Be an Apostle
At St. John, we strive to provide activities for youth that will help them to encounter Christ and grow in friendship with Him. If you want to learn more about youth ministry contact Michael Jacobeen, Director of Faith Formation at [email protected] or call (703) 356-7916
2022-23 Youth Ministry
All 6th-8th graders invited
Click here to sign up for BASH!
Swing Dance Fridays!
St. John the Beloved Youth Ministry is excited to offer Friday night swing dancing for all high schoolers again this spring semester. Dance nights are on 1st and 3rd Fridays (and 5th Friday in March) throughout the school year. Each week will have lessons and free dance time followed by an optional after party including prayer and dessert. No experience needed!
This spring, there will be two lessons offered:
In the beginner lessons, teens will:
- Master the basic step and turns
- Learn how to dance with music
- Boys will learn how to lead and girls will learn how to actively follow.
Advanced lessons will build on the above and teach more complicated moves.
- Who: 9th-12th graders
- What time: 6:30-9pm followed by an optional after party including Night Prayer and ice cream until 9:45pm
- Beginner Lesson at 6:30, advanced lesson at 7:15, and free dance at 8:00
- During the advanced lessons, games will be offered for the beginners
- Cost: $50/semester (Walk-ins welcome for $10/session)
- Upcoming dates: March 3, March 17, March 31, April 21, May 5, May 19
Juniors and Seniors are invited to apply for the Swing Dance Leadership team. Apply by checking the option in the online registration form.
As of now, we aren't capping the number of boys or girls, but we'll need plenty of boys to sign up so we don't have to cap the girls at some point in the future.
Summer Activities 2023
Quo Vadis: (for boys) - July 9-13
FIAT: (for girls) - July 16-20
Summer camps for high schoolers to grow in friendship with Christ while exploring their vocations.
Both camps are at Mount St. Mary's University
Cost is $280, includes private room and all meals
To attend: enter the registration lottery by March 31: https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/vocations/vocation-camp-lottery/
Catholic Summer camp for rising 7th graders and up
July 23-29 at Summit Lake Camp in Emmitsburg, MD
Register at: https://www.campveritas.org/ (Select St. John the Beloved as your group)
Registration for WorkCamp 2023 is now closed. Please pray for all of the participants! If you would like to help out, please contact Michael Jacobeen.
Adults: are you passionate about your faith and have a love for the youth? Do you have experience as a coach, mentor, or teacher? Are there any events or activities for youth that you'd be interested in bringing to St. John the Beloved?
In order to be able to help the youth of the parish encounter Christ, we need a team of adults who dedicate their time to this important mission. The number and types of activities and events we can offer for teens is limited only by the number of volunteer leaders.
We are looking for adults who are:
- Practicing Catholics who are striving for holiness
- Willing and able to build mentoring relationships with teens
- Willing to not just volunteer but to coordinate and lead activities for youth
If you would like to help but don't think that you can serve as a leader, please pray for the youth of the parish! If you are able to help as a leader, please contact Michael Jacobeen at [email protected]
Other opportunities for youth...
St. John participates in the Arlington Diocese' CYO program. Youth who attend St. John Academy or are enrolled in religious education may play on one of our boys' or girls' teams. Basketball is offered from November - March, and Girls' Volleyball takes place in the spring semester. Contact Michael for more information: [email protected]