Roanoke VA

Opportunities for Youth

Mission Statement
St. John’s Youth Ministry will love and inspire youth in their journey to seek and serve Christ in themselves and others.
As a Christ-centered community, these are our core values:
Seek a deeper relationship with Christ through scripture, tradition, and reason.
Strive to be a warm, diverse community in which every participant feels accepted and respected.
Be loving, understanding, empathetic, and kind.
Encourage wholesome humor, fun, and fellowship.
Empower our youth to give generously of their time and gifts.
Forgive each other as God forgives us.

Youth Group, grades 6-12 

During the school year, the St. John's Youth Group meets on Sunday from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. after the Gathering worship service and dinner.  The High School Youth Group meets on the 4th floor and the Middle School Youth Group meets on the 3rd floor. Youth group is time set aside for teens to be themselves and feel loved. Together with adult leaders, they seek to know Christ through discussions, study of Scripture, games, service to others, and prayer. For more information about youth group, e-mail

Youth Bible Study Groups

Bible Study Group for middle and high school students on Sunday morning from 9:15 - 10:15. We are also building small groups that meet during the week in homes and at church. To learn more these Bible study opportunities, contact John Simpson at


Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments in the Episcopal Church. In preparing for Confirmation, one thoughtfully and responsibly considers what Christianity is about and if led to do so, confirms the baptismal promises their parents and godparents made on their behalf at baptism. With the help of a theologically sound and engaging curriculum, young people learn about and consider the sacrament of Confirmation for themselves. E-mail Mr. John Simpson at

Youth Servers

Youth serve as acolytes, lectors, and ushers on Sundays. When teens serve in these ways, they gain a better understanding of Episcopal liturgy as well as more ownership of the church. To find out more, contact the Rev. Joe Dunagan at


For more information about youth events including breakfast club, mission trips, and more, e-mail us at

Diocesan Youth Ministries

St. John’s youth are involved with youth ministries in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. From mission trips to weekend retreats, youth form lifelong friendships with other youth living their faith. For more on diocesan youth ministries visit:

Boy Scouts

For more information about St. John's Boy Scout, Troop 17, visit their official page at

For the pre-youth group community for fourth and fifth graders, click here.