St. John's Children and Youth
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Sunday School Registration Form

The nursery is staffed from September to June by Marsha Letman, E.C.E.
It includes separate Infant nursing and sleep/changing area, separated toddler play area, and a child-sized washroom.

Sunday School
Church School meets during worship from September to June.
Children gather in church and begin program after the children's focus, returning for communion.
Children are also welcome in worship and, with parent/guardian's guidance, welcome to receive communion.

Community Partnerships
Vacation Bible School, high school volunteer hours, Ancaster Community Food Drive, partnerships with 24 Hours for Silence,.. click here to see a longer list of parish partnerships in which many of young people take part!

Scouting At St. John's
St John’s has supported Ancaster Scouting for decades, meeting in the Parish Hall. Scouting activities offer a fun and interactive way for young people to meet new friends, develop important life skills and learn more about their world and service to the community. More info...



Youth Group Registration Form

Junior Youth Group
1st & 3rd Tuesdays - (Elementary ages grades 5-7) 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Senior Youth Group
2nd & 4th Tuesdays - (High School Ages) 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Youth Retreats
Our youth hold at least one retreat a year, whether an "Off the Grid" weekend, or a camping overnight, or an overnight for Earth Day or "24 Hours of Silence". Young people are welcome to take part in these activities regardless of membership at St. John's. Contact Donna Ellis for information.

St. John's Youth at 24 Hours of Silence, March, 2013

On a March weekend from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, St. John's youth and their leaders hold a silent retreat to raise funds and awareness about mental illness. Often this is timed to coincide with Earth Day. Funds raised benefit Homestead Christian Care, offering supportive housing to people living with mental illness. Residents are assisted with personal goals and life skills training, social involvement and spiritual growth.

Some of our 24 Hours of Silence is spent in prayer supported by a labyrinth walk, guided meditation, sketching, water colours, journaling, as well as an evening prayer service of Compline provided by the clergy leadership. Some of the time is spent watching movies, playing games or cards and other community building - but all in complete silence! The youth of St. John's offer support through dedicating the whole church to the event, offering food hospitality and through financial sponsorship. The youth who take part have said that this event is an amazing experience.

St. John's Anglican Church
272 Wilson Street East (at Halson)
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. L9G 2B9