Children's Ministry - Elementary
Children's Homily and Children's Chapel
Children in Pre-K thru Third Grade are invited forward to the steps in the church after the Gospel reading for a Children's homily given by Sunday's preacher. After the homily, children go to Children's Chapel in the Choir room with our volunteers for their own story and singing time. They return in time for the exchanging of the Peace. Children's Homily and Children's Chapel occur at the 9 a.m. service only (10 a.m. service during the summer schedule).
Summer Sunday School Offerings:
SUNDAY FUNDAY (Sundays in June and July) 11:15 am- 12 noon in the 3rd grade classroom. During the months of June and July, the children preschool through 5th grade will gather for lessons on Jesus as the Good Shepherd who cares, comforts and guides His sheep. Each week the lessons will help our younger members learn more about Jesus and His care for them. There are always great stories, crafts, and snack too!
Sunday Morning Sunday School at 10:15am in locations by age groups during the School year (resumes January 8, 2017).
Milestones by age group.
For each grade level starting with kindergarten and ending with fifth grade, a milestone, parent component, and memory work are a focus of this year’s Sunday school class. The milestones provide the children and parents moments to look forward to in the current and future years. The parent component provides a way for parents to be involved throughout the year. The memory work component adds to the learning of each class level. The memory work has been selected with the children’s grade level in mind. For a complete look at each grade level, please clickHERE.
First Grade, Festal Eucharist, meets in their classroom in the Sunday School wing on the second story above the library. This is a special year for the St. John's first graders. During this year, they will tour the entire church, hear from and interview the Priests and lay leaders, and reflect on Baptism. It is amazing all that the children do during this year! Festal means "Celebratory" and comes from the same root as "festive." At the end of the Sunday School year, the church will recognize and celebrate with them as the class joins in Eucharist together. The service will include a prayer written by the first grade class. After the service there will be a wonderful reception that all are invited to join. Each of the children will receive a prayer book at the reception. Children in first grade will study and memorize The Lord's Prayer and make beautiful shell cross Christmas Ornaments.
Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades meet in their respective classrooms in the Sunday School wing on the second story above the library. New this year will be the combining of the Fourth and Fifth grades! Second through fifth grades will all study themes using the Workshop Cycles curriculum. This fall the themes are: The Story of Samuel, What is Worship, Advent Stations of the Crèche, and Stewardship. The teachers all have a fun and unique way to teach the lessons using food, crafts, games, theatre, and more! Second graders will learn about the Fruits of the Spirit and make popsicle manger Christmas ornaments. Third graders will learn about the Beatitudes and make puzzle piece wreath Christmas ornaments. Fourth and Fifth graders will study the 10 Commandments and make tower bell and nativity scene wreath Christmas ornaments.
Wednesday Night Programs
Reservations for Wednesday Night Dinner 5:00 -6:15 p.m. You and your family are welcome to dinner prior to Wednesday evening courses. Please call 850-222-2636, x31 or make your dinner reservation online at www.saint-john.org.
Adult dinners are $7.00, Children and Seniors are $4.00 and the family maximum is $20.00. The Wednesday night menu is printed in each week’s Chimes and can be heard on the reservation phone line.
Wednesday Evenings resume September 7th and run thru November 16, 2016.
Children’s Ministry- Who’s Who?
1st Grade Team: Mandy Schnittker, Tanya Evers, and Lizbeth Childs
2nd Grade Team: Corinna Strayer, Christa Perkins, Matt Gregory, Liz Thomas
3rd Grade Team: Sara Merrill, Denise Shedlock, Janine Couch
4th and 5th Grade Team: David Childs, John Perkins, Alison Anderson- Crum, Sarah Ball Miller
Children’s Ministry Chair for Vestry: Corinna Strayer