Opportunities for Youth
Confirmation is a sacrament in which persons make a mature, public affirmation of their faith, a commitment to the responsibilities of the Christian life, and receive the laying on of hands by the bishop. (Literally, the person is confirming the promises that were made for him or her at baptism.) By custom, young people who are 13 years of age or older are prepared for confirmation through a year-long process of study and community service. Please contact the office to register for the class.
The Journey: Post-Confirmation Wanderings
Life is a journey and we’re all pilgrims on the way. The Journey is a class for teens that connects them with fellow travelers to ask questions, express frustrations and learn from leaders and from one another. We’ll plan for a pilgrimage (think Spain or Ireland or…) with a yearlong series of conversations, service opportunities and spiritual practices. Contact the office with questions and to register.
Upon reaching age 16, baptized members are considered adult members. Sunday School, in its focus to teach children the scripture and the customs of the church, appropriately is completed when a young person is confirmed. At this point in his or her development, taking part in adult worship is welcomed and encouraged. Leadership roles include serving as acolyte, lay reader, chalice bearer, Sunday School teacher assistant, and/or choir member.
Youth Service Projects
Service is an important aspect of youth ministry at St. John’s. Each year High Schoolers are invited to participate in service trips to assist communities recover from disaster. Closer to home, teenagers can volunteer to help with Sunday School, work at the Christmas Fair and the Grow to Give garden, participate in Sandy Relief workdays, serve the homeless through HIHI, feed the hungry through Food Not Bombs, join Lenten programs, Stone Soup, and the Men & Kids Bake Sale.>
Previous Youth Service Trips:
2017 – Blue Theology Service Trip, Pacific Grove and Monterey, California
2016 – Queens, New York
2015 – Washington, D.C. – worked at D.C. Kitchen preparing meals for the homeless; volunteered at THRIVE shelter
2014 – Episcopal Diocese of Navajoland, New Mexico
Youth Worship Leaders
Acolytes are young people, 6th grade and above, who assist the clergy during the 10:00 a.m. service. For further information contact Anne Thompson.
Lectors are trained to read the scripture at church services. Upon their confirmation, young people are welcome to train as lectors.