Children and Youth Ministry News

Updated August 22, 2019


The children and teens will be fundraising for Almera, the girl in Haiti’s Bon Samaritain school whom the Sunday School is sponsoring. Last week the children and teens decided upon a lemonade and baked goodie fundraiser with suggested donations.

Sunday School Fundraiser for Almera – Lemonade and Baked Goods!
Sunday, August 25, 12-2pm
Sidewalk outside of Ferguson Library
1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford

Please RSVP and let me know if your child will be participating. Also, please let me know if you can bring a baked good!

We will be making lemonade during Sunday School. We’ll serve a simple lunch to the kids after church before heading over to the library for the fundraiser. The more the merrier😊

Because the entire Sunday School is sponsoring Almera, for August, we’ll be meeting as big group out in the Memorial Garden.

As many of you know, the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) adopted new safe church policies this year. There are a few requirements for volunteers and St. John’s as a church to do to keep up to speed for protecting our children and youth. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding! We understand your time is precious and we truly appreciate your cooperation in meeting these diocesan requirements.

Safe Church Training – SIGN UP ASAP!

The ECCT just released the fall calendar for safe church trainings. If you haven’t been safe church trained within the last three years, please sign up to attend. Below are the closest trainings to St. John’s. The next safe church training at St. John’s will be offered in fall 2020.

September 7, 2019 (Sat. 9-11:30am) – St. Mark’s, 111 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan

September 7, 2019 (Sat. 12:30-3pm) – St. Mark’s, 111 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan

October 16, 2019 (Wed. 6:30-9pm) – Christ and Holy Trinity, 75 Church Street, Westport

St. John’s Safe Church Policy for children and youth – PLEASE READ!

You can read St. John’s safe church policy regarding children and youth which we have adopted from the ECCT here. Attached is a short two-pager of the most pertinent information for Sunday School teachers, door people, and children and youth ministry volunteers.  

Please note that all adults who regularly volunteer and work with children or youth in programs that are offered by a parish or as an extension of the ministry of the parish (e.g. nursery schools; Vacation Bible Schools; camps; choirs, etc.) are required to acknowledge that they have received and read St. John’s Safe Church Policies. You may do so online by filling out a simple form at  

Sunday School Teacher and Door Person Training
Tuesday, September 10, 6-8pm
Blue Godly Play Room at St. John’s

Save the date! From reviewing the updated safe church policies, to guidelines for door people, to tangible tips for teaching Sunday School, to focusing on what makes this work so rewarding, the training will be incredibly fruitful. Please RSVP as there will be snacks. If you cannot make that date, please let me know if offering a training on Sunday September 22 from 12-2pm would work.

Potential Haiti Youth TripPlease let us know if your child is interested!

Dear Parents,

We are delighted to announce that we are exploring the possibility of having a 4th St. John’s / Eglise De L’Epiphanie Youth trip to Haiti in 2020!

This trip will be to the Good Samaritan School, L’Acul, Gros Morne and our hosts will be the local priest and parishioners. The parish has a brand new guest house that sleeps 15 people and there will be many opportunities for your sons and daughters to work on projects including helping to build the new clinic, the reforestation project, and after-school projects with the school children. The trip co-leaders will be Gus and Sheelagh Schlegel.

In order for your child to be eligible they must be 14 years of age by the date of the trip, have a passport valid for at least six months beyond our return date, and participate actively in fundraising to pay for supplies before and on the trip. The cost of the trip will be approximately $1,200. However, there will be fundraising opportunities for several months beforehand to help offset trip costs and additionally there will be scholarships available.

Please indicate your interest in the trip for your son or daughter by emailing Mattie Johnson or Sheelagh Schlegel at by September 1st. Parent chaperones will also be welcome.

Please also indicate your choice of dates for the trip:

    • February (School Winter break)

    • April (School Spring break) or

    • June (immediately following end of school year)

We hope that your family will participate in this wonderful opportunity. This will be a chance in a lifetime to travel and grow in faith in a unique way, while becoming global citizens. This is also a wonderful opportunity for service learning – “learning that integrates meaningful community service with reflection to enrich the experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” Most importantly, this experience is an opportunity to put into action the call of our Lord Jesus Christ to love our neighbor as ourselves. Our own older children participated in the 2008 & 2012 youth trips and it was life-changing for them all J

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Gus and Sheelagh Schlegel,
Parents and St John’s parishioners

Mattie Johnson,
Director of Children & Youth Ministry

Fr. Wilfredo Benitez,
Provisional Priest in Charge


Mattie Johnson
Director of Children and Youth Ministry