Youth and activities focused on youth are an important part of the life and weekly activities at St John’s. If you are middle school or high school age, please join us!
St. John’s has an active group of youth involved in all aspects of life at St. John’s, including participating in our choirs, assisting the pastors in worship, helping in the nursery, helping with the younger children in Enrichment and Vacation Bible School, and gathering for special social activities throughout the year. Youth are always welcome to volunteer to help with upcoming special events such as the Alternative Gift Market and White Gift Sunday!
Our youth gather each Sunday morning from 9 am to 10 am (September to May) for a combined ages Junior and Senior High Sunday school class, filled with lively discussions and activities. The class meets in the informal Fireside Room, complete with sofas and comfortable chairs, a pool table and even an old Pacman game!
Please watch the Herald and Enlightener for upcoming special youth events! There is also a special bulletin board just across the hall from Pastor Addie’s office just for news and pictures from youth events! You can also keep up with the latest events on our St. John’s Facebook group just for members and friends – ask Pastor Sue or Addie to join!
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. In January of 2016 & 2017, our youth traveled to Bethany Children’s Home in Berks County for an afternoon service project followed by a dinner and discussion time back at church. Watch for news of our next project!
2018 Service Project – January 14, 2018
MLK Jr. Day of Learning and Service On Sunday, January 14th, 2018, there will be an opportunity for us to travel to Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, PA for an afternoon of learning, touring, and serving. We will leave the church at 12:30. Please be sure to eat lunch before we leave and wear comfortable clothes. While at Bethany, we will have the opportunity to connect with some houseparents, tour the grounds, learn more about what life is like for a Bethany youth, and do a small service project to lend a hand at one of the cottages. We will return to Lansdale around 7pm and dinner will be provided at the church for those who are able to stay! Please let Pastor Addie know ASAP if you are planning to join us and if you are able to drive so that we can arrange transportation. To learn more about the important ministry and mission of Bethany, visit www.bethanyhome.org.
Our St. John’s Youth led worship on our annual Youth Sunday, March 6, 2016:
Links to Youth News & Events from the UCC and the PSEC:
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 [email protected] for further information. There are also scholarships to UCC-related colleges – for more information, visit the UCC website: http://www.ucc.org/scholarships/