Category Archives: Choir School

Updates for everyone!

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Youth cast of Into the Woods

2/23 NO YOUTH GROUP OR Sunday SCHOOL

(Nursery & PreK / K Class will remain open for young children!)

As per our normal tradition, our Sunday morning education programs take a February “break” on the Sunday sandwiched between ME and NH school vacation weeks, which is this Sunday, February 23. However, since the lovely students from the Choir School will be singing in church this weekend, we will offer Nursery childcare and a young children’s class with the fabulous Kendall Mood!

SJC YOUTH MUSIC ON TWO-WEEK HIATUS

When we come back to rehearsals, both cherub and junior choirs will be preparing for our March 29th Youth Music Sunday!

  • Next Cherub Choir Rehearsal is Sunday, March 8 @ 11-11:30am
  • Next Junior Choir Rehearsal is Wednesday, March 4 @ 4-5:30pm
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Cherub cast of Winnie the Pooh

SHROVE SUNDAY PANCAKE DINNER

Our annual Mardi-Gras themed parish-wide pancake dinner is Sunday, February 23 @ 5-7pm! Lots of yummy food, and a kid-friendly dining & play area downstairs! There’s no Sunday school in the morning, so come get a little church and sugar in the evening. Lent is coming… gotta eat that butter and flour while you still can.

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRMATION CLASS

Bishop Rob will be visiting St. John’s on May 10th, and will offer an opportunity for people to be confirmed, received, or to renew their baptismal vows at the 10am service. Nathan will be leading a class for high schoolers to talk about what confirmation is, what they believe, and whether they want to be confirmed. Classes will run on Sundays after church from 11:30am–12:30pm from March 1st – April 5th. Email Nathan with any questions or if you have a high schooler who’s interested.

 

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!

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 ashley@stjohnsnh.org 

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

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Children’s Music & Ministries Updates

Here is a quick overview of what’s coming up for Children’s Music & Ministries. Stay tuned for more info coming soon on Youth Groups! Hope to see everyone on Sunday, 9/8!

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:30AM
Kick off on Sunday, Sept. 8th.
Grades Prek-5.
Nursery for children age 3 and under.

SUNDAY MORNING CHERUB CHOIR REHEARSAL 11:00-11:30
First rehearsal is in the Choir Room on Sunday, Sept. 8th.
Young singers age 4 through 8 are welcome to sing with us. Cherubs sing in church approx. one time per month and participate in the Christmas Pageant and Musical!

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WEDNESDAY YOUTH MUSIC & THEATER REHEARSAL 4:00-5:30
First rehearsal is Wednesday, Sept. 11th. Grades 3-12.
Youth interested in performing at St. John’s are welcome to join us to sing in church approx. one time per month and participate in the Christmas Pageant and Musical.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR ~ YOUTH MUSIC & THEATER DATES
Dec. 22 Christmas Pageant, 10:00AM (Dress Rehearsal 12/21, 10:00-12:00)
Feb. 15-16 Musical Performances (Dress Rehearsal 2/14, 4:00-6:00)
Apr. 26 The Choir School Culmination Concert w/ Phillips Andover Academy 4:00PM

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THE CHOIR SCHOOL AT ST. JOHN’S
An after-school music program on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:15-5:15.
First rehearsal is Tuesday, Sept. 17th.
A tuition-free after-school music program focused on singing, musicianship, and community. Open to all treble voices in grades 3-8. Students perform about once per month, participate in special services, and collaborate with other ensembles.

ST. JOHN’S FAMILY NIGHTS
Young families are invited to hang out together, share food and drink, and watch the children entertain eachother. It has become a highlight for we 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! Low-pressure, come as you are, and do family night right. If you’ve never made it, this is the year! Stay tuned for dates and info!

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Do you know about Choir School?

How much do you know about The Choir School at St. John’s?

Did you know that the Choir School…
…is a tuition-free after-school music program?
…provides transportation for Portsmouth residents?
…includes individualized instruction on piano and voice?
…is available to any student in grades 3 through 8?
…runs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, beginning September 18?

ONLINE ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!

We are heading into our 4th year of Choir School, and we are so excited for a year full of community through music.

“My daughter was painfully shy. She had trouble making friends because she was so self-conscious. The transformation we have seen in her is incredible and we are so happy. She will now sing and perform in front of audiences, has joined the musical production at the church, and we no longer think of her as a shy kid; and we are no longer worried about her socially. We are so grateful to the choir school for making this program available to any student.” – Amy-Lynn, mother of a student

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Choir School Singers Prepping for a Sunday morning anthem
Recruit Fall 18
Fall Recruitment Poster