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Whatever your age, interests or abilities, we have a place for you to learn, grow and give back at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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Children

Welcome to our Children’s Ministry! Here at St. John’s Lutheran Church, we offer a safe and loving environment for children and their families to connect to God, to know and love Jesus Christ, and to love others through the power of His grace. We offer Sunday morning programs, weekly ministries, and special events throughout the year to help children grow and participate in their relationship with God, their families, and the world.

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).

Sunday School

St. John’s Sunday School classes begin at age 2. All children ages 2 through grade 6 follow the Lectionary Spark Christian educational material from Augsburg Publishing Co. St. John’s has devoted and caring teachers, interns, and assistants. Classes meet in the lower level of the church every Sunday morning from 9:15 – 10:15 am:

  • Ages 2 and 3: Nursery
  • Ages 4 and 5: Pre-K/Kindergarten
  • Grades 1, 2, and 3: Primary Department
  • Grades 4, 5, and 6: Intermediate Department

For more information or to register for Sunday School, please contact sundayschool@stjohnsnaz.org.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is held every summer (June) right here at St. John’s for children ages 4 through 5th grade! The theme changes each year, bringing a variety of biblical stories and fun to children! While at VBS, children will learn Bible stories through songs, skits, play, games, and more!

Registration is typically available in the month or two prior to VBS. Follow our Facebook page to get alerts for VBS announcements.

Children’s Sermons

Church isn’t just for adults! Once a month, our 10:45 am church services feature a special message just for our children, although most of the time it fits just right for adults, too.

Other Children’s Ministry Programs:

  • J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) Sessions/Children’s Choirs
  • M.A.D. (Music – Art – Drama) Camp
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church Daycare
  • Love-A-Lot Nursery

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Youth

Join us in the Youth Room every Sunday morning and Wednesday night for a little snack, games, prayer, catching up with friends, learning about Jesus, or whatever you need to recharge your batteries for the week.

Where is the Youth Room?

It’s like a hidden tower in our church – but not on purpose! If you make your way to Fellowship Hall, face the stage then head through the double doors on your left (not the ones that lead outside, the ones that swing open to another hallway). You’ll see the stairs – head up! If you’re unsure, please feel free to ask anyone for help.

Our youth represent the next generation of church and community leaders. Our congregation gets that. The Youth Ministry program at St. John’s has a lot going on – from our weekly events like Sunday School, SHYG (Senior High Youth Group), confirmation class and choir, to special events, retreats, trips, and more! We are blessed to have a strong youth program and leader, and a congregation that does everything it can to mentor, involve, and support our youth. Come join us!

Sunday School

Grades 7-8
Sunday School class for 7th and 8th graders is a place where the weekly gospel is discussed in a conversational style format that relates to a tween/teen’s life. Bible Jeopardy and YouTube are fun learning tools used to help keep kids engaged and focused on the Word. Sunday School for 7th and 8th graders is an important part of Confirmation at St. John’s.

High School
Our high-schoolers (9th – 12th grade) just relaunched High School Sunday School! Sometimes they meet up in the Youth Room after grabbing a snack, sometimes they join one of the adult groups, and sometimes they find a quiet corner of the church (or sneak away to a local coffee shop) and study the Word in fellowship with one another. They. Are. Awesome.

SHYG (Senior High Youth Group)
SHYG is open to high school young people and their friends. Time together includes fellowship, event and schedule planning, supporting outside local, state, and global ministries, discussions around important topics and events that impact today’s young people, and of course fun and food. Meetings are every Wednesday night at 6:15 p.m. up in the Youth Room.

Youth groups are like anything: the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. Youth are encouraged to come to all the meetings. Friends are always welcome to attend!

Luther League
Luther League is open to youth in grades seven and above, members and non-members. Luther League participates in service events and plenty of fun activities! Be sure to check out upcoming events for the youth!

Other Youth Ministry Programs:

  • Chalice Choir
  • M.A.D. (Music – Art – Drama)

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Adults

Adult ministries at St. Johns helps shape our spiritual growth and shared journey. As we seek a closer relationship with God and each other, grow in our faith, and create authentic relationships with each other, we encourage and support one another as a church family. St. John’s is always looking for new ways to connect, serve, and reach out to help meet the needs of not only our congregation, but the community and world around us. We want YOU to be a part of our wonderful church family!

Adult Education

St. John’s offers several adult Sunday School classes (9:15 – 10:15 am). You are welcome to join any class, or rotate among them!

Search Bible Class meets upstairs in the Counting Room and is a group that studies scripture with the intent of learning the truth of God’s Word through the renewing of their minds.

G.R.A.C.E is an active discussion class studying the Bible and Lutheran theology. We select challenging books in order to review the meaning of what it is to be a Lutheran and how the Bible applies to daily living. We meet in Room 8 downstairs.

JAVA with Jesus is a “coffee break” from the weekly Sunday School classes. We gather in the kitchen with coffee and some goodies to discuss the latest happenings in the church, the community, and the world. Watch announcements for the next meeting!

