Vacation Bible School

July 9-13, 9:00-11:30 a.m. 


Ahoy, families! 

At this year’s Shipwrecked VBS, kids will learn how we are Rescued by God whenever we feel alone, whenever we worry, whenever we make a mistake, and whenever we struggle. Each day kids will rotate to Bible Discovery, Imagination Station, Ship Rec Games, and Snack with their crews. We will end with a family picnic on Friday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. Save these dates and come to St. John’s for a wonderful week this summer!

Our Ministry

Children and Family Ministry believes that parents are the best faith teachers their children will ever have! St. John's is dedicated to partnering with and equipping parents and caregivers to inspire children to know God’s love and grace. We aim to teach, model, and share Jesus Christ with all children and their families through worship, study, prayer, and service. We are better when we do life together! 


All our volunteers receive a background check and must complete our Safeguarding God's Children volunteer class. This class equips leaders and assistants in best practices for interacting with and ministering to your children. We want to provide your children with a safe, caring environment at all times.



A staffed nursery is available during all four weekend worship services for children ages four and younger. The Nursery is also available during the Wednesday Sprout! ministry and Thursday Choir rehearsals, as well as other special ministry events. The Nursery is located near the Parish Life Center Lobby across from the restrooms.


Summer Events

All Ages


wednesday nights:

Garden Ministry & Dinners on the Lawn 

At St. John's, we have the wonderful opportunity to nurture God's earth as we tend to our very own garden! We invite all families to help us water, weed, and harvest the garden after our Dinner on the Lawn picnics on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. No experience needed to help in the garden! We will teach you what you need to know. Picnics will begin at 6:00 p.m. each Wednesday beginning June 6. Bring a side dish or dessert to share!


family kickball 

Join us this summer for Family Kickball nights on the lawn! We will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and play until about 7:00 on the following Mondays: June 11 & 25, July 2, 16, & 30, and August 6.

These kickball nights are open to all ages, so bring your siblings and friends! 

family camping trip

Our annual family camping trip is coming soon! Join us at Camp CILCA for a couple nights of outdoor fun, grilling, and s'mores! Dates for the trip will be announced soon.

Children's Ministry

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Vacation Bible School 

4 year olds to those who have just completed 4th grade are encouraged to join us for our Shipwrecked VBS this summer, July 9-13 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Registration will open on May 13, 2018. Stay tuned for more info!

water olympics

On Thursday, June 28, get ready to face off in crazy challenges including water balloon fights, water gun races, balloon tosses, and more! Don't forget a bathing suit and a towel--and maybe a change of clothes to be safe! We will start dinner at 5:30 p.m. and then we'll begin the Water Olympics!


Preteen Ministry


nerf war

Practice your stealth skills and aim to get ready for a friendly Nerf challenge! Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by Nerf wars inside.

preteen lock-in

Our very first Preteen Lock-in will be on Friday, June 1. We will meet in the Parish Life Center (PLC) at 7:00 p.m. to get started. Bring a sleeping bag and a few friends, and we'll bring the rest!

School Year Programs

Sunday School

Sunday School fro Preschool-6th grade will resume this fall. Stay tuned for information about Rally Weekend dates and events!


kids' small groups

Wednesday evening Sprout classes will resume for all ages in the fall. Join us on Wednesday evenings during the summer for dinners on the lawn at 6:00 p.m. beginning June 6.


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Sam Neahring

Director of Children and Family Ministry

Phone: 217.793.3933 Ext. 206