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IT’S THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT — LET’S GO!

Second Lent, Sunday, February 28, 2021 By Rev. Christopher Potter, Vicar No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. Genesis 17: 5      The change of name for Abram was subtle; it went from “father” to “father […]

TAKE THE YOUTH GROUP QUIZ ON LENT

We have a True or False Lenten quiz for you this week. Our Middle School Youth Group members did pretty well — here’s the quiz. Good luck! Here you go: 1. Lent’s official liturgical color is red. 2. Lent lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays. 3. The word Lent is an old Anglo-Saxon word […]

LENTEN MICRO PRACTICES WILL LEAD YOUTH GROUP MEMBERS THROUGH LENTEN JOURNEY

Youth Group members are using a ‘Lenten Micro Practices’ booklet for Lent’s 40 days. Each day comes with an assignment to apply the lesson throughout the day. At the end of each day YG members go through a five-point checklist written by St. Ignatius Loyola more than 400 years ago. The checklist is a daily […]

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE GOES ONLINE FROM HOME; HERE’S HOW IT WENT . . .

Below is part of a prayer from this evening’s ‘Gathering in the Home for Ash Wednesday’, beautifully written, full of wisdom and truth. May it be a blessing to you: We live in mystery. We live torn apart at times: so much glory, so much pain. We live in faith: faith in ourselves and each […]

OUR SHROVE TUESDAY ZOOM SERVICE BRIMMED WITH JOY AND LAUGHTER!

Laughter, stories, food shares, and prayer filled St. John’s Shrove Tuesday ZOOM service. It was a great lead-in to Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season which begins February 17. Ash Wednesday ZOOM services are at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Service links are in Rev. Christopher’s Monday e-blast. Bring your ‘Ashes to Go’ to the […]

YOUTH GROUP TO WALK THROUGH THE NEXT CHURCH SEASON WITH “LENT IN A BAG”

The St. John’s Youth Group leaders are ON IT. Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, Mr. Miramontes, Mike Olivor, and Mrs. Patti delivered more than 30 “Lent in a Bag” gifts to every Youth Group member. Included in the bags: pancake mix, Lenten Micro Practices pamphlet (more on this next week), a tiny amount of ashes, […]

YOUTH GROUP: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? *EVERYTHING!*

Sometimes Youth Group is just getting together and checking in with one another, doing housekeeping like discussing Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday plans, and then the leaders watch the last minutes turn into hysterical mayhem with a game of Scattergories. Want to see how it went? Check the screenshot below. The question was “musical instruments […]

WHY YOUTH GROUP?

Here’s why youth ministry is important not just to our kids, but to the larger church community: • It helps bring our youth into the larger, intergenerational community of the church. • Helps the church stay relevant in the lives of our youth. • Invites kids who aren’t part of the church into an accepting […]

YOUTH GROUP, DR. KING, AND BISHOP ROB WRIGHT — THE DIRTY-FINGERNAIL CHRISTIAN

Youth Group this week focused on the reconciliation message of Dr. Martin Luther King, and, in particular, on an Atlanta bishop who is known as the “dirty-fingernail Christian” because he gets out of the office and out on the streets. Bishop Rob Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia is known for taking Jesus’s first […]

WE’RE BAAAAAACK!

Youth Groups are back from Christmas break! Middle Schoolers heard a mini-talk on how God doesn’t need us to be perfect, but just wants us to be the best people we can be. Kids also shared about their Christmas break activities. The High School & Beyond group were challenged by group leaders to carry three […]

OUR ANNUAL THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP AND PIZZA PARTY IS HAPPENING — HERE’S HOW!

We’re gathering online Wednesday, November 25 at 6 p.m. for the annual St. John’s Church service to give thanks for life’s blessings on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday. Rev. Christopher will include the ZOOM worship link in his eblast to the congregation this Saturday, November 21. And, even in this crazy year, we will […]