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Georgi Funderburk

Minister of Faith & Practice for Children & Youth

Dear Families & Friends of CFF,

Happy Pentecost! Pentecost is a special time when we remember the Holy Spirit coming to earth. This is also the time the Church was ‘birthed’! Whenever you sense God’s presence, know that it is thanks to the Holy Spirit who stays with us.

The Holy Spirit also guides us and gives us understanding. ‘Advocate’ is another name for the Holy Spirit. When we cannot defend ourselves, the Holy Spirit works to make our case known to God and to people and justifies us when we are wrongly accused (or have a ‘bad’ reputation although you did nothing wrong).


It is our hope that you will walk with God and know His love through the work of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Children’ Faith Formation Commission 


Dear God,

Please end all wars and resolve conflict.

Bring restoration, healing, and reconciliation.

Protect the children, the sick, and the vulnerable.

Lead the world towards justice and peace.

In Jesus’ name we pray,



The Children's Faith Formation at St. John's relies on the participation of volunteers. Please view the video below and consider volunteering either in person or on Zoom as your schedule allows. You do not need to have a child in the program to volunteer; all parishioners are welcome. Contact Georgi Funderburk at with questions or to volunteer. 


The Episcopal Church requires that all individuals who volunteer with children in person complete SafeChurch Training. 

See Required Workshops/Episcopal Maryland. To enroll online, visit and carefully follow the directions to register and complete the online form as directed. Enter the appropriate registration code for St. John's (reg-episcopalmaryland-891-johnellicottcity).

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