Children and Youth Programs

NURSERY

Sunday Mornings   (7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

We are happy to offer a warm, welcoming nursery for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old. The nursery is located between the church nave and Field Hall and is staffed by Safe Church certified members of St. John’s.

Contact: Dale West @ (401) 245-4065, ext. 11

 

CHURCH SCHOOL

Grades Pre-K through 5

Sunday mornings      (10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)

Church school offers a combination of education, personal expression, and outreach activities designed to engage children in conversation and action about faith.  Each classroom is managed by Safe Church certified teachers who are dedicated to the Christian formation of their students.

Our curricula is created in-house and is carefully planned with age appropriate activities structured to accommodate various learning styles and abilities.

Parents are required to sign kids in for class and are encouraged to arrive ten minutes early.  Children join the congregation in worship during the exchange of the Peace after approximately thirty minutes of class time.

 

YOUTH GROUP

Grades 6 through 12

Sunday evenings     (6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.)

 

Middle school and high school youth meet together each Sunday evening for Bible study, social activities, service opportunities, and projects inspired and informed by the interests and experiences of teenagers.  Our leaders are committed to enabling our youth to explore their faith in an environment that is safe, meaningful, and fun.

Dinner is provided by a rotating schedule of parent volunteers and we are always looking to supplement their efforts with donations of drinks and snacks.

 

CONFIRMATION CLASS

Grades 10 through 12         (201)7 meeting times To Be Announced)

 

Bishop Nicholas Knisely visits St. John’s annually to confirm and receive eligible candidates into the Episcopal Church.  Confirmation class is open to those members who will be high school sophomores as of the date of his visit.

Confirmation preparation includes lessons on scripture, church history, prayer and worship, and statements of faith.  Classes are a combination of lecture and informal learning; debate and discussion is encouraged.  Each candidate selects a mentor who is an active participant in the process of exploring topics in greater depth, sharing experiences, and serving as a role model for Christian faith and practice.

Classes meet for six to eight 2-hour sessions; attendance at all sessions is required.  Additionally, student are required to complete a one-time group service project. Regular church attendance and participation in youth events are highly recommended.

 

HIGH SCHOOL MISSION TEAM

Grades 9 through 12      (First two Wednesdays of the month, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Open to older youth, this group’s main task is to research and plan service opportunities, from local food drives to domestic and international mission trips.  Interested students meet at least twice per month to explore the nature of service, brainstorm projects and travel destinations, and to plan fundraisers.

 

SMALL GROUPS

Task-oriented groups generally meet on Tuesdays after school or before youth group gatherings.  The Steering Committee is a small group of youth who have demonstrated leadership potential; as such, they assist with regular youth group meetings as well as with special projects.  Art Team gathers regularly to distill the ideas of the larger group into cohesive and relevant products using art forms such as comic books, murals, photographs, and creative writing.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Throughout the liturgical year, we offer a variety of activities in which children and youth can participate.  These include pumpkin carving, St. Nicholas Day, the Christmas Pageant, Chili Cook-Off, Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, Good Friday Way of the Cross, Easter egg hunt, and more.  We are always looking for volunteers to help with crafts, cooking, set-up, clean-up, and multiple tasks associated with running vibrant and successful programs for our young people.

 

HOW TO KEEP TRACK!

We do our best to publicize meeting times, special events, and cancellations.  Schedules and calendars can be found in weekly worship bulletins, the monthly church newsletter (the Tower), the St. John’s website, and a monthly children-and-youth-specific newsletter called the Wing (available in print and as a pdf).  There is a physical calendar and related material on our bulletin board in Field Hall, as well as information posted on the board outside the youth space at the rear of the Church School wing.  Parents of Church School kids and Youth Group members are encouraged to join the St. John’s Parent Page on Facebook to receive up-to-date notices about both regular and seasonal events and activities.  This is a closed group; to join, please click the “Request Membership” tab on the page and we will approve your membership as soon as the request is received.

 

REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES AND PROGRAMS

All church school and youth group members are required to be registered.  Registration forms can be completed online by completing and submitting the form below or by requesting a paper form.  The information we collect – including emergency contact information and allergies – is confidential and is essential for staff to both keep you informed and to keep your child safe.

Yearly registration is required, even if your child or youth has participated in the past.  The Episcopal Diocese of RI and the national church tracks program attendance, so having an up-to-date file of participants is invaluable.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Heather Annis, Children & Youth Ministries Director at 401-245-4065 ext. 18 or heather@stjohnsbarrington.org