Youth General Information

Education Ministry at St. John’s

Sundays:  Spreading the Good News, sharing the Bible, teaching of God’s grace, and seeking to demonstrate God’s love in the world is part of the work of the Education Ministry at St. John’s. Education doesn’t start with Kindergarten and end with Confirmation. Spiritual growth is a never-ending journey that we encourage through Sunday School classrooms that are divided by age and/or grade, GIFT (Generations In Faith Together), Adult Education Hour, book and Bible studies, and empowering parents to support faith practices at home (especially the FAITH5).

The goal of GIFT (Generations In Faith Together) is to gather generations around the cross to share stories, explore the Bible, and deepen relationships with people of other generations. We value and recognize our OWLS (Older Wiser Lutherans) and the wealth of experience that they possess. We celebrate the youngest, most wondering children of God. We gather in groups that mix all the generations together because every generation has gifts they need and every generation has needs they gift!  GIFT occurs on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month during the Education Hour from 9:15-10:15am during the school year.

Age-segregated Sunday School is still alive and well.  It occurs on the 2nd, 4th, and occasional 5th Sundays of the month for children and youth up to 10th grade. The children K-6th gather together in the sanctuary at 9:15am for Opening: a time of songs, learning about the day’s theme, and collecting an offering. Then, they move to classrooms where one of the volunteer lead teachers will help them explore God’s story, how that story applies to us, and experience God’s love.  With over 100 children and almost 20 volunteers involved, just imagine the love, laughter, and learning that goes on as they all gather together!

Sunday School Program for Toddlers: Parent and Me.  Families who have a child that is not yet enrolled in 4K will again have an opportunity on Sunday mornings during Education Hour. “Parent and Me” Sunday School class is designed for parents and their toddlers to experience an abbreviated, interactive Sunday school.  It will meet from 9:15-10:15am in the Mary and Martha rooms of the preschool hallway on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays. There will be stories, songs, and playtime for parents to engage in with their toddler. Everything will be ready, you just show up with your toddler! There will be a separate registration form for families who would like to participate in this opportunity for faith formation and relationship building. Contact Jen if you would like a leadership role with this program or want to learn more.  Please note that this class runs from September until Christmas.  It provides a bridge for your child to then attend the PreK Sunday School class (either with or without a parent).  Children can repeat the PreK class the following year, too.  The curriculum is on a 3 year rotation, so there are no worries about repetition.  Children need to be able to use the bathroom independently in order to attend the PreK class, but that is not required with they attend the Parent and Me class.

Sunday School Program for Confirmation.  Youth who are in Confirmation (7-10th grade) are invited to gather in the Recreation Room downstairs during Education Time or to volunteer in a Sunday school classroom.

High School does not currently have a Sunday morning gathering.  Many of our high school youth volunteer in Sunday school classrooms.  If you or your child are interested in creating an opportunity for high school youth to gather on Sunday mornings, please contact Jen.


REGISTRATION

Registration for Sunday School and Confirmation are done online through ACS Technologies On Realm software.  All members have been emailed an invitation to join our online community.  If you have not received an invitation, please contact the church office.  We will only be doing paper registrations for the “Parent and Me” class.

Once you have used the emailed invitation to log in, you will notice a drop-down arrow in the upper right corner of your screen, next to the “Help” question mark.  The first item in the drop-down menu is for your “profile”.  Go to that screen, first.  Please ensure that your email address and your phone number are in there correctly.  That is how information regarding Sunday school or Confirmation will be sent to your family and how volunteers will obtain your phone number if an emergency arises. To change incorrect information, simply click the “edit profile” bar.  (Please add the preferred email and phone number to each of your children’s profile – a link to the profiles of each family member should appear to the right when you are on the “my profile” page.)

While on the “edit profile” page, it says “Personal Information” just under the name for that profile.  When you click on that link, you have the ability to add any allergies to a profile.  Again, this is how Sunday school volunteers will be notified of any allergies that your child may have.  Please be sure this information is updated.  If you or your children do not have any allergies, please select “none” so we know that you have actually considered that field.  Please also ensure that your child’s baptismal date is entered and correct.  If you do not know the date your child was baptized, please contact the church at which the baptism was held.  They maintain records of all baptisms and should be able to easily assist you in obtaining that information.  (Don’t worry about asking, it happens a lot.)  You should have also received a baptismal certificate or maybe even took pictures of the event.  Both can help you determine the date.  We would like to celebrate all baptismal anniversaries and don’t want your child to be left out of the celebrations, so please try to determine this important date in your child’s faith journey.  They will need it for confirmation projects, too, so you’ll be a step ahead of the game if you research this now.

Back on the “my profile” page, there is a white-rimmed blue circle toward the top-left of the page with your initials inside of it.  If you click there, you can add a photo.  It is very helpful to all volunteers if you add a photo to your profile.  There is an opportunity to put individual photos of your family members (each on their own profile page) as well as a family photo.  They don’t have to be perfect photos, just something that is a good representation of how you look so that volunteers can familiarize themselves with children and their family members.

At the bottom of each profile page, there should be a box that indicates any groups to that person belongs.  Each child should have a group listed that corresponds to their anticipated graduation year.  If that information is incorrect, please contact the church office so that can rectify that.  Afterward, be sure to double check that it does show up.  Youth in Confirmation will belong to two groups, one that corresponds to their anticipated graduation year and one that is for confirmation.  If your child’s profile page does not show both, please contact the office.

If you have any questions about how to use this software, please grab your nearest teenager for assistance 😊 Jen will also go over this information during the Parent Meeting.  We encourage you to register in this way before Labor Day.  However, you can add information at any time to update your profile or that of your child/ren.  Here is a pdf with pictures, in case you’re a visual learner. OnRealm Screen Grabs


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Youth Ministry Teams

Love Youth?  

If you are passionate about the children and youth of St. John’s faith family, please consider joining one of these ministry teams. You don’t need to do anything special, just show up and share your thoughts and ideas and help us bring them to fruition.

Education Ministry Team’s focus is currently on Sunday School, Summer VBS/Worship, and outlining our purpose for the upcoming school year.

Family Ministry Team is currently outlining its goals for summer and fall.

Youth Ministry Team is reforming – come be a part of its inception and determine where and how the high school youth of St. John’s are Led by the Spirit and Called to Serve. High school youth and all adults are encouraged to join! This team will meet on Monday, April 16th at 7pm.


S’more Worship

Wednesdays, July 11 through August 29
Dinner at 5:45pm
Worship at 6:30pm
Fire, Fun, and Fellowship until 9:00pm
Watch for more details to come!


High School Youth

High School youth meet monthly during the school year.  The dates have not yet been set, but will be posted here when the calendar is finalized.


St. John’s has adopted:

Child & Youth Safety Policy.

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