Middle School Girls Ministry
Our Blaze ministry offers resources to help you reach the hearts of middle school girls with the love of Christ and the truths of our Catholic faith. Two years of curriculum, a kit full of take home gifts and icebreakers, a mother/daughter devotional, retreat guides, Bible studies and prayer journals give you all you need to communicate with middle school girls as they navigate truth and lies in their everyday life.
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Blaze Middle School Ministry FAQs
Blaze is our new ministry for middle school girls!
Our Blaze ministry offers resources that help reach the hearts of middle school girls with the love of Christ and the truths of our Catholic faith. Two years of curriculum, a kit full of take home gifts and icebreakers, a mother/daughter devotional, retreat guides, Bible studies and prayer journals provide everything needed to communicate with middle school girls as they navigate truth and lies in their everyday life.
The Blaze Leader's Guide contains twenty lessons specifically designed for a leader to use with seventh and eighth grade girls. Each lesson outlined in the Blaze Leader’s Guide compares the lies of this world with the truth found in Scripture. The Leader’s Guide is used in conjunction with the Blaze Kit.
The Blaze Kit contains all the supplies needed to lead the lessons. This includes lesson-based take home gifts, truth vs. lie cards, ice breaker activity supplies, packaging supplies, and a Blaze Prayer Journal. Kits are available for purchase individually or in a 5-pack.
The Blaze Kit includes everything needed to run a Blaze program with one or more girls. Each kit contains:
- 1 Blaze Prayer Journal
- 1 Blaze water bottle
- 1 pack of Truth vs. Lie Cards
- 2 8x10 Watercolor Verse Cards
- additional take-away gifts
- Supplies to package the take-away gifts: cellophane bags, ribbon, confetti, and tags
The Blaze Kit also contains nearly all the items needed for the ice breaker activities during each lesson, including: construction paper, scissors, a pink balloon, printed Bible verses, a small tube of toothpaste, a glue stick, a white crayon, and assorted markers.
The Blaze Leader’s Guide was granted the Imprimatur through Archbishop William Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland.
Blaze can be used with any number of girls! It can be used with a single girl or 50 (or more)! Of course, as your Blaze program grows, you may want to consider adding adult leaders, but Blaze is an extremely versatile curriculum which can be used with any size group.
While only one Blaze Leader’s Guide is needed to lead the curriculum, each girl who participates will need her own Blaze Kit. So, if you are working with a single girl, you would need 1 Leaders Guide + 1 Blaze Kit. If you are working with a group of 5 girls, you would need 1 Leader’s Guide and 5 Blaze Kits. (This is where the pack of 5 comes in handy!)
The Blaze Curriculum was created specifically for seventh and eighth grade girls and is intended for use wherever this age group is found! The curriculum works well in a variety of settings – as a school program during lunch time or a class period, as an after-school program, as part of a youth group program, as supplementary religious education, at home with a small group, or with a single girl one-on-one.
The Blaze Curriculum can be led by any adult who wishes to mentor a middle school girl. It could be a middle school teacher, a student counselor, a parent, relative, or family friend, a young adult, etc.
While a single leader may use the Blaze Curriculum with as many girls as he/she feels comfortable with (and we encourage you to welcome as many as possible!), we recommend a maximum ratio of 1 leader for 25 girls. If you have a group that is larger than that, we recommend enlisting another adult to help.
There are many ways a parent can help with Blaze. He or she can liaison with school or church staff to introduce the program, lead the group each week, or help with set-up and clean-up.
We do not require that Blaze leaders go through our training, however we do encourage Blaze leaders to register as a WWP Small Group Leader. The guidance and tips offered on leading a small group study are universal. There are plans underway to offer specific training for Blaze leaders at a future date.
Blaze Leadership training is coming soon!
The two years of Blaze can be used in an ongoing rotation. This means that it doesn’t matter if a girl begins with Year 1 or Year 2. The beginning of Year 2 goes back and reviews some of the basics of Year 1, ensuring that everyone starts off with a good understanding of the foundation of the program.
Both Blaze Year 1 and Blaze Year 2 address the importance of grasping hold of God’s truth and rejecting the lies of our culture. Many of the topics are addressed both years such as body image, friendship, boy/girl relationships, and the fact that the girls are unconditionally loved by God. While topics are repeated, the lessons themselves are fresh and different.
The curriculum has been developed in such a way that it applies equally to both grades. There is no need to separate the grades, although you are welcome to if that is your preference.
Absolutely…the environment matters. You want the girls to feel comfortable and free to express themselves, and to look forward to coming each week! Consider dimming the lights, providing blankets, using candles, etc. The setting should be warm and inviting.
Our other Blaze offerings may be used in addition to or separately from the Blaze Curriculum. Completion of the Blaze Curriculum is not required; each of these offerings may be in tandem, as an accompaniment or follow-up to the Blaze Curriculum, or as a stand-alone item.
Between You and Me is a 40-day conversation guide for mothers (or grandmothers, aunts, etc.) and daughters to read together. Each day compares a lie of our secular culture with the truth found in Scripture. The daily reflection, journaling opportunities, discussion questions, and prayer prompts will help take your relationship to a new level of honesty and intimacy.
Discovering My Purpose is a six-session Bible study designed for middle school girls and can be used individually or by a group of girls. This Bible study opens girls' eyes to their unique purpose, gifts, and God's love. It includes the Blaze Middle School Spiritual Gifts Inventory, a fabulous tool to help girls discern where God is calling them to be world-changers.
The Blaze Prayer Journal contains a Bible verse and the acronym, “ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication” on every page, and helps teach girls how to share their thoughts and feelings with God by writing out their daily prayers. While the Prayer Journal is included in the Blaze Kit, it may also be purchased and used separately.
If you are interested in bringing Blaze to your middle school or parish, we encourage you to have a conversation with your principal and/or pastor. We can provide you with some tools to facilitate the conversation. Please click here to receive an e-press kit or to request further assistance.
Blaze is our ministry for middle school aged girls, and our aim is to provide resources that help reach the hearts of these girls with the love of Christ and the truths of our Catholic faith at a very critical time in their personal development. Blaze offerings are different from traditional WWP studies in that they extend beyond personal Bible study; the primary component of Blaze is the Blaze Curriculum, which includes the Blaze Leader’s Guide and the Blaze Kit. This curriculum is meant to be taught by a leader/mentor and can be used in schools, youth groups, small groups at home, or in a one-on-one setting.
The most comparable component to traditional WWP studies is Discovering My Purpose, a six-week Bible study which can be completed by girls on their own or in a group. This study follows the format of other WWP Bible studies and is meant for girls to read on their own before potentially discussing it in a group setting. In this case, we do encourage an adult small group leader to help facilitate the Bible study.
Our mission at Walking with Purpose is to transform the hearts and lives of women by providing Bible studies that enable women to know Christ through Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. We believe that God is calling us to be disciplined in keeping our focus on our mission of serving women.
There are a variety of co-ed Bible studies for middle school students which could be adapted for use with middle school boys, and below are a couple that have been recommended to us.
Suggested Studies for Boys:
- Encounter: Experiencing God in the Everyday by Mark Hart
- Fraternus: Mentoring boys into virtuous Catholic men
Thank you for your commitment to reach your daughter's heart with the love of Christ and the truths of our Catholic faith.
Customers who reside in Canada can order Blaze, and other WWP Bible study materials, directly through:
Loaves & Fishes Book & Church Supply Ltd at 1-800 663-4840 or 250-868-8933.
We encourage you to go to our Blaze page on the Walking with Purpose website for information about all facets of the program.