April 30, 2020

Summer 2020 Adjustments

As you’ll read below, we’ve made several adjustments in order to keep our children, youth, and adults safe and spiritually nourished during these summer months. Thank you for your flexibility and resilience during this trying time. Kudos to the St. John’s staff and lay leaders as they partner to provide meaningful opportunities for spiritual growth for St. John’s parishioners.

St. John’s COVID-19 Task Force, guided by the direction of Bishop Howard, the Episcopal Diocese of Florida and the State of Florida, continues to meet regularly. Rest assured that we are developing plans to re-open our campus, at the appropriate time, in a way that will safeguard the health of our members and community. We will keep you informed. 

Youth Being Extraordinary Around Tallahassee (B.E.A.T.) 

An in-person Youth B.E.A.T. community service camp will not occur this summer, however we are considering options for a virtual experience, which would be available June 1-5. This option would be free and open to all youth in grades 6-12. We request your family’s input for this potential online option. Please complete our survey by May 5. St. John’s offers parents a full refund of the registration fee ($50/participant). If you would like to donate your registration payment to St. John’s Youth Missions Fund instead of receiving a refund, we will gratefully accept. These donations are tax-deductible and enable us to provide spiritual formation, fun and fellowship for any interested local youth. If you choose to donate your registration fee, please notify Caroline Allen by May 15. If we do not hear from you, you will automatically receive the refund. 

Vacation Bible School

Rather than an in-person day camp, Vacation Bible School will take place by secure Zoom classes on Sunday mornings in June. We will gather from 9:15-9:45 a.m., just prior to online worship, for a Bible story, conversation, and music about Loving GodLoving our Neighbor and Loving our Self in Community. This offering is free and open to all; no registration is necessary. As our VBS Sundays approach, we will distribute a link for the Zoom gathering via this website, by email and through social media.

Summer Choir Camp

We are excited to offer this camp for the fourth year running, but for the first time virtually!  

June 15-19, 10 a.m.-Noon, Secure Zoom Classes, $50 (scholarships available)

We welcome children (Grades 2nd-8th) to join in a fun and interactive musical experience. Campers will meet daily with their peers and with distinguished professional musicians, local and national, to learn and practice music theory, play games, and sing. Register online.

Youth Mission Trip

The Youth Mission Trip in partnership with CROSS Ministries in Charlotte, North Carolina will not happen this summer. Funds raised in preparation for this trip will be applied to future youth mission trips, and we continue to be grateful for your contributions and support of this youth mission group. Please contact Caroline Allen with any questions. 

Parish Pilgrimage and Choir Tour to England

Both of these journeys have been postponed. The choir will sing in England during Summer 2021 and the Parish Pilgrimage will take place during Summer 2022.

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