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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
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!!)
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.