St. John's United Church of Christ



History of the Nursery School

St. John's Nursery School began in 1970.  Since that time, hundreds of young children have had their first formal educational experience in the nurturing environment of St. John's Nursery School.  St. John's Nursery School is a non-sectarian school providing morning classes for children 2 and 3 years of age AND extended classes for children 4 and 5 years of age.  

Our All-By-Myself program is a unique class that gives your 2 year old child an opportunity to experience preschool independently.  We offer an environment that enhances early learning, builds socialization skills, and increases confidence and independence.

Class sizes range from 9 to 16 children and are staffed by a Teacher and a Teacher's Assistant.  Children must meet age requirements by September first of the school year.  Students in the 3 and 4 year old classes must be bathroom independent.

The purpose of St. John's Nursery School is to provide an organized learning experience for children to grow and learn physically, socially, and academically.  We provide a loving atmosphere which promotes sharing and caring for others.  St. John's Nursery School is an educational outreach ministry of St. John's Church and models Christian values and tolerance.

Although simple prayers will be shared, the program is not intended to be a religious educational program.  Parents desiring formal religious education for their children are encouraged to explore Sunday church school programs.

The St. John's Nursery School's curriculum reflects the Early Childhood Standards developed by the PA Department of Education and Public Welfare.  In addition, St. John's Nursery School Staff are participating members of the Chambersburg Area School District's Early Childhood Consortium.

The curriculum at St. John's Nursery School is coordinated with and compliments the Chambersburg Area School District's Kindergarten program and the Pennsylvania State Standards for Preschool Education.  Key objectives are obtained through stories, reading, writing, center time, music games, art, play and both independent and group activities.

Play is a vehicle through which children build knowledge.  Children need safe environments where they can practice newly acquired skills and learn new information.  Our teachers support children's learning opportunities by providing meaningful, theme related experiences to engage their interests, abilities and culture.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our program, fill out a registration form (see link on the right) and return it along with a non-refundable registration fee of $50.  Please make checks payable to ST JOHN'S NURSERY SCHOOL.  Registration forms can be brought to the church (9am-3pm) or mailed to:  St. John's Nursery School, 1811 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

Please indicate your class and teacher preference at the top of the registration form and your child will be placed in the appropriate age class.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Kari Rock, the Nursery School Director at  Please return the registration form and fee promptly to ensure your child's placement in our program!

Service Hours

Worship Service on Sunday

10 am Worship Indoors (in our Sanctuary)
10:15 am Worship Online (via YouTube)

Saturday Worship 2nd Saturday of the Month
5:30 pm Worship Indoors (in Fellowship Hall)


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Contact Us

St. John's United Church Of Christ

1811 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg PA 17202-3390

Tel: 717-263-8593
Fax: 717-263-9010