Bible Studies

Mid-week Bible Studies:

  • Wednesdays at 12:00 noon from September – June.
  • Wednesdays at 6:30 pm year round.

Both groups gather for Bible study, conversation, and prayer around God’s Word each week.

Small Groups

Men’s Group
The Men’s Group meets monthly for a wide range of activities.  This group aims to nurture and strengthen relationships through fellowship and fun. Watch announcements for our next adventure!

Tables of 8
Tables of Eight is a small group ministry centered around sharing a meal and getting to know each other a little better. Each group plans its own meals and gets together once each month for four to six months (we change it up sometimes!). The group can meet at one another’s homes, at a restaurant; at the park….it is up to you! You are always welcome to join a table just to check it out, and you can learn more here.

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

We are a community of women committed to grow in faith and engage in ministry and action. WELCA hosts speakers during the year, service projects, and we always provide food! Please join us for one of our monthly events!

Rebekah Circle meets the first Monday of each month at 7 pm in the Parlor. Women of all ages come together to study and discuss articles and theological reflections. After our discussion, we enjoy refreshments!

Ruth Circle meets the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am in the Parlor. This Bible study is for women of all ages. We welcome you to join us anytime!

St. John’s offers a number of additional adult ministry opportunities for everyone. Please reach out if you’re interested in getting more involved.

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Music & Arts

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
– Martin Luther

St. John’s has a long tradition of presenting the many musical and artistic gifts of our members (and special guests) to enrich our worship. Come enjoy the inspiring sounds and sights offered every week – through one of the various choir or instrument ensembles, special music, art, or other performances. Our choirs and ensembles are open to anyone and include a wide range of skill sets and ages. Check our calendar or social media links for the most up-to-date events at St. John’s!

Choirs

Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and regularly sings at the 10:45 am service September through June. The choir sings a variety of worship music styles and always have an extra chair (or two).

Philethia Choir
The Philethia Choir is the adult choir that sings primarily for the 8:00 a.m. worship service the first Sunday of each month, September through June. The choir’s repertoire choices reflect the diverse musical taste of our congregation, from traditional hymns to more contemporary arrangements.

Festival Choir
The Festival Choir includes those from the Chancel and Philethia Choirs and others from the congregation who wish to sing for the holy festivals of the Christian year. These celebrations include Reformation, Advent/Christmas, Easter, Church Music Sunday, the annual Concert for the Poor, and other special occasions.

Men’s Chorale
The Men’s Chorale is for all men of St. John’s, whatever your musical ability. It is a short-term commitment to the music ministry of our church and provides an opportunity for camaraderie and musical learning.  They perform a few times during the year, offering a beautiful musical complement to worship.

Women’s Ensemble
The Women’s Ensemble is a short-term commitment for women of all ages and musical ability. They perform a variety of worship music styles as they enjoy fellowship and learning. They lead worship several times each year.

Creation & Celebration Choirs
Children gather on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. for a special J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) Session. The afternoon includes time for singing, arts and craft projects, and snacks. Two age-level choirs participate during this time: Creation Choir for children in pre-K through 1st grade and Celebration Choir for children in 2nd-6th grade. Choir is a great opportunity for children to become involved in the worship life of the church as well as to learn basic music and singing skills. The older children also learn to play Orff instruments is an additional aspect of exploring music.

Chalice Choir
Middle and high school youth offer their musical gifts to God in the Chalice Choir. Learning a wide range of anthems and songs, this group brings a refreshing spirit and sound to our worship. Each year there are several opportunities for these youth to bless others with their music as they visit other churches, retirement homes, or nursing-care facilities. The Chalice Choir also takes an extended tour every few years (2016 – Washington D.C., 2013 – NYC) and the upcoming Charleston, SC tour in June 2019. Chalice Choir meets on Wednesday afternoons at 5:00 p.m., prior to the confirmation class and youth group.

Instrumental

Instrumental ensembles
Instrumental ensembles provide a beautiful complement to our church services and events offering brass, woodwind, and string accompaniments from musicians of all ages and ability levels. Different ensembles of musicians perform several times during the year and often accompany one or more of the choirs for special music.

Handbells
Adults and youth have a chance to participate in a handbell choir and lead a song in worship once a month. They meet Wednesday nights for rehearsal and cover a range of styles from traditional accompaniments

M.A.D. Camp
Music and art are combined with drama to introduce our community’s youth to a full theater production. M.A.D. (Music-Art-Drama) Camp runs for a week in early August for grades 1 through 8, then continues with a Friday afternoon practice during the school year in preparation for a November production.

If you are interested in participating in any of our musical opportunities, let us know or just show up to one of our rehearsals! You are always welcome!

Faith Through the Arts
Faith Through the Arts is a month-long community exhibit of visual art displayed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Artists throughout the region are invited to submit works for inclusion in a juried exhibit. Musical offerings, dramatic events, special worship experiences, and an opening reception for exhibiting artists and sponsors takes place throughout the month. Faith Through the Arts takes place about every 2 to 3 years. Sign up to receive information on Faith Through The Arts so you don’t miss out on any upcoming events!