Youth General Information

Education Ministry at St. John’s

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, Cross+Gen Sunday School, Family-Style Sunday School, Adult Education Hour, book and Bible studies, and empowering parents to support faith practices at home.

The goal of Cross+Gen Sunday School 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!

Family-Style Sunday School is an opportunity for families to gather together to learn together and share together. Martin Luther created the Small Catechism to help the heads of households teach the faith within their homes, to their families. All education opportunities at St. John’s follow the FAITH5 as their framework. When we bring families together, we reinforce the practices of the FAITH5 to make it easier for families to incorporate the FAITH5 into their daily routines. You don’t have to have a family to participle – families will adopt you into their faith families! There is a place for EVERYONE in Family-Style Sunday School.

Age-segregated Sunday School is still alive and well, in fact it’s grown by 48% over the past two years. The children all gather together for Opening time of songs, learning about the day’s theme, and collecting an offering. Then, they move to classrooms where one of the 12 lead volunteers will help them explore God’s story, our history, and experience God’s love. And just this last week, an additional 23 adults began to assist in those classrooms. Imagine the love, laughter, and learning that goes on as they all gather together!


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.


 

Sunday, May 6 – Cross+Gen Sunday, ‘Fruits of the Spirit

Sunday, May 13 – Kindergarten Parents attend class for final Prayer Milestone
Class

Sunday, May 20 – Pentecost Program at 10:30AM worship. Is also last day
of Sunday School


 

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!


Sunday School Calendar (Winter/Spring, 2018)

Please click on the following link to see the Sunday School Calendar:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/01b58089c78a99934edc80984/files/402f1e0b-5784-4232-9715-d872213cfce1/Sunday_School_Calendar_for_Parents_Winter_Spring_2018.pdf


Sunday School

Sunday School Registration forms are available now.  Your child’s baptismal date will be needed to complete the form. It is still a paper form, but we hope to be entirely digital for registration next year.

We have leaders for every class and are now searching for those adults and high school youth who would like to volunteer alongside them. Talk to Jen about which age/grade you prefer to work with and she’ll get you a purple nametag insert and tell you everything you need to know.

Sunday School will start at 9:15am, in the sanctuary, and end in classrooms at 10:15am. Parents should head to their child’s classrooms to introduce themselves and pick up their kiddos at that time.


Sunday School Program for Toddlers: Parent and Me.

Families who have a child that is not yet enrolled in 4K will have a new opportunity on Sunday mornings during Education Hour. This “Parent and Me” Sunday School class will replace the 3 year old Sunday School class and meet from 9:15-10:15am in the Mary and Martha rooms of the preschool hallway. 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.


Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry at St. John’s is made up of a combination of ongoing weekly events and special events for our Middle and High School students.

  • Middle School Youth & Confirmation Ministry
  • High School Youth Ministry

High School Youth

The Gathering will be held in Houston, Texas, with approximately 30,000 high school youth in attendance!  The Gathering is from June 27th through July 1st, 2018. We plan to do some sight-seeing before The Gathering.  Anticipated cost is $1500/youth, but our goal is to fundraiser to cover the majority of that.  No teenager should be prevented from attending this event due to an inability to cover the costs. Please see Jen if the cost is a burden to your family or contact her at JenK@sjlserve.org.


St. John’s has adopted:

Child & Youth Safety Policy.

Youth Activities Parental Consent & Medical Release Form

Building Use Information

Room Request Form