Youth & Family

St. John’s VBS Day Camp

July 29th – August 2nd 

Join us from 9am to 3pm each day for awesome music, games, crafts, and fun activities! It’s free for the first 40 kids, so don’t wait! Please download the registration form here, and email it to


Friends in Faith

Youth Group

St. John’s youth group is all about fun, faith and service. We are an active youth ministry that focuses on community service and outreach. We offer a fun, safe environment for middle and high school youth to learn and grow in Christ. Our youth group is a place where you can hang out, have fun with friends and be yourself without worrying about judgment or peer pressure.

We believe that God has given us all unique gifts and has a plan for each young life, so we offer programs to help guide kids in their faith and live out God’s will. Our “Friends in Faith” have the opportunity to choose from a variety of monthly activities including weekly Bible studies, fun outings, community service events, and food & fun nights. We have something for everyone and friends are always welcome!

Friends in Faith


is offered to students in grades 6,7, and 8. Students meet for class with Pastor Jen after the 11 am service (12:15 to 1 pm) for a time of fellowship, fun, learning, and lively conversation. This three-year program is based on the the “Colaborate” Confirmation curriculum from Sparkhouse. Please contact Pastor Jen or Molly Farrin in the church office for more information.

Kid’s Church

Offered at 11 am worship, and designed for kids in Grades 1-5. We all gather together in the Worship service, and the kids are then dismissed for weekly lessons that include Bible studies, music, crafts, and Bible-friendly games. Children grow in faith though fun and engaging activities, and learn how to bring their faith into daily life. Kid’s Church rejoins the worship service to participate in Communion.

Kids 4 Christ

Hands on High

This lively puppet group performs engaging Christian versions of pop and classic rock songs.”Hands on High” has a great time sharing the Word through performances for the congregation and at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. For more information, contact Wendy Anderson at 760-345-2122.

Rock the Flock

For More Information

on Youth and Family events and ministries, contact our Youth Director, Molly Farrin, at 760-345-2122.


Calendar of Events

Saturday Night Light Worship
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us Saturdays at 4 PM for Contemporary acoustic service

Traditional Worship
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Traditional worship at 9:00 AM is a liturgically responsive worship service, based on the Bible and the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. St. John’s talented Patrick Karst accompanies this service on organ and keyboard and Laura Stave provides her beautiful voice as cantor and soloist. This service is formal, yet relaxed, allowing time for prayer and reflection, with communion each Sunday.

St. John’s choir, directed by Laura Stave, also provides special music on occasion.

Praise Worship
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our 11:00 AM Worship is a “lighter” liturgy than the 9:00 AM service. The service’s jazz and praise beat encourages participation from the worshipers and although we mainly sing contemporary praise songs, we don’t neglect beloved hymns. The Praise team is directed by Bob Corwin and is comprised of Bob Corwin, pianist, Danny Flahive, bass fiddle, and Ron Mercier on the drums. Samantha Corwin and Laura Stave are the lead singers whose rhythmic harmony strengthens participation. These talented women also sing solos and duets each Sunday.

Lessons, sermons and announcements are the same at both services with Holy Communion every Sunday.

FIND Food Distribution @ St. John's Lutheran Church
Jul 23 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

FIND Food Bank offers this service for hungry and food-insecure residents of eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties. St. John’s offers food the 4th Tuesday of every month. 


Worship Times & Location


42-575 Washington Street,
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Saturday, 4 PM
Sunday, 9 AM and 11 AM

Worship Schedule