For Children & Youth

Godly Play - Parable of the Mustard Seed

Have children? For many parents, finding a spiritual home where their children are nurtured in the Christian faith and actually enjoy being there is a priority. We believe – and many of our youth who are now adults would agree – that Holy Spirit provides that venue. We encourage you to bring your children to church one Sunday to participate in a Sunday School class.

The elementary-age class is loosely based on a program called Godly Play, where children are encouraged to think about Bible stories and their meanings rather than memorize verses. A classic Godly Play question might be, “where are you in this story?” Middle school age students are given real-life situations and are asked to think about God and the Bible within the context of that scenario. Taught by a seasoned high school teacher, the discussion may include topics such as bullying or cheating, or more difficult topics such as “where is God when something bad happens?”

High school youth can volunteer time with the younger classes, participate in the worship service as acolytes or worship assistants, and are welcome to participate in Youth Group and/or Confirmation Class.

You may want to visit on the third Sunday of the month, when we hold a Children's Eucharist. Children attend Sunday School during the first half of the worship service, then we invite them to gather around a table as Fr. Jerry explains Holy Communion to them in an age-appropriate, engaging way.  It's usually great fun for all in attendance (the adults too!)

Children and youth may start at any time during the year. You may contact us in advance, or just show up.  When you arrive at the church at Sunday morning, ask any parishioner to direct you to someone involved in the Sunday School program, and we’ll take it from there. 

Upcoming Events

Animal Blessing 2016
Sunday, October 4:
Join us for the annual Blessing of the Animals during our 8am or 10am Virch worship on Sunday, October 4.  Although we'll be worshiping online, we hope you'll consider showing your pet or photo of your pet on screen and you'll receive a blessing from Father Jerry.  [To see photos from last year's service, click here.] Read more
Sunday, October 4:
UPDATE: Due to the health concerns of the Corona Virus, this event has been cancelled for 2020.  A mini Celebration of Pets (with blessings and a rescue organization) is planned for Sunday, October 11, 2020; masks will be required. Read more
Celebration of Pets 2018
Sunday, October 4:
Due to the health concerns of the Corona Virus we are unable to host our annual Celebration of Pets in the Verona Town Hall Square on the first Sunday of October.  For 2020, as a replacement event, we will host Animal Blessings & Adoptions To Go on our grounds at 36 Gould Street on Sunday, October 4 from 1pm to 3pm.  We will offer pet blessings plus Joyrides Rescue will have dogs and Purrfect Pals will have cats available for adoption.  Masks will be required. Read more
Saturday, October 10:
The next gathering of our joint Youth Group is Saturday, October 10 from 3 to 5 pm.  Everyone in grades 6 to 12 welcome.  Meet at the St. Luke's Montclair Front Lawn, 73 South Fullerton Avenue.  Mask and physical distancing required.  Contact Liz Dalton at dalton@slechurch.org for more details.  This is a joint venture with Holy Spirit Verona, St. John's Montclair and St. Luke's Montclair. Read more
Out of the Darkness - Suicide Prevention Walk Verona Park 2018
Sunday, October 18:
UPDATE: Due to the ongoing health concerns with the Corona Virus, this event has been cancelled.  You are encouraged to walk Virtually on Sunday, November 1 instead. Read more
Confirmation Retreat 2016
Sunday, October 18:
Our Confirmation students will gather with Father Jerry in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 18 from 1:30 to 3pm to prepare for their "one day" Confirmation (not sure what the Spring of 2021 will bring, but we'll be prepared either way).  For further information, speak with Father Jerry. Read more