Children’s Ministry

Stacey Shafer Joins Staff as Children’s Minister

By Susan Shinn Turner When Stacey Shafer learned the position of Children’s Minister was open, the idea to apply kept coming to her mind — and she kept pushing it away. But during VBS, a friend suggested she apply. Then her daughter suggested it. Then her husband suggested it. Finally, she says, “I stopped pushing…

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Agapé Day Camp is Back for a Second Year!

By Angel Owens St. John’s is hosting Agapé Day Camp for the second year in a row. Agapé Day Camp is a free one-day camp for rising first through fifth graders on June 9, from 9 am – 3 pm. Kids can expect a day filled with discipleship and fun. The program is split into…

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Callie Kirchin: Children’s Ministry Intern

By Susan Shinn Turner Callie Kirchin, a senior at Salisbury High School, spent last fall as a children’s ministry intern. This spring, she’s continued serving as a volunteer on Wednesday afternoons. Callie has served on the LYO (Lutheran Youth Organization) board for the N.C. Synod. After she became a member of that board, she was…

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Traveling Martin

In celebration of the 500th Reformation, we have “Traveling Martin Luther” to travel with you this summer! Traveling Martin is here and ready to spend the summer with you and your family and be a part of all of your activities. Wherever you happen to go, take Traveling Martin along and post pictures of you…

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Courtney Bost Named New CDC Director

When Courtney Bost was 18, she began working part-time at the St. John’s Child Development Center. In April, she was named its new director. “This place just means a lot to me,” says Courtney, now 33. “Being here almost half my life, it’s a big part of my life. It’s part of me.” She and…

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Congrats to our CDC Director, Joanna

  By Susan Shinn It took two years and a lot of late nights, but this month, Joanna Smith will receive he master’s degree in education from UNCG. Joanna, director of St. John’s Child Develop- ment Center, also received her undergraduate degree in human development and family studies from UNCG. “I really needed to work on updating my skills as an…

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Hands & Feet Camp

Some 22 third– through fifth-graders came to St. John’s Aug. 10-14 for the third-annual Hands & Feet Camp. Caroline Parrott led the camp for the second year in a row, along with student volunteers Caylynn Westberg — who will take over next year — Sam McNeely and Shelby Holden, along with staff members Kimberly Lentz,…

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Milestone – The Lord’s Prayer

Our first-graders gathered April 21 for the Lord’s Prayer Milestone. They explored the prayer we say in church each Sunday, and they made hexagon-shaped pillows to help them remember its different components. Here are some comments from parents. Debbie Carter, mom to Dylan: “We thought it was great! Dylan was very excited about the pillow.…

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It’s the BIGGEST VBS ever!

If you had just one word to describe this summer’s Vacation Bible School program, it would be BIG. Really big. OK, that’s two words. But thanks to the opening of our new building, St. John’s will be able to double the capacity for Vacation Bible School – welcoming some 250 children. The first big event…

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First Communion Milestone

Four girls received First Communion on March 15 at St. John’s. The girls received instruction from Pastor Rhodes and Kimberly Lentz, children’s minister, and participated in home assignments with their families. They also painted their own chalices at Pottery 101, which they used to take communion.   Congratulations to Paige, Anabel, Devyn and Piper. It was an extra…

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