Learning

 

             Children and Youth Ministries

Children are at the very heart and center of EVERYTHING we do at St. John’s. St. John’s is a spiritual home for each of them – where they are known by name, celebrated for exactly who they are, and given what they need to be compassionate, empathetic followers of Jesus with hearts that beat for justice and hands that serve with love.

Godly Play - (Age 4 - 2nd Grade)

Our preschool (age 4) through 2nd grade children attend the Godly Play program at 10:15 on Sundays (excluding holidays) from mid September until the end of the school year. They meet on the 3rd floor in the Godly Play room. Children are returned to their parents during the Peace.

What is Godly Play? Well, according to the website “ children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using spiral curriculum the Godly Play method serves children through childhood and beyond.”

For more information, contact Holly McNeal hollymcneal@stjohnro.org 

Rotation Sunday School- (3rd - 5th grade)

 Our 3rd through 5th grade children attend the Rotation program from Sparkhouse at 10:15 on Sundays  (excluding holidays) from mid September until the end of the school year. They meet on the 3rd floor in the large center room. Children are returned to their parents during the Peace. The Rotation program walks children through a journey of the Bible using several different mediums. These mediums include art, science, music, cooking, drama, and games. Each story will be told for three weeks using a different medium. This really helps give children the opportunity to learn these stories, and to experience them in hands on ways. This isn’t your mama’s Sunday School class! 

For more information, contact Holly McNeal hollymcneal@stjohnro.org

Youth Group (6th - 12th Grade)

Our youth program is for all youth in grades 6th through 12th.  They meet every Sunday (excluding holidays) for the entire year.  They meet from after communion at the 10:15 service (around 11:15) until noon.  Youth Group is a place where all youth are welcome, and their questions, concerns, and doubts are welcome too. Some meetings we will play games, some we will talk about our faith and the Bible, some we will talk about current events and topics of interest to the youth. We will be engaging in community service projects both inside and outside of the church. We will also be having a lot of fun together whether at lock-ins, trips to the water park, laser tag, bowling, or a host of other potential fun events. 

For more information, contact Holly McNeal hollymcneal@stjohnro.org

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is a fun-filled week where children 4 years old through 5th grade learn about Jesus and His love for us.   It happens every summer typically in July and is known as the Best Week of the Year.  Registration forms for campers and volunteers are posted here each year when the VBS dates are announced.

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