We love kids! St. John’s strives to create a loving and safe environment where kids experience God’s love through fun, interactive, creative activities and caring relationships. We celebrate that every child can make a difference in our community and in our world.
St. John's Kids!
Birth – Age 2
Baptism is an important milestone in a child’s life. Parents who wish to have their child baptized are asked to meet with Pastor Pam or Pastor Jon. Parents learn about the promises made at baptism, the influence they have on their child’s faith journey and details about the baptism day. Please call the Church Office, 645-4429, if you’d like more information.
Sunday mornings: September – May; 8:30 am – noon; Summer schedule, 10:00 am – 11:00 am.
We love when children attend worship services with their families. If little ones need to take a break, St. John’s Nursery provides loving and safe childcare for children 12 weeks to 6 years of age.
September – May; Second Sunday of each month, 9:45 am-10:30 am.
Children age 2 (by September 1, 2019), along with a parent/guardian, are encouraged to come to Toddler Time! Sing songs, engage in Bible stories, play games and create, all while making new friends.
Age 3 – Grade 5
Age 3 – Grades 5; September – May; 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Spark is St. John’s faith formation Sunday school curriculum. Kids experience the stories both in classroom and rotation stations settings throughout the year.
Preschool Open House is on the Wednesday before Sunday School begins. Parents and children are invited to check out the classroom and meet the teacher!
ROCK on Wednesdays
Reaching Out To Christ’s Kids! September – May, 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm
ROCK is St. John’s Wednesday after school program open to all children kindergarten – grade 5. St. John’s provides bus transportation from Northfield’s elementary schools for children who would like to participate.
Our Typical Wednesday Schedule:
For Kindergarten–2nd Grades
- 3:45 – 4:10 pm Snack/Recreation
- 4:15 – 4:45 pm Alleluia Choir
- 4:45 – 5:15 pm Kids Club – Games, games and more games plus a bit of learning!
- 5:15 – 5:30 pm Dismissal
For Grades 3–5
- 3:45 – 4:10 pm Recreation/Snack
- 4:00 – 4:45 pm CAT or DOG (see below)
- 4:45 – 5:30 pm Jublilate Choir
- 4:45 – 5:30 pm Homework Cafe (5th grade option)
CAT is short for Catechism, the basics of Christian faith that Martin Luther prepared for parents to teach their children. 4th and 5th graders attend Catechism classes 12 Wednesdays during the school year. 3rd Graders participates in three CAT retreats during the year, learning about the Bible, Baptism and Communion.
DOG, Discovering Our Gifts, meets when CAT is not in session. Kids discover their God-given gifts in a variety of activities!
St. John’s offers summer and fall camps for kids age 3 – grade 5.
Vacation Bible School
VBS for Ages 3-Grade 2 (grade completed by June 2020), June 8 – 11, 2020
Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor, invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of God’s power by exploring how we put on the armor of God.
We are excited to let you know that registration is now open!
- You can register online here or pick up a registration packet at St. John’s
- Registration closes on June 1st! Please note that registration will not be available after June 1st this year, so register today!
- VBS is June 8-11 at Bethel Lutheran Church from 9:00-11:30 daily.
- Cost is $15/child, $30 maximum/family.
- We need volunteers! Let us know if you are available to help by emailing, children@StJohnsNorthfield.org.
Good Earth Village, Spring Valley, MN
Good Earth Village Summer Camps for Grades 2-5
June 21-26: Pathfinders – Grades 3-5 (grade completed by June 2020)
Campers meet new friends, serve others, and learn more about God’s creation hiking and spending time with our on-site naturalist.
June 24-26: Settlers – Grades 2-4 (grade completed by June 2020)
Three exciting days and two fun nights is a perfect camp experience for younger campers. Kids make new friends and learn what it’s like to attend a week-long camp!
For more information and registration go to www.goodearthvillage.org and click on Summer!
Are you interested in receiving the Children’s Ministry weekly email? We can add you to the list! Email Julie, Children’s Ministry Director, at children@StJohnsNorthfield.org.