Youth Ministry at St. John's
The St. John’s Youth Ministry is a community of adults and young people dedicated to creating a supportive environment for our youth to explore the ways God is revealed in their lives. We strive to develop friendships; learn empathy and leadership; live Christian values; and work together in service of those in need.
Middle School Youth Group
Our Middle School Youth Group is for kids in 6-8th grade. It meets after church on Sundays from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. It is our hope that this group will give the kids an active, fun, informed understanding of their faith. Through a variety of projects and programs, outings and outreach, we seek to instill in them all an awareness of God’s abundant love for them and an appreciation for the Episcopal Church.
Our Confirmation class is offered to 9th graders who desire to undertake the rite of Confirmation. It meets on alternating Sundays from 4-5pm. In the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer, Confirmation is defined as “a mature public affirmation of faith” by those who want to claim the Christian faith and the promises made on their behalf at their baptism for themselves. Here at St. John’s we have an engaging, informative curriculum which instructs our confirmands in the basics of such topics as the Bible, Theology, Christian History, Prayer, Liturgy, and Social Justice. We ask that those who seek to enter into this process, make a commitment to the full year of instruction, as well as a pre-confirmation retreat held every spring. However, in keeping with the desire for our confirmands to take ownership of their own life of faith, those who complete the course will have the option not to be confirmed, if that is their decision.
Senior High Youth Group
Our Senior High Youth Group is offered to all 10th, 11th and 12th graders. In this group, we seek to help our young adults discover and reflect upon the ways in which God is active, present and available to them in their lives. Through discussions, regular fellowship, volunteer and service opportunities, as well as personal support from clergy and lay adults in the parish, our goal is that when these young people graduate from High School, they enter the next stage of life with a faith that will journey with them, acting as a resource for them to draw upon no matter what lies ahead.
St. John's South Africa
In February 2017, a group of youth and adults from the Episcopal Parish of Saint John the Evangelist in Hingham, Massachusetts joined Father Noah, Father Tim and parishioner Dr. Holly Carter on a spiritual and educational journey through South Africa.
Appalachia Service Project
Each year, our Youth over the age of 14 take part in a weeklong mission trip to the hills of Appalachia, volunteering through the Cohasset Appalachia Service Project, building and fixing homes for people who cannot afford to do so themselves. The trip is a favorite amongst the kids, and it is full of fun, fellowship and hard work, all framed in the Christian commandment to love your neighbor, especially those in need. Parishioner David Clinton is a long-time participant and current center leader. Contact Dave here.
Let it be known that we welcome and encourage the participation of adult parishioners in the Youth Ministry, whether they are parents of youth or not. If you feel called to be involved with helping to plan, lead and oversee the spiritual development of our young people, then please be in contact with Fr. Noah or call 781-749-1535.