Children & Youth
Saturday, March 24 Palm Cross Workshop
Making palm crosses the day before Palm Sunday is an annual service tradition at St. John’s. Altar Guild members invite all those interested to join them in this project. Whatever your age, whether experienced or not, you’re welcome to join in! Bring scissors with which you’re comfortable working and nimble fingers! A few extra pairs of scissors will be available if you forget and help will be shared with those wanting to learn. We’ll gather at 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 24 in St. John’s kitchen to make the crosses. Hope to see you then!
Sunday, April 1 Easter Egg Hunt
Please plan to have the young children in your life join us for an Easter Egg Hunt this Easter - Sunday, April 1 at 11:30 am. It will be held in our garden courtyard, unless we have inclement weather. If we do, then it will be held in Williams Hall. We’ll have small baskets available, but children may bring theirs from home if they’d like. If you’d like to help fill and hide eggs, on Holy Saturday afternoon, please connect with Suzanne at Suzanne@sjec-midland.org. Thank you!
Saturday, April 28 Family Friendly Folk Concert + Ice Cream Social
Learn more by visiting this concert page.
Suzanne Di Piazza joined St. John’s this past year as Director of Children and Youth Ministries. We've included a brief Q&A with Suzanne in our this newsletter, page 6
Children and youth classes are underway! Newcomers are welcome at anytime. Please return completed registration forms to Suzanne Di Piazza’s mailbox, near Williams Hall. 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!
Children and Youth Formation at St. John's roughly corresponds with the academic year (September-May). Please refer to the Sunday calendar schedule inside this brochure. All classes are held downstairs in our lower level.
Infant and Toddler Nursery (Newborn through age 3) - The nursery, located in room 11, on the lower level, is open year round from 9 AM until 11 AM. Parents must sign their children in and out. Pagers are available.
Preschool (age 4) and Kindergarten meet during the 10:00 AM service. Dismissal happens when the service ends (approximately shortly after 11:00 am). Parents are encouraged to drop off and pick up their children in the classroom.
Grades 1 - 5 meet from 9:00 until 9:50 AM (between morning worship services). Unless otherwise posted, one class will be for Grades 1 and 2, a second class will be for Grades 3 through 5. Please look for room signage based on grade level.
Middle School and High School programs will meet in the Activity Room, typically the 2nd and 4th Sundays from 11am - 1pm. Please refer to this detailed Youth Schedule.
Pancake Supper - February 2018
Family Board Game Night - January 2018
Advent Wreath Workshop - December 2017
Santa Parade - November 2017
If you missed this year's Santa Parade, visit our Facebook album to see a few groups & floats. Thanks to our Children & Youth Ministries Director, Suzanne Di Piazza, for organizing the hot chocolate & goodies table outside our SAMS food pantry and to all who lent support through the morning.
Pumpkin Palooza - October 2017
Thanks to all who helped with food and decorating our mini-pumpkins!
Blessing of Backpacks - September 2017
Many thanks to all who participated in the backpack and school supplies drive. After being blessed in worship, the backpacks and school related donations were brought to Midland's Central Park Elementary School for distribution to their students. Bless you all for your generosity!
Vacation Bible School “Passport to Peru” Click here for photos & a recap
Parents requiring privacy to soothe or feed babies will find a rocking chair behind the name tag board in the narthex. We aim to 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.
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 email@example.com to be added to the mailing list.
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 throughout the year. Interested? Contact our Director of Children & Youth Minsitries, 989-631-2260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.