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.


“This summer, St. John’s Youth Group is all about building community!  We will be Spending the day at Splash Valley, June 8, going rock climbing on July 14th, and taking a rafting and camping trip August 12-14!  Click here to sign up
 Please contact wburton@stjohnsroanoke for more information.

Youth Group, grades 6-12 

During the school year, the St. John's Youth Group meets on Sunday after the Gathering worship service.  The Middle schoolers eat together in their room on the 3rd floor following the Gathering, then have programmed time from 6:30-7:15.  The High School students eat together in the Parish Hall then have youth group on the 3rd floor from 6:30-7:15.  Youth group is time set aside for teens to be themselves and know they are loved. Together with adult leaders, they seek to know Christ through discussion, study of Scripture, games, service to others, and prayer. For more information about youth group, email Whitney Burton at

St. John's Singers

The St. John's Singers, for grades 6-12, 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


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 Whitney Burton 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. David Olson at

Parish Mission Trips

Parish Mission trips offer opportunities for high school youth and adult leaders to know Christ as they serve together. From helping those who are hungry and homeless in Washington, D.C. to ministry through construction in Wise, Coun-ty, Virginia, youth and adults return changed and better equipped to be Christ’s eyes and hands here.


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

Diocesan Youth Ministries

Diocesan Youth Ministries help middle and high school youth form life-long friendships with peers. St. John’s youth are involved with youth minis-tries in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, lovingly called DIOSWVA. From one-time service projects to weekends like Happening, a youth-led introduction to Christianity for high schoolers, youth seek and find Christ together. DIOSWVA Happening weekends and Youth at Council both take place here at St. John’s. 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.