Children

"Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong." -Ephesians 3:17

The Grove Children's Ministries is led by Stephanie Lord, and focuses on children from the time they are born until they reach 6th grade when they will transition into the Foundation Youth Ministries. There are several programs available to children throughout the year and you are always welcome to participate whether you are a member or not! We also offer activities on Sunday and Wednesday nights for children in conjunction with youth and adult programs. St. John's is a safe sanctuary church. All employees and volunteers working with children must undergo a background check and abide by all safe sanctuary policies. View the PDF below to see the Safe Sanctuary Policy.

Events

Oct 18 @ 4:15 pm
There are two children’s choirs at St. John’s. The Joy Choir is for children ages K3-1st grade. Under the direction of Elizabeth Barfoot, our smallest choristers enjoy their first experience of making music together with friends as they prepare and … Read More
Oct 22 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
For our kids who attend big church, in any service, we offer special bulletins and worship bags just for them! They are full of activities to do during the service and even have scripture lessons that coincide with the sermon! … Read More
Oct 22 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
A nursery is provided every Sunday morning for children ages 6 weeks – 4 years old from 8:30 – 12:00. Our competent and trained nursery staff considers it a privilege to love and care for your child while you worship. … Read More
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
St. John’s has a wonderful Sunday School Program that runs every Sunday morning from 10:00- 10:45. Our curriculum is fun and engaging and full of great Biblical content. Our 3K through 4th grade use Faithweaver, and our 5th and 6th … Read More
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Grove Children’s Ministry offers a Sunday night children’s program in conjunction with Foundation Youth Ministries Sunday night program. Children grades 4K- 5th grades are welcome to join the children’s program from 6- 7:30 p.m. Children will meet upstairs in … Read More
Oct 25 @ 4:15 pm
There are two children’s choirs at St. John’s. The Joy Choir is for children ages K3-1st grade. Under the direction of Elizabeth Barfoot, our smallest choristers enjoy their first experience of making music together with friends as they prepare and … Read More
Oct 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
For our kids who attend big church, in any service, we offer special bulletins and worship bags just for them! They are full of activities to do during the service and even have scripture lessons that coincide with the sermon! … Read More
Oct 29 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
A nursery is provided every Sunday morning for children ages 6 weeks – 4 years old from 8:30 – 12:00. Our competent and trained nursery staff considers it a privilege to love and care for your child while you worship. … Read More
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
St. John’s has a wonderful Sunday School Program that runs every Sunday morning from 10:00- 10:45. Our curriculum is fun and engaging and full of great Biblical content. Our 3K through 4th grade use Faithweaver, and our 5th and 6th … Read More
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Grove Children’s Ministry offers a Sunday night children’s program in conjunction with Foundation Youth Ministries Sunday night program. Children grades 4K- 5th grades are welcome to join the children’s program from 6- 7:30 p.m. Children will meet upstairs in … Read More
Nov 1 @ 5:15 pm
There are two children’s choirs at St. John’s. The Joy Choir is for children ages K3-1st grade. Under the direction of Elizabeth Barfoot, our smallest choristers enjoy their first experience of making music together with friends as they prepare and … Read More
Nov 5 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
For our kids who attend big church, in any service, we offer special bulletins and worship bags just for them! They are full of activities to do during the service and even have scripture lessons that coincide with the sermon! … Read More
Nov 5 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
A nursery is provided every Sunday morning for children ages 6 weeks – 4 years old from 8:30 – 12:00. Our competent and trained nursery staff considers it a privilege to love and care for your child while you worship. … Read More
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
St. John’s has a wonderful Sunday School Program that runs every Sunday morning from 10:00- 10:45. Our curriculum is fun and engaging and full of great Biblical content. Our 3K through 4th grade use Faithweaver, and our 5th and 6th … Read More
