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,”



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.

Family Night Nov. 11

St John’s Family Nights are Back!

The purpose of Family Night is to welcome one another in our homes and lives beyond Sunday morning. It’s a fun time for both children and adults to hang out and enjoy one another’s company. Sharing food, drinks and fun is the only agenda for these gatherings. Most of the families have little ones, but that is not a requirement for attendance, so everyone should feel welcome to join!


  • When: Sunday, November 11
  • Time: 4-7pm
  • Hosts: Kelly and Jack Boston
  • Address: 465 Cutts Ave, Portsmouth
  • Contact (for questions or directions) Kelly Cell: (603) 205-0373
  • Dinner: Chili
  • What to bring: beer, wine, any side dish, desserts, veggie tray, fruit tray, chips, etc.


  • January 12th or 13th
  • Hosts: TBD

Family Nights are usually held from 4-7, but it’s a very casual “drop in” situation, so families should come and go whenever it works best for them. The meals are pot luck style, so if you cook or bake something amazing to share we will love it! If you show up with wine and an open bag of chips, we will also love it 😊

The host families rotate, so if you’re interested in hosting a family night, let us know- we’d love to put you on the calendar!

Lilliana, Nora, and Maetta prepare to dash across the Philbrook’s yard after successfully extracting a donut from the string during our last Family Night.

St. John’s Youth Wednesday: Serve and Celebrate


Second Youth Wednesday coming right up!! One Wednesday a month all middle and high schoolers are invited to serve the Portsmouth community by cooking dinner for Cross Roads together with the St. John’s Youth Choirs. We’ll gather at 3:00pm to begin preparing the meal, the Youth Choirs will begin practicing at 4:00pm while the rest of us keep cooking, then we’ll all join together for a meal together at 5:00pm. We’ll wrap up by 6:00pm. We hope that this new schedule will allow all of us to offer our time and service to St. John’s and the wider community in a few different ways.

Our second youth night of the fall will be this Wednesday, October 10th.

We hope to see a great turnout of young folks at 3:00pm on Wednesday!