Children & Youth

We believe that when Jesus said “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them”  he meant it, and meant it for all God’s children, ages 3 to 93!  We have Sunday School classes ranging from nursery to adult, and a morning gathering time at the start of our session that brings us all together.  Come on in and be shaped by God’s love!

  • Back for December!

    Come with us December 3, 10, and 17 as we dig a little deeper into the Christmas story.

    Our  Children’s Christmas program will take place December 17 at 6:30pm. Please join us!

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  • Squash Malaria

    Squash Malaria! Throughout Lent, Sunday School collected pledges for mosquito nets for children throughout the world where malaria is an epidemic problem.  One mosquito net costs $6, and can protect 3 children.  Pastor Lynne stepped in and encouraged us to set a goal–not an impossible goal, but one that was challenging.  She promised to let the children paint her hair if we met the goal.

    Our goal? 100 nets; Our total–nearly 114! $686.00 was raised! On Sunday, April 7, the Sunday School kids spray-painted Pastor Lynne’s hair out in the church yard! Lots of smiles were shared by all!

     

  • VBS 2016

    Download link is below… Print, complete, and return it to church to register your child by June 30!

    If you have trouble downloading or printing, please send all pertinent info to stjohns@etczone.com to register!

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  • SonSpark Labs VBS

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  • SonTreasure Island VBS

    Vacation Bible School was held June 8 – 12, 2014 with a great attendance.  Kids learned all about God’s love and had a great time while on SonTreasure Island! 

    Many thanks to our leaders Kim Mitchell, Emily Prifogle and James Robertson, as well as our teachers, helpers, and anyone who donated time or talents to this ministry of ours!

  • Great Lakes Regional Youth Event

    This summer, United Church of Christ youth from across the Great Lakes Region (Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana-Kentucky, OhioMichigan Conferences) will join together in fellowship and fun at the 2014 Great Lakes Regional Youth Event.  The event takes place July 10-13 at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisc. and is open to all youth in grades 6-12.  The cost for the event is $300.  Youth group will pay half (or more if fund raising is successful).

    All registration happens online. See Pastor Lynne if attending!  Registration Deadline June 1!

  • 2013 Food Pantry Challenge

    Sunday School Fall 500:

    Once again, the challenge is on to collect 500 items for the less fortunate in our community.  This year, we have a “head-start”, as we collected 140 toothbrushes, toothpaste & floss for HEADSTART preschool programs in 5 counties.  Rachel  Luers spearheaded this collection as part of a community outreach project she’s working on in her nursing classes, as she works toward her RN.  Now we need 360 food, personal care products and/or laundry products to reach our goal by Sunday, November 24.  The Sunday School is asking both our churches to help us reach this goal.  Canned fruit is the canned food item in most need.

    For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.  Matthew 25:35

     On December 8, we will help pack food baskets at the Food Pantry, 1-3 pm.  Sunman Food Pantry expects to give out about 200 food baskets this year.  Looking for something special to do during the holidays?  It’s right here, literally, in our own back yard!  Families are welcome (and encouraged) to help.  Children 9 & up can come on their own.  Those under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Update:  As of November 24, we had reached – and far exceeded – our goal.  692 food & personal care items were collected at St. Jacob’s and St. John’s!!  Wow!  Thank you to all who helped achieve this goal!  What a great way to start the Advent season!

     

  • Last Year’s VBS: Son Rise National Park – June 18 – 21, 2012

    A few pictures from our National Park adventure…