Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter Jam Concert!

Welcome Back!

THIS Saturday (January 13th) from 3-10 p.m. (with some "tailgating" and games while we wait), St John's EYC is going to see the Winter Jam Tour at the Amalie Arena! The concert features artists such as Skillet, NewSong, and comedian John Crist! Tickets are $15, friends are welcome to join us--you can get more info about Winter Jam here!

Check out this quick mashup video from Sunday's EYC:



Signups for our EYC Summer Mission Trip (June 2-9 to Chattanooga) are open until THIS Sunday (January 14th)--and we're about halfway full so far! The Mission Trip cost is $550 per person (scholarships are available). Here's our Mission Trip Preview video:



We will be serving in Chattanooga at Rec Centers, Nursing Homes, Food Banks, and/or Parks. Our free days will include an Atlanta Braves game, Whitewater Rafting, and spending the night in a cave! Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns--sign up TODAY!


NEXT Sunday (1/21), our EYC event will be sponsoring St John's Sandwich Sunday--making sandwiches from 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. that morning in the Parish Hall! In order to personalize our service, we'd like to include personalized notes from the youth group in the lunch bags. Since we didn't have time on Sunday, I'd like for each Youth to write 4-5 small notes (1/4 of a sheet) at home to bring/include on Sandwich Sunday. Please let me know if you need paper/resources!

Our first group of pics from Sunday's EYC feature our Pie Face game!





Are you ready for some football? On February 4th (Super Bowl Sunday), St John's EYC will have a Super Bowl themed EYC, at our regular time of 4:30-6 p.m. in Discovery House. Kickoff isn't until 6:30 p.m., so you will still get back in time for the big game :).

New Beginnings #63 Middle School Retreat will be held at Dayspring Conference Center on March 2-4, 2018! New Beginnings is an awesome weekend geared especially for 6th-8th graders--using songs, skits, and small group discussions to address some meaningful topics. Here's a quick video from New Beginnings in the Diocese of Florida (some things may be different, but you'll get the idea):




You can get more info on New Beginnings here, and you can sign up for the weekend here! The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 16th. I am planning to work New Beginnings as an Adult Sponsor, so I will be there with the Youth on the weekend.


Quote of the Week: "I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes...Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before...Whatever it is you're scared of doing, DO IT. Make your mistakes, next year and forever." --Neil Gaiman

Our last photos show some fun times at EYC! Remember that God loves you, and so do I :)!






Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Happy Christmas Week!

Lots of information this week (looking into 2018!)--so please read carefully!

Thanks to everyone who participated in Sunday's Tacky Christmas Party! We had a lot of fun with games, gifts, and prizes--including decorating "trees", and a classic Snowball fight :)!






Our Mission Trip sign-ups are OPEN! The Chattanooga Mission Trip will be June 2-9, and the cost is $550 per person (scholarships are available). We would like to have our numbers finalized by January 14th--so please let me know if you are planning to sign up! Here are some reflections from students who did this Chattanooga Mission Trip a few years ago:



We will be serving in Chattanooga at Rec Centers, Nursing Homes, Food Banks, and/or Parks. Our free days will include an Atlanta Braves game, Whitewater Rafting, and spending the night in a cave! Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns--sign up TODAY!


Random Holiday: Thursday (12/21) is National Re-gifting Day (very helpful if you got a White Elephant gift on Sunday that you didn't like)!

Our next EYC (the first of 2018!) will be on Sunday, January 7th from 4:30-6 p.m. with a special EYC Parents' Meeting from 4-4:30 p.m. in Discovery House. At the Parents' Meeting, we'll discuss the Spring EYC Calendar, and upcoming events--I hope that everyone can make it :)! 

At EYC on January 7th, we will also be writing encouraging notes to be put into Sandwich Sunday bags (which the youth group will be leading on January 21st)!

The second group of pictures from Sunday show our Tree decorating fun!




Winter Jam (an annual Christian Concert Tour) is coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Saturday, January 13th--and St John's EYC is going!  The cost is $15 per person, and friends are welcome. We also need parents to help drive! Please let me know if you would like to sign up. Click here for more info on the tour, and check out the promo video below!


 



We still need parent volunteers for our EYC Dinners! Our goal would be to cover each week with a different family providing the meal for 15-20 people. You are welcome to turn in receipts for reimbursement. Sign up here!


