Children & Families

but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop themfor it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."

Matthew 19:14 (NRSV)

Sunday School

Sunday School is every Sunday from 9:45-10:45am between services from late August thru late May. Students and teachers meet in the Sanctuary at 9:45am with a short opening program and then go to their classrooms. For registration information and other SS News Click Here!

Youth Choirs

St. John has very active children & youth groups that participate in singing. In addition to singing at services, children participate during special times of the year along with providing a musical for the congregation. For more information and registration form Click Here or contact the Youth Choirs Director Ellen Goodwin at 815-439-2320.

Parents Day Out Program

We offer families quality, child-free time to relax, shop, or make an appointment, while providing children 2 to 3 years of age structured playtime in a loving Christian environment. Our goal is to make your child's first school experience a secure, fun, and loving place. We meet Mon thru Thurs 9:15am - 11:40am. For more information or to register, contact Robin Trueblood at 815-439-2320.

Be in the Know about PDO
The St. John Lutheran Church Parents Day Out Program is an outreach ministry of St. John Lutheran Church. We offer families quality, child-free time while providing children with structured play time in a loving, Christian environment. Our purpose is to meet the needs of both the parent and the child.
PDO is open to the public. The program operates Monday through Thursday 9:15 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Fall session begins in September and the spring session begins in January. If you would like more information or to register your child for the 2016-2017 school year, please call the PDO Director, Robin Trueblood at 815-439-2320.

MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) - 9:30-11:30am - 2nd & 4th Fridays


MOPS understands that the years from infancy to kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs. MOPS exists to meet the needs of every mom - urban and suburban, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms - moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!

At St. John MOPS, you'll find a fun-filled morning of food, connection, guest speakers, mentor moms and creative activities. Your children ages birth to Kindergarten have their own fun as they are cared for in a safe, loving and preschool like setting. Meetings are held the second & fourth Fridays, Sept thru May. Contact the church office 815-439-2320


Nursery care is available for infants through 5 years of age at both services on Sunday mornings and during the Sunday School hour.