Children and Family Ministry believes that parents are the best faith teachers their children will ever have! St. John's partners with parents and caregivers as they teach, model, and share Jesus Christ with their children and family. We are better when we do life together! 



Final Rehearsals for Christmas Program:

  • Wednesday, December 13, 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16, 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, 9:15 a.m.
  • Performance: Sunday, December 17, 10:30 a.m.


Preschool-6th grade will resume Sunday School on Sunday, January 7. Meet in the Parish Life Center for Music & Opening at 9:15!

Our Sprout! dinner and classes for all ages will resume on Wednesday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m.


Upcoming Events

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"Safeguarding God's Children" is a required training for all St. John's volunteers. This class equips leaders and assistants in best practices for interacting and ministering to your children.

Current Offerings  

Sunday School

Preschool-6th grade meet in the Parish Life Center at 9:15 a.m. during the school year for an energetic, fun opening. Following the opening, classes continue downstairs until 10:15 a.m.  

Every Whirl Lectionary lesson follows a four-part sequence: Welcome, Hear, Respond, and Launch (WHRL!). Each week, kids and leaders start their time together by identifying where they are in the church year and watching an animated video. Next, they dive into the Whirl Story Bible or Whirl NRSV Bible, respond to the scripture lesson with creative leaflet activities, and circle up to review the lesson and pray before being sent out.

Preschool - Classroom F

Kindergarten - Classroom A

1st-2nd Grade - Classroom E

3rd-4th Grade - Classroom B

5th-6th Grade - Classroom C

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Vacation Bible School 

4 year olds to those who have just completed 4th grade are encouraged to join us for VBS next summer, July 16-20. Stay tuned for more information!



Stay tuned for announcements about our winter Sprout! classes starting on January 10!

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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.


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Sam Neahring

Director of Children and Family Ministry

Phone: 217.793.3933 Ext. 217