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Youth Ministry

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) 356-5275


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Swing Dance Fridays!

St. John the Beloved Youth Ministry is excited to offer swing dance lessons again for the fall semester.  Based on your feedback, we are excited to have different instructors for this fall and have slightly modified the schedule.

  • Who: Rising 9th-12th graders*
  • When: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Fridays from 7-9pm followed by an optional ice cream social until 9:30.  Teens are invited to stay for night prayer after ice cream.
  • Where: St. John the Beloved parish (we meet in the school hall)

*Juniors and Seniors have the option of attending from 8-9pm for the free dancing.  They will not be required to dance with younger teens during this time.  During the lesson part of the night, however, everyone changes dance partners frequently.

Register online here!

The schedule for each dance night is below.

7:00pm: Lesson
8:00pm: Free dance/social time
9:00pm: After-party with ice cream
9:20pm: Night prayer & Departure

Fall 2023 Dates: October 20, November 3, November 17, December 1, December 15

All high school youth are invited to this year's Rally, a day of prayer, fun, and friendship with hundreds of other Catholic teens. Activities include dinner, inflatable games and entertainment, breakout speakers, music, Sunday Mass with Bishop Burbidge, and much more.

  • When: Sunday October 22 from 12:00 - 8:00pm

  • Where: Bishop O'Connell High School

  • Cost: $25/teen

    Click here to sign up!


WorkCamp 2024

WorkCamp is an intentional Christian Community that provides an experience of direct service for young people. At WorkCamp, teens spend a week surrounded by community, immersed in prayer, having fun, and making a difference in the lives of our Virginian neighbors through projects that make homes warmer, safer, and drier.

  • When is WorkCamp? Saturday, June 22 - Friday, June 28, 2024
  • Who may participate? Current 9th-12th graders
  • What is the cost? $300 deposit plus commitment to raise significant additional funds 
  • Contact Michael for more information: [email protected]

Submit your application and deposit here



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 and resources for youth...


Visit to experience the Tough Topics program. T2 was created by St. John’s Youth Ministry as a free resource to educate and encourage youth when engaging in difficult conversations about complicated cultural issues. Learn the truth about gender identity, abortion, and same sex attraction – then speak it with love. 

CYO Sports

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]