Edge & Life Teen

What is Edge?

Edge is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program. It provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Edge resources speak to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth. Edge resources make it easier for youth ministers to plan out their semesters of Edge Night, retreats, and to train a team of adults, the Core Team, to assist them in the ministry. The resources present Catholic teaching in a way that young people can understand.
This means that youth minsters get to spend less time at the desk and more time reaching out to youth. Edge provides many resources and support to help youth ministers reach out to parents and to connect with the families of middle school youth. Edge also connects youth ministers to a veteran team of youth ministers to assist them as well as providing ample opportunities for training. Edge answers the needs of this age group in a catechetical, fun, and relevant way and provides a foundation for youth to continue onto Life Teen. Edge is a great asset to any youth ministry program, as it answers the unique needs of this age group while providing deeply impactful resources.

Why is Edge Important?

We all remember that middle school was awkward and difficult. That hasn’t changed. However, societal shifts have made the middle school years more difficult than ever. Today, middle school youth are having experiences that were common only with high school students just 15 years ago. Threats of violence, availability of drugs and alcohol, and pervasiveness of sex and pornography are the new norm. Not only are they faced with these tough realities but they are also in the process of moving from being family-centered to friend-centered.

Peers gain greater influence and parental authority is called into question. As they shift socially they are also experiencing tremendous changes emotionally and intellectually. As they wade through all the difficulties of this time of life, they have real questions and need real answers. If parish leaders ignore the unique challenges of their middle school youth, they risk losing them forever.

What is Life Teen?

Life Teen is a movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Life Teen leads teenagers and their families  into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. IT’s a dynamic youth ministry that concentrates on leading teens closer to Christ through strong Eucharistic spirituality and dedication to our Blessed Mother. IT’s nothing like a classroom setting…..every Life Night is broken into parts and feels like a mini retreat with friends, food, games and faith.


We as Catholics are called to live a life of service as Christ did. We want to be the hands and feet of Christ to those who are poor both physically and spiritually. Service flows from a life of prayer, rooted in the Sacraments, which is essential to every service activity. Opportunities will be announced throughout the year!


Retreats are one of the highlights of the year. They truly are a life-changing experience. There is a fall retreat for all 9th –12th graders in November.


We’ll have many opportunities for socials and outings including XLT which is a monthly night of worship where teens from around the diocese gather. See the calendar for upcoming events.

When is Life Teen?

High school teens meet on Sunday nights for Life Night right after following the 5:00pm Mass. All teens in 9th -12th grade are welcome to attend. We begin with food and fellowship. Topics vary and are presented through awkward games, speakers, skits, music and activities, followed by small group discussion, and Adoration.

Life Nights are on most Sundays during the school year. Be sure to check out our calendar and summer schedule, and join our Groupme to stay connected.

Mary Our Queen CORE Team

ADULTS OF ALL AGES—Want to help lead teens closer to Christ?

The youth group would not happen if it weren’t for our dedicated CORE team. These are young adult and adult volunteers that have a desire to invest in the lives of teens. They team up and help plan and attend youth group nights, retreats, trips and commit to on-going relational ministry with the teens. If you have a love for your Catholic faith and a desire to share it with teens please consider joining us on CORE.

Contact Amanda Walker for more information at awalker@maryourqueen.com


The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires that all adult volunteers (18 years old or older) working with children, youth, and/or vulnerable individuals must complete the Safe Environment training (VIRTUS) and undergo a background screening before they start volunteering. As an adult volunteer, you should fill out the paperwork found at the Archdiocese of Atlanta website and return it to the head of the Ministry in which you are involved.

Volunteer Guidelines & Applications

In addition, volunteers must be familiar with the Reporting Child Abuse Guidelines. To view these guidelines, CLICK HERE.

Volunteers who are 13 years old or older should complete the Volunteer Application for Minors with their parent’s permission, and the School Reference for Minors form.  Homeschooled minors must provide three references (non-family members).

If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at (770) 416-0002.