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.

Standards Overview -

            a guide for benchmarks for passing along the faith to children/youth

 


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,  and the summer programs.

      Click on Lesson for use at home:

Epiphany 3/Jan. 22      Epiphany 4/Jan. 28


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: retreat(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 Lectionary-based and a combination of the key 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 and posting of lessons on this page (above)


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.

 

Special Events

  • Nov-Dec: Advent: Jesse Tree Preparation, Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgies, setting up the Chrismon Tree, St. Nicholas & St. Lucia celebrations,  Christmas Pageant, Creche Procession

  • Jan:Epiphany Celebration/Gifts procession & King's Cake

  • February/Mar: Lenten Burning of the Palms, Burying Alleluias, Youth Confirmation Enrollment/Ash Wednesday

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

  • Mar/Apr: Easter Saturday Egg Hunt with teaching activities for the whole family, Flowering the Easter Cross, Release of the Alleluias

  • Summer Vacation Bible School, Creative Wednesdays, Mission Trip(s)

  • FallBack Pack Blessing Liturgy, Acolyte Commissioning

  • October: All Hallow's Eve Celebration

Youth Group Gatherings:

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

Have a teaching theme of the year that rotates through: Worship, Education, Mission, Relationships

Focus on building relationships of faith through shared experiences: Sunday meetings, service projects, mission trips, retreats, visits to other faith communities, play


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.