Acolytes (Grades 5-12)
Acolytes (altar servers) assist in the liturgy by carrying the processional cross, the torches (big candles), and the Gospel book and the St. John’s banner on special occasions, and by assisting the clergy with various tasks during the service. Students in grades five and up are invited to serve as acolytes, after attending a brief training session. If you or your child are interested in serving as an acolyte please email the acolyte coordinating committee. Existing acolytes can sign-up on-line for services here.
Christmas Eve Worship (Grades 6 and up)
Students in grade six and up are invited to collaborate with the clergy in designing and leading the 5 p.m. Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols liturgy. Students read or dramatize the scripture lessons, lead the Prayers of the People, and perform special musical selections.
“Heifer Farm” Trip (Grades 6-12)
Students in grade six and up are invited to join the curate for the church’s annual Columbus Day weekend trip to Heifer International’s Overlook Farm Education Center in Rutland, Mass. Students spend three days and two nights learning about issues of poverty, hunger, global economic inequality, environmental stewardship, and sustainable agriculture in an interactive, fun program. St. John’s is often joined on this weekend by teens and chaperones from two other Episcopal congregations in Westchester County, St. Thomas Church in neighboring Mamaroneck and St. Augustine’s Church in Croton-on-Hudson (where the rector is a former St. John’s curate).
Nicaragua Service Trip (Ages 15 and up)
St. John’s parishioners age 15 and up are invited to join the parish’s annual trip to Nicaragua. This is a wonderful occasion to build cross-cultural relationships, to understand issues confronting resource-challenged communities in a developing nation, to become advocates for sustainable development, to build relationships with fellow parishioners, and to better understand the connection of our faith to social action. Read more.