We are pleased to introduce Suzanne Di Piazza as St. John’s new Director of Children and Youth Ministries. We've included a brief Q&A with Suzanne in our August Epistle, page 6
We look forward to seeing children and youth resume classes on Sunday, Sept 24, our tentative start date. Please return completed registration forms to Suzanne Di Piazza’s mailbox, near William’s Hall. More information to follow in mid-September. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry please connect with Suzanne. We look forward to a fun, spirit filled year of growing in Christ!
AUGUST 2017 HAPPENINGS
Mon-Thu, Aug 21-24, 6:00—8:00 PM - Vacation Bible School “Passport to Peru” VBS registration form here
Sunday, Aug. 27 in 10AM worship - Blessing of Backpacks; Now through Aug. 25 - Collection of Donated Backpacks & School Supplies
Until our new Director has a chance to implement programs, we are only offering nursery care on Sunday mornings versus our usual range of age-based faith formation classes. We appreciate your patience as we take these important steps critical to the Christian education we offer to young families.
In recent years, our Christian formation has offered the following:
Babes In Arms
Parents requiring privacy to soothe or feed babies will find a rocking chair behind the name tag board in the narthex. This will accommodate infant needs, while allowing parents to see and hear our service.
Activity Bags are available in the narthex. They are meant to supplement, not replace, age-appropriate participation in the service. Bags are loosely organized into age groups, including quiet toys for toddlers. Children are encouraged to take consumable materials home, and replace the bags.
Sunday Morning Joyful Noise Nursery (Approximate Ages 3 and younger)
The nursery is available from 9:00 AM through conclusion of the 10:00 AM worship service, excluding Christmas and Easter. Toddlers will engage in a simple curriculum that includes a Bible story and related activity, as well as biblical play. Pagers are available.
NEW: Splash Newsletters (ages 0 - 35 months)
The Daughters of the King will mail monthly newsletters to all families with children under the age of 3. These newsletters are tailored to the child's age and give families ideas on how to share their faith with their little ones. Please contact our parish office firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list.
Sunday Morning Worship Center (Approximate Ages 4, 5, 6)
Sunday Morning Kids@church (Approximate Ages 7, 8, 9)
Sunday Morning Building Bridges of Faith (Approximate Ages 10-13)
Sunday Evening Formation (approximate ages 0-11)
Youth Service Ministry
St. John's believes that our youth can learn and play, while serving others. We are seeking interest and participation from youth and adults, so that we can provide service and learning opportunities about twice each month. Interested? Contact our parish office, 989-631-2260 or email@example.com.
The 2017 summer camp schedule and registration are open! Please visit www.campchickagami.org to learn more!
Camp Chickagami is the family camping ground of our Diocese of Eastern Michigan. Located on Lake Esau in Presque Isle, it's a place of friendship, love, diversity and acceptance. It serves as a place of retreat and discovery, fostering a deeper relationship with Jesus and a clearer understanding of our tasks as Jesus' disciples. The following opportunities are typically available each summer: swimming, singing, boating, worship, no cooking... Can be a stand-alone camping time, or a great option for those who may have a camper registered for one of the youth camps.
In the interest of safety, there are at least two screened adults with children at all times, including volunteer or paid teachers and volunteer teacher assistants. Adults assisting with children have met the requirements of the Diocese of Eastern Michigan, including background checks and Safeguarding God’s Children, a child sexual abuse response program.
Adults and young adults are needed to support the youth ministry through assistance with the children as teachers, assistants, chaperones and mentors, regularly or occasionally. In addition, there are many opportunities to support the youth ministry that do not include working directly with children. To learn more, please contact the St. John's office.