Meet friends! Grow in faith! The aim of Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) at St. John’s is fellowship and discipleship for youth in 6th through 12th grades. The groups are designed to give youth a place where they can have fun, meet life-long friends, be supported, and deepen their faith in Christ. Growing in maturity and in faith is easier and more fun when we grow together.

Our regular EYC meetings are on a break for the summer, but we meet during the school year on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month in the Discovery House from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and we always share a tasty dinner together.

St. John’s also provides other opportunities for youth to enjoy age-appropriate activities with their church friends. From trips to Universal Studios to paintball outings, from Bible study to service days, St. John’s youth are active and engaged at their parish home. We celebrate together, serve together, and grow together.

For more information, contact Father Chase Ackerman.

2017-18 Calendar of Events

Here are some of the activities we will do this year in addition to our twice a month meetings.  Be sure to check this page regularly to keep up to date on what we are up to!

Sunday, September 3rd – No Meeting (Labor Day Weekend) 

Friday, September 8th – Rock the Universe @ Universal Studios

Saturday, September 16th – Diocesan Acolyte Festival

TBD, November – Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent Volunteering

TBD, December – Feeding Tampa Bay Volunteering

Sunday, May 6th – Bishop’s Visit and Confirmation

Sunday, May 13th – Senior Sunday

Diocesan Youth Events



Happening is a unique high school experience weekend that helps teens foster a personal more meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.  Attendees will experience music, prayer, worship, and community led by fellow students, supported by clergy and lay adults.  The next Happening is scheduled for Nov. 3-5 (#75).  Click here or contact Fr. Ackerman for more information.

New Beginnings


New Beginnings is designed especially to respond to the unique challenges and concerns of middle school youth in grades 6 to 8.  It was created by adults and young people to help participants grow in their love of themselves, others, and our Lord Jesus Christ.  The next New Beginnings is scheduled for Sep. 29-Oct. 1 (#62).  Click here or contact Fr. Ackerman for more information.

Summer Camps at DaySpring


The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida is proud to offer summer camp at DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center. Established in 1983, DaySpring is located on a historic 97-acre campus along the Manatee River.

Campers participate in a church-based program designed to help them grow spiritually and emotionally, providing them opportunities to explore new interests, skills and friendships. Sessions have been programmed for elementary, middle and high school students.

Click here for more information on youth summer camps or DaySpring Episcopal Center.