Kids at St. John's
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me." (Matthew 19:14)
It is not uncommon at St. John’s to see a toddler wandering behind the altar or teenagers wearing silly mustaches. Being part of a church service is not about “behaving well” or “sitting quietly” – it’s about being part of the community.
Your children belong here, and so do you!
Children 0-3 Years Old
Your young children are joyfully welcome at our Sunday worship services. As Jamie Bruesehoff writes:
"I know it’s hard, but thank you for what you do when you bring your children to church. Please know that your family – with all of its noise, struggle, commotion, and joy – are not simply tolerated, you are a vital part of the community gathered in worship.”
There is a rocking chair in the back of the sanctuary along with toys and a coloring station. The bathroom on the main floor has a changing table.
Sunday School and Family Services
Children ages 4 and up are invited to our Sunday School classes during the 10am Sunday services. Children join the regular service at the “peace,” before Communion.
Children engage Scripture in age-appropriate and fun ways while forming bonds with each other. After reading Scripture, the students make crafts, put on skits, have conversations, and spend special time in prayer.
Once a month the 10am service is a Family Service. Children and teens help lead the service by carrying the cross and the candles or offering readings. Mother Mo gives a children’s sermon. Sunday School does not happen on the weeks where there is a Family Service.
Starting in sixth grade, children are invited to join the St. John’s Youth Group, which meets once a month on Friday nights. There, they engage in the world through outreach, spend social time with one another, enjoy snacks, and celebrate Compline.
Young people today are incredibly busy with school and extra-curricular activities. Youth Group offers kids a unique, safe space where they are not being evaluated or judged. They learn how to form a faith community with their peers and how to live faithfully outside the boundaries of Sunday morning worship.
Confirmation class provides space to ask questions about the church and spirituality. As Mother Mo says, “it is a time when teens and adults make the decision that they have chosen to be active members of the church.” Here in St. John’s, we invite our teens in the sixth grade and up to start Confirmation Class. Preparation includes monthly classes on Sunday afternoons, participation in Youth Group, integration into parish life, meeting with a sponsor, and service projects - possibly a mission trip!
Classes will continue into next Spring where the older members of our group will be invited to be confirmed.