Rite 13

Dear St. John's Families,

This year's Rite 13 Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 13th at the 10:00 a.m. service, which is also, appropriately, Mother's Day!

I’m sending this to all of our families to make sure I don’t miss anybody who’s in the proper age range. If this e-mail doesn’t apply to you, I apologize.

What is Rite 13?

Rite 13 is a ceremony that celebrates and honors a child's rite of passage into adolescence. So many of our Christian rituals (Baptism, weddings, funerals, confirmation, etc.) mark major life transitions. Rite 13 offers a way to mark the transition to adolescence while saving the rite of confirmation for high schoolers who have had more time to grapple with what they believe. Rite 13 is a complement to Confirmation, not a replacement. It signifies a transition in the relationships between young folks and their community, parents, family and friends. It celebrates the fact that God’s love extends to those difficult years. Even Jesus was a teenager at some point!

It gives all of us a way come together to support of our youth as they negotiate the joyous, exciting, turbulent waters of adolescence. It’s a beautiful and reflective time for families to unite around an important transition, for teens to bond with one another, and for parents to celebrate AND commiserate!

Who goes through Rite 13?

The ceremony is for those kids either turning 13 before the next school year starts or who have turned 13 since last July. Most who participate are in 7th or 8th grade.  

What’s next?

If you and your child are interested in participating in this ceremony, please let me know—e-mail me at curate@stjohnsnh.org. We’ll be holding a meeting Sunday, April 22 following the 10:00 a.m. service in the Philbrick Room to talk about the details of the ceremony and your family's involvement.  

Looking forward to having you join us,


Nathan Bourne, Curate