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About SJCFamily

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

Family Pool Party Sunday 7/14

pool party

Happy July in NH!

The best days of summer are upon us and we would love to share in the fun with you and your family. Children of all ages are welcome… please come and splash around and hang out.

Host: Rhonda, Dave, and Lauren Young

Date & Time: Sunday, July 14 from 12-4 PM

Address: 470 Cutts Ave., Portsmouth NH

RSVP here!

Rhonda and Dave will supply hotdogs and hamburgers, as well as non-alcoholic beverages for the party. Please bring something to share (an appetizer, a dessert, a snack, a bottle of wine, something else for the grill…) as well as your beach towels and bathing suits! If you need to get in touch with Rhonda, her number is 693-682-1392.

Serve and Celebrate!

All St. John’s Youth are invited for an afternoon of service, song, and fellowship starting at 3:00pm. Here’s the schedule for tomorrow:

3:00pm – Cooking for Cross Roads – we’ll prepare a meal to send to the Cross Roads shelter.
4:00pm – Youth Choirs rehearse – youth singers will practice for an hour while others finish preparing the meal.
5:00pm – Dinner
5:30pm – 6:00pm – pick-up

Cooking for Crossroads
Kids & volunteers cooking for Crossroads

All are welcome to join when they can for as long as they can.

Peace,
Nathan

May 11th Family Night

Hi SJC Families,

What a wonderful school year we’ve had as a St John’s family. As our program year comes to a close, we wanted to gather our families one more time before heading into “summer schedule.” Here are the details:

When: Saturday, May 11

Time: 4pm-whenever

Where:
The Haight’s House
7 Newington Road
Greenland, NH

Bring: an appetizer, a side dish, or drinks – click here to sign up

Dinner: we will have hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwurst, etc. for the grill

What: We will also have a campfire and s’mores for the kids. Dress for outdoor play!

Palm Sunday

palm sunday
Palm Sunday by Evans Yegon

Children & Youth will meet at 9:30 in the normal locations. At 10:00, all children and youth will join the processional in church to help bless and distribute palms to the congregation. This is an exciting entrance, and we are joyfully anticipating the kids’ involvement. It may cause a little extra chaos, but parents should know that we will still run on the same schedule:

  • 9:30AM Kids’ gather for Sunday school/Youth group
  • 10:00AM Kids’ join processional, then return to small group spaces with adult leaders
  • 10:40AM (approx) Kids’ return to their families at the time of the Peace
  • 11:00-11:30AM Cherub choir rehearses in Choir Room

PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a service Sunday this week as previously planned. All youth should go to their normal Sunday meeting place.

**Choir School students are called to gather for robes at 9:15!**

Wed. April 10 UPDATE

Tomorrow, Wednesday April 10th, we will host youth for:

  • Cooking for Crossroads at 3:00-5:00
  • Junior Choir at 4:30-5:30

All those in the choir are encouraged to join the cooking crew in the kitchen until we begin a shorter rehearsal at 4:30.

There will not be any fellowship time or dinner served this time, so please plan your pick-ups accordingly! 

Thank you so much!

 

April 2019

Overview for April 2019:

Nursery & Sunday School/Youth Group will run normally all Sundays EXCEPT Easter

Easter Sunday, April 21

  • Nursery is open for first service 8:45AM – 10:45AM
  • No Sunday School
  • Easter Egg Hunt immediately following first service (approx. 10:15)

Youth choirs sing at BOTH 9:15 & 11:00 Easter services!!

Don’t miss the Choir School students singing on Palm Sunday, April 14!

 

The Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

As a mother and the director of our children’s program at St. John’s, I am a seeker of wisdom and truth regarding the spiritual lives of children. I have made mistakes, and I have looked inward to discover my spiritual breaking points, where old wounds never healed properly. I recall as a child feeling so sensitive to a critical word. Early on I began the process of internalizing struggles that I felt would be judged or worse, made fun of. I was horrified of displeasing the adults in my life. Over many years, I created versions of myself that would work well in different scenarios. As an adolescent, it was such a lonely, heart-aching time… and I had loving parents who gave me the world. I had special gifts and talents that were celebrated. I had a church community. And yet… something within my spiritual self was tamped down, ashamed, scared. I wasn’t free. I wasn’t connected to God in a way that was truly life-giving.

I ponder this reality… the combination of circumstances that made it impossible to talk to my parents about what my heart was SCREAMING about. I just let my heart scream, determined to shush it. Determined to figure it out on my own.

I did not figure it out on my own. Shocking, I know. I continue to learn and grow in my spirituality, and I am so grateful that God brought me to St. John’s. Finding in my work an outlet for spiritual, professional, and personal growth is an unbelievable blessing. That child who ached for affirmation and shushed the messages from her heart is still here, but now I’m looking at my own children and the children of this community, and I know we can do better.

Recently I found a wonderful book about the spiritual development of children and teens, and I highly recommend it to you:

The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving

by Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

Dr. Miller writes about the scientific evidence that in our first two decades, we are primed for deep spiritual connection and development. She lays out, in clear language, ways in which we [adults] support that development, and ways we hinder or handicap that development. This book includes language that has spoken to me… has put into words the ponderings of my heart and organized a strategy to evolve.

In trying to find an excerpt to share, I found myself reviewing whole chapters – I’m truly fascinated by this material! Here for you, excerpts from an early chapter called, “Birthright.”

“Spiritual development is a biological and psychological imperative from birth. Natural spirituality, the innate spiritual attunement of young children – unlike other lines of development – appears to begin whole and fully expressed. As the child grows, natural spirituality integrates with the capacities of cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development, as well as physical change, to create a more complex set of equipment through which to experience transcendence and spirituality.

Our child’s spiritual faculty flourishes with support and encouragement to grow strong and to integrate with the rest of her developmental growth. This process of integration is also shaped by her internal dialogue and through interactions with parents, family, peers, and community. The practice field is everywhere, and it happens every time she has conversations with us about life’s big and little questions, such as about meaning and purpose, being good people, how to treat others, what it means to be empathetic and compassionate, and why we need to take care of the earth and our environment.

As parents, we can take those ideas into the playing field of daily life and show our children how we live and express spiritual values in everyday interactions with other people, with animals, with nature, with our own inner life, and with the life of the mind and big ideas. We can take our children to explore sacred places and spaces: a house of worship, a sanctuary tucked away in a hospital, a mountain, or a river. We can encourage (and model) acts of expansive love and kindness. This exploration cultivates spiritual knowing and attunement, a sense of the spiritual dimension that is always present and is deeper than superficial attributes and higher than competitive and materialistic priorities. Supported by this exploration, the continuing conversation with us, and by her own internal spiritual dialogue, she continues to define what spirituality is and what the journey is for her.” (Miller, pg. 29-31)

 

Let’s Dance! March 23rd

SAVE THE DATE – MARCH 23RD!

  • Need to get a babysitter? Worth it! (I wouldn’t lead you astray.)
  • Enjoy a night out with live big band & dancing!
  • Drinks & appetizers
  • Tix available in advance or at the door $25 (or VIP tix $50)
  • Money from ticket sales will help support another year of Choir School at St. John’s, our after-school, tuition-free, music program that runs on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

letsdance FINAL 2019

Youth Mission Trip

Commit to Serve!

JUNE 23-29, 2019

Nathan and Ashley are eagerly awaiting commitments from members of the middle school and high school youth group for our MISSION TRIP!!! We cannot wait to serve with this crew and dive into deepening our spiritual connection with ourselves and each other.

We are hoping to collect a $75 deposit for each student by Sunday March 10. Its time to decide to make a difference in your life and in this world!

FAQ’s about the mission trip:

Where are we going?

Dunn, NC, a rural, agricultural community on the Coastal Plain of Eastern NC.

What are we doing?

Working with the Episcopal Farm Workers Ministry and the Trinity Center on the Outer Banks.

But what are we going to DO there?

We’ll do some farm work and some projects to support the community of farmworkers. We will hear stories from migrant workers and open up our hearts and minds to a greater human experience.

Who is going on the trip?

Definitely Ashley Wade and Nathan Bourne. We hope to bring a group of ten students – there are still several spots available!

What students are eligible to go?

All rising 7th-12th graders.

How much does it cost?

The ticket price per student is about $750, but we will be fundraising and assistance is available. As with all programs at St. John’s, money shouldn’t be a deciding factor for your family! Do know that each student will be responsible for helping with fundraising efforts for our group.

How are we getting there?

We’re taking the St. John’s van. It’s about a 14 hour drive and we’re planning on doing it in a day.

Where are we staying?

For the first five nights we’ll stay at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Clinton, NC. They’ve offered for us to take over a couple Sunday School rooms and their parish hall. Our last two nights we’ll be at The Trinity Center on the Outer Banks.

How do I sign up?

Email Nathan (curate@stjohnsnh.org) ASAP and bring in your $75 deposit on Sunday March 10th.