SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3
Sunday, December 3 (Advent 1) will be a "Fantastic First Sunday." We will need youth volunteers to serve as ushers. If interested, please email Sheila Brockmeier ASAP or call her at (303) 917-9131.
Youth Activity: Lunch and a movie this coming Sunday, December 3! At 12:15 p.m. we walk to Fatty's for pizza, then attend the 2:15 p.m. showing of the amazing movie "Wonder" at Skyline 8 Cinema in Dillon. (Some parental help with carpooling and chaperoning at the movie needed will be needed.) Please RSVP to Sheila by Saturday (tomorrow) morning, 12/2/17 and I will purchase tickets in advance (the youth group fund will cover). Please bring $8.00 per person for lunch and extra if you want refreshments at the movies. Friends are definitely welcome!
CHRISTMAS EVE, 4:OO p.m.
The Christmas Pageant will be the "Liturgy of the Word" (the first half of the service) for the 4:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve service on Sunday, December 24. We need several people for small speaking parts: Joseph, Mary, the lead Angel, a Narrator and the head Shepherd. The Narrator is the longest part, but does not need to memorized, just read aloud with a loud, clear voice. Pageant participants will need to attend one brief rehearsal, date to be determined, though tentatively Saturday afternoon, December 23 or Sunday morning, December 24, at 9:30 a.m. Those participating in the Pageant will also need to arrive at the church by 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. If you would like to participate, you will be a gift and a blessing to our congregation and visitors! Visitors, out of town family, and friends are welcome to join us! Please RSVP to 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.