5th - 8th Grade Service Program

Christian Service Program Guidelines

The SLE Project commences when students enter 6th grade and concludes at the end of 8th grade.   In order to complete this project, the student is asked to participate in Christian stewardship and service in a personally meaningful manner that can be expressed through witness narratives, reflection, and leadership. The SLE Project is not based upon a set minimum of service hours each year, rather it is based upon participation in service activities from 6th – 8th grade that will enable each student to bear witness to how service has impacted their life.  This cumulative project will note the various activities that the student has chosen to be involved in throughout middle school.  It is our hope that every student will participate in both Corporal Acts of Mercy and Spiritual Acts of Mercy. Corporal Acts of Mercy consist of helping the hungry, homeless, poor, or needy, helping the sick or elderly as well as the emotionally or physically disabled.  Spiritual Acts of Mercy include helping our youth, participating in religious and cultural activities as well as care for animals and the environment.

The SLE project guidelines will be presented each fall in the Religion class for students in 6th – 8th grade. Additional information regarding the SLE projects can be found on the Religion page of your student’s teacher. Students have two options for completing their project each year:

Option #1:  Students can choose a combination of service activities independently, through those offered by the parish, the school, and the larger community to complete the SLE Project.  Students choosing this option will be required to complete an annual reflection activity, a bearing witness activity (written project and oral presentation),

Option #2:  Students can choose to participate with their parents in the OUTLET program offered through our Parish Faith Formation Program. Registration and involvement in this program will automatically and completely satisfy the annual service confirmation requirement, bearing witness activity, and reflection activity and no additional work is required.

The school and parish are encouraging all 6th – 8th grade students and their parents to participate in OUTLET as one means of satisfying the SLE Graduation Project.  OUTLET is a parish-based, service-oriented, intergenerational experience for parents and students.  Twice each month, we will gather together to foster a stronger relationship with Jesus through better understanding and service to the community. By studying and then living out of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, given to us by Jesus, we will strive to become better disciples and witnesses of love.
OUTLET sessions take place twice each month on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. The first week, we gather in the school gym to talk about our faith and to plan how we will go about putting our faith into action by helping those in need. The second week, we will gather together and do a hands-on service project.  All projects will be selected by the Coordinator of Middle School Youth Ministry in collaboration with parents and students. All service hours will also be logged by the Coordinator.
Students in grades 6-8 from the school are invited to register on-line for Faith Formation classes in order to participate in this program.   Faith Formation tuition fees for OUTLET are waived for registrants concurrently enrolled in the parish school.
The meetings are designed for both student and parent participation.  For more information about OUTLET, please contact the parish faith formation office at (949) 496-6011 or via email at faithformation@stedward.com.  
Click the following link to be directed to the website:  http://www.stedwardoutlet.com/
Transfer Students
Students transferring into the Middle School after the first grading period are responsible for completing the SLE project during the term of their enrollment period only.