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About SJCFamily

Children's Music and Ministries Director at St. John's Episcopal Church in beautiful Portsmouth NH.

Fire & Ice Community Dinner

All families are invited to come and celebrate with the Choir School for the 4th Annual community dinner & fundraiser

Tuesday, January 21st, 5-7pm

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The Choir School’s 4th Annual Community Dinner & Fundraiser, to help build community, raise money, and eat some yummy food! RSVP

  • Chili & Soups + Ice Cream = Fire & Ice (pizza for kids!)
  • Tuesday, January 21st @ 5-7 PM
  • $5/person or $10/family suggested donation
  • Thaxter Hall
  • All are welcome!

Calling all artists!

Submit a drawing for the pageant bulletin cover!

WHAT TO DO: Draw a scene depicting a part of the Christmas story… in the past this has been the creche scene, the holy family around the manger, and the three wise men following the star. There are many scenes that could work for the cover!

WHO CAN SUBMIT A DRAWING: Any child or youth in the St. John’s Program.

DUE BY: Sunday, December 15th

OTHER DETAILS: Colorful drawings encouraged! All ages and skill levels encouraged to participate! Use this as a way to chat about the advent and Christmas stories at home while students draft their drawings. PLEASE HAVE STUDENTS SIGN THEIR WORK!

HOW TO SUBMIT: Drop off at church on Sunday or scan and email to


Kids’ Pizza Party during Lessons & Carols this Sunday

This Sunday, Dec 15th, is our annual Lessons & Carols service at 5:30 PM.

For the first time we are hosting a complimentary Kids’ Pizza Party, including free play and art space on the lower level of Thaxter Hall. If your children will come for the pizza and fun, please RSVP to 

Kids’ space will be open at 5PM. Pizza will be served around 5:30.

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December 15 Service Sunday

Service Sunday: Santa Edition 2019!

All middle and high school youth are invited to give back to bring some Christmas cheer to our community by participating in this month’s Service Sunday.

This Sunday, December 8th, we’ll be helping with Operation Blessing’s annual Christmas toy drive by sorting toys, decorating their space for the holidays, and pitching in however else we’re needed. Operation Blessing provides the opportunity for Seacoast families struggling financially to select toys for their children. It’s a massive effort, and seeks to help our neighbors in need.

We’ll meet at Thaxter Hall at 9:30am and return at 11:30am.

Operation Blessing could always use more wrapping paper, tape, and scissors to stock their wrapping tables if you’re willing to donate.

Don’t forget… our next Youth Wednesday to Serve & Celebrate is this week!

Fall Family Night October 26


Families are invited to hang out together, share food and drink, and watch the children entertain each other. It has become a highlight for parents who need to remember to laugh together and bask in the love and light of our children… while sipping a glass of wine with other adults!


Join us on the 26th at the Haight’s home in Greenland for our first family night of the season. Bring your favorite cider, chili, cornbread, pumpkin beverage, or apple crisp. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and it will be nice enough for a fire. Plan on bringing warm “fire clothes” if you want to relax outside. Email for questions or details!


‘Out of the Box’ Mission Trip Talk

Mission Trip Presentation

Sunday, October 13th, 11:15am

The SJC youth who went on a mission trip to North Carolina this summer will talk about their experiences and present what they learned during their week with the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. This presentation is part of the ongoing “Out of the Box” series that highlights ways members of SJC and others are living out their faith beyond the walls of the church.


Youth Serve & Celebrate Wednesday

Cooking for Cross Roads

Wednesday, October 9th, 3:00-5:45pm

Our next SJC Youth Wednesday is this week! All of our Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, and Youth Music & Theater participants are invited to come cook for the Cross Roads community, sing & play with the music crew, and have dinner together. Our evening schedule looks like this: