From staff reports
All teenagers, regardless of parish or religious affiliation, are invited to a new teen Bible study being held in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish, Freehold.
“The Scriptures are one of the most important things you’ll ever read,” said Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry, parish pastoral assistant, stressing their importance on one’s development, outlook on life and “who we’ll be as human beings.”
“It’s underutilized, underappreciated and if kids were taught to read it properly, it could make a huge difference in their lives,” she said.
Schlameuss-Perry will be facilitating the group, which will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month beginning Sept. 27.
“Teaching the Scriptures is hands-down my favorite thing to do,” said Schlameuss-Perry, who taught an adult Bible study for more than 17 years during her time on staff in St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson.
A main focus of the meetings will be to help teenagers apply lessons in the Bible to their daily lives.
“Teenagers are capable of having deep conversations at this point in their lives – a time where they are applying lessons that are unique to them,” she said. “They are using critical thinking, so we want them to focus on that with Catholic teaching in mind.”
One of her hopes is to teach teens an appreciation for the Jewish Scriptures.
“There’s a misconception that we’re dealing with two different Gods,” she said, explaining that people of all ages often have difficulty reconciling what they consider a vengeful God in the Old Testament with a loving and forgiving God of the Gospels. “I would like to show there is continuity – the mercy and love God showed throughout.”
The teen Bible study will be held in the parish center of the church, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold.
For more information, email Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.