Classes & Gatherings

Youth Christian Formation

Our Youth receive specific instruction through participation in the Youth Group programming, the Sunday liturgy, during training for service in the liturgy, during special seasonal events, and in assisting in instruction with Children's Chapel and the summer program.


Children's Sunday School

Children's Chapel - Instruction for our children ages 3 years to 5th grade occurs weekly during our Children's Chapel that meets during our 10:30 Sunday service.

Additional instruction is provided in Communion Instruction classes, seasonal events, Messy Church, and the summer program.


Confirmation Instruction for Youth

  • Offered each spring semester for students in 8th grade and older

  • Information packets passed out and dates determined in February

  • Confirmands enroll during Ash Wednesday Service

  • Instruction includes: 2 one-day retreats at St. John's; one-on-one time with Mentor (outlined activities provided); confirmation project; Holy Week service attendance; final fall gathering

  • Final Youth Confirmation Meeting, Fall (usually in October)

  • Confirmation: November during Bishop's Visit


Communion Instruction

Offered upon request for children 4 years and older


Children's Chapel

Offered during 10:30 AM service for 3 years to 5th grade. Curriculum is a combination of the key Hebrew testament stories in our Sacred Scriptures and lessons from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Efforts are made to provide take home materials for families to share during the week.


Family Programs

 SAHMs (Stay At Home Moms)

Once a month moms meet without their children for fellowship over lunch.

Please know that anyone is invited to join us.  We even have a “SAHMs wanna be” who joins us for the monthly lunch. Play dates for children scheduled for families with children at home.

Lori Burton, Coordinator - Regular text communications sent to participants to keep informed of gatherings.

 

FAMILY FAITH FUN

Monthly gatherings in St. John's Parish Hall (3rd Sunday - 4:00-5:30) for families with children from 3 years - 2nd Grade. Older siblings invited too! Childcare provided for infants & toddlers. Singing, activities around the "Faith Chest" (a worship tool for the home), snacks. Participants bring Faith Chest from home. Materials provided for those who do not yet have Faith Chest.

 

Special Events

  • Nov-Dec: Advent: Jesse Tree Preparation, Advent Wreath making, setting up the Chrismon Tree

  • February/Mar: Lenten Burning of the Palms

  • Mar/April: Palm Sunday & Holy Week teachings & events

  • Mar/Apr: Easter Saturday Egg Hunt with activities for the whole family

  • Summer Vacation Bible School

  • October: All Hallow's Eve Celebration


Youth Group Gatherings

Offer hands on learning opportunities around service, theology, and community


Ideas for Family Spiritual Formation

Family practices, community service opportunities, family prayers

Faith Chest

 

 

The Faith Chest is a "starter-kit" chest container supplied to enhance at-home worship and faith nurture that includes a candle holder for the Baptismal candle, a votive candle, a worship cloth, a copy of “The Blessing Cup” (a book of home liturgies), a goblet (a blessing cup), a lullaby CD, and special prayers. Items can be added over the years as the family establishes its own rituals and practices.

At St. John's, items are presented at baptisms by representative different groups within the congregation. Items can be purchased individually as gifts for godchildren, family members or any occasion. Most items can be purchased in St. John's Bookstore.