St. John’s Youth

Note: All of the classes/activities/events listed below involving our youth have not taken place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch for future information when we resume in-house activities again.  Meanwhile we encourage our youth to join us for worship each Sunday and to help with our current volunteer opportunities!

 

The information below was posted before the pandemic began to give you an idea of our youth programs when we return to ‘normal’ times!

 

Activities focused on youth are an important part of the life of St. John’s.  Your participation makes every event better!

 

 

Sunday School for Youth – September – June

(Not currently meeting)

 

Our youth in grades 7 – 12  join together for lively discussions and study in a combined Junior/Senior High Sunday School class each Sunday at 9:00 am in the Fireside Room, near the elevator on the lower level of the church. This large room is especially set up and used for youth activities.  The youth room is set up with comfortable couches and chairs, a large screen television and a pool table. 

 

Youth Sunday – March

 

Most years in early March, St. John’s holds a Youth Sunday where the youth of the church plan, prepare and participate in all aspects of the worship service, including music, scripture readings, leading the Children’s Time, and presenting a play with a sermon-type message.

 

 

Congregational Dinners – September/October & January

 

Our youth participate by helping to serve the dinners to the congregation. (Yes, you’ll have fun with your friends, and you’ll get time to eat, too!)

 

Vacation Bible School – June

 

Our youth serve as teacher assistants/helpers for three nights each June during our week of Vacation Bible School (VBS). Over the years, some youth have been led into teaching careers from helping out with this experience!

 

 

               Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – January

 

For many years, our youth with adult leaders have participated in service activities during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service weekend in January.  Some of the recent activities have traveling to Bethany Children’s Home in Berks County for an afternoon service project on the Sunday of the weekend, and a local project making ‘walker bags’ for the residents of Elm Terrace Gardens in Lansdale (home to St. John’s members and other local residents).   

 

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 a project of cleaning up a park in Chester, Pa. in 2009 named for Dr. King, next to the Chester public library, near where Dr. King had attended Crozier Theological Seminary. When we returned to work there the MLK holiday weekend in 2010, we found a beautiful bust-sculpture of Dr. King had been erected in that park!

 

 

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 Addie or our social media administrator John Hendricks to let you join the Facebook group!

 

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”  1 Timothy 4:12

 

Links to Youth News & Events from the UCC and the PSEC:

 

Click here to connect with the UCC website Youth page

 

Click to connect to the PSEC website Youth page

 

Help a Friend…Help Yourself – Important Notice to Youth Below

 

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.  There is a new nationwide phone number, 988, for direct connection to care and support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress, including thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance abuse crises, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.  Please let people know about dialing 988 – it is also on our homepage.

 

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 lydenp@ucc.org for further information.  There are also scholarships to UCC-related colleges – for more information, visit the UCC website:  http://www.ucc.org/scholarships/