Children and Youth

June & July News for Children, Youth, 
and their parents:

Sunday, June 18 is a very exciting day at St. John's! We will having a celebratory coffee hour/ brunch after the 10:00 a.m. service for our CHS/St. John's Honduras service-learning team of 17! We'd love to have a good crowd from St. John's to welcome the CHS congregation as they join for this wonderful service! Come support our youth, one and all!

On Saturday, July 15, we are inviting roughly 20 guests from Ecclesia Ministries to join us at North Beach, Hale Reservation for a cook-out, rowing, and fishing. This annual event brings a lot of joy to our unhoused guests and allows us to connect with friends from CityReach and Oasis. High school and college youth and families: please let me know how you can plug in, if you will be home that day. 

Last but not least, Our High School youth have the privilege of applying for another grant from the Rands Foundation! Casey and Philip will plan a meeting date soon so we can all discuss and vote on the grant money we will be distributing. What a blessing this grant money will be to our ongoing ministries!

with love and prayers,

Emily (new email address!)

Here's a wonderful website to check out:

 Youth Program

“St. John's is a nurturing faith community in which young people come to understand, accept, and live their Christian faith as they mature from childhood through adolescence.  To help young people develop a relationship with God and live faithfully in the world, we study scripture, nourish spiritual growth through prayer and worship, and encourage active participation in outreach.”        
                                          Emily Sugg,  
Minister of Children & Youth

High school students, grades 9 through 12

Many of our High School Youth participate annually in the CityReach program, based at Ecclesia Ministries, in Boston. At this age-level, we connect Scripture to the world around us, deepen our prayer lives, and integrate fully into different areas of parish life. High school Church School class meets once a month. Varied outreach opportunities enable this age group to focus on living into our role as disciples. A Confirmation Preparation class is held for youth in grades 9 and 10, in alternate years.

Middle school students, grades 6 through 8

Church School classes at this level meet twice a month, with students and their teachers joining families and friends at the time of the Peace so that they may receive Holy Eucharist. Youth in this age group are encouraged to begin participating as worship assistants (readers, acolytes, prayer leaders) during the 10:00 a.m. service on Sundays.

Pre-k through grade 5

Weekly classes are offered for children age 4 and older, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Children and their teachers join their families at the Peace and remain so they may receive Holy Eucharist together. A "Learning about Eucharist" instruction, to help children be comfortable when receiving Holy Eucharist, is offered  several times per year.

Nursery for infants & toddlers (through age 4)

Ellen Stryer, our Nursery Care-giver provides loving care during our 10:00 a.m. service, September through June. She is assisted each week by a middle or high school youth volunteer. During July and August, we encourage parents to bring children to worship at 10:00 a.m.

Children of all ages are always welcome, year-round, to participate in all parts of our worship services.


Kids at Urban Promise, Honduras, where our St. John's & CHS youth and adults will be serving from June 24- July 1

High School and college youth from St. John's eating supper after serving at least 100 guests at Oasis, at  Church on the Hill, Boston. We will be serving supper on July 10 and August 14 if you're around and can help!