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Children & Families

We believe in loving God and loving others. We believe that the Bible should never be boring, worship can be fun, and that relationships are key. We want kids to be a big part of our United Methodist Church family which is filled with adventure, love, hope, and joy in the midst of everyday life. Children are invited to worship with us at all our services, but especially our 9:30am and 11am services where they can join us for the beginning of worship, and then be released for a special Children's Worship time. Read more about our Children's Worship and our Nursery Care, available for children 2 years old and under.

Vacation Bible School

The theme for Vacation Bible School at St. John's this summer will be "Monumental"! We are currently seeking volunteers to help put on this wonderful program.

DATES: June 24 - 28, 2024

TIMES: 9:00am - 12:30pm daily

WHO: Children 3 years old - rising 5th grade (all children must be potty trained)

COST: $25 per child OR...

 

  • $40 for two siblings

  • $50 for three siblings

  • Fourth + siblings would start over at $25, then $40, then $50…

  • “Early Bird” registration = $20 for first child (siblings same as above). Early Bird registration is no later than June 1, 2024.

  • FREE registration for kids IF St. John’s parent/family member volunteers to help the entire week of VBS

  • Limited scholarships available – Contact Children's Director for information.

VOLUNTEERS: 

  • St. John’s Youth (grades rising 6th – 12th ) and/or St. John’s adults 18+

  • Must have Safe Sanctuaries training (next session in early June)

  • Must have background check if 18+ years old

  • Youth can earn “Youth Bucks” at rate of $10/hour volunteered

QUESTIONS: Contact Children's Director Angela Lybarger at childrensdirector@stjohns-abq.org.

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WEEKLY PROGRAMS

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Super Silly Soulful Summer Sessions

Super Silly Soulful Summer Sessions is a weekly time for families with children in 5th grade and younger to get together for fellowship and fun. It's a way to help families and kids stay in touch with church and each other over the summer. All interested families are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner, stay with us for a short Bible story, play games, and just hang out together for a couple hours during the mid-week between Sundays. We will meet on:

  • Wednesday, 6/19 / SonShine Cafe / 5:30-7:30 pm

  • Wednesday, 6/26 / SonShine Cafe / 5:30-7:30 pm 

  • Wednesday, 7/10 / SonShine Cafe / 5:30-7:30 pm

  • Wednesday, 7/17 / SonShine Cafe / 5:30-7:30 pm

  • Wednesday, 7/31 / SonShine Cafe / 5:30-7:30 pm

Kids Drawing

Children's Chapel

Children's Chapel is offered at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services following the offering. Children join their families in the first part of worship and then go to the Children's Chapel to enjoy worship in the ways that kids experience their world: through play, art, music, fun, creativity and friendship.

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Nursery Care

Free childcare is provided at all three worship services (at 8:15am,  9:30am, and 11:00am). Click here to learn more about our Nursery, and see our safety procedures.

 

We are always looking for adults who love kids, are wanting to be "adopted grandparents", or others to help in the nursery. Contact the office to find out how you can help!

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Grow and Serve Together 

Be sure to read our newsletter Disciple Connections, check our website, or ask to be added to our Children and Family ministry newsletter to see all the fun things coming for children and their families here at St. John’s.  We are creating take home experiences as well as planning opportunities for families to serve together.  Use the signup box below to receive our Children and Families newsletter.

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CONTACT US

For more information about our programs for children and families, send a message to our Children's Director Angela Lybarger.

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