St. John's News

January and February Offerings at St. John's

Adult Formation

Sacred Balance, Sundays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, 4-5 p.m. on Zoom
Join author and yoga instructor Melinda Emily Thomas for this 4- week series exploring the complementary practices of yoga and Benedictine spirituality that promote balance. Topics include: Week 1 ~ Humility and Hospitality; Week 2 ~ Stability and Conversion; Week 3 ~ Daily and Seasonal Rhythms; Week 4~ Silence and Sabbath. See page 2 for more details. Register at St. John’s website. 

History of Christianity from Pre-Reformation to the English Civil War, Wednesdays, January 20-March 17 on Zoom.
Beginning on January 20, on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m., we will meet on Zoom to learn about the historical figures and themes in the history of Christianity. We will use The Great Courses course, The History of Christianity II, by Dr. Molly Worthen as our guide. For the first 30 minutes we will watch the course video together. For the second thirty minutes Whitney, David, Eric or Chrissy will lead a discussion on the key points of the video. Participants do not need to attend all sessions. Register at St. John’s website. 

Living Word, Thursdays, 12:00 p.m., January 21-March 19 on Zoom 
Please join St. John’s clergy in a time of discussion and reflection based on the weekly lectionary texts. Take time to deepen your understanding of the text that will be preached on that Sunday in conversation and fellowship with other parishioners and clergy.

Children’s Formation

Zoom Children’s Chapel 
Every Sunday from 9:40-9:50 a.m. children Pre-K through 5th grade meet for Children’s Chapel on Zoom with Chrissy Mortlock. 

The Mustard Seed
A weekly e-newsletter for parents and children with simple suggestions for nurturing children’s faith. To receive the e-newsletter, contact Chrissy Mortlock, cmortlock@stjohnsroanoke.org. 

Pre-Youth Group (3rd-5th Graders)
Pre-YG Radio Play and Games, Sunday, January 17, 1-1:45 p.m. on Zoom
Kids will receive a script for a radio play in advance and then–lights, camera, action!–assume their parts and read the script together on Zoom. They will also play some online games! Register by January 10 by emailing Chrissy Mortlock. 
Pre-YG Valentine’s Day Cards and Crafts, Sunday, February 7, 1-1:45 p.m. on Zoom
Materials for the Valentine’s cards and crafts will be mailed to participants beforehand. Register by January 17 by e-mailing Chrissy Mortlock. 

Youth Formation

Coping with COVID for Tweens and Teens, Sunday, January 24, Zoom
Middle School, 4-4:45 p.m.
High School, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Dr. Greg Robinson, a member of our church and child psychologist, will teach the kids about stress responses and how to healthfully cope with them and then facilitate an open discussion. We will bookend our time together with some Jack Box games. 

Escape Room, Sunday, February 21, Times to Be Announced, Zoom    
Middle School Youth Group and High School Youth Group will each meet on Zoom for a virtual escape room. Youth should come prepared to employ their problem-solving skills!  

Youth@Convention
Registration for Youth@Convention 2021 in now open! Y@C 2021 will take place in two parts. Part 1 is an outdoor service project for each convocation that takes place the Saturday prior to the convention (January 23). Part 2 is an online-only gathering of youth throughout the convention weekend (January 29-31). Youth can participate in one or both parts.   6-12th grade.   More info and registration at https://youth.dioswva.org/Youth%20Events/youth-at-council.html

Music

St. John’s Choir meets via Zoom on the following Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., January 12 and 26 and February 9 and 23.

St. John’s Singers (grades 6-12) meets via Zoom on the following Sundays, 3:30-4:00 p.m., January 10 and 24 and February 7 and 21.

St. John’s Music Academy (grades K-5) meets via Zoom on the following Wednesdays, 5:00-5:30 p.m., January 6 and 20 and February 3 and 17. E-mail Mike Milam at mmilam@stjohnsroanoke.org for more information.

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