SUNDAY MORNING HOLY EUCHARIST
8 AM Contemplative Service & 10 AM Service with Music
Worship with Us!
Let the little
come to me,
and do not
for the kingdom
of God belongs
to such as these.
Children & Youth
3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832
St. John's Ministry with Children
We encourage our families to worship together, and we also recognize that for some families the availability of a nursery is a blessing. We offer a nursery for our youngest children, up to age 5, each Sunday starting at 9:30am and ending after the 10:00am worship service.
There are two other opportunities for our youngest. On Tuesday mornings at 9:30am in the Prayer Room babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers gather with their caregivers to participate in Holy Play – a worship-filled playdate.
On the second Sunday of the month pre-school children ages 2-5 participate in Wee Worship.
St. John's ministry with younger children provides an opportunity to be in community learning the message of the Christian Gospel so that these stories may be passed from one generation to the next. Classes are led by dedicated and faithful parents and other adults. We currently have an elementary (K-5th grade) group. Our curriculum is provided by the Episcopal Church and follows the Scriptures and themes of our liturgical calendar.
These classes begin at 9:40am on Sunday mornings and then the children join their families during the Passing of the Peace at the 10am service. This permits the younger children to learn in a safe age appropriate setting and then participate in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist as part of the larger community of St. John’s.
Classes are not held on the First Sunday of the month so that our children may share in the full Eucharistic liturgy including ushering, reading the Scriptures, or leading the Prayers of the People. A homily is offered on the first Sunday of the month that is specifically directed to the concerns of the children; they gather with the priest at the chancel step to have this conversation.
St. John's Ministry with and to our Teens
This wonderful cohort of middle and high school students meets on the third Sunday of the month along with the other Episcopal churches of the northern region of Montgomery County. These young adults from seven parishes are currently exploring the idea of “Finding the Sacred Among the Secular”. These youth also have opportunities for ministry in area soup kitchens as well as a mission trip to Niagara Falls, NY in the summer.
Christian Education for Adults
Formation as a Christian is a life-long process; praying shapes believing as does the study of Holy Scripture and other sound theological writings. We offer a Sunday morning Forum at 9am where we explore different texts, topics that shape our lives, as well as significant public issues of our day.
Worship also is a powerful experience and one that helps to form our hearts and intellects as well as calls us to live out our faith in our every day lives. At the end of each worship service we are sent out into the world in peace to love and serve the Lord; this reminder, this command, is also part of our formation.
For other Christian Education resources with our Diocese visit the Episcopal Diocese of Washington website.