Sunday School teachers and youth volunteers are needed for the 2017-2018 school year! As we contemplate our financial pledges for the coming year, please also consider the gift of your time and talent as an investment in the young people of our congregation. Three Sundays per month in September through May, we usually offer Sunday School for 2 age groups: Pre- K through 3rd grade, and 4th through 8th grade. Volunteers typically only teach one Sunday per month, and all lesson plans and materials are provided for you. Other volunteer opportunities: serve as an alternate for providing care in the nursery, or serve as a chaperone for a youth event or by participating on the Work Crew for a Quest Weekend at Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista.
Attention Youth: All who are entering 6th through 12th grades are invited to participate in any and all of the following events:
- See The Addams Family performed by children and youth at the Lake Dillon Theater at noon on Saturday, August 12. Please contact Sheila Brockmeier ASAP so that she may reserve seats and we can make plans for an after-theater treat.
- The Camp Out : Saturday, August 26, 5:30 pm through Sunday, August 27, 10:00 am, at Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal Church, Colorado Springs. Kick off your youth-group year with a night of glow capture the flag, campfire worship, and reflection on the ways we "camp out" and advocate for all God's people. Registration is due August 10. Cost: $10 per person for food and supplies.
- Fantastic First Sunday, September 3. Youth are invited to act as worship leaders for our 10:30 service. You may volunteer to serve as a chalice bearer (must be confirmed), acolyte, usher, intercessor, or reader.
- Fall Quest Youth Retreat: October 27-29, at Frontier Ranch, Buena Vista, Colorado, for all middle and high school students (6th-12th Grades) across the state of Colorado. God is the One who defines our life and helps answer the question "Who am I?" - you are a saint! When we view ourselves this way it allows us to know we are worthy, fully loved, holy and set apart for big things, and invites us to live into God's dreams for us. Prayer deepens our relationship with God and moves us into action. It's a journey (and sometimes a struggle) to leave behind insecurity and inactivity, but viewing ourselves through the lens of a hagios - "saint" - changes our worldview, moving us into inspiration and making a difference. The cost for youth and adult sponsors is $150. The price will increase after September 29 to $165. St. John's can provide financial assistance if needed.
For more information about any or all of these notices, please email Sheila Brockmeier.
St. John's provides activities for children to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Episcopal expression of the Christian faith. We seek, as well, to strengthen their commitment and faith in Christ and to enable members of all ages to integrate the Church's theology with their experience. Open discussion and challenge are valued and encouraged.
Sunday mornings during the 10:30 service
This summer we using a new approach to serve families with children in place of weekly Sunday School. On most first Sundays, we will continue with "Fantastic First Sundays" during which our youth serve as readers, ushers, acolytes, chalice servers and occasionally, guest musicians and a children's sermon is provided.
In addition, one time per month (generally the third Sunday), we offer a "Family Liturgy of the Word." Children of any age, infant through high school and at least one parent for children under 6 are invited to gather in the Parish Hall after the "Collect of the Day" (the prayer before the scripture readings). During the Family Liturgy, children, youth and parents share duties for reading the designated scripture for the day. This is followed by an interactive sermon and/or a craft or activity to explore the meaning of the Gospel and other readings. We develop our own creed to pray and share prayer requests in place of the Prayers of the People. We share our own exchange of The Peace and return to the sanctuary in time for the offering, if not in time for the community exchange of Peace.
Childcare for ages three and under is provided each Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. services. Our trained staff provides a safe and friendly environment while parents worship.