New Beginnings #63 Middle School Retreat will be held at Dayspring Conference Center on March 2-4, 2018! New Beginnings is an awesome weekend geared especially for 6th-8th graders--using songs, skits, and small group discussions to address some meaningful topics. Here's a quick video from New Beginnings in the Diocese of Florida (some things may be different, but you'll get the idea):



You can get more info on New Beginnings here. Please let me know if you would like to sign your child up! I will have the applications at church. I am planning to work New Beginnings as an adult Sponsor, so I will be there with the Youth on the weekend.


Quote of the Week: “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"--Dr Seuss 

The final group of pics include some of our White Elephant gift "haul", and a group pic outside (pre-snowballs)! I hope that you all have a great holiday season. Remember that God loves you, and so do I :)! 



  

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mission Trip Meeting!

Happy December!

Would you like to serve on the St John’s EYC Mission Trip this summer? Parents and Youth are invited to the Mission Trip Information Meeting THIS Tuesday (December 5th) from 7-8 p.m. in Discovery House (918 S Orleans Ave)! Check out a quick preview video of the trip:

 

We will be serving in Chattanooga, TN from June 2-9, 2018. Our free days will include a Braves game, whitewater rafting, and spending the night in a cave! The Mission Trip will be open to current 6th-12th graders, and you can sign up at the meeting!


Our first group of pics/video this week are from Sunday night's EYC Games! 





No EYC this Sunday (12/10)--but NEXT Sunday (12/17) will be our first EYC Tacky Christmas Party, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Discovery House! Come wearing your tackiest Christmas gear (there will be a costume prize!)--with a "White Elephant" WRAPPED gift (something fun or wacky--no more than $15) to exchange (more on White Elephant here)! If you need some inspiration, here are some of my past outfits!



Invite your friends--it's going to be an epic night :)!


Winter Jam (an annual Christian Concert Tour) is coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Saturday, January 13th--and St John's EYC is going!  The cost is $15 per person, and friends are welcome. We also need parents to help drive! Please let me know if you would like to sign up. Click here for more info on the tour, and check out the promo video below!





We still need parent volunteers for our EYC Dinners! Our goal would be to cover each week with a different family providing the meal for 15-20 people. You are welcome to turn in receipts for reimbursement. Sign up here!

We have a St John’s EYC Instagram! Please click here to follow us, and tell your friends! 

Quote of the Week: "God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December." --J.M. Barrie (Author of Peter Pan)

Our final photos are from Sunday's EYC, including a group shot! Remember that God loves you, and so do I :)!






Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome to St John's EYC Blog!

I pray that you all have a great Thanksgiving week. Thanks to everyone who volunteered at Metropolitan Ministries last Friday (pics below)--you are AWESOME!

Our first group of pictures are from Friday's Holiday Tent volunteering!





No EYC this Sunday (11/26), but on Sunday, December 3rd St John’s EYC will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. (instead of 4:30-6 p.m.)—still including dinner—so that the youth group can attend St John’s Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. that evening in the church! You don't want to miss it!

Would you like to serve on the St John’s EYC Mission Trip this summer? Parents and Youth are invited to the Mission Trip Information Meeting on Tuesday, December 5th from 7-8 p.m. in Discovery House (918 S Orleans Ave)! Check out a quick preview video of the trip:



We will be serving in Chattanooga, TN from June 2-9, 2018. Our free days will include a Braves game, whitewater rafting, and spending the night in a cave! The Mission Trip will be open to current 6th-12th graders, and you can sign up at the meeting!


We have a St John’s EYC Instagram! Please click here to follow us, and tell your friends!

Our second set of photos show some of our shelving volunteers!





We still need parent volunteers for our EYC Dinners! Our goal would be to cover each week with a different family providing the meal for 15-20 people. You are welcome to turn in receipts for reimbursement. Sign up here!

Random Holiday: Today (11/21) is World Hello Day! HELLO!

Winter Jam (an annual Christian Concert Tour) is coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Saturday, January 13th--and St John's EYC is going! Click here for more info on the tour. My favorite Winter Jam artist is comedian John Crist. Check out the video below--hilarious!



The cost is $15 per person, and friends are welcome! Please let me know if you'd like to sign up. 


Quote of the Week: "I am grateful for what I am and have. My Thanksgiving is perpetual." --Henry David Thoreau

The last pics include a shot from Sunday's EYC (Sumo Wrestling!), and a group shot from Metro Ministries. Remember that God loves you, and so do I :)!




Winter Jam Concert!

Welcome Back! THIS Saturday (January 13th) from 3-10 p.m. (with some "tailgating" and games while we wait), St John's EYC is...