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.


Our Holy Week Family Festival will be on Saturday, March 24 at 9:00 a.m. We will meet in the Parish Life Center (PLC) for a group opening and crafts, and we will finish the event with an Easter egg hunt on the lawn! Everyone is welcome. More even details are listed below.


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.  

Preschool - Classroom F

Kindergarten - Classroom A

1st-2nd Grade - Classroom E

3rd-4th Grade - Classroom B

5th-6th Grade - Classroom C

Each Whirl Lectionary lesson follows a four-part sequence: Welcome, Hear, Respond, and Launch (WHRL!). Kids and leaders 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.


kids' small groups

On Wednesday evenings, our children will meet in Classroom C for small group time as we go through our KNOW GOD devotions, learning how we can know God better each day.

Dinner at 5:30 p.m. / Class at 6:30 p.m.

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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.

Coming Soon

Earth day picnic 

On Sunday, April 22, join us after church on the lawn for lunch and games. We will talk about bike safety and learn to make bags from old         t-shirts! Bring an old adult-sized t-shirt with you.

We will also be sharing information about our Garden Ministry this summer in the church garden!

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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 information!


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Sam Neahring

Director of Children and Family Ministry

Phone: 217.793.3933 Ext. 206