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Grove Children’s Ministry offers a Sunday night children’s program in conjunction with Foundation Youth Ministries Sunday night program. Children grades 4K- 5th grades are welcome to join the children’s program from 6- 7:30 p.m. Children will meet upstairs in … Read More
Nov 8 @ 4:15 pm
There are two children’s choirs at St. John’s. The Joy Choir is for children ages K3-1st grade. Under the direction of Elizabeth Barfoot, our smallest choristers enjoy their first experience of making music together with friends as they prepare and … Read More
Nov 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
For our kids who attend big church, in any service, we offer special bulletins and worship bags just for them! They are full of activities to do during the service and even have scripture lessons that coincide with the sermon! … Read More
Nov 12 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
A nursery is provided every Sunday morning for children ages 6 weeks – 4 years old from 8:30 – 12:00. Our competent and trained nursery staff considers it a privilege to love and care for your child while you worship. … Read More
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
St. John’s has a wonderful Sunday School Program that runs every Sunday morning from 10:00- 10:45. Our curriculum is fun and engaging and full of great Biblical content. Our 3K through 4th grade use Faithweaver, and our 5th and 6th … Read More
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Grove Children’s Ministry offers a Sunday night children’s program in conjunction with Foundation Youth Ministries Sunday night program. Children grades 4K- 5th grades are welcome to join the children’s program from 6- 7:30 p.m. Children will meet upstairs in … Read More
Nov 15 @ 4:15 pm
There are two children’s choirs at St. John’s. The Joy Choir is for children ages K3-1st grade. Under the direction of Elizabeth Barfoot, our smallest choristers enjoy their first experience of making music together with friends as they prepare and … Read More
Nov 19 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
For our kids who attend big church, in any service, we offer special bulletins and worship bags just for them! They are full of activities to do during the service and even have scripture lessons that coincide with the sermon! … Read More
Nov 19 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
A nursery is provided every Sunday morning for children ages 6 weeks – 4 years old from 8:30 – 12:00. Our competent and trained nursery staff considers it a privilege to love and care for your child while you worship. … Read More
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
St. John’s has a wonderful Sunday School Program that runs every Sunday morning from 10:00- 10:45. Our curriculum is fun and engaging and full of great Biblical content. Our 3K through 4th grade use Faithweaver, and our 5th and 6th … Read More
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Grove Children’s Ministry offers a Sunday night children’s program in conjunction with Foundation Youth Ministries Sunday night program. Children grades 4K- 5th grades are welcome to join the children’s program from 6- 7:30 p.m. Children will meet upstairs in … Read More
Nov 22 @ 4:15 pm
There are two children’s choirs at St. John’s. The Joy Choir is for children ages K3-1st grade. Under the direction of Elizabeth Barfoot, our smallest choristers enjoy their first experience of making music together with friends as they prepare and … Read More
Nov 26 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
For our kids who attend big church, in any service, we offer special bulletins and worship bags just for them! They are full of activities to do during the service and even have scripture lessons that coincide with the sermon! … Read More
Nov 26 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
A nursery is provided every Sunday morning for children ages 6 weeks – 4 years old from 8:30 – 12:00. Our competent and trained nursery staff considers it a privilege to love and care for your child while you worship. … Read More
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
St. John’s has a wonderful Sunday School Program that runs every Sunday morning from 10:00- 10:45. Our curriculum is fun and engaging and full of great Biblical content. Our 3K through 4th grade use Faithweaver, and our 5th and 6th … Read More
Nov 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Grove Children’s Ministry offers a Sunday night children’s program in conjunction with Foundation Youth Ministries Sunday night program. Children grades 4K- 5th grades are welcome to join the children’s program from 6- 7:30 p.m. Children will meet upstairs in … Read More

Annual Events for Children

MISSIONS IMPACT CELEBRATION 

Each year during January St. John's holds their annual Missions Impact Celebration (MIC).  This is a time when we, as a church, welcome and interact with our local. regional, and international mission partners.

