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

Sunday, June 9:
Although you are welcome to "invite a friend" every Sunday, our Welcome Committee is sponsoring a specific Sunday (June 9) for all parishioners to bring someone to Church.  We will have a special gift for all visitors and after the 10am worship service will be our annual Red Coffee Hour.  Be sure to tell your friends to wear RED as it's Pentecost, our Feast Day.  It should be a great day! Read more
Sunday, June 9:
As a part of our Pentecost Sunday (our Feast Day) celebration, we host a RED COFFEE HOUR where parishioners bring in all sorts of food and drink items that are red.  Be creative and have some fun. Sign-up list for what you can bring is in the Fellowship Hall.  Didn't sign-up to bring something?  Just bring a red food item to share! Read more
Mission Trip 2018
Saturday, June 15:
Our 2019 Mission Trip has been cancelled due to lack of participants.  Our next adventure to Grace House on the Mountain will be August 2-8, 2020; mark your calendars! Read more
Children's Eucharist Red
Sunday, June 16:
Once a month, typically the third Sunday, the 10am Eucharist is an interactive/teaching Eucharist.  Our Church School students process forward with all the items to help set the table.  It is great fun for children of all ages! Read more
Thank You
Sunday, June 23:
At the 10am Worship Service on Sunday, June 23 we will say THANK YOU to our dedicated Sunday School Teachers and Music Director.  This will be the final Sunday of our formal program year as we move into Summer mode.  This will be the last Sunday for our Church School until the second Sunday in September. Read more
Saturday, June 29:
Join us on Saturday, June 29 at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University for the 6:05pm baseball game along with other houses of worship; it's Faith Family Night!  If interested, sign up in the Fellowship Hall, speak with Patti Walsh or meet us at the stadium. Read more