Tuesday, October 23, 2018

EYC Halloween Party!

Welcome back to the St John's EYC Blog!

THIS Sunday (October 28th), we will have a special Halloween-themed EYC from 4:30-6 p.m. in Discovery House (918 Orleans)! Please dress up in a church-appropriate outfit (nothing too gory or provocative), and there may be a costume contest as well! We will still have dinner—join us for games, candy, and fun!

On Sunday, November 4th (next week!), we're going Paintballing--at Blitzkrieg Paintball (website here)! Our Paintball Day will be from 1:30-5:30 p.m., and the cost is $30 per person. Invite your friends! 

Parents, we will need some volunteer drivers for this event--and you can Paintball with us for free!

Thanks to everyone who volunteered at Sunday's Pumpkin Painting Party! Our first pictures include some fun with toilet paper!





Looking forward--St John’s has 2 dates reserved this year to volunteer with Metro Ministries Holiday Tents! Our first date is Saturday, November 10th from 9 a.m.-Noon (with 8 spots still available), and the second date is Saturday, November 17th from 3:30-6:15 p.m. (with 18 spots available). Last year, our spots filled up quickly! Please only sign up for one date to start with, so that we can give as many people as possible the chance to serve. Click here to sign up!  

Random Holiday: Thursday (10/25) is World Pasta Day! Learn more (and celebrate) here!

Our EYC Summer Mission Trip to Blue Ridge Mountains, NC (Taylorsville) will be June 8-15, 2019--and the cost is $600 (with scholarships available). We currently have 11 spots still open for the trip, and it will count for 35 service hours! Please contact Youth Minister Ayana Grady (agrady@stjohnstampa.org) to sign up—a $100 deposit will secure your spot! 

Quote of the Week: "There are three things I've learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." –Linus from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Our final pics show some Pumpkin creativity! Remember that God loves you, and so do I :)!






Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Back to EYC!

Welcome back to the St John's EYC Blog!

THIS Sunday (9/16), we have EYC from 4:30-6 p.m. in Discovery House! Our theme this semester is Dirty Faith--and this week's topic is Aliens. How does our faith make us different? Come on Sunday for games, food, and fun--invite your friends!

New Beginnings Middle School Retreat (October 5th-7th at Dayspring) is going to be epic—with games, small groups, songs, and fun! The deadline to register is THIS Monday (September 17th), and you can find out more here. We hope to have a great group from St John’s participating! 

St John’s Fall Family Bingo Night is coming up on Friday, September 21st, from 6-8 p.m. in the Parish Hall! We’ll have pizza and the game materials—come join us for a fun night of fellowship with friends! 

Our pictures this week are from last weekend's Rock the Universe trip! We start with some fun early moments:





Random Holiday: Today (9/12) is Video Games Day! Celebrate as needed :).


Registrations for Happening High School Retreat (Friday, November 2nd-Sunday, November 4th at Dayspring Conference Center) are due by October 19th! Happening is a meaningful renewal weekend for 9th-12th graders—focused on helping them experience God’s love, learn about faith in a dynamic way. You can get more info (or register) here!

The second group of pics show our full group at Islands, and other funny moments on attractions!





Quote of the Week: “It’s not about the sadness of 9/11, it’s about the goodness that came out of it.” –Beverley Bass (9/11 Pilot), talking about the Broadway show Come From Away

Our final photos are mainly from Saturday/Sunday, including a worship service inside of Universal Studios! Remember that God loves you, and so do I :)!





Monday, April 23, 2018

April Showers!

Happy last week of April!

NO EYC this Sunday (April 29th), but our final EYC of the year will be NEXT Sunday (May 6th) from 4:30-6 p.m. in Discovery House!

This week's pics are from Sunday's EYC Bowling Night! First up, a few bowling collages and dinner!




Are you in town June 18-22? We still need Youth (and adult) volunteers for St John's Vacation Bible SchoolThe theme is Shipwrecked, and with your help we can make this an awesome event for kids up to 4th grade. You can contact me with any questions, and sign up here!

Random Holiday: Today (4/23) is Talk Like Shakespeare Day! Click here to celebrate!

Confirmation Sunday is May 6th at the 9:15 service! 

Do you have any Summer Event ideas? Movies, Game Night, Rays Game, etc. Let us know by e-mailing Ayana!

Senior Sunday is coming up on Sunday, May 13th at the 9:15 service! If you are a 12th grade parent, please come to the church office to pick up your child's "Mortarboard" to decorate! Mortarboards are due by Sunday, May 6th.

