Young people are an important part of our congregation! They are the church here and now, and they are constantly shaping and reshaping our community. Our vision for youth ministry is to call, equip, and ultimately send out our young people to live as people beloved by God and set free by the cross.
We encourage you to read below and follow the links to explore the many opportunities available for young people at St. John’s. Please direct any questions you may have to Maggie Evans, Director of Youth Ministry. Thank you!
parents and mentors
You are at the very heart of Youth Ministry at St. John's! The programs and opportunities we offer would not be possible without your support. There are many ways you can help, and we encourage you to look at the volunteer opportunities by clicking on the box below. From weekly, to monthly, to one-time commitments, we hope there is something here for everyone.
6th grade Confirmation
Sixth Grade is an important time of transition in the life of our students. Our 6th Grade Confirmation program is designed to bridge the Sunday School years and the Confirmation program. We invite all current 6th graders to join us for an hour of fellowship, games, and discussion from 8:45 to 9:45 on Sunday mornings throughout the school year. You will also have an opportunity to be part of the Advent Program!! We use the Echo the Story curriculum from SparkHouse for both the 6th and 7th grade Confirmation curriculum. During the 6th grade Confirmation year we will focus on the Old Testament portion of the curriculum.
7th, 8th and 9th Grade Confirmation
Students continue Confirmation through 7th, 8th and 9th grade completing the program with a celebration and special service on Reformation Sunday.
This program is designed to give young people the opportunity to explore, question, and live the faith into which they were baptized. Developmentally, these years are an important time of growth as new teenagers begin to establish key aspects of their identity apart from family and parents, develop belief systems and moral standards based on personal experiences, and apply abstract thinking skills. Our hope is that students who complete this program will be able to begin to verbalize their own unique relationship to faith, the cross, and the gospel of Jesus. An additional goal of the program is to more deeply connect students with the life of our congregation as a whole.
High School and Middle School Youth Groups
Our Youth Group program offers a variety of opportunities for 6th - 12th graders. This program offers many events throughout the year to meet together for fellowship, outreach and study. Our time together is guided by the values of community, play, learning, and worship.
Wednesday, October 17:
Youth prepare and serve Beloved Community Meal
Saturday, October 27th:
Confirmand and Family rehearsal and brunch
Sunday, October 28th:
Affirmation of Baptism, 10:00 service with reception to follow
Wednesday, October 31st:
Youth help with the Children’s evening trick-or-treat event
Sunday, November 4th:
High School Night. Game Tournament, Ice Cream Sundae and Candy Toppings Sunday!! All 9th thru 12th graders are invited to an evening of dinner, games and student led faith discussion.
Sunday, November 18th:
Youth Fundraiser Bake Sale
Sunday, December 2nd:
High School Night. Gingerbread House Contest!! All 9th thru 12th graders are invited to an evening of dinner, games and student led faith discussion.
Sunday, December 23rd:
All youth are invited to stay after the 10:00 service to help hang the stars for our Christmas worship. Pizza and dessert will by provided. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Sunday, January 6th:
High School Night. All 9th thru 12th graders are invited to an evening of dinner, games and student led faith discussion.
Friday, January 18th - 19th:
7th - 12th grade Lock-In. 6:00 pm Friday night to 10:00 Saturday morning. All 7th - 12th graders are invited to an evening of games, food, fellowship and sardines.
Wednesday, January 23rd:
Youth prepare and serve Beloved Community Meal
Summer is an exciting time around St. John's! Even though much of our regular programming slows down, there are always unique summer trips and events organized specifically for the young people in our congregation.
Wilderness Canoe Base: 2019
SUNDAY, July 28 - sunday, august 4
Everyone who has completed 7th grade and beyond is invited to join our annual trip to Wilderness Canoe Base for a week-long canoe adventure. These trips are an incredible journey that provide an opportunity for us to learn about and reflect on God's creation, strengthen our faith, and build teamwork and confidence. This trip also provides the rare opportunity to disconnect from our always connected lives and reconnect with a different pace of life. We hope you'll join the adventure!
YOUTH WORKS Service Learning Trip