Youth and activities focused on youth are an important part of the life and weekly activities at St John’s. Some of these events include: Helping out on Wednesday Nights at John’s as part of the Enrichment program, and the Youth Group which meets the second Sunday of every month after 10:15 Worship. Our youth join for lively discussions in a combined Junior/Senior High Sunday School class each Sunday at 9:00 am in the Fireside Room.
Our St. John’s Youth led worship on our annual Youth Sunday:
For many years, a large group of our youth have participated in service activities during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service weekend in January. In 2015, on Sunday, January 18th, our youth continued the tradition as participants in our ‘Soup & Stitch’ event to make ‘walker bags’ for the residents of Elm Terrace Gardens (home to St. John’s members and other local residents), made soup for the participants, and followed by watching & discussing the film “Freedom Song” about the civil rights movement. On January 17, 2016, our youth traveled to Bethany Children’s Home in Berks County for an afternoon painting service project. Watch for news of our next project!
Over the years, our youth have participated in projects in Philadelphia, Chester, and in our own community the weekend of that holiday. One of the highlights was cleaning up a park in 2009 named for Dr. King next to the Chester public library, near where Dr. King attended Crozier Theological Seminary. When we returned to work there the holiday weekend in 2010, we found a beautiful bust-sculpture of Dr. King had been erected in that park – here is our youth work crew by that statue!
One Sunday each year is designated “Youth Sunday” when our youth participate in all aspects of the worship service. Our next Youth Sunday will be in early March, 2017.
Did You Know? The UCC offers scholarships and grants to UCC members? The United Church of Christ Undergraduate Scholarship provides annual scholarship assistance to UCC members entering their sophomore, junior and/or senior year of an accredited 4-year college in the United States. Awards range from $500 – $1,500. Contact: Associate Director for Grants Administration, Local Church Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. There are also scholarships to UCC-related colleges – for more information, visit the UCC website: http://www.ucc.org/scholarships/