Youth and activities focused on youth are an important part of the life & weekly activities at St John’s. If you are middle school or high school age, please join us!
Coming in 2020: UCC National Youth Event at Perdue University
If your child will be between the ages of 13-18 in July 2020, they are eligible to travel with us and attend the UCC National Youth Event held at Perdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana! If you are interested in being a part of that group, it is important that you be a part of the fundraising efforts in 2019 & 2020! Please let Pastor Addie know if you are interested in going to National Youth Event so she knows who to keep in the loop as more information is made available.
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, comfortable chairs, big screen TV and a pool table!
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 the past 3 years, 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!
Our St. John’s Youth led worship on our annual Youth Sunday, March 11, 2018:
Links to Youth News & Events from the UCC and the PSEC:
Have a friend or family member having trouble coping with life right now? Never assume ‘they’ll get over it’ – talk with them, show your support, offer them the chance to speak confidentially with our pastors. Teenage & adult suicides is a reality in Montgomery & Bucks counties. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – call this toll free number: 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
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/