» Youth News for January

Lock-in and Acolyte Training: St. John’s Rite 13 Youth

Join us for an evening with lots of fun and little sleep! During our time together we will cook, eat, play and train. Bring a sleeping bag and pillow, and an air mattress if you have one.

Who:      All Rite 13 Youth are invited!

When: Saturday, January 17 at 6:00 pm –
Sunday, January 18 at 9:00am

Where: Meet at St. John’s

What: Lock-in and Acolyte Training with dinner, fun and games, bonding, great discussion, worship, and food!

To attend, please fill out this form and return to Jean Hansen. Contact Jean with questions at 952-201-0424 or rjhansen3128@gmail.com.

Christmas Pageant

It’s that time again to prepare for the annual Christmas Pageant, and we invite all children to participate in this year’s production! The pageant will be presented during the 10:00 am service on Sunday, January 4, the Second Sunday of Christmas.

It is a great deal of fun, and youth of all ages, especially first-timers, are encouraged to join in. There are speaking and non-speaking parts, songs, animals, scripture quotes—something for everyone.

There will be a dress rehearsal on Saturday, January 3 from 10:00 am—noon. If you’re interested, simply come to the dress rehearsal. Contact Jean Hansen at rjhansen3128@gmail.com or 952-201-0424 with questions.

2014 Fundraiser Update

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our fall Cabaret/Talent Show. This joint fundraiser with St. John’s Clinic Kayoro was a huge success. Thank you, too, for all of you who purchased a beautiful poinsettia and/or Christmas wreath. With those two fundraisers combined, the youth raised over $5,000.

Pancake Dinner February 17

Our next fundraiser is the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  This fundraiser, sponsored by the St. John’s Men’s Group, will be held in the Undercroft from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Tickets will be available beginning on Sunday, January 27 during the coffee hour for $5 per person, or $20 per family of four or more.  All proceeds will go toward the youth pilgrimage fund.  Plan to attend for a great time!

Family Ministry: St John’s Strategic Plan

One of the priorities in the strategic plan is to Engage, educate, and foster a greater sense of community across generations and families by:

  • Creating a minimum of three new opportunities for parent/family formation that provide practical, theologically grounded resources
  • Offering four intergenerational gatherings seasonally that are project-based

This past year, we’ve tried new things, like the Advent Wreath Workshop in November and Lessons and Carols in December. Intergenerational ministry isn’t just about gatherings where different age groups do something together. It’s bigger than that. Our goal is intentional interaction between  generations that promotes faith and spiritual development of all ages.  Thank you all for participating and sharing your faith with others. Please watch for details of more intergenerational events in 2015.


Youth Dinner Schedule: January 2015

7:  Kevin and Michelle Wall

14:  Dave Finkel

21: Peter and Jennifer Rosendale

28:   Open