Children and Youth Ministries
St. John’s children’s ministry is one of the largest in the area, with more than 250 children and teens participating in our church school and youth programs. Community is at the center of all that we do at St. John’s, and children are an integral part of our community.
Children of all ages are always welcome to attend any of our worship services. We also offer a special Children’s chapel, child care for infants and young children, and more. See Children in Worship to learn more. Plus, we encourage children to take active roles in our worship ministries and music ministries.
During our current COVID-19 season, with worship online, we intentionally include activities to engage the whole family (e.g., watering plants, lighting candles, enjoying an agape meal), and we invite families with children to lead portions of our service.
Learn and grow
St. John’s offers an engaging and fun church school program from preschool through high school where children and youth learn how to practice the love and kindness Jesus taught. Classes for children employ the Godly Play curriculum, inviting children to explore, engage, and respond creatively to the timeless stories of our Christian faith. For 6th graders and above, St. John’s offers Journey to Adulthood (J2A), a spiritual formation program that includes confirmation at the National Cathedral and a high-school pilgrimage.
Despite the current COVID-19 season, Church School thrives, with classes meeting live via Zoom. To stave off Zoom fatigue and encourage faith in action, the fourth Sunday of each month is set aside for Zoom-free, at-home Sunday of Service projects. If you would like to register for church school, please click below:
We welcome children and youth to attend our parish events and social gatherings, most of which include special activities to engage younger parishioners. St. John’s also sponsors a Youth Group where middle- and high-school students can meet regularly, hang out, enjoy food and fellowship, and participate in outings and service projects.
In our current COVID-19 season, our Youth Group meets weekly via Zoom, or live and distanced, with all attendees and parents required to sign our covenant for in-person gatherings.
Make a difference
At St. John’s we believe that all are called to make a positive difference in our world, including our children. We offer opportunities specifically for children and youth to make a difference, such as the Youth Group’s Camp Joy mission trip to repair houses for the needy in Appalachia. Our children and youth also participate with their families in many of our outreach ministries, such as feeding the hungry, providing housing for refugees, and donating school supplies for disadvantaged youth. St. John’s is an approved MCPS-SSL organization. Many of our activities can be used to meet MCPS graduation requirements.