Children & Youth
Pumpkin Palooza happens Sunday, October 29. Click here and learn more!
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 2017 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. 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.
Vacation Bible School “Passport to Peru” Click here for photos & a recap
Blessing of Backpacks
Many thanks to all who participated in the backpack and school supplies drive that will benefit children at the Midland’s Central Park elementary school.
After being blessed in worship, the backpacks and school related donations were blessed in our Sunday, August 27 worship. Suzanne Di Piazza, Director of Children & Youth Ministries at SJEC, brought the donations to Central Park School on August 28.
Bless you all for your generosity!
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 parish office, 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.