Roanoke VA

Opportunities for Children

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Children’s Church, ages 4-8
Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (10:00 a.m. during the summer), 1st floor

During the 10:30 a.m. service (10:00 a.m. during the summer), children ages 4-8 are invited to process behind the children’s cross to Children’s Church on the first floor. In Children’s Church, they learn about Episcopal worship, hear stories and sing songs that are just right for young ones. Children rejoin their families in “big church” before communion.
Sunday School

St. John’s offers Sunday school for children both in the morning and evening throughout the school year. Sunday school for children takes a break during the summer. All Sunday school teachers are trained with the Episcopal Church’s Safeguarding God’s Children curriculum to help keep children safe. Children learn together in the following age groups: preschool–grades 1, grades 2-5. In the evening, preschool-grade 3 are together.
Godly Play, preschool–grade 5
Sundays at 9:15 a.m., 3rd floor

Children already have spiritual lives and Godly Play gives them the language to talk about their lives in and with God. Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence. Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. Lessons are taught using the Montessori based teaching method in which children engage in hands on learning. Godly Play in the evening is part of a larger framework for Christian formation for children.
St. John’s Kids Club
Friends, fun, and faith…join the club!
Sundays at 6:15 p.m., 3rd floor

Come be a part of our new and exciting Sunday evening program for grades K-5. Our new modular schedule allows all children to participate in both meaningful Christian education and new, expanded musical opportunities (both vocal and instrumental). At the conclusion of the 5:00 p.m. Gathering service, kids will lead the congregation to dinner and, after a quick dinner themselves, will be ready to “join the club” each week at 6:15 p.m., continuing until 7:30. This is a change from our 6:30 start time in previous years. Come be a part of Christian education in all of its forms at St. John’s: fun and engaging music, Godly Play, Club 45, and outreach activities. E-mail Barbara Simpson at

Child Care for those 4 and under

The nursery is on the first floor and is easily accessible via the Elm Avenue entrance to the church. Child care is available for children, infants through preschool, during the 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. worship services.

Vacation Bible School

Each summer we host Vacation Bible School which allows children to dig deep into their faith and allows middle and high school youth to practice their leadership skills by volunteering. 


For questions about ministries to children and families, contact Barbara Simpson at 343-9341 or