EPIC is our Elementary Youth Group for 3rd to 5th Grade Students. EPIC stands for Energetic Peeps in Christ — and our young people are certainly that! This group is a great way for our elementary students to begin connecting with one another, develop faith-centered friendships and learn about God in a way that could include gaga ball one week and service projects the next week.
EPIC meets for a weekly gathering. Our 3rd to 5th grade youth are invited to join us every Wednesday from 4:30 – 5:45 pm for EPIC youth group. It will include games, stories, music and more. Go on a hunt for Martin Luther, learn about the Reformation, run in a bible smuggling relay, serve in our community — and this is only the beginning.
In addition to our weekly gathering, EPIC will meet throughout the year for special events such as Youth Quake, a Christmas party.
As your child continues to deepen their faith at St. John’s, we want to make sure that you know about all of our programming for your family in our children’s ministry. Here are the details on additional offerings for our 3rd-5th graders!
Vacation Bible School
Discover more of God in the midst of the summer heat at Vacation Bible School! This growing ministry reaches out to more than 270 children in our neighborhoods, schools and community to share the love of Christ with others. Our VBS is generally held the first week of August and registration opens in April.
Hands & Feet Camp
Hands & Feet camp is a day camp for our rising 3rd to 5th grade students. We will be partnering with local organizations in our own neighborhood to serve those around us. We gather each day from 9:00am to 3:30pm. The camp is open to all 3rd to 5th graders. Invite friends to join you for this amazing week of service. Our Hands & Feet Camp is generally held towards the end of June and registration opens in February.
Read Caroline Parrott’s essay about working with Hands & Feet Camp in the Salisbury Post.
Our 3rd-5th grade students have a unique Sunday school class with Mitch. In this class, students dig into the Old Testament and learn about the different archangels, how to write their names in Hebrew, and so much more! This is held in the EPIC Room from 9:45 – 10:30am.
A final component of our faith formation program is milestones. There is one milestone offered for each age group in our children’s ministry.
Good News, God News – Adventure is the name of the game in the life of a third-grader, making the Adventure Bible the perfect companion. As part of this milestone, students are recognized and receive their Bible in worship, and later that afternoon kids become “reporters for God” as they explore the Word of God. And it doesn’t stop there! Our third-grade students are invited to be worship readers following this milestone.
Baptismal Partners -Fourth graders get a very special job – to be a baptismal partner. After learning the meaning of baptism and its symbols, fourth grade students will be a part of baptisms on Sunday mornings. They will present the baptismal candle to each person baptized and take ownership of celebrating that person’s baptismal anniversary each year.
First Communion – Fifth grade students and their families participate in a series of classes to prepare them for their first communion. The classes are in-home study and are a special opportunity for students and parents to learn about the sacrament and its central role in a Christian’s life. Additionally, families will join together for the First Communion Family Day for additional discussion, video, and the opportunity to paint their own chalice! This milestone ends with First Communion Sunday.
We know that your children learn through so many different ways. Make sure to check out our library – near the elevator in Peeler Hall – that has a variety of storybooks and DVDs to help you explore the story of God.