Youth, Family, and Education
The St John Sunday school program meets during the 9 month school calendar. Classes begin after the 9:30AM Worship service and end at approximately 11:30AM. Classes are arranged according to age similarities. Our curriculum for Pre-K through 4th is The Spark Bible and lessons. Grades 5 and 6 utilize “Connect”, an Augsburg Fortress curriculum rooted in quirky DVD lessons and focuses on Biblical stories. Also Included in the curriculum are focus units: Holy Baptism, The Lord’s Prayer, The Apostle’s Creed, and The Ten Commandments. Multigenerational Sunday school events are also part of the broader community landscape. We are very committed to strengthening the ties throughout the church community in word and deed. Sunday school classes also participate in a variety of service projects throughout the year.
Students in grades 4 and up are welcomed and invited to participate in Worship as acolytes. Training is ongoing.
Loaves and Fishes is an activity when families with little ones can explore Holy Communion; what does that mean and when is the time right. This program is offered in the fall.
All students in 3rd grade receive a Bible as a gift from the Congregation in the fall.
All Sunday school teachers, nursery caregivers, visitors to homebound, and those working with seniors are CORI checked.
INTERGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL
At St. John we believe community encompasses people of all ages. Folks of all ages have important contributions to add to our church life and the relationship between the youngest and the oldest needs to be nurtured and strengthened. That is why we began Intergenerational Sunday schools at St. John. Four Sundays in the program year are geared to ALL ages. Each special program involves an element of Biblical context, witness, and service. Two such examples of these IG events were: a hunger banquet where 5 different groups explored food insecurity, both locally and globally by using the Oxfam model; and "Who Is Our Neighbor?". The founder of Household Goods of Acton joined us to share the story of this incredible outreach project. We then assembled 50 starter kitchen kits for new families at Household Goods. We look forward to more exciting programs this year.
Confirmation instruction is a two-year intensive study opportunity for 7th and 8th graders. 2 hour classes bi-monthly on Sunday evenings 5:30 - 7:30 pm starting with a meal. Classes are led by the Pastor Don Larsen and the Confirmation Ministry Team. The Augsburg Fortress curriculum, “Colaborate” is utilized. The lessons are broken into four units; The Old Testament, Lutheran History & Catechism, New Testament, and Living Lutheran. There are sporadic homework assignments including written sermon discussion on that day’s Sunday sermon. Students must complete an Older Adult Interview at least once during their 2 year class. This gives the student an opportunity to engage in discussion with an older adult in regards to their faith journey, as well as strengthen the intergenerational bond. Students are expected to attend Sunday morning Worship and participate in Intergenerational Sunday school activities. The program culminates in each student's public reaffirmation of their Baptismal promises on Reformation Sunday.
Put another way . . . it’s a chance to ‘dig deeper’ into the meaning of the Bible, to ‘re-consider’ how we can be part of the greater Lutheran church, to get to know other kids in the parish a bit better, to establish a trusting relationship with adults who care deeply about religion and deeply about kids. Service projects are an important part of the learning process. Examples include in-house baking projects, sandwich making for The Salvation Army in Framingham, raising funds for local food pantries, and helping sponsor a Last Hope K 9 event for rescue dogs to just name a few. The class is also sponsoring a “Coins For Change” drive to collect loose pocket change from March through October. These funds will be matched by the Outreach Ministry to support 4 local charities, the Confirmands chose. These are The Trevor Project, Be Like Brit, Buddy Dog Humane Society, and Smile Mass.
“the covenant God made with you in holy baptism: to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” Affirmation of Baptism
Parents and students, grades 7 and 8 please plan to join us for the Confirmation Family Kick-Off on Sunday, September 22nd 2019 at 5:30PM.
A discussion of class curriculum, expectations, and a broad look at the year, will take place and a few games. We look forward to a new exciting year and hope you and your child will join us.
Youth Group consists of students in grades 7 and up. A Sunday morning education hour is enhanced by service, both in house and out. Such projects include making centerpieces and desserts for our monthly Senior Luncheon, Easter Baskets for young mothers and their children at Florence House, and college care packages for our own students. The group often runs in house collections such as our recent diaper drive to benefit A Place to Turn in Natick. Youth Group also engages in other fun activities like; concerts, movies, and in house pizza and game events. We have a newly renovated Youth Room!
For more information on any of these groups please contact the Director of Youth, Family, and Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Forum meets on Sundays from September through May in the sanctuary immediately following the 9:30 worship service.
Grab a cup of coffee and join us!
We gather in the sanctuary during the Education hour to explore our Christian faith. These sessions are lead by our pastor, guests, and dedicated disciples from our congregation. Formats include videos, bible studies, book talks, and presentations.
The Thursday Morning Adult Bible Study meets at 10:00 AM. All are welcome. If you've never participated in a Bible study group, this is your ticket! Join us at 10:00 am on Thursdays. You are welcome to come and participate as often as you can.
St John Puppet Ministry has been a contributor to the Education Ministry for 13 years. The puppets aim to present the Word of God to children as well as adults. Our scripts have focused on various seasons of the liturgical year like "Holy Week Busy-ness" and "Born In A Barn". Stewardship was addressed with our proclamation entitled " Gifts" and Outreach with "Send Me", a proclamation for God’s Global Barnyard. These are only a few of the many programs that we have given over the years. One of our members has composed original music to accompany our messages. Additional titles of interest are " Going To Camp", I’m a Little Bit Scared", "If Pigs Could Fly", "It’s Surprising", "What’s In a Name", "The Great Lutheran Cook –Off", and "Friends".