Quote of the Week: "That is one good thing about this world--there are always sure to be more Springs." --L.M. Montgomery

The final group of Bowling pics show some fun moments, and our group! Remember that God loves you, and so do I :)!




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

EYC Bowling Night!

THIS Sunday (April 22nd) is our EYC Bowling Night, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Pinarama (5008 S Dale Mabry)! We are meeting there, so bring $15 per person with you for Bowling and Dinner. Invite your friends!

Thanks to everyone who participated (or helped with) Sunday night's Youth Mission Dinner! It was a lot of fun, and we definitely feel the support of the St John's congregation :). Here are the first set of pics, including some of the Decorations and Setup!





Are you in town June 18-22? We need Youth (and adult) volunteers for St John's Vacation Bible SchoolThe theme is Shipwrecked, and with your help we can make this an awesome event for kids up to 4th grade. You can contact me with any questions, and sign up here!

Random Holiday: Thursday (4/19)is High Five Day!

Our second group of photos include our Mission Trip parents, and one of our special guests!





General Date Reminders:

  • Mission Trip Lock-In Friday, May 4th  
  • Confirmation Sunday Sunday, May 6th
  • Senior Sunday Sunday, May 13th 


Quote of the Week: "Bloom where you are planted." Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 7:20

The final pics include a Mission Trip group shot, along with some Photo Booth fun! Remember that God loves you, and so do I :).




Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Happy Holy Week!

Happy Holy Week!

Thanks to everyone who participated in Sunday's Messy Games Night--it was a lot of crazy fun! Here's a short preview video (lots of pics below!):




This Sunday (4/1) is our annual St John's Easter Egg Hunt (after the 9:15 Family service)--and we could use help hiding eggs! Please let me know if you can volunteer--I will sign for service hours!

Are you ready to get Shipwrecked? Come volunteer at St John's Vacation Bible School on June 18-22! We need your help to make this an awesome event for kids up to 4th grade. You can contact me with any questions, and sign up here!

Our first group of Messy Games pics has a Flour and Eggs theme!





Our next EYC will be Sunday, April 8th from 4:30-6 p.m. in Discovery House! Mark your calendars!

Random Holiday: Today (3/27) is Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day! Like Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)! Here's a few more here.

St John's EYC is going Bowling at Pinarama (website) on Sunday, April 22nd from 4:30-6:30 p.m.! The cost will be $15 per person (including dinner and bowling)--invite your friends! We will need parent drivers to help drive there and back.

Our second set of Messy Games photos are all about Spaghetti!






Quote of the Week: “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” --Pope John Paul II

The last pictures include fun in Discovery House! Remember that God loves you, and so do I :)!




Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Happy Lent!

Happy Lent! I hope that you are all having a meaningful season of calm and reflection.

Please let me know about any of your upcoming Sports, Drama, our Academic Events--I'd love to support each of you! Here's a pic from last week's St John's track meet:



Our next EYC will be March 11th (a change from our 1st and 3rd Sunday schedule to accomodate New Beginnings)! Come from 4:30-6 p.m. for fun, food, and faith!

Have you been Confirmed into the Episcopal Church? Our Youth Confirmation classes start THIS Sunday (Feb 25th), and last until April 22nd--meeting each week from 10:30-11:45 a.m. in Discovery House (916 Orleans)! Contact me if you'd like to participate!


The first group of pics (and video) are from Sunday's EYC games!








Happening #76 (a High School Retreat) will be March 16-18 at DaySpring Conference Center! Get more info here, or sign up here! The cost is $100 per person (scholarships available), and the deadline to sign up is March 2nd!

Would you like to go to the movies? I Can Only Imagine (a movie based on the story behind the hit song) comes out the weekend of Sunday, March 18th! Check out the trailer:



Let me know if you'd like to go as a youth group!


St John's Annual Egg Painting Party is coming up on Saturday, March 24th from 3-5 p.m. in the Parish Hall! If you'd like to help with this event, please let me know!

Quote of the Week: "There's something about [Lent] that makes sense...You give something up, and everything's more joyful." --Elaine Stritch

Our last pics include Raffle prizes and Heck Yeah! Remember that God loves you, and so do I :)!




EYC Halloween Party!

Welcome back to the St John's EYC Blog! THIS Sunday (October 28th), we will have a special Halloween-themed EYC from 4:30-6 p.m. i...