College Students

October, 2021 Goodie Boxes for College Students
It’s time to buy or gather items for the Goodie Boxes to be mailed in October to our young adults living away from home. Donations are gratefully accepted (on or before Sunday, October 3) for approximately 24 boxes – please leave at the designated area at the church. Typical donations are non-perishable, small, sturdy food items, school items, or personal items such as tissues, Chapstick, cough drops, etc. – be creative, the students appreciate all contributions. Be tuned in to announcements, Heralds and the church bulletin board for further information. To ensure that a student receives a box, please forward the complete mailing address to the church office or Bonnie Weber before October 3. Even if the student has previously received a mailing, please verify the address. If you have questions, please contact Bonnie Weber at or 215-361-8986. Thanks for your continued support!


The St. John’s family loves & supports our college students whether they are far from home or studying locally.  We look forward to seeing our ‘out of town’ students in church whenever you have the opportunity!  We encourage all of college students to be part of our St. John’s Facebook community so they can instantly keep up with what’s happening at St. John’s UCC while away!


We wish all of our new college students success and happiness in their new college experiences!


Watch for information about our Fall, 2021 College Goodie Boxes.  Please send new and updated college student addresses to the church office!


College Goodie Boxes – Spring, 2021
This semester St. John’s sent Girl Scout Cookies to our college students.  By doing so we supported Girl Scouts in our congregation who were not able to sell cookies as usual due to Covid safety protocols.  We are asking for monetary donations to purchase cookies and cover shipping costs, instead of donated items to include in the boxes.  Please make your check payable to St. John’s UCC and write “Goodie Boxes” in the memo section.  Thank you for supporting our youth ~ both college students and Girl Scouts!


Congratulations to our upcoming St. John’s Class of 2021 graduates – high school. college, graduate school, technical training, special courses, etc.  Unfortunately you may not be able to have a large public ceremony in 2021, but know that your accomplishments are important and your St. John’s family is cheering you on to big things in the future!  Best wishes!  We  honored these graduates in June. 

Our local college students are invited to be part of our weekly activities at St. John’s. Our college age youth are part of our United Voices, Chancel Choir, and special events music ensembles!  They are also welcome as advisors/mentors with our children & youth activities, including Sunday School & Vacation Bible School.  Ask Pastor Addie about volunteer opportunities!


‘Goodie Boxes’ for our College & Graduate Students



Watch for our Goodie Boxes to be shipped each Spring & Fall – details in the Enlightener & the Herald!  Each Fall and Spring semester we collect snack, school & general supplies and send them to our college students to remind them we are thinking about them.  Watch for ‘tear off’ sheets on the Youth bulletin board near Pastor Addie’s office;  you may choose 1 or more of the items to purchase in the suggested quantity then bring them to church before the deadline.  Items include homemade baked goods, packaged foods, candy and mints, household items, etc. A committee puts the boxes together and prepares them for shipping.  The Sunday before they are mailed the congregation is invited to sign letters that go inside the goodie boxes and to write notes of support, encouragement & friendship to the students.



We have been sending ‘goodie boxes’ for so many years that many of the young children and adults who helped put the boxes together for years are now receiving boxes themselves while away at college!  If you know a St. John’s student who should be on the list, please contact Bonnie Weber or let the church office know by email or phone. (See ‘Contact Us’ page.) Watch the Herald & Enlightener for more details.


Click here to go to the UCC website for Young Adults