Infants & Toddlers
All children are welcome in our worship services. If you have an infant or toddler that you wish to drop off before services begin, you may go directly to the nursery (room 10) or the toddler room (room 9) located in our preschool hallway. Greeters will show you where these rooms are located. Please sign your child in. Children are invited to participate in fun, age-focused play. Our nursery and toddler care givers are fully trained and have received background checks according to our Safe Sanctuaries policy. There is infant and toddler care available at all of our services and during Worship + time.
Children ages 3 through the 4th grade begin in the sanctuary with their parents and are invited to Children’s Worship following the Children’s Moment. Children need to be checked in and out of Children’s Worship by a parent or guardian.
Preschool Children's Worship
Preschool children ages 3/4/5 are welcomed into a special preschool Children’s Worship just for them. They play, learn, and celebrate God’s love for them through music, crafts, and Bible stories.
K–4th Grade Children's Worship
Children in K through 4th grade experience Bible stories and scripture through large group worship, prayer, activities, crafts, and age appropriate lessons. Kindergarteners are also welcome in the Preschool Children's Worship space.
Safe Sanctuary Policy
Safe Sanctuaries is a policy we follow in making congregations safe places where children, youth and elders may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith.
All leaders are background checked, there are windows in every room and door and children/youth/leaders are always in groups of three or more. Contact Erynne DeVore for more info on this policy.
Children ages 3 through 6th grade meet their teachers in the classrooms at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays. Children need to be checked into and out of their Sunday School groups by a parent or guardian. Our Sunday School classes are divided by ages and grades. The teachers guide children through Bible stories, prayer, activities and crafts. This is a safe environment with caring adults who love to teach and have fun. Teachers are fully trained and have received background checks according to our Safe Sanctuaries policy. Children will be picked up from their individual classrooms at 11 a.m. Register here.
Bible Mania Begins
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
BibleMania! is designed for K -6th grade on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join us and get active, messy and inspired by the Bible and its many stories! Meets during the school year in room 15. Contact Erynne DeVore.
Mini-Methodists (5/6th grade)
5th and 6th grade gathering for older children, meeting twice a month for service and fellowship activities led by parents. A great introduction to future youth ministry experiences. Contact Erynne DeVore and register here.
Contact Erynne DeVore
(907) 344-3025 with questions about children's and family ministry at St. John.
Other Children's Opportunities
Vacation Bible School & Day Camp
A summer week full of music, crafts, science projects, Bible stories and mission! Ages 3 to entering 6th grade.
Contact Erynne DeVore to see if there is still a spot open for your child's age group.
Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
We partner with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and are proud of the scouting program which extends St. John’s outreach to children into the larger community. Please call the office for current contact information. 344-3025.
Young Family Play Group
Tuesdays, 10:30-12:30 p.m. St. John Gym. Bring preschoolers and tots for open-gym play. Pack a lunch and children can enjoy together. Contact Michael Filarski at the playgroups facebook page for more information.
New Horizons Preschool
Family Fun Nights
An open gym night for families with young children (newborns through 6th grade) is scheduled once a month on a Friday evening from 5:30–8:00 p.m. Enjoy dinner with pizza, veggies and fruit is served at 5:30 p.m. Open gym and toys for families with young children. Check the church calendar for dates. Come and play with us!
Advent & Lent Workshops
We gather in late November and before Easter for crafts and special projects to celebrate the seasons.
We have retreats and camps throughout the year at Birchwood Camp. It's a great place to get away and experience God's presence in nature.
Bibles are presented to our 3rd graders each year, followed by an afternoon Bible Camp workshop. If there is a third grader in your family let us know so that we may present a Bible in the fall.
Our own preschool, the New Horizons Preschool, located here on the church campus. and operated under the direction and guidance of an independent board accountable to the church, has developed a reputation of being one of the foremost early education programs in Anchorage.