Youth & Children's Ministry
Sarah Burr, Missionary with Youth
us on Facebook! The Youth Ministry has our own page.
our children mature into young adults they are being pulled every in many
directions. It is important for them to stay connected to the Word and
experience the support of a church so that they are not tempted to stray from
it. St. John’s is committed to doing exactly that—helping teenagers stay
connected to the Word through Bible Study, servant events, volunteering, and
Currently our teenagers are serving in many areas
of ministry throughout the congregation. They are acolytes, musicians, choir
members, nursery helpers, Sunday school aides, and volunteers in many children’s
ministry events including VBS and Fine Arts Camp. They are also active in God’s
Word through Sunday morning Bible Study where they are currently studying about
those who gave their lives for the faith as they read through Foxes Book of
summer trip is probably one of the most significant events that we have
throughout the year for our teenagers. As they engage in an intense week of
service, they are not only digging into God’s Word more deeply but they are
experiencing it fully as well. This summer our youth will be participating in a
tri-annual event called the National LCMS Youth Gathering. This event will be
held in San Antonio, TX and will include 20-30,000 teenagers from around the
country who have gathered to worship, serve, and experience the Word of God.
2013 Fall Confirmation classes have begun,
Fall dates are October 13; November 10; and December 1.
us for more information.
"Being involved in
the youth ministry has made my faith stronger. I am no longer afraid to talk
about God or to share my faith. I am a lot more comfortable around people at
St. John’s now too since I have become more involved in the ministry. I hope
to stay at St. John’s forever because it is so homey and I am really
Many kids at my high school don’t
know Jesus. They aren’t the nicest people and I really want them to know
Jesus. I think that continuing my involvement here at St. John’s is where
God is leading me. I want to continue being involved in the youth ministry
so that I can continue to share my faith boldly with the kids who don’t know
Jesus." Cayla (Youth Ministry)
youth studies have helped me grow in my faith. Mr. Zagone listens to us,
respects where we are coming from and values us as part of the church. I go
to youth group because I always wanted a teen example in my life growing up
and I found one in Danielle. Youth group lets us create strong bonds and
friendships. God is leading me to do this for others. I can be a role model
to the younger kids at St. John’s and show them that you can hang out with
lots of different people, be goofy, have fun and still be a good Christian
and praise God." ~Katie – Youth Ministry
National Youth Gathering is scheduled to take place in San Antonio, Texas over
the 4th of July holiday. This is a tri-annual event in the Lutheran Church
Missouri Synod. Twenty-thirty thousand youth from all over the country gather
together to serve and worship God. This once in a lifetime experience you won’t
want your child to miss. Currently, 10 teenagers and 3 adults are committed to
going, but it is not too late to join our group! Don’t miss this awesome
opportunity to meet Jesus in new and exciting ways.
Prayer Updates: We will be updating our
on a daily basis with pictures, prayer requests, and generally fun things that
we are doing so be sure to log on and find us.
Watch & Twitter: The Gathering has set it up so that you can not only
watch the Mass Events through a live feed but they have made it so that you can
send us messages through twitter that will be displayed on screens. You can
watch it by going to
• Mass Events on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday at
• Worship on Thursday at 10 am CST
• Mass Event on Thursday at 7:30pm CST
• Mass Event on Friday at 9 am CST
Twitter info: Follow twitter.com/lcmsnyg and send us messages by using
the hashtag #LLtogether
Please pray that God does amazing things in the hearts and minds of all the
25,000 people who attend this gathering. This is going to be an unforgettable
experience and we can’t wait to see how God uses it to further His Kingdom.
Sherrie Smith, Missionary to the Home
John’s is committed to encouraging and strengthening the faith of children and
youth in our congregation, school, and community. Students have many
opportunities to “Meet Jesus! Experience the Support of a Church! and Live as
His Disciples!” through Sunday School, worship, servant events, our nursery,
Vacation Bible School, Fine Arts Camp and more!
We realize that the only way our efforts are
effective are by partnering with the home and giving parents the tools to
reinforce what is learned and taught here. This is why our bulletin always
includes ways for families to take home what they have learned. Our most recent
venture in connecting with parents has been through a weekly blog called
Children’s Ministry @ Home and can be found through our church website. This is
a blog written for adults and it summarizes everything that their children have
been taught on Sunday morning in church and in Sunday School. It also gives
parents ideas, crafts, and questions to use with their children throughout the
week to become living and active children of God.
Easter season is a perfect time to get reconnected with ministries at St.
John’s, especially Sunday School. Our teachers work hard each week to create
lessons that connect children to the Word and help them live it daily. On April
14, we will be having a special “Bring Your Parent to Sunday School” day so that
parents can experience what happens in our Sunday School classes.
First Communion Class starts today, youth 7th
grade and up are encouraged to attend with their parents. These classes will
be held on Sundays from 9:25a – 10:25a. Class dates are Oct. 20, 27, and
Nov. 3. A second session will be offered in February.