Children & Youth Ministries

Children & Youth Ministries
Our Sunday School and Youth

St. John’s is a center of continual Christian formation. We frequently gather in groups to understand better how our relationship with God through Jesus Christ impacts how we engage the changing issues of everyday life. With attention to spirituality and social justice, we grow and deepen our faith by seeking out the wisdom of different authors and speakers. Our teenagers and younger children are deeply valued and nurtured. We offer them opportunities to learn and grow in the Christian faith with their peers, and by joining in fellowships, service, worship, and study with members of St. John’s of all ages.

The purpose of our children’s Christian Education program and Youth Group activities is to help our youth develop a closer and more personal relationship with God and to know of Christ’s enduring love for them. Like all other ministries, Christian education encompasses all five functions of the church: worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry. We welcome and include all of our children ages three through eighteen who would like to participate!

Sunday School classes are typically held three Sundays per month with the fourth being a group Sunday. Teaching teams instruct the four different age levels about once monthly using an easy to follow a curriculum that goes along the liturgy heard during the service attended just prior to each class. The average time commitment is about two to three hours per month.

Please contact Mairi Graham-Shaw at mairi@stjohnsessex.org or call 860-876-5052 if you have questions about anything related to children’s Christian education!

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Register for Christian Education 2021-2022

If you have children 0-18 who are interested in participating in any of our Christian Education programs this year, please register them using our CE Registration Form. This form will allow you to register for nursery care, which is currently available each Sunday, and for Children’s Chapel, which begins on October 17th. It will also allow you to express interest and pre-register for confirmation classes and youth group.

If you have any questions or need a paper copy, please contact Mairi at mairi@stjohnsessex.org or 860-876-5052.

Current program offerings

Back to Sunday School Celebration – October 17th – 10:15 AM

Join us to celebrate the start of the Sunday school year with our back to Sunday school party! We will have snacks, music, and games.

The celebration will take place at 10:15 AM on October 17th. Weather permitting, we will be outside. Everyone in elementary and middle school is welcome to join us regardless of whether they will be attending Sunday school.

Children’s Chapel Sunday School Program – Starting October 24th – 10:15 AM

This year, we will be offering a Children’s Chapel Sunday school program for elementary aged children. Children’s Chapel will begin at 1015 AM and the children will join their parents in the sanctuary for the passing of the peace and the Eucharist. Children’s Chapel is a liturgically based program that invites children to engage with Scripture, prayer, and liturgy in an age accessible fashion, while learning the story of God’s people through crafts, movement, music and other fun activities. Children’s Chapel will take place indoors with masking.

We are excited to share this program with your children! You can register for it using the CE Registration Form. If you have any questions or need a paper copy, please contact Mairi at mairi@stjohnsessex.org or 860-876-5052.

Confirmation Class Forming Now
We are working to plan this year’s confirmation class, so if you have a child who would like to be confirmed this year please reach out to Mairi, or let us know by selecting Confirmation on the Christian Education Registration form.

Christian Education Volunteers Needed

Children’s Chapel Leader

This volunteer position is to lead children’s chapel on Sunday mornings during the beginning of the service, 2-3 times a month. Children’s Chapel will take place at the beginning of the worship service and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Curriculum and activity materials and planning support will be provided for this. This position requires an up to date background check and Safe Church training.

Children’s Chapel Assistant

This volunteer position is to assist with Children’s Chapel activities and provide support to the leader and children, 2-3 times a month. Children’s Chapel will take place at the beginning of the worship service and lasts approximately 30 minutes. This position requires an up to date background check and Safe Church training.

Childcare

We provide childcare in our Nursery School on our lower level for young children (birth to 3 years old) from the 9 AM and 10:45 AM service. You may ask an usher or greeter for directions to the nursery upon arrival. Paula and Claire are our nursery school caregivers most Sundays. The nursery also offers the opportunity for the children to still be able to listen to the service from the lower level.

We are also happy to have children in service and offer activity bags that can be requested through an usher or greeter!

Sunday School

Sunday school is offered every Sunday except during Blessing of the Animals, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, and the Sunday between Christmas and New Years, and no classes during the summer.

Youth Acolytes

Our youth acolytes assist with and enhance the services as they simultaneously learn more about the Episcopal liturgy. Acolytes serve about once a month and are trained on the job. If your son or daughter would like to learn more about this position, please visit with Allison Fresher, allifresher@gmail.com.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if we need to go over it later.

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Phone

860-767-8095

Address

3 Cross Street Essex, CT 06426