During MIC our children have a unique opportunity to explore missions and search for ways they too can live out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).  They are able to visit with guest missionaries from all over the world and participate in activities that truly make a difference in the lives of others in the name of Jesus.

In the past, our children have made pillows for orphans in Russia, sent blankets to kids in Kenya, and made survival kids for earthquake victims in Haiti.  This is a great way to get our children involved early and give them the good, positive feeling of helping others less fortunate then themselves.

 

EASTER ACTIVITIES

The children's Easter activities are typically held on the Saturday before Easter Sunday.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is a time for fun and fellowship for children ages walking - 4K.  Parents are asked to donate dozen filled, plastic eggs per participating child.  The children will get to hunt for these eggs that the older children helped hide earlier. Refreshments and playground fun follow the hunt.

While the younger children are searching for eggs, the older ones (5K - 5th grade) will undertake a more meaningful search.  Through a scavenger hunt they will search for the true meaning of Easter.  This event requires registration. A little closer to the event, watch the EVENT CALENDAR on the HOME PAGE for the link to register. 

 

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE

This wonderful time of bonding between fathers (or grandfathers, or uncles, or special friends) and the exceptional young lady in their life is typically held on a Friday night in April.  Everyone gets dressed up and comes out to dance, socialize, laugh, eat and just have a great time.  This event requires advance registration.  As April approaches watch the Event Calendar on the Home Page for a link to registration. 

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

VBS, held in June,  is one of the most exciting weeks in the life of the church!  At St. John's we invite all children, members or not, to experience the Bible through scripture, music, food, and games.

What better way to kick off summer than a week full of fun and Jesus?  Registration is required so watch the EVENT CALENDAR

 

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS

At St. John's we send children back to school in a BIG way!  Our worship services at 9:02 and 11:00 are dedicated to children.  They participate in the services by reading scripture, leading prayer, and serving as ushers and greeters.  Children are asked to bring their backpacks to church with them and at the end of the service, they are invited to bring them to the front for a very special blessing,

This is a favorite Sunday for the church and one that no one wants to miss! 

 

THIRD GRADE BIBLES

In September our third graders are presented with an age appropriate Bible.  This is the first of three Bibles the church gives to our children.  They receive their second one when they are confirmed in the church and then a third one when they graduate from high school.  St. John's considers the Word of God important and the church hopes to encourage our children to study His Word.

Receiving their first Bible at the 11:00 service is a very special and meaningful time for the children and their families.

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Operation Christmas Child is one a special ministry of Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual as physical aid to hurting people around the world.   Operation Christmas Child allows the whole congregation and community to be involved in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the world

Kids and adults pack shoe boxes full of goodies and surprises to send to children all over the glove in order to wish them a Merry Christmas.  A small shoebox can have a big impact.  What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal.  These simple gifts have the power to change children's lives all over the world.  They are an indication that they are loved by other people and especially by Jesus.

Boxes are provided by the church and are available beginning in October.  They are collected and blessed in our worship services in November.  Children love to be a part of choosing the goodies and stuffing the boxes.

 

TRUNK OR TREAT

Trunk or treat is a fun, fall event held on a Friday evening at the end of October.  Decorated cars line up in the church parking lot with trunks full of candy, and often costumed adults.  Children come from everywhere, wearing their costumes and ready for some treats!  It's a great, safe way to celebrate Halloween.

 

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS EVENT

On a Saturday afternoon in December St. John's holds a special Christmas event for children and their families.  They will explore the city of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth.  Through hands-on experiences they will find out about the most important baby ever born and learn that Jesus came to save us all.

Brings your children and grandchildren and join us for a fun afternoon.  Children up to 5th grade are welcome.  Registration is required so watch the EVENT CALENDAR on our home page.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

St. John's offers several Christmas Eve Services.  Families with young children are invited to join us at the 5 pm candlelight service. Children will receive a special Christmas gift as they leave.

Other services are offered at 7 pm and 11 pm.