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Youth Ministry

At St. John, we strive to provide a wide variety of activities for youth.  If you want to learn more about youth ministry contact Michael Jacobeen, Director of Faith Formation at [email protected] or call (703) 356-7916


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2022-23 Youth Ministry

Swing Dance Fridays!


St. John the Beloved Youth Ministry is excited to offer Friday night swing dancing for all high schoolers.  We will meet primarily on 1st and 3rd Fridays (except where noted) throughout the school year.  Nights will include lessons and free dance time followed by an optional after party including prayer and dessert.  No prior experience needed!

  • Who: 9th-12th graders

  • What time: 7-9pm followed by an optional after party including Night Prayer and ice cream until 9:45pm

  • Cost: $10/session or $50/semester

  • Fall dates: 9/23 (4th Friday), 10/7, 10/28 (4th Friday), 11/4, 11/11: Patriotic social dance, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

Space is limited to 75 boys and 75 girls each night.  Register now!





WorkCamp 2023!

It's already time to prepare for next summer's WorkCamp, which will take place June 17-23, 2023.  All current high school youth are invited!  Teens will spend a week completing significant home-improvement projects for those in need to help them live warmer, safer, and drier.  

Important Details: 

When: Saturday, June 17 - Friday June 23 (overnight, teens MUST be present the entire week)
Where: Frederick County, VA (near Winchester)
Cost: Deposit of $250 plus responsibility to raise additional funds.  Total cost per youth ends up being about $750.
Application deadline: November 30
Prep Meetings: Participants are required to attend monthly preparation meetings beginning in December.  

Click here to submit your application and deposit!

Space is limited by the number of adult leaders that we provide.  Therefore, one important factor we consider in accepting teens is whether their family is able to recruit any adult leaders to serve as volunteer contractors or adult crew leaders.  Details on these are provided in the application packet.

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...

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]