Dates for Middle and High Schoolers


Cooking for Crossroads – Wednesday, March 11, 3:00-5:45pm

We’ll gather together on Wednesday to cook a meal for the Cross Roads House. We start cooking at 3:00. At 4:00 all youth music participants will leave for rehearsal, and at 5:00pm we’ll gather back together for dinner.

Confirmation Class

Bishop Rob will be visiting St. John’s on May 10th, and will offer an opportunity for people to be confirmed. Nathan is leading a class for high schoolers to talk about what confirmation is, what we believe, and whether they want to be confirmed. Classes run on Sundays from 11:30am–12:30pm until April 5th. Email with any questions or if you have a high schooler who’s interested. It’s not too late to join.

Service Sunday – March 22, 9:30am

Another opportunity for youth and volunteers to “skip church to be the church.” More details to come!

Rite 13 Save-the-Date – May 17

Rite 13 this year will be on May 17th at the 10am service. There will be a rehearsal the night before (5/16). It is open to anyone who has turned 13 or who will turn 13 over the summer. If you have any questions, have a thirteen year-old who’s interested, or want to know more about Rite 13, let me know!

2013 Rite 13 Rehearsal at SJC – that’s little Jack Stevens front and center!

Updates for everyone!

Into the Woods
Youth cast of Into the Woods


(Nursery & PreK / K Class will remain open for young children!)

As per our normal tradition, our Sunday morning education programs take a February “break” on the Sunday sandwiched between ME and NH school vacation weeks, which is this Sunday, February 23. However, since the lovely students from the Choir School will be singing in church this weekend, we will offer Nursery childcare and a young children’s class with the fabulous Kendall Mood!


When we come back to rehearsals, both cherub and junior choirs will be preparing for our March 29th Youth Music Sunday!

  • Next Cherub Choir Rehearsal is Sunday, March 8 @ 11-11:30am
  • Next Junior Choir Rehearsal is Wednesday, March 4 @ 4-5:30pm
Cherub cast of Winnie the Pooh


Our annual Mardi-Gras themed parish-wide pancake dinner is Sunday, February 23 @ 5-7pm! Lots of yummy food, and a kid-friendly dining & play area downstairs! There’s no Sunday school in the morning, so come get a little church and sugar in the evening. Lent is coming… gotta eat that butter and flour while you still can.


Bishop Rob will be visiting St. John’s on May 10th, and will offer an opportunity for people to be confirmed, received, or to renew their baptismal vows at the 10am service. Nathan will be leading a class for high schoolers to talk about what confirmation is, what they believe, and whether they want to be confirmed. Classes will run on Sundays after church from 11:30am–12:30pm from March 1st – April 5th. Email Nathan with any questions or if you have a high schooler who’s interested.


Kids’ Annual Movie Morning

Tomorrow, all children & youth are invited to gather at 9am for our annual movie & snacks morning in the Philbrick room!


We will press “play” on the Incredibles at 9:00AM in the Philbrick Room. The run time is just under 2 hours at which point students will rejoin families in church.

Cherub choir participants will go straight to Winnie the Pooh rehearsal after the movie for their usual 11-11:30am time slot; junior rehearsal remains 11:30-1:30.

Children are welcome to join the fun at any point throughout the morning. There will be plenty of snacks, courtesy of St. John’s.

FOR ADULTS: 2020 Annual Meeting in church begins at 9am. Rite II service begins at 10:30.

Fire & Ice Community Dinner

All families are invited to come and celebrate with the Choir School for the 4th Annual community dinner & fundraiser

Tuesday, January 21st, 5-7pm

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The Choir School’s 4th Annual Community Dinner & Fundraiser, to help build community, raise money, and eat some yummy food! RSVP

  • Chili & Soups + Ice Cream = Fire & Ice (pizza for kids!)
  • Tuesday, January 21st @ 5-7 PM
  • $5/person or $10/family suggested donation
  • Thaxter Hall
  • All are welcome!

Calling all artists!

Submit a drawing for the pageant bulletin cover!

WHAT TO DO: Draw a scene depicting a part of the Christmas story… in the past this has been the creche scene, the holy family around the manger, and the three wise men following the star. There are many scenes that could work for the cover!

WHO CAN SUBMIT A DRAWING: Any child or youth in the St. John’s Program.

DUE BY: Sunday, December 15th

OTHER DETAILS: Colorful drawings encouraged! All ages and skill levels encouraged to participate! Use this as a way to chat about the advent and Christmas stories at home while students draft their drawings. PLEASE HAVE STUDENTS SIGN THEIR WORK!

HOW TO SUBMIT: Drop off at church on Sunday or scan and email to


Kids’ Pizza Party during Lessons & Carols this Sunday

This Sunday, Dec 15th, is our annual Lessons & Carols service at 5:30 PM.

For the first time we are hosting a complimentary Kids’ Pizza Party, including free play and art space on the lower level of Thaxter Hall. If your children will come for the pizza and fun, please RSVP to 

Kids’ space will be open at 5PM. Pizza will be served around 5:30.

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December 15 Service Sunday

Service Sunday: Santa Edition 2019!

All middle and high school youth are invited to give back to bring some Christmas cheer to our community by participating in this month’s Service Sunday.

This Sunday, December 8th, we’ll be helping with Operation Blessing’s annual Christmas toy drive by sorting toys, decorating their space for the holidays, and pitching in however else we’re needed. Operation Blessing provides the opportunity for Seacoast families struggling financially to select toys for their children. It’s a massive effort, and seeks to help our neighbors in need.

We’ll meet at Thaxter Hall at 9:30am and return at 11:30am.

Operation Blessing could always use more wrapping paper, tape, and scissors to stock their wrapping tables if you’re willing to donate.

Don’t forget… our next Youth Wednesday to Serve & Celebrate is this week!

Service Sunday – Apple Edition

This Sunday is our Service Sunday for October, and we’re trying something new! It’ll be a Service Sunday in two parts. The High School and Middle School Youth Groups will meet in Thaxter Hall at 9:30am to go apple-picking. We’ll return to Thaxter Hall by 11:30am and are inviting anyone 3rd grade and up to help us make apple pies that we’ll send to Cross Roads (and maybe Gather if we make enough). Please join us!

Apple-Picking Service Sunday