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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! 

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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.


children's ministry

We offer a variety of ministry events for children and their families throughout the year. Most of our events are open to children in preschool through 6th grade. Friends and family are always welcome to join. Sunday School follows our church program calendar from September to May.

preteen ministry

Our preteen ministry combines energetic activities with biblical lessons, and sometimes we have social events like a good old ice cream social! This ministry is geared toward children in grades 5-6, and kids are always encouraged to invite their friends. 


Summer Events


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! 



Resuming this Fall...

Our regular programming will resume this fall with Rally Day on Sunday, September 9. Registration will be from 9:00-10:15 a.m. in the Parish Life Center Lobby, followed by a magician in the Adult Meeting Room! If you cannot make it to the Rally Day celebration, you can register at your first day of Sunday School.


School Year Programs


Sunday School

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

Check out sample Sunday School lessons here: PreK-K1st-2nd grade ; 3rd-4th grade ; 5th-6th grade.

Kids' Small Groups

Wednesday evening programs will resume this September. Stay tuned for information about our small group opportunities for children and preteens!


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Sam Neahring

Director of Children and Family Ministry

Phone: 217.793.3933 Ext. 206


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