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.


Our new Sunday class schedule begins Sept. 12, 2021.

Please call the Church office at (912) 232-1251 or visit the home page for more details.

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10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School Class

In-person class resumes Sept. 12, 2021.

Middle School to High School

Our Minister with Youth, Steven Vanderlip, will teach a bible study for all Middle and High School students on the 3rd floor of Cranmer Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Steven at

We also have a growing and active youth group with weekly fellowship opportunities and fun monthly activities. To learn more, please visit our Youth of St. John’s Church page for more details about our ministry for middle school through high school-aged youth.

Confirmation Class

Sundays starting Sept. 12, 2021
Beginning September 12, we will offer a confirmation class at St John’s. In this class, students will explore their faith anew, ask questions, learn the fundamentals of the faith, and ultimately take up the life Christ has prepared for them. At the end of the class, students will be prepared to receive confirmation in the church and will be admitted to Holy Communion. The class is open to all 5th and 6th graders, as well as anyone interested in learning more about Christianity. More details will be forthcoming. If you have any questions or would like to enroll, please contact Steven Vanderlip at

Upcoming Events

Please check back for updates.

Saint Michael’s Youth Conference: July 24 to July 30, 2022
Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, Connecticut


Saint Michael’s Conference is not your typical Christian summer camp. You won’t find cabins, mess halls, or archery. You will experience engaging conversations about Jesus, daily worship, and plenty of time to hang out with new friends.

Saint Michael’s Conference is a week-long summer conference that centers on worship, discussion, recreation, and relaxation, so young adults can seek a clearer vision of God in Christ.

For a brochure about 2022’s camp, click here. If you plan to attend, please also let Fr. Dunbar know.

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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?