Christian Education

“I found my best friend at St. John’s. We were three years old and over 10 years later we still experience everything together. Many other friendships for me have come from being a part of this church, friendships that grew in church and continue throughout the other parts of our lives. The fun of the Heifer Farm week-end was an especially memorable time for me growing up at St. John’s.” – Jordan Reist

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Sunday School (Preschool through fifth-grade)

SundaySchool2Sunday-school classes are offered for children three-years old through fifth grade during the 10 a.m. liturgy. Children are first dropped off at their classrooms at 10 a.m. before rejoining their families in church to participate in Holy Communion.

Pre School (3 & 4 Year Old Students)

  • Meet in classroom located on the 2nd floor of the Nursery School.
  • Preschool lessons follow a story-based curriculum. Using interactive and engaging approaches the children not only hear the Bible stories but also visualize them through the use of wooden or felt materials. Story time is followed by an activity, prayers, songs, and play.

Kindergarten through 5th grades

  • Kindergarten and 1st grade meet in the large conference room near the parish hall.
  • 2nd & 3rd grades meet in the lower level (undercroft) side classroom
  • 4th & 5th grades  meet in the lower level (undercroft) “glassed in”classroom

The Living the Good News curriculum explores the weekly readings used in worship services. Class time includes a variety of activities for teachers to choose from that are appealing to children with different learning modalities. Children begin with an activity, prayer, and lively lesson which nurtures the development of a strong faith community of children learning and  growing in their love for God as they worship, learn, and serve together.

Voyagers (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students)

Known as the “Voyagers,” sixth through eighth students meet approximately twice a month during the academic year on Wednesday evenings for pizza and a lively exploration of our Christian faith. Lessons and discussions relate to their middle-school lives as well as the larger world around them. Each class concentrates on one well-known Bible story and its relevance to the lives of today’s youth, as well as a focus on their Episcopal identity. The students also participate in several outreach opportunities, including an overnight trip to the Heifer International farm in Rutland, Mass, serving others at a community dinner and sorting groceries at a nearby food pantry.

Voyagers Calendar

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Voyagers Caroling in the Neighborhood

Confirmation Class

Students in ninth grade and older are invited to receive the sacrament of confirmation. Confirmation classes will begin in the winter/spring, with a family orientation meeting in late fall.  Classes are led by the curate. More details coming soon.

High School Youth Group

This year, on the first and third Sundays of the month, high school students are invited to come together to enjoy each other’s company, ask hard (and easy) questions, explore what it means to make good decisions and become more fully our true selves, provide opportunity for listening and being heard, consider how best to share Jesus’ love with our world, and most importantly, cultivate space for encountering the living God.

Special-Needs Students and Sunday School

Our Class Buddies program pairs specially chosen high-school students as “shadows” for special-needs learners in the Sunday-school classroom. Class Buddies allows children who require a little extra guidance or support because of developmental hurdles to experience the love of Christ and spiritual development in the Sunday-school class environment. For more information, contact Mother Alissa.