Faith Formation for Young People
Faith formation for children and youth are vital components of St. John's parish life. Here is a list of all our offerings for the 2013-2014 program year.
Children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade
Church School – Four quarters of six weekly sessions provide an engaging experience for our youngest using a curriculum called Godly Play. Fourth and fifth graders use a Seasons of the Spirit curriculum. Classes are led by trained adults who rotate on a quarterly basis. Since we use a co-op system, parents are asked to volunteer to assist on a rotating schedule as well. There are always two adults per class. For more information about Church School, contact our Church School Coordinator.
Youth in Grades 6-8
Sunday Morning “Center Stage” – Middle schoolers gather for four quarters of six weekly sessions in conjunction with Church School. Adult leaders are recruited to facilitate a discussion around topics important to adolescents and their growing faith. Parents are asked to provide light refreshments on a rotating schedule. To volunteer as a facilitator, contact our Church School Coordinator.
Mission Opportunities – Middle schoolers need opportunities to live out their faith in service to others. Opportunities for service are provided throughout the year, and a period of reflection follows to help youth connect their work with Jesus’ command to love our neighbors.
Confirmation – We have 12 teenagers participating in the "Confirm not Conform" program this year. Confirmands are meeting most Monday evenings to discuss religious faith broadly and the specifics of Episcopal beliefs. Confirmands are expected to attend church regularly and to participate in some additional aspect of church life. Parents participate by helping at meetings. Confirmands are being matched with congregational mentors and will participate in a Diocesan youth retreat as part of the process. (The current practice at St. John's is to conduct confirmation preparation for youth every other year).