(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
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.
All middle and high school youth are invited to give back to bring some Christmas cheer to our community by participating in this month’s Service Sunday.
This Sunday, December 8th, we’ll be helping with Operation Blessing’s annual Christmas toy drive by sorting toys, decorating their space for the holidays, and pitching in however else we’re needed. Operation Blessing provides the opportunity for Seacoast families struggling financially to select toys for their children. It’s a massive effort, and seeks to help our neighbors in need.
We’ll meet at Thaxter Hall at 9:30am and return at 11:30am.
Operation Blessing could always use more wrapping paper, tape, and scissors to stock their wrapping tables if you’re willing to donate.
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!
The SJC youth who went on a mission trip to North Carolina this summer will talk about their experiences and present what they learned during their week with the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. This presentation is part of the ongoing “Out of the Box” series that highlights ways members of SJC and others are living out their faith beyond the walls of the church.
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:
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
All are welcome to join when they can for as long as they can.
Nathan and Ashley are eagerly awaiting commitments from members of the middle school and high school youth group for our MISSION TRIP!!! We cannot wait to serve with this crew and dive into deepening our spiritual connection with ourselves and each other.
We are hoping to collect a $75 deposit for each student by Sunday March 10. Its time to decide to make a difference in your life and in this world!
FAQ’s about the mission trip:
Where are we going?
Dunn, NC, a rural, agricultural community on the Coastal Plain of Eastern NC.
We’ll do some farm work and some projects to support the community of farmworkers. We will hear stories from migrant workers and open up our hearts and minds to a greater human experience.
Who is going on the trip?
Definitely Ashley Wade and Nathan Bourne. We hope to bring a group of ten students – there are still several spots available!
What students are eligible to go?
All rising 7th-12th graders.
How much does it cost?
The ticket price per student is about $750, but we will be fundraising and assistance is available. As with all programs at St. John’s, money shouldn’t be a deciding factor for your family! Do know that each student will be responsible for helping with fundraising efforts for our group.
How are we getting there?
We’re taking the St. John’s van. It’s about a 14 hour drive and we’re planning on doing it in a day.
Where are we staying?
For the first five nights we’ll stay at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Clinton, NC. They’ve offered for us to take over a couple Sunday School rooms and their parish hall. Our last two nights we’ll be at The Trinity Center on the Outer Banks.
How do I sign up?
Email Nathan (email@example.com) ASAP and bring in your $75 deposit on Sunday March 10th.