Each year, first grade children and their parents (or older children who haven't done it before) are invited to participate in a four-week program to learn about the Eucharist. Components of this class include discussions of why we celebrate communion, how we prepare for the sacrament, how the table is set, and what the communion elements are. Families also bake the Communion bread at a Saturday retreat and receive the sacrament together at a Second Sunday service.
Please note that completion of the communion instruction class is not a requirement for receiving communion at St. John's.
Exploring the Bible
In third grade, students learn about the history and structure of the Bible, and receive a Bible of their own from St. John's. Parents have the opportunity to personalize their child's Bible by highlighting verses and adding stickers and decorations, and children receive their Bibles during a Second Sunday service from the hands of their parents. Older children who have not yet received a Bible from St. John's are also welcome to attend.
Camp sessions are held at Cathedral Ridge Camp & Conference Center, for youth ages 8-14. More information can be found on the diocesan website, www.coloradodiocese.org, under the tab "Summer Programs."
Acolytes assist in conducting the Eucharistic liturgy, principally at the 9:30 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday mornings. Various roles are available for students in 5th grade through high school.
Check back soon for details about our confirmation program.
Check back soon for details about our pilgrimage.
Youth from around the diocese gather several times per year for fellowship, learning, and spiritual growth. Separate retreats for middle school and high school are offered, as well as a larger, combined retreat for both age groups. More information can be found on the diocesan website, www.coloradodiocese.org, under the "Youth Weekends" tab.