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, 2017), 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 Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 pm. 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
Age 3 – grade 4 (completed), hosted by St. John’s and other area churches. Watch for information and registration in the spring.
Shores of St. Andrew
Grades 2 – 5 (completed), located in New London, MN. At this week long camp kids laugh, learn and grow in their faith. St. John’s attends in June. Check out the website at https://www.gllm.org.
Grades 3-6, located at Good Earth Village in Spring Valley, MN. Youth Blast is a 24 hour overnight “BLAST”. St. John’s attend in the fall.
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.