Roanoke VA

Opportunities for Children

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Bible Study with Mrs. Barbara
Sundays at 9:15 a.m.

We invite children in grades K-5 to meet Mrs. Barbara Simpson in the Gathering Area by the Parish Hall. The leaders take children to their classroom, where they’ll hear and retell Bible stories appointed for that Sunday in worship, and make related crafts.

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

St. John's Singers

The St. John's Singers, for grades 4-12, gives youth a chance to explore their heritage while also studying and performing a variety of musical styles. It is designed to offer a comprehensive and enjoyable experience in music (much like private lessons without the expense) while providing opportunities to learn about and serve God and the church. Rehearsals are held from 3:30 until 4:45 on Sunday afternoons. A commitment to regular attendance is necessary. For more information, please contact Mike Milam, Assistant Minister of Music, at ‚Äč

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 exciting Sunday evening program for grades K-3. Children participate in both meaningful Christian education and engaging musical opportunities. At the conclusion of the 5:00 p.m. worship service, kids lead the congregation to dinner. After a quick dinner themselves, they are ready to “join the club” each week at 6:15 p.m. continuing until 7:30.

Parent volunteers are needed and welcome to assist in many different ways. This means that adults can “join the club” too! If you would like to help or would like more information, contact Rachel Levine, Children’s Discipleship Committee chair, at, Mike Milam, Assistant Minister of Music, at, Peggy Schaaf, Asst. Director of Children's Music at, or Barbara Simpson, Minister to Children and Families at

Club 45
6:30 p.m.

Fourth and fifth graders are part of Club 45. They explore their faith through fellowship, Bible lessons, and outreach projects. Email Mrs. Barbara Simpson at

Godly Play
6:30 p.m.

We use the Godly Play curriculum for three and four year old children. The curriculum engages children in 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 imagi-native approach to Christian nurture. Lessons are taught using the Montes-sori based teaching method in which children engage in hands on learning. Email Mrs. 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

Vacation Bible School helps children know God and each other better. Email Mrs. Barbara Simpson at

During office hours on weekdays, visit St. John’s Parish Library on the fourth floor to find books on the Episcopal Church, faith formation for families, and books with spiritual and religious themes for children. There are also books and gifts with spiritual and religious themes for children for sale at the Canterbury Books and Gift Shop.


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