Mission & Values

St. John’s welcomes people of all ages into our community life and worship! While we aim for most of our life and work together to be as age inclusive as possible, we do offer some programs specifically designed to meet the developmental needs of young people.

Mission: St. John’s Children’s Ministry exists to create spaces where children have opportunities to 1) experience God, 2) build loving relationships with each other and community members of diverse ages, and 3) give generously from their God-given gifts and passions (in the form of time, talent, and treasure) to our church community and the larger world.

Values: We will work towards our mission in ways that are intergenerational, sustainable, collaborative, mutual (with children rather than only for children), empowering, and contextual (based on the gifts, passions, and needs of this community).

Godly Play

(Children’s Christian Formation)

Godly play is a beautiful, Montessori-based program that helps children explore the stories of our faith, learn about our liturgical traditions such as Baptism and Eucharist, and grow in love of God, self, and neighbor. During the COVID19 pandemic, Godly Play takes place on Zoom each Sunday from 10:30-11:05 am. CLICK HERE for Zoom link. Godly Play is password protected. Contact Barbara Kwiatek for password.

Upcoming Children’s Ministry Events

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Parent Gathering: Raising Antiracist Kids

This group resumes meeting April, 2021.

Raising Antiracist Kids is a monthly gathering for parents and caregivers looking for a place to process, gather ideas, and gain support from other parents invested in raising culturally competent children. Join in the conversation on the 4th Sunday of each month at 8-9PM via Zoom.

Preschool – Currently taking applications for the 2021-2022 school year

St. John’s Preschool offers an inclusive and nurturing weekday morning program for children ages 2 to 5 years from September through mid-May.  Scholarships may be available for those with need.  Visit our preschool page for more information!

Family Fellowship & Outreach

St. John’s families gather regularly to build loving relationships, grow together in faith, and participate in child-friendly service projects like collecting clothes for farmworkers and packing food for Backpack Buddies.

Preschool Church Buddies

Adult church members are paired with 4-year-olds from our preschool for social events and holiday card exchanges. Church Buddies participate in several events per year with St. John’s Preschool.

Annual Children & Family Events

Children’s Holy Communion Retreat

All children (K – 5th grade) are invited to join a Saturday morning retreat held at St. John’s each spring during the season of Lent. This retreat helps children grow in their understanding of what Holy Communion means and to experience it as a gift and a joy.

Christmas Pageant

St. John’s offers a 4:00 pm service of Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve each year. This service includes the annual retelling of the story of Jesus’ birth. Children, youth, and adults are welcome to participate by arriving by 3:30 pm and dressing up as sheep, shepherds, angels, wise people, or a member of the Holy Family.