Through Life Teen, we seek to create a joyful community of growing disciples in love with Christ and His Church. We do that through Sunday night experiences, retreats and mission trips, one-year small groups with young adult leaders intentionally journeying with our teens, and upperclassmen discipleship, formation nights, and opportunities for service.
We want our students to:
- Be connected to a joyful community of teens striving for holiness
- Have a personal and growing relationship with God
- Have a love and understanding of the Catholic Church and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation
- Be excited to continue their faith journey by plugging into a Catholic community after high school
We invite all teens to begin their Life Teen experience at 4PM mass. After mass, we begin a session in Kenny Hall across the hall where teens are welcomed at the door and invited to meet up with their small group leader and the teens in their small group to catch up. The order varies but at each night we typically have a fun game or team building exercise, an engaging talk, a time for the teens to break open the talk with an activity or discussion within their small group, and we always provide dinner. At some of the nights, we will have a prayer experience that might include a time of praise and worship and/or adoration
A series is a grouping of 2-5 Life Teen nights where the messages are all connected under a common theme. Our goal with the series is to dive deeper into topics in a way that is relevant to a teen’s life (both practical and spiritual) instead of simply brushing over the surface.
Our Life Teen program pulls nearly 200 teens from 40 different Atlanta area high schools. Knowing that a large group experience can be intimidating for some teens, as well as a teen’s desire for authentic community we aim to make our large community feel small through our Life Teen small groups strategy. Teens get placed in a small group at the beginning of the year, and they remain in the same small group with the same leaders for the entirety of the year. This helps teens get to know other teens and leaders in a safe and relaxed discussion-based environment.
Investing in Catholic schooling is a big commitment and provides teens with incredible intellectual formation in the teachings of the Catholic faith. At Life Teen we believe that the key to engaging a teen in their faith is to move them beyond knowing things about God to actually knowing God. The intellectual formation that your teen has received at school will be a great foundation to their experience at Life Teen where we build community, tackle challenging issues in the life of a Catholic teen, and help them discover God’s great love and respond with a life of discipleship.
One of our goals at Life Teen is to make every teen who walks through our doors feel welcomed and valued as a part of our CTK Young Church family. We aim to make this happen through radical hospitality, outreach by our team of trained young adult leaders, and our intentional small group experience (see the question on small groups above). Obviously finding a true sense of community takes time, but we strive to expedite this process through intentional hospitality. If your teen ever doesn’t feel welcome, we ask that you PLEASE reach out to us to let us know how we can better his/her experience. Email or call Colleen (contact info below).
No, anyone who is registered for Confirmation can come to Life Teen free of charge.
Upperclassmen teens are invited to register for our Life Teen Empower program, which is a specific off shoot of Life Teen targeted for upperclassmen. Empower teens have the opportunity to be formed and grow in three main ways: First, through our LT Empower community nights that take place on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm each week. Secondly, Empower teens are invited to participate in some shape or form in the 4pm Life Teen mass (lectoring, EM-ing, singing, greeting, ushering). Thirdly, LT Empower teens partake in our 1 on 1 discipleship program at some point throughout the year which is our 6 week 1 on 1 mentorship program aimed at helping teens form a prayer life, get engaged in the mass, and become active disciples.
The registration fee covers dinner, supplies, and resources for each of our Life Teen meetings. It allows us to stipend guest speakers and priests as well as provide entertainment for big kick-off and end of the year events. In addition to this, teens get to attend off-site social events without an additional charge.
Yes! If you are in need of a scholarship, please Click Here to fill out a Scholarship Application.