Scoop: September 8, 2016


Children’s Ministry Events
Sunday School Kick-Off This Sunday
September 11, 9:15 a.m. Parish Hall
Our Fall Sunday School Program will kick-off this Sunday, September 11. Kids will convene in the Parish Hall at 9:15 a.m. for a lesson and will return to the church during The Peace/Greetings so that they may partake in the Eucharist with their families. After the 9:15 a.m. service concludes, we ask that families please join us BACK in the Parish Hall to grab a coffee, register your kids, meet the teachers, hear a few words about our fall program, and have some fun! We will be hosting a scavenger hunt in the classrooms with a sweet treat for all who complete it.


For questions about our Sunday School program, or if you are new to the church and interested in registering your child, please contact Whitney Wolf at
or send an email to wwolf@ here to download the registration form.


We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!


Seeking Young Readers for Monthly Family Services
We are looking for enthusiastic young readers to participate in our monthly Family Services. If your child is interested in doing a reading or leading the Prayers of the People, please contact Whitney Wolf
and we’ll put you on the list!


Questions? Want to help?
Contact Whitney Wolf
Youth/EYC Events
An Evening with Christian Band Unspoken 
Friday, September 9, 7:00 p.m., Holy Innocents in Valrico
Holy Innocents Valrico is hosting a Christian concert featuring Unspoken, a nationally recognized Christian band with five top-ten singles. The concert will be on Friday, September 9, at 7:00 p.m. This is a unique opportunity, especially for our youth and young adults. For more information, visit the event website at


EYC (Youth Group) Kick-Off This Sunday
September 11, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., Discovery House
That’s right, it’s time to get the group back together…youth group, that is!  It’s a new year with a new look.  St. John’s Youth Group is now called EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) and our first meeting will be on Sunday afternoon, September 11, in Discovery House.  Junior EYC (6th to 8th grades) will meet from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and Senior EYC (9th to 12th grades) will meet from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m..  We will all share a meal together at 5:30 p.m. At this first meeting, we will also be discussing the schedule of events for the rest of the year.  


If you are looking for a fun and welcoming place to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, serve others, and learn about our faith, than EYC is the place for you!
Adult volunteers, we can’t do it without you! In order to hold youth group, we must have additional adults on hand to support Fr. Ackerman. Please contact him if you can help.


Calling All Acolytes!
September 24, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., The Cathedral Church of St. Peter
The third annual Diocesan Acolyte Festival will take place on Saturday, September 24
, at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. This festival has become one of the largest youth events in the diocese and offers the opportunity for youth to meet fellow acolytes from across Southwest Florida.  Workshops this year include: Where there is SmokeHoly Eucharist 101Acolyte Jeopardy, On the Verge, and Vessels and Vestments and Linens, Oh My!  The day will close with a Eucharist in which every church’s acolyte team will process.  There is no fee for the festival and both a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Each participant is required to bring their own vestments to the cathedral.  Contact Father Ackerman to register for the event or if you have any questions.  Vergers are also welcome to attend!



Contact Fr. Chase Ackerman
with questions about youth events or if you would like to help out.