May 28, 2024

2024 Summer Youth Service Opportunities

Jesus says to us, “Serve one another as I have served you.” As a part of our faith, we are called to serve with the talents that God has given us. Each summer, St. John’s Youth Ministry provides opportunities for middle and high schoolers to learn about service, guided by adults who have vowed to love and support them along their faith journey.

Consider joining St. John’s this summer for one of our youth service opportunities. We hope participating youth will then take what they have learned and apply it to their everyday lives: serving others in their schools, at church, and even in their own homes.

Every summer since 2014, St. John’s has offered a way for youth to come together and serve in our community. Youth B.E.A.T, which stands for Youth Being Extraordinary Around Tallahassee, has sent young people to a variety of partnering organizations over the years, ranging from homeless shelters and food banks to nursing homes and schools. This summer, we will be offering Youth B.E.A.T. service opportunities. Follow the link for more detailed descriptions. More opportunities are on the way!

WEEK OF JUNE 24-28
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

St. John’s Vacation Bible School is headed to Camp Firelight… and we need volunteers! This year, VBS will be held in the evening, for rising PK4 through rising 5th graders, and will feature discovery, arts & crafts, stories, and mission projects. However, this week is not possible without adult volunteers and our amazing youth helpers. Share your contact information on our volunteer form (link below), and we’ll put you to work helping our adult volunteers shepherd groups of children around campus or assisting with activities during VBS week.

Volunteer Age: Rising grades 6-12
Time: 5 to 8 PM
Service Hours: 15 hours

TUESDAY, JULY 2 & TUESDAY, JULY 9
SERVING AT SECOND HARVEST
Join us to help Second Harvest pack produce that will be distributed to the many food insecure families in our area. Second Harvest is doing all they can to help families have regular, healthy meals. Let’s help them out!

We’ll meet at St. John’s at 11:30 AM for lunch, then head to Second Harvest to start serving at 1 PM. When our shift is finished, we’ll head back to St. John’s for snacks and chance to talk about our afternoon. Youth can be picked up at 4 PM from St. John’s. Transportation from St. John’s to Second Harvest will be provided. If you would like to help volunteer to transport youth, please tick yes in the additional questions below.

NOTE: Second Harvest will need everyone attending (adults & children) to sign up beforehand for whichever date they will be attending via the link found in your confirmation email. Once you click the link, you will be directed to create an account (or sign into an existing account) and then you will be able to view the calendar and sign up for the shift (Tuesday, July 2, 1-3 PM AND/OR Tuesday, July 9, 1-3 PM) and see more details. Your accounts will also include Second Harvest’s online waivers. Everyone volunteering must have an account and sign up ahead of time. Closed-toed shoes are required and comfortable clothing is encouraged.

Volunteer Age: Rising grades 6-12 (youth must be at least 13 years old)
Time: 11:30 AM to 4 PM
Service Hours: 3 hours

KEARNEY CENTER

THURSDAY, JULY 25
SERVING AT THE KEARNEY CENTER
Join us for an evening of serving meals to our neighbors at Tallahassee’s homeless shelter. St. John’s assists with dinner service twice a month at The Kearney Center, where those experiencing homelessness can come for daily meals, shelter, and comprehensive emergency services. Our team will relieve the parishioners who typically volunteer on the 4th Thursday. We’ll serve meals, fill beverage cups, distribute cutlery, bus tables, and get to know the guests. Drop-off will take place at The Kearney Center, where we will meet as a group before heading in to serve. Pick-up at the same spot.

Volunteer Age: Rising grades 6-12 (youth must be at least 13 years old)
Time: 5 to 7:30 PM
Service Hours: 2.5 hours

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