Scoop: March 24, 2016


Upcoming Family and Youth Events
Flowering of the Cross
Sunday, March 27, 9:00 a.m., Courtyard
Bring spring flowers and join in the tradition of flowering the cross in celebration of Easter Day. The cross will be in the courtyard before the 9:15 a.m. services.
Easter Service for Families with Young Children
Sunday, March 27, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall
Join us for this special service for young people and their families. Children participate in the service, which is geared to them. A Festal Eucharist with special music will take place in the church at the same time.
Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, March 27, following the 9:15 a.m. family service, Church Grounds
An egg hunt will follow the 9:15 a.m. Family Service in the Parish Hall on the church grounds for little ones. There will not be a hunt after the Festal Eucharist in the church at 9:15 a.m. Don’t forget to bring your baskets!
Combined Service and Parish Picnic
Sunday, April 3, 10:00 a.m.
On the Sunday following Easter, as is our custom, we will combine the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services into one 10:00 a.m. service, to be followed by our spring Parish Picnic. The main course and dessert will be provided by St. John’s. Parishioners with last names beginning with A through L, please bring a side dish. Those with last names from M through Z, please bring a salad, fruit, or some type of vegetable. There will be a bounce house and Kona ice for the kids!


Parish Retreat
Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., DaySpring
The Fathers Ministry is pleased to host a parish retreat at DaySpring, the Diocese of Southwest Florida’s scenic 92-acre campus in Palmetto.  The retreat is open to the entire parish family, including children and adults of all ages. Join us for a day of fellowship with canoeing and nature trail adventures, labyrinth exploration, tree-top canopy walk, and much more!  Participation in a low ropes course is an option as well for attendees 7 years old and up.
The retreat runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, but all are welcome to come and go as they please throughout the day. The cost for lunch is $10 for parishioners 12 years old and older, and $5 for children from 4 to 11. Children 3 and under eat lunch for free. An additional charge for the canopy walk ($3) and low ropes course ($10) apply. However, cost should never be a deterrent to parishioners wishing to participate in St. John’s activities, so please contact Fr. Connelly if you have a financial need. Click here to sign up for the retreat.


Contact Miranda Harrison-Quillin to sign up or for more information.