The Youth of St. John’s Church

We strive to awaken, nurture, and strengthen the spiritual growth of youth through teaching, outreach, activities, and retreats. All youth are invited to participate and become active in the life of the church.

 

October 2020 Update

We are opening in-person services on a trial basis for Sunday at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. by reservation only. The deadline for this week’s registration is Thursday at 4 p.m. Please note that spikes in new cases may lead to postponement of re-opening. In the event of postponement, persons with reservations will be notified.

Please be clear, that no one is required to take part in-person worship at this time. Live-stream or video services will continue to be available at 11 a.m. every Sunday on Facebook and YouTube. Zoom Sunday School for all ages also continues at (NEW TIME) 9:30 a.m.

Call the Church office at (912) 232-1251 or click HERE for more details and to make your reservation.

 

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (Currently being held virtually)

Middle School & High School students meet Sundays at 10 a.m. During the COVID-19 distancing guidelines, we meet via Zoom. Please email David Svihel, Minister with Youth at dsvihel@stjohnssav.org for details on how to participate.

CONFIRMATION

We offer a confirmation class (6th grade), a middle school class (7-8th grades), and a high school class. Classes aim to make followers of Jesus through faithful and relevant discussions of the Christian faith and its application to everyday life. For more details about confirmation click HERE.


YSJ ACTIVITIES

Food + Fellowship on Wednesdays
All youth are invited to attend our weekly Food + Fellowship on Wednesdays. During the COVID-19 distancing guidelines, we meet via Zoom. Please email David Svihel, Minister with Youth at dsvihel@stjohnssav.org for details on how to participate.

Please e-mail Minister with Youth, David Svihel with any questions: dsvihel@stjohnssav.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS!

Please check back for updates.


YSJ Summer Mission Postponed

Mission trips are an important part of youth ministry at St. John’s. In our previous summer mission, the youth participating had a great experience, grew in faith, connected with one another, and have memories they will cherish the rest of their lives. We were looking forward very much to this summer’s mission, and a number of our youth were already signed up. So we were disappointed but not surprised to learn that Carolina Cross Connection has officially cancelled their summer missions for 2020. As a result, the Youth of St. John’s will not offer a summer mission. God-willing we plan to offer an opportunity to serve in and grow in faith in conjunction with our retreat this fall. Stay tuned for more details


THE VISION

 Our goal is to build a youth community at St. John’s Church based on these four priorities:

  • Gospel: as defined by Scripture and the Prayer Book as the center of the Christian life. We keep the focus on Jesus. This prevents Youth ministry from becoming moralistic, or primarily about being “polite”.
  • Hospitality: We welcome others as God in Christ has welcomed us.
  • Virtue: We empower future Christian citizens to love God and their neighbors.
  • Worship: We worship God in everything we do. Prayer Book orients us to scripture and the Christian tradition to see all of life: morning, evening, meals, celebration, mourning, etc. as acts of worship.

THE VISION EXPLAINED

The Youth of St John’s ministry is built on four pillars: Gospel, Hospitality, Virtue, and Worship. Each of the four essays below covers one of these pillars and answers the question: “Why should I care about this?”

Our desire is to help you understand not only that the Gospel, Hospitality, Virtue, and Worship are important ideas, but are essential truths of the Christian Faith that affect how we view ourselves, others, and God. They also change the way we live our lives, because they point us to the source of life: Jesus Christ.

Please follow the links, below.

  1. Why is the Gospel “Good News?” 
  1. Were We Meant to Live Life Alone?
  1. What Motivates My Decisions?
  1. How Do I Become Fully Human?