Ministry with Youth is central to our calling as a parish and happens throughout the life of the church. Year-round our morning Youth Church School meets, works our espresso bar for coffee hour, then heads out for a social outing after church. We are also do community service in San Francisco on the 2nd Sunday of the months (see below for details). From September to June, our evening Youth Group meets every Sunday for discussion, games, and various fun outings. Youth are also invited to participate in all areas of the life of the church – to serve as acolytes, lectors, song leaders, choir members; to serve and to lead on our outreach projects. For further information about our youth program and other activities, please contact Tom Fregoso via email or phone (415.456.1102) our Director of Youth Ministry.
We run a year long Confirmation class for 8th -12th graders. As part of the class we have 20 lessons, go on field trips, engage in community service, are paired with mentors, and discuss other faith traditions in light of our own. A highlight of the program is the closing service where youth preach on a passage of their choice. For all of their hard work, youth create and host their own party at the end. Enrollment starts in February for the following FALL and classes begin in August with a retreat.
YOUTH CHURCH SCHOOL
Every Sunday morning at 10AM youth in grades 6-12 engage in variety of discussions led by our team of adult mentors. During the school year we follow a lectionary-based curriculum that weaves in art, music, and multi-media to address a wide range of topics. For our Summer program we invite in guest speakers to share on their experience with faith, resiliency, & life lessons. Speakers have been orphans from Africa, priests, Navy Seals, refugees, cartoonists and a lot more. Join us in the Youth Room.
ESPRESSO HOUR ON SUNDAYS
Our youth take turns running a full service espresso bar in the Parish Hall at Coffee Hour after the Sunday 10am service. If you are new, please come by for a free latte/tea drink of your choice. All proceeds from our sales go to the youth pilgrimage/mission trip fund. We also sell coffee in 1 lb. bags of regular and decaf in ground or whole bean.
Each Sunday after church we head out for an outing that includes lunch at various locations in the area and then possibly an entertainment event. Each week, emails and texts go out about the various plans. Future outings during the Summer may include a baseball game, hikes, and trips to San Francisco.
SUNDAY NIGHTS (SEPTEMBER-JUNE)
Evening Youth Group
Meets most Sundays from 6pm to 730pm. We organize via text/email and some special events start earlier and go later. Youth and mentors play games, talk about their lives, share worship experiences and support one another in prayer and reflection.
MONTHLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
Each 2nd Sunday of the month all the youth are invited to help serve at a soup kitchen in San Francisco. We leave early on the 2nd Sundays at 7AM from the parish and then return by 10 a.m. All youth help chop and prepare a meal from scratch, serve the meal to the homeless, engage in conversation, and clean up.
ANNUAL YOUTH TRIP
Each Summer the youth of St. John’s take a trip dedicated to learning, service, and experiencing God in a new context. The week-long trip is filled with experiences that call on the group to stretch, grow, learn and serve.