small groups that are gender and grade specific yield more fruitful discussion.

  • Two sessions are offered:
    • 6:15-7:30pm

    •  4:30-5:45pm

  • Registration is required through Youth Faith Formation for the school year.  When registering, please choose the correct gender grade for your child.


2. Social Events:  These events will be offered to create a community for our youth.  These will be on-site at Saint Francis or off-site and offered throughout the year. 

  • Registration and permission slip is required for each event.


3. Service Opportunities: These opportunities will be held throughout the year to help our youth put their faith into action.  Space may be limited depending on the opportunity. 

  • Registration and permission slip is required for each opportunity.


4. Spiritual Activities: These activities will give our youth the opportunity to deepen and learn more about their Catholic faith throughout the year.

  • Registration and permission slip is required for each activity.


Spring 2018 calendar of social, service, and spiritual activities available below.  Online registration will open for all these activities about 3weeks before the event. A permission slip will be emailed after registration is received and will be required for each activity the youth is participating in.


The name EDGE recognizes that middle school youth are on the EDGE in their life, and if we as a church don’t do something about it, they’re going to fall off the EDGE and we are never ever going to see them again. But, at the same time we as a church are going to give them the EDGE they need in life, Jesus Christ, the Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, the Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, and a Catholic Community to love, nurture and challenge them.


For more information about EDGE or any of the program areas, contact EDGE Coordinator, Sarah Drey at 515.440.1030 or  sdrey@saintfrancischurch.org.


Social, Service, and Spiritual Activities

Spring 2018


January 20 – 3:30pm-8:00pm

            Tubing/Sledding Night at Sleepy Hollow

            (Timing includes meeting at SFA and travel to/from event)

January 28 – 4:30pm

            EDGE Youth Mass at Saint Francis


February 10 – 6:00pm-9:00pm

  Glow-in-Dark Game & Pizza Night at SFA

February 18 – 12:30pm-4:30pm

             Service: Help with Special Needs Respite Event at SFA


March 15 – 9:00am-2:00pm

            Service: Help Spring Clean the Church

March 23 – 5:45pm-7:30pm

            EDGE Youth Stations of the Cross & Fish Fry at SFA


April 9 – 5:15pm-8:00pm

            Service: Serve Meal at Central Iowa Shelter and Services

            (Timing includes meeting at SFA and travel to/from event)

April 13 – 4:30pm-6:30pm

            Service: Help with SFA’s Garden Project (Gardening Angels)


May 5 – 8:30am-12:00pm

             Service: Help Pack Meals at Meals From The Heartland

             (Timing includes meeting at SFA and travel to/from event)

May 18 – 6:00pm-9:30pm

            I-Cubs Game

            (Timing includes meeting at SFA and travel to/from event)