St. John’s United Church of Christ is a great place for children with lots of programming year-round. Every week our worship there includes a special children’s moment to help the kids relate to what the grownups are about to hear in the sermon. After that the children are invited to our well-equipped and friendly-staffed nursery for Children’s Church. All local activities are free of charge.
During spring break we offer a fun day for kids. This year it had a St. Patrick’s Day theme and the weather cooperated so we could play tons of outside games, on top of all the crafts and snacks that were going on inside. From spring break to Easter St. John’s United Church of Christ Children’s Choir Choir rehearses beginning Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00-7:00 p.m. Choir will also rehearse on March 29, April 5 and April 12th Children will sing during the worship service on Easter morning, April 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Children of all ages are welcome.
In the summer we encourage all children and youth to attend summer camp at Slumber Falls in New Braunfels, Texas. Camps are typically a week long and have approximately 40-60 campers. Slumber Falls intentionally keeps the numbers low to provide each child with the opportunity for lots of individual care and attention. Over the years, Slumber Falls Camp has been known for creating lasting friendships. With small cabin groups, team building, and spiritual enrichment, it is easy for campers and counselors to form those lasting relationships that model our relationship with God. Activities include group games, team building exercises, engagement with scripture, singing, skits, swimming, hiking, volleyball, basketball, star gazing, campfires, talent shows, nature exploration, river wading and so much more. Sign up early to get discounts and don’t hesitate to ask for scholarships.
Another summertime favorite is Vacation Bible School. Every summer we offer a week long program full of songs, crafts, games, and snacks that attracts dozens of youngsters. From younger children to teenagers everyone will have something to do that is fun and meaningful. Faith and community can enrich everybody’s summer experience. In 2017 please plan to join us August 7-11.
November comes with the celebration of St. Martin’s Day, a cherished German holiday tradition. Every year around November 11, St. Martin is coming to St. John’s on horseback. We start by making paper lanterns with the kids. After a shared meal we will follow horse and rider into the street for a lantern procession. Great fun for young and old!
Every December St. John’s welcomes a special visitor: Santa Claus! The children get to enjoy games, crafts, and snacks. Saint Nick is available for photos. Also the children have a chance to create their own gifts for people they care about. This is a morning full of holiday cheer!
Leading up to our Christmas Eve service the children practice for the Christmas Pageant. Do you want to be Joseph or Mary, a shepherd or an angel? If you don’t want a speaking part you can always be a sheep. It’s important to show up at the manger, no matter how old or young you are. But as a child you get to actually participate and celebrate the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ. Grownups just get to watch.
On top of Sunday activities and the seasonal highlights, boys ages 10-18 are also welcome to our Boy Scout Troop 309. They meet every week and go on lots of fun trips. All in all your child has up to 258 hours of quality programming available every year. That equals about an hour every weekday. Come to church! It’s worth it!