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No Youth Programs for NH School Vaca.


All children’s & youth programs are CANCELED this Sunday 2/24, including youth group, Sunday school, nursery, and cherub choir.

All children’s & youth programs are CANCELED Wednesday 2/27, including Junior Youth Music & Theater.

REMEMBER!!! Sunday March 3rd is our parish Shrove party beginning at 5PM – you don’t wanna miss it!! 🙂



Brought to you by the St. John’s Youth/Music Program

  • Saturday, Feb. 16 @ 6:00PM
  • Sunday, Feb 17 @ 11:30AM

Come to a show and participate in our GOLDEN TICKET FUNDRAISER! Buy a St. John’s Wonka Bar for $5 and you might be a lucky winner of a special prize valued at $50-$100!!

Wonka Logo


Cooking for Crossroads & GAMES NIGHT 

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 @ 3:30-5:30



church school & youth groups canceled

  • Sunday, Feb. 24



Thaxter Hall

  • Sunday, Mar. 3 @ 5:00PM


Good evening, friends!

Due to the impending blizzard, all youth programs will be canceled tomorrow, Sunday, January 20. This includes Church School, Youth Groups/Service Sunday, Nursery, and Cherub & Junior Theater Rehearsals for Willy Wonka.

Willy Wonka rehearsals will not be made up, but will resume as usual on Wednesday. This coming Wednesday is a Cooking For Crossroads Day, beginning at 3PM!! (For the Wonker-ers: Rehearsal will begin at 4, and we will end a bit early to enjoy a meal together at 5:30. Please pick up your students at 6PM per usual.)

Our FAMILY NIGHT is still on for any stir-crazy families that feel ready to venture out into the wilderness by 4PM.

Enjoy the divine “pause button,”



Service Sunday and Acolyte Training

Service Sunday at Gather

This Sunday at 9:30am will be our first Service Sunday of the program year. We’ll be heading to the house of Todd Hansen, a local architect who uses a wheelchair to help him with some yard work. He is a strong advocate for creating a more accessible world and will share his story with us. We’ll meet in Thaxter Hall at 9:30am and be back by 11:15 for coffee hour and Joanne Ferguson’s retirement party. Wear clothes you can do yard work in!

After the service, there’ll be a training for anybody interested in becoming an acolyte. Any young person in third grade or older can be an acolyte. The commitment is flexible. We hope to schedule each of our acolytes to serve one Sunday a month. If you want to know more about what acolytes do, come to the training and see! The training will be about 20 minutes going. We should be done by 11:45am.

Junior Music & Theater Kickoff

Junior singers and actors of St. John’s – we begin this Wednesday, September 12th!


  • 4:00 Gather & Settle
  • 4:15 Rehearsal Begins
  • 5:15 Rehearsal Ends
  • 5:15-5:30 Clean Up & Announcements

Anyone in grade 3-12 is invited to join this group. Lots of opportunity for leadership and influence of the course of our year!

We will meet in the Choir Room located on the lower level of Thaxter Hall (101 Chapel St., Portsmouth NH). Parking in the lot during our programs is open to all.

choir school 2

If you have questions or concerns about transportation, etc, please reach out to me at If you are a new member, please be sure you have completed the Church Family Registration before tomorrow (one time registration).



Mark your calendars!!!!  Pool Party on Cutts Avenue.

When: Sunday, July 15th

Where: 470 Cutts Avenue Portsmouth, NH  @ The Youngs (Rhonda, Dave & Lauren’s house)

Time: 11am-3pm

We will grill hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers around 1pm, bring a side dish to share. SIGN UP – CLICK HERE

Kids drinks will be provided as well.

Be sure to bring your bathing suits, towels and floaties if your kids need them.

Sunday June 3rd

A couple of updates for this Sunday, June 3rd:

This Sunday, June 3rd, Shaylei and Sammie will open the nursery to care for young children from 9-11AM. (Easa and Amos will be there!) Church starts at 9:30. All other children’s and youth programming is off for the summer months. Kids are ALWAYS welcome in church. Let me know if you want me to stock up on some crafts or toys that would help your young ones make it through the hour.

Also this Sunday at 2:00PM, there will be an exciting culmination concert presented by the Portsmouth High School choirs, directed by Olin Johannessen. Admission is free, and donations are gladly accepted to benefit HAVEN NH, a local non-profit which is dedicated to addressing public health through violence prevention and improving the well-being of children and families.

Children’s Chapel May 6

Hello families! This is just a friendly reminder that tomorrow morning at 9:30 in the Sanctuary, we will host our final Children’s Chapel of the program year!

Rev. Anne Williamson has a special message to deliver to our children and their adults. Please come right to church for Children’s Chapel (PreK through 5th grade only) at 9:30. Children will be escorted to their classrooms afterward.

You can find a schedule of our children/youth programs here.

No Programs 4/22 and Family Night 4/28

Hello families!


A friendly reminder that this Sunday, April 22nd, there are NO children’s programs at church. I wonder what you do when you stay home on Sunday mornings? We do “home church” which consists of blasting gospel music, singing, dancing, and eating a special family breakfast, usually including pancakes and maple syrup. Home Church is something we always cherish… I encourage you to take advantage of staying in PJs and setting aside precious family time this Sunday morning! Share with us your own version of HOME CHURCH in the comments below! 🙂


Our next Family Night is Saturday, April 28, 3:30-6:30 at the Philbrook’s home in Portsmouth. You and yours are invited to this family cook-out… Family nights have been so fun and we would love to see some new faces and families! If you’ve never been, we hope you’ll consider joining us. Read more about this special family night (and combined birthday party!!) and sign up with your favorite side dish!! 

Why Volunteer

Why volunteer at St. John’s (or anywhere else)?

The following is a testimonial written by Elaine Wilson, active volunteer and community member at St. John’s. Her words come in response to a request for a quote for the Choir School at St. John’s:

The poet asks: “Tell me what it is that you want to do with your one wild and precious life?”

After I retired for the 2nd time and searched for ways to continue a precious life, I heard about a new Choir School organizing at St. Johns—my two favorite things: music and children. They needed volunteers! I offered to go one Tuesday, every other week for two hours. After continuing almost three years, I am there two days a week for about three hours to prepare snacks (anything with cheese or chocolate seems a favorite).

I have learned that the quiet child coming in hesitant to talk, let alone sing, can become giggly and bubbly as she finds a friend to run by her side.
I have learned that rowdy children become leaders at chess or dominoes helping others as they wait for voice, piano, or choir time.
I have learned much more about Stephen Hawking, various islands, Pi Day, young girls fashions, that young boys do not claim fashion but have heard about it, favorite books, movies, and screen time games… but not what they are called.
I have learned and developed deeper old friendships and new fresh friendships with the various volunteers.
I have learned and developed even greater respect for the amazing talents of the choir school leaders, Meg Harper and Ashley Wade and of their teaching ability primed with patience and love.
I’ve learned how to make my heart sing; what to do to continue a wild and precious life; and that VOLUNTEERING is as simple as reaching out to accept a gift given to you………