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.