Tomorrow, all children & youth are invited to gather at 9am for our annual movie & snacks morning in the Philbrick room!
We will press “play” on the Incredibles at 9:00AM in the Philbrick Room. The run time is just under 2 hours at which point students will rejoin families in church.
Cherub choir participants will go straight to Winnie the Pooh rehearsal after the movie for their usual 11-11:30am time slot; junior rehearsal remains 11:30-1:30.
Children are welcome to join the fun at any point throughout the morning. There will be plenty of snacks, courtesy of St. John’s.
FOR ADULTS: 2020 Annual Meeting in church begins at 9am. Rite II service begins at 10:30.
Submit a drawing for the pageant bulletin cover!
WHAT TO DO: Draw a scene depicting a part of the Christmas story… in the past this has been the creche scene, the holy family around the manger, and the three wise men following the star. There are many scenes that could work for the cover!
WHO CAN SUBMIT A DRAWING: Any child or youth in the St. John’s Program.
DUE BY: Sunday, December 15th
OTHER DETAILS: Colorful drawings encouraged! All ages and skill levels encouraged to participate! Use this as a way to chat about the advent and Christmas stories at home while students draft their drawings. PLEASE HAVE STUDENTS SIGN THEIR WORK!
HOW TO SUBMIT: Drop off at church on Sunday or scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Service Sunday: Santa Edition 2019!
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.
Don’t forget… our next Youth Wednesday to Serve & Celebrate is this week!
For Middle/High Schoolers and St. John’s Music & Theater Participants (grade 3 and up).
- 5:30PM Dinner & Games in the Philbrick Room
- 7:00PM Portsmouth Halloween Parade
Please email email@example.com to RSVP!
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!
Mission Trip Presentation
Sunday, October 13th, 11:15am
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.
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:
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.
St. John’s Parish Songbook, First Edition (to be premiered at the 2019 Parish Retreat!!)
Table of contents, in alphabetical order:
- 10,000 Reasons
- Amazing Grace
- Be Thou My Vision
- Bird Song
- Crowded Table
- Father Abraham
- Great Is Thy Faithfulness
- I Could Sing of Your Love Forever
- I’ll Fly Away
- I’ve Got The Joy
- It Is Well With My Soul
- Lord Prepare Me
- One Voice
- Open the Eyes of My Heart
- Partner Songs (Oh When the Saints/Swing Low/Sing Sing Sing)
- Peace Like a River
- Prayer for Peace
- This Land is Your Land
- 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.
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.
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!
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
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!