Upcoming Events for Pre-Teens & Teens

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EYC Updates:  April 8

Please read our April Newsletter for details on all upcoming events!!!!

Happy Easter!!!  What a joy it was to see our youth serving on Easter Sunday- Thank you Roberts Family for serving at Worship and setting out eggs for the young children!

EYC Worship on Zoom will resume on April 11:  All 6th-12th grade students are welcome!

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 871 8824 7087

Save the Dates:  

April 17 1:30-4pm:  Join other members of St. John’s to work in the newest Community Garden in Wake Forest.  We will plant, mulch, rake and prepare this wonderful space for Spring and Summer veggies.  Please use the Sign Up Genius for this organization Sign Up Genius

Baking Desserts for Community Meals on Monday Nights:  We need bakers to make, bag and deliver 50 desserts for the Community Meal Program on Monday night!  Please Sign Up!

April 25 Earth Day Hike:  We will gather at 10:15 at St. John’s for Communion and a Garden Blessing, then head over to the Wake Forest Reservoir by 11 for a 3 mile hike to celebrate Earth Day!  Masks will be required.  Bring a friend!

Class of 2021????  Please email me names of all 2021 graduates as I begin to plan a worship service for our graduates in June.  Also, let me know if your graduate and family would be interested in participating in a special way in a worship service.

Who We Are?

Our middle and high school students faithfully attend morning worship together, online faith formation discussions, and work together to live out their faith by serving the Wake Forest community. As we navigate our world, we walk in love together to deepen our faith, serve others, and build meaningful relationships with each other.

In normal times, we love spending time with other members of our parish, from entertaining younger kids at parish picnics, to hearing the faith stories of older members and bringing homemade muffins to parish friends who are ill. St. John’s youth are also very active in our Episcopal Diocese of NC Youth Programs including Bishop’s Ball (retreat and dance event), Middle and High School retreats, and HUGS Camp for differently-abled summer campers.

What We Do?

Normally (when not in the middle of a global pandemic) the EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) gathers after grabbing a snack or lunch during the parish Coffee Hour after 10:00 am Sunday worship. Our youth come together regularly for discussions centered on Christian formation, to engage in a service project, and/or join in structured fellowship time. Once a month, a team of dedicated teachers prepared by our Youth Director split our middle- and high-school groups to lead age-specific conversations on faith, spirituality, relationships, personal life decisions, and social justice. Our EYC meetings provide the space for students to explore together how our faith and spirituality relate to every other aspect of their lives, and how it shapes us as citizens of the world.

*During the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering very limited in-person gatherings, but  we continue to follow these guiding principles as we gather online on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings and outdoors.

When do we meet?

Typically, EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) meets on most 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in the EYC Lounge located on the lower level of St. John’s Education Building.  

However, following Diocese and CDC guidelines to keep our youth and families safe, we currently are meeting in-person on a limited basis during the COVID-19 pandemic, finding opportunities outdoors to serve our community, gathering by Zoom for weekly worship (see calendar), discussion, and bi-weekly Zoom EYC meetings for fellowship and formation.

Join Us!

Learn more details about our upcoming events on our Sign Up Genius and in the St. John’s Weekly News (subscribe here).  

Email Joy Shillingsburg, St. John’s Director of Youth and Outreach Ministries with questions or for more details.