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Service Sunday – Apple Edition

This Sunday is our Service Sunday for October, and we’re trying something new! It’ll be a Service Sunday in two parts. The High School and Middle School Youth Groups will meet in Thaxter Hall at 9:30am to go apple-picking. We’ll return to Thaxter Hall by 11:30am and are inviting anyone 3rd grade and up to help us make apple pies that we’ll send to Cross Roads (and maybe Gather if we make enough). Please join us!

Apple-Picking Service Sunday

Fall Family Night October 26

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Families are invited to hang out together, share food and drink, and watch the children entertain each other. It has become a highlight for 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!

RSVP HERE

Join us on the 26th at the Haight’s home in Greenland for our first family night of the season. Bring your favorite cider, chili, cornbread, pumpkin beverage, or apple crisp. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and it will be nice enough for a fire. Plan on bringing warm “fire clothes” if you want to relax outside. Email ashley@stjohnsnh.org for questions or details!

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Youth Serve & Celebrate Wednesday

Cooking for Cross Roads

Wednesday, October 9th, 3:00-5:45pm

Our next SJC Youth Wednesday is this week! All of our Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, and Youth Music & Theater participants are invited to come cook for the Cross Roads community, sing & play with the music crew, and have dinner together. Our evening schedule looks like this:

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St. John’s Soundtrack

If you’re like me, there are seasons when you’re all about that banjo and fiddle, and other days when you can’t get enough synth bass drops. The soundtrack of our lives is representative of who we are and how we vibrate through the world. As we grow in our community with each other, our church song repertoire has also been evolving. Many songs have begun to follow us through the years, and this list is largely a reflection of that. Some might be new to you, and some maybe you’ve only heard performed at the front of the church.

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St. John’s Parish Songbook, First Edition (to be premiered at the 2019 Parish Retreat!!)

Table of contents, in alphabetical order:

  1. 10,000 Reasons
  2. Amazing Grace
  3. Be Thou My Vision
  4. Bird Song
  5. Crowded Table
  6. Father Abraham
  7. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  8. Heleluyan
  9. I Could Sing of Your Love Forever
  10. I’ll Fly Away
  11. I’ve Got The Joy
  12. It Is Well With My Soul
  13. Lord Prepare Me
  14. One Voice
  15. Open the Eyes of My Heart
  16. Partner Songs (Oh When the Saints/Swing Low/Sing Sing Sing)
  17. Peace Like a River
  18. Prayer for Peace
  19. This Land is Your Land
  20. This Little Light of Mine

Let’s be clear about one thing — MUSIC IS FOR EVERYONE. Our community is pretty full of great singing and playing. But aside from performing, singing is good for the soul – and scientifically proven to be good for the brain & body, too! Music connects us to each other and God. Everyone’s voice matters and has a place. This songbook will now be a living document to catalog our journey through song, and the hope is everyone will further connect to this soundtrack and continue to tend its growth over time.

Big shouts to the people who contributed to getting this off the ground – especially Olin Johannessen, Allison Dudas, Lila Pellatt, Rob Stevens, Anne Williamson, and Nathan Bourne.

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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Family Pool Party Sunday 7/14

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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

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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!