Grades K-5

Exciting News for Fall 2022

K-5 Children’s Ministry is now called “ODYSSEY.” An Odyssey is an epic journey. We are all on an Odyssey and this Odyssey is to encounter God and answer some of the biggest questions that face us in life.  With our name change also comes a change in program style. Odyssey is a hands on interactive bible story. Gone are the days of text books and worksheets. Your children will get to experience and learn the exciting stories of the Bible and how they relate to their lives. Plus, they will get a snack!

Odyssey will be meeting Wednesdays in the Portico from 6 – 7 pm starting October 12th!

Click here for the schedule of all the meeting dates.

ODYSSEY (K-5) registration is now open! Click here to register. Haga clic aquí para registrarse en Español. You can also register your 6-8th grade students for SUMMIT with this link.

Can’t make all the Bible study lessons? That’s okay!

Our approach with this Bible study is much like the approach with an adult Bible study–come when you can! Attendance does not affect a child’s eligibility for sacramental preparation. 

Interested in a home study option? 

Register for Odyssey and send us a note! This will allow us to order you materials and check in with you. Home study for the God’s Plan in Scripture Bible study will not require monthly meetings or work to be turned in. Students who plan on doing the majority of their work independently at home will have the option of attending any in-person lessons, if desired.

Have a student in need of 1st Reconciliation and Holy Communion?

Registration is live for St. John School students at the moment. Class sign-ups for students who do not attend SJS will have registration available shortly–we are still working on nailing down the meeting times.

While you wait, check out the tentative class dates.

Thank you so much for your patience!

Register for 1st Reconciliation & Eucharist here!

Children's Liturgy of the Word

All Children’s Liturgy of the Word Activities take place during the 9 AM Mass. Appropriate for children in grades K-5.

October Schedule

Oct 2: Fr. Mark’s Children’s Homily

Oct 9: CLOW in the Portico with Mrs. Clark & Mrs. Olley

Oct 16: CLOW in the Portico with Mrs. Clark & Mrs. Olley

Oct 23: No CLOW

Oct 30: No CLOW

Vacation Bible School

Other Opportunities

Boy Scouts

St. John parish sponsors a Boy Scout Troop. Boy Scout Troop #420 – For boys aged 10/12 to 18 years of age. The Troop meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the cafeteria of St. John School. For more information contact Chris Joneckis 410-795-0069 /

Cub Scouts

St. John sponsors a Cub Scout Pack #420 – For boys in grades 1-5. Pack meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month, from September through May at 6:30 p.m. Den meetings are held each Monday at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Mike Myers.

CYO Basketball

CYO Boys & Girls Travel Basketball

Parish-sponsored league for players in grades 4 through 8 interested in representing the St. John School Eagles throughout the Baltimore Archdiocese. Tryouts are held in the St. John School gymnasium in September. Adult volunteers, please call the CYO League coordinator. Contact?……………

Intramural Girls and Boys Basketball

Boys’ Intramural

St. John sponsors the program in conjunction with the Carroll County Dept. of Recreation and Parks. Over 500 boys play on 45 teams. Teams are composed of students in K-2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th-6th grades, and 7th-9th grades. Practices begin in mid-October, with games scheduled from December through March. The program is staffed by volunteers. An annual benefit is held to augment the registration fee.

Girls Intramural

A parish sponsored league for girls in K through 9th grades. Practices begin in mid-February, with games scheduled from March through May. The program is staffed by volunteers. Registration cost is $42. Contact Tim Norwood.