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 School - February 2020
Sunday, March 7:
For the winter/spring of 2021 we will continued a biweekly schedule for our Children's Christian Formation.  Every other Sunday from 11:45am to 12:30pm our Sunday School teachers (and sometimes Father Jerry) will host an in-person Sunday School Program in our lower level.  Students may also opt for attending via Zoom.  Our next class is Sunday, March 7.  For further information, email Father JerryRead more
Saturday, March 13:
The next gathering of our joint Youth Group is Saturday, March 13 from 3 to 5pm online via Zoom.  Everyone in grades 6 to 12 are welcome.  Login information will be emailed from joint Youth Director, Liz Dalton, or contact her at youthgroup@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
Sunday School - February 2020
Sunday, March 21:
For the winter/spring of 2021 we will continued a biweekly schedule for our Children's Christian Formation.  Every other Sunday from 11:45am to 12:30pm our Sunday School teachers (and sometimes Father Jerry) will host an in-person Sunday School Program in our lower level.  Students may also opt for attending via Zoom.  Our next class is Sunday, March 21.  For further information, email Father JerryRead more
Confirmation Retreat 2016
