Children and Youth

October News:

On Sunday, October 7 we celebrated St. Francis Day with a Blessing of the Animals! We had a wonderful group of critters this year!  Jennifer blessed 4 dogs, 4 chickens, 2 guinea pigs, a rabbit and a mouse! We had a beautiful  shortened Morning Prayer service instead of our usual Holy Eucharist, so that our animal friends did't get too restless. A joyful noise was made by all! We also blessed two new babies: William Quinn, and Rev. Karen's grandson Benji, both accompanied by proud older brothers! 

Here is a special request from the St. John's Nursery School that uses our building from Monday through Friday: please, kids, don't bring coffee hour food up into the Sunday School wing after church. This will help us keep mice or ants at bay, which we will all appreciate! :) Thank you!

Middle School classes this month meet on October 14 and 28. We will begin volunteering at the Norwood Food Pantry on Saturday, October 20, arriving at Grace Episcopal Church at 8:00 a.m. We will help clients carry their groceries to their cars. We are usually done by 10:45 a.m. (If you can't make it this time, we are going next on Saturday, November 17.) Kindly RSVP when it's convenient. We had a lot of fun at our kick-off event at Launch this past Sunday, September 30!

High School youth who are available are invited to help serve dinner to homeless men and women at Oasis in Boston on Monday, October 8. Tom Viti or Ellen Kelly and I will each drive, so will have room for 4 youth volunteers. Our First Confirmation Class will take place on Sunday, October 14, from 5:00- 6:00 p.m. and our High School class this month will take place on Sunday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. That morning as we will be voting on where our grant money will be distributed, so we hope to see lots of you! 

As always, please contact me with any questions that you may have.


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 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

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 class meets once a month, and there are at least one or two outreach opportunities monthly. Serving at at Oasis, Epiphany School, or tutoring at C.H.S. enable this age group to focus on living into our role as disciples. Many of our High School Youth participate annually in the CityReach program, run by Ecclesia Ministries, Boston. In June of 2017, we served in Copan, Honduras with our partner parish, C.H.S., working at two after-school programs. 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. We volunteer on a regular basis at the Norwood Food Pantry.

Kindergarten through grade 5

Weekly classes are offered for children age 5 and older, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Children and their teachers join their families to receive Holy Eucharist together. 

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.

Jennifer blesses the Sibleys' guinea pigs

High School youth at Spot Rock Climbing

Acolytes and Bishop Gates

Preparing supper at Epiphany Middle School in Dorchester 

Sharon and Fletcher tackle the  main dish at Epiphany... it takes many hands to pull off supper for 90, and it's most always an intergenerational effort!