Tag Archives: Youth

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 nathan@stjohnsnh.org 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!

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.

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 ashley@stjohnsnh.org


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

‘Out of the Box’ Mission Trip Talk

Mission Trip Presentation

Sunday, October 13th, 11:15am

The SJC youth who went on a mission trip to North Carolina this summer will talk about their experiences and present what they learned during their week with the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. This presentation is part of the ongoing “Out of the Box” series that highlights ways members of SJC and others are living out their faith beyond the walls of the church.


Youth Serve & Celebrate Wednesday

Cooking for Cross Roads

Wednesday, October 9th, 3:00-5:45pm

Our next SJC Youth Wednesday is this week! All of our Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, and Youth Music & Theater participants are invited to come cook for the Cross Roads community, sing & play with the music crew, and have dinner together. Our evening schedule looks like this:


St. John’s Soundtrack

If you’re like me, there are seasons when you’re all about that banjo and fiddle, and other days when you can’t get enough synth bass drops. The soundtrack of our lives is representative of who we are and how we vibrate through the world. As we grow in our community with each other, our church song repertoire has also been evolving. Many songs have begun to follow us through the years, and this list is largely a reflection of that. Some might be new to you, and some maybe you’ve only heard performed at the front of the church.


St. John’s Parish Songbook, First Edition (to be premiered at the 2019 Parish Retreat!!)

Table of contents, in alphabetical order:

  1. 10,000 Reasons
  2. Amazing Grace
  3. Be Thou My Vision
  4. Bird Song
  5. Crowded Table
  6. Father Abraham
  7. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  8. Heleluyan
  9. I Could Sing of Your Love Forever
  10. I’ll Fly Away
  11. I’ve Got The Joy
  12. It Is Well With My Soul
  13. Lord Prepare Me
  14. One Voice
  15. Open the Eyes of My Heart
  16. Partner Songs (Oh When the Saints/Swing Low/Sing Sing Sing)
  17. Peace Like a River
  18. Prayer for Peace
  19. This Land is Your Land
  20. This Little Light of Mine

Let’s be clear about one thing — MUSIC IS FOR EVERYONE. Our community is pretty full of great singing and playing. But aside from performing, singing is good for the soul – and scientifically proven to be good for the brain & body, too! Music connects us to each other and God. Everyone’s voice matters and has a place. This songbook will now be a living document to catalog our journey through song, and the hope is everyone will further connect to this soundtrack and continue to tend its growth over time.

Big shouts to the people who contributed to getting this off the ground – especially Olin Johannessen, Allison Dudas, Lila Pellatt, Rob Stevens, Anne Williamson, and Nathan Bourne.