Children and Youth

Summer News:

As I write today, the school year is almost done and pace of life is finally beginning to slow down.  Even though we don't have church school classes until after Labor Day, we still always love having kids in church, so come when you can!

 On July 9 and August 13 we welcome any high school youth who are available to join us in Boston as we serve our monthly Oasis chicken dinner at Old West Church on Cambridge St.  We leave St. John's at 3:45 and return around 7:00 p.m., if by chance this can fit into your summer job schedule.

On July 18, 19, and 20 we are helping out with the B-SAFE summer program at our partner parish, Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan. We've been doing this for many years and it's lots of fun! On Wednesday and Thursday we will be serving lunch, (12:15 - 1:45 shift) and on Friday we will join the kids, counselors, and teachers at the Capron Park Zoo in South Attleboro for our Field Trip (roughly 9:00 - 3:00). Middle School and High School Youth are most welcome to help out on any of these 3 days.

Hope you all have a relaxing summer! 
God bless,
Emily

emilysugg30@gmail.com 

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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.

Casey preaching on Sunday, June 3, Senior Recognition Day

Casey and Matt receiving congratulations and blessings from the whole parish at the end of the service


Middle and High Schoolers acolyting this spring



Declan & Megan volunteering on our B-SAFE field trip to the Capron Park Zoo