Christian Education
St. John’s has the mission to lead students of all ages to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ! We do this by providing opportunities from young people, all the way from 3 years old to college aged, with the opportunity to draw closer to God through fun activities. St. John’s YOUTH! is founded on the vision that leads to students down a path where they will serve God fully in their lives.


Hi Kids and Families!

I am super excited about a new idea I am super excited about a new idea that was presented to me called “Flat Jesus.” This is similar to the literacy program “Flat Stanley”, but with a spiritual twist. “Flat Jesus” is a simple reminder that Jesus is with us wherever we go, even in times like these when we have to be careful where we go! With what should have been Vacation Bible School from July 12th – 16th, this is a great time to remember that Jesus is still with us! Follow the instructions below and have fun with this activity as a family.

1. Have fun and take pictures of your kids doing different activities with their “Flat Jesus” and post those pictures to St. John’s YOUTH! Facebook page.
2. If you don’t have a Facebook page you can email them to me at
3. When we are able to start meeting face to face in the fall, I will award 3 prizes:
a. The “Bezalel” award (Exodus 36) a man who used his creativity when building the sanctuary – The most creative and artistic photo with their “Flat Jesus”.
b. The “Daniel” award (Daniel 6:10) a man devoted to the Lord and prayed 3 times a day – The most consistent kid who posts a photo with their “Flat Jesus” every day or has the most posts with “Flat Jesus”.
c. The “Acts 1:8” award – While it is hard for us to travel right now, we can spread the word of Jesus through the mail and online. This award is for the kids who mail a “Flat Jesus” (we can get you more!) to a family member, friend, or pen pal. This award can be won by anyone who shares a photo from their friend with “Flat Jesus”. With this mailing you can share the love of Jesus and encourage them by letting them know that Jesus is with them wherever they go!
Have fun and I look forward to seeing your pictures!
Mary Winters
Director of Christian Education
St. John’s Genoa

Kids Ministry Weekly Video!

Creativity: Imagining what you could do because you were made in God’s image.
Memory Verse: “Lord, you are great. You are really worthy of praise. No one can completely understand how great you are.” -Psalm 145:3
Bible Story: Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16)
Bottom Line: God created you to share His story
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Anti-Racism Resources for Households


Children’s Books

  • All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color by Katie Kissinger
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • Daddy, There’s a Noise Outside by Kenneth Braswell
  • Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

 Preschool Books

  • AntiRacist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney
  • We are Grateful Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

 Articles for Parents



Building our faith is crucial in time of crisis. Online, and limited face-to-face meetings can be found on the St. John’s YOUTH! page (
Please feel free to utilize the resources below for kids and families:

Making Virtual Connections with Extended Family Members

Share common activities together such as reading a storybook, creating and sharing artwork, singing, etc.
Use the Whiteboard feature on Zoom to play games like Pictionary
Have a Movie Watch Party on Facebook
Ice Cream Party!
Dinner Date – eat dinner together with a grace and dinner conversation
Pray together
Text daily blessings and/or statements of gratitude
Play a favorite board game (as long as everyone has the same game at home)
Scavenger Hunt (search for household items related to a theme or Bible story)
Talent Show
Story Circle
Chalk Your Own Driveway together
One of your own family traditions adapted to virtual sharing together
Preschool (age 3) – 5th grade
Come join us for a fun, kid friendly worship full of activities, crafts, and games!
Various other activities throughout the year include: Family Fall Festival, Vacation Bible School, and Parents Nights Out!
6th grade – 8th grade
This group welcomes students to activities both inside and outside of the church in order to grow their relationship with God and each other.
9th grade – 12th grade
Come spend time with us navigating through some of life’s toughest years. Learn to develop your relationship with God and each other through Bible studies and events.
Above graduation age
Just because High School ends doesn’t mean the fun has to! This group is designed for people past high school graduation who are looking for others to spend time with and to develop their relationship with God.