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Family Night

St. John's Baptist Church Family Night - Where the Church comes to be Family!

We invite you to join us for our weekly Church Family Night activities and meal. The cost of the meal is $8.00 per adult and $5.00 per child with a total family maximum of $30.00. We seek to plan well-balanced spiritual/educational activities for all ages as well. 

No reservations are needed - just come.


School aged children participate in a wonderful Wednesday evening filled with fellowship and music education. Dinner begins at 5:30pm. There is a children's table or children may choose to sit with their families. There is an activity table for children who finish their meal before choir begins. After celebrating birthdays with the church family, children go to their choir rooms at 6:15pm. Children should be picked up by their parents or grandparents or guardian at 7:05. The schedule for children is as follows:

Children PreK (age 4)-5th Grade -

5:30 – 6:15 Dinner in Broach Hall
6:15 – 7:05  Children's Choirs
                    (PreK/Age 4-1st Grade children meet in Room 225; 2nd-5th Grade children meet in room 229)

The Youth Ministry of St. John’s provides a midweek opportunity for group building, conversation, learning, and mission projects. Youth can enjoy dinner in Broach Hall anytime between 5:30 and 6:15. Then, from 6:20 to 7:05, they participate in OPEN TABLE guided by Lee Gray and other adults. OPEN TABLE convenes in Room 305.

We have planned a diverse program of Wednesday Adult Education for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. The following pages introduce you to the highlights.
Since the meal is served anytime between 5:30 and 6:15, we begin adult education programming at 6:15 p.m., in Broach Hall. We focus on those persons on our prayer list for the week, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and then move to the program emphasis of the evening. We plan our Wednesday evening programs to be substantive and broad in scope. Please notice Wednesday programs are planned with emphasis names in alphabetical order (A, B, C, D, E) on successive Wednesdays of each month to help you know which emphasis is approaching.

ALTERNATIVES: On the first Wednesday evening of each month, adults have opportunities
to be involved in a variety of groups and presentations. These alternatives are based on common life-interests. For those who would rather pursue an individualized learning option, feel free to ask one of our staff ministers to assist you. The Church Library offers many helpful resources and is open during the 6:00 to 7:00 hour for your use on the first Wednesday of each month.

BYOB (BRING YOUR OWN BIBLE): On the second Wednesday evening of each month, we are
guided by our senior minister, Dr. Dennis W. Foust or our associate minister, Rev. Martha Kearse, or a guest teacher in studies of biblical passages, theological themes and ethical perspectives. We practice biblical interpretation inviting open-minded conversations for exploring passages of biblical literature from a non-literalist viewpoint and affirm dialogue by pursuing unity through a diversity of perspectives.

CONNECTIONS: On the third Wednesday evening of each month, we learn from someone in metro Charlotte about our ministry context, or we learn about one of our ministry partners or we are updated about some of the expressions of ministry in and through St. John’s. CONNECTIONS is an excellent way to learn more about the mission and ministries of St. John’s.

DIDACTICS: On the fourth Wednesday evening of each month, (except November and
December), we welcome a guest lecturer or presenter to speak on a subject that
stimulates our discovery of new information. These ‘master teacher’ sessions will
introduce you to professors and professionals in diverse fields to broaden and deepen
your exploration of learning as we consider issues related to self-care, health & wellness,
history, philosophy, psychology, law, education, business, ethics, social issues, theology,
biblical studies, current events, world issues, Baptist principles, ecumenical and
interfaith relationships, spirituality and prayer, financial planning, as well as
congregational health, life and ministry.

ENCOURAGEMENT: On those occasions when a month includes a fifth Wednesday, we
explore ways to encourage others. We will write notes to our Amor Proximi (love of
neighbor) members (those who are physically unable to attend); our university students;
our prospective members; community leaders; those persons in hospitals; those persons
who are grieving, recent guests in worship, new residents and others in need of
encouragement. Through this experience, we become better acquainted as well.

Current Family Night Schedule:

March 5:  Ash Wednesday Service
March 12:  Bible study led by Rev. Kearse
March 19:  Basketball Awards and Banquet
March 26:  Chris Hemans, Director of Business Recruitment, Charlotte Center City Partners
April 2:  Michelle Icard, "The Church and Adolescence"
April 9: Bible study led by Dr. Foust
April 16: Spring Break - No Church Family Night Activities