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.



In response to guidance from the Bishop of Georgia, all public services at St. John’s Church are cancelled until further notice.

We will live-stream our 11 a.m. Sunday services on our Facebook page with videos available on our YouTube channel as well.

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For our 10 a.m. Sunday School

Adult Sunday School will be conducted remotely with Fr. Dunbar. Email for details.

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Youth Sunday School will be conducted remotely. Email for details.

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Children’s Sunday School will have a short video lesson on

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Please check back for updates.


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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 for details on how to participate.


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.


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 for details on how to participate.

Please e-mail Minister with Youth, David Svihel with any questions:


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


 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 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?