Category Archives: 2018-19 Program Year

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.


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

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!

Family Night January 20th!

Hello St John’s Families,

Arctic temps? Crazy children spending too much time inside? Adults in need of socialization? Must be time for another gathering of food, families, and fun!

Here’s the plan:

Where: The Haight’s House (7 Newington Road Greenland, NH)
What: Food (potluck style), drinks, conversation
When: Sunday, January 20th 4pm-7pm
Why: to enjoy some hang out time with other St John’s families
Bring: Anything! (beer, dessert, a smile, apps, cheese & crackers, fruit, open bottles of wine, veggie tray, side dish, chips, poorly behaved children, moonshine, etc.)
Bonus: Some people (the children) have the next day off! Monday the 21st is MLK day
*FYI– We will make pulled pork sliders for the main course.
Questions: contact Jen Haight for more info or (970) 485-9330

Hope to see you next weekend! If you want to sign up so we can see what food you’re bringing, or not bringing, click here: Google Doc

The next gathering will likely be in early March- the weekend of the 9th/10th, let us know if you want to host!! If you want to stay connected to the St. John’s families on FB, please join our family group!

Pageant Sunday

Pageant 2018 drawing
Drawing by Finn Moore, grade 6.

This Sunday is our annual Christmas Pageant! That means there will not be any Sunday School classes – all children who are NOT participating in the pageant should go to church for the 10:00 service. Arrive a little early for a good seat to see everything! The nursery will remain open for our youngest.

If your child would *like* to participate but has not been involved in rehearsals, you can still show up! We try to make it easy to jump in as a sheep or an angel. There’s a dress rehearsal on Saturday which you are welcome to attend, or you can just come and make yourself known on Sunday morning in Thaxter Hall. Kids will be arriving btw 9-9:15 to get into costume. Let me know if you have any questions:

Teenagers and big kids – we need your help too! We need banner bearers to walk the big banners down the aisle and helpers with the night sky… Nathan and Lizzie are good contacts for those jobs 🙂

Our upcoming Sunday schedule will look as follows:

  • Dec 23 – Pageant (No classes, nursery open)
  • Dec 30 – No Children/Youth Programs (Nursery closed)
  • Jan 6 – Sunday School and Youth Groups resume at 9:30AM

A friendly reminder that our musical rehearsals will being on Sunday Jan 6th. This year we are doing Willy Wonka – performance will be Feb 16 & 17. If you’re interested in learning more about this, let me know!

Advent Schedule

On Sunday, December 2nd, we will welcome in a new season of Advent as a church community. This season of joyful preparation will offer some good opportunities for our children to build in their joy and community as well.

Below, you will find the December 2018 Children & Youth Schedule Overview. Looking for more dates? Visit the Program Schedule page.


  • 9 Sunday – Youth Service Sunday @ 9:30 in Thaxter Hall
  • 9 Sunday – Lessons and Carols Service @ 5:00
  • 12 Wednesday – Youth Serve & Celebrate @ 3:00-6:00
  • 15 Saturday – Youth Group Christmas Party @ 5:00-7:30
  • 23 Sunday – Christmas Pageant @ 10:00 service
  • 24 Monday – Christmas Eve Family Service w/ Youth Music @ 4:00

Youth Halloween Party

RSVP to Nathan!

Halloween 2018

After Youth Choir Rehearsal (4-5:30), we invite youth group members (6th and up + all junior choir members) to join us in the Philbrick Room for a festive costume party! Our group will attend the Portsmouth Parade at 7:00PM and we will provide transportation!


We will need a headcount to coordinate this – your response is appreciated. $10 per child.

All-Ages Service Oct. 7

One Body, Many Parts

An All-Ages Service to Celebrate World Communion & Diversity

Children and youth gathered around the communion table to help Rob and Nathan bless the bread and wine.

This Sunday is part of Columbus Day weekend – a weekend in the fall we all look forward to because we get a day off from school, and a little breathing room after an action-packed September. However, most of us are a little confused about celebrating Mr. Columbus… it has become popular to re-name this day Indigenous Peoples Day. In light of this questioning and the global divisions we seek to make sense of on a daily basis, we wanted to use this holiday weekend in church to create a space for all of us to be drawn together.

Instead of our typical Church School and Youth Group, we will be offering an All-Ages Service, telling the story of The Good Shepherd and World Communion. Through this story we will be reminded of the diversity that we find here at St. John’s, in our community, our country, and our world. We will be reminded that in God’s eyes, we are part of one flock. Please join us for this service to hear the story of the Good Shepherd, a story which celebrates our differences and yet draws us together as one body in Christ.


  • 9:30 Youth and Children Gather in Thaxter Hall
  • 10:00 All-Ages Service (children will sit together with their peers)
  • 11:00-11:30 Cherub Choir in the Philbrick Room

Kickoff Sunday 2018

We’ve made it around the sun once again and we’re at one of the most exciting weekends of the year… Kickoff Sunday at St. John’s!

In preparation for a new program year, we have been working on giving the blog a little face lift so it can be a useful resource.


9:30 – Family Worship & Gather in Thaxter Hall
10:00 – Rite II Service / Kids Church & Youth Groups
11:00-11:45 – Cherub Choir in Choir Room
5:00-7:30 – Youth Group Picnic @ Great Island Common

Family Worship & Gather in Thaxter Hall
Children, youth, and their adults will bless and celebrate the new program year at 9:30 (sharp!). Be there to help us model to our children the beauty in making space to fall in love with God!

Kids & Youth Dismissed / Parents to 10:00 Service
After our mini-service together, parents and students will part ways until students return to church at the Peace & Eucharist.

Cherub Choir Rehearsal *new time!*
We are excited to introduce a new rehearsal time for the Cherub Choir. After students celebrate the Eucharist with their families, they will be dismissed for rehearsal which will run during Coffee Hour in the Choir Room. The general time frame for this will be 11:00-11:45. (Rehearsal will always end at 11:45.)

Youth Group Kickoff Picnic @ Great Island Common
Middle and High Schoolers are invited to a celebration picnic from 5:00-7:30.

For more information check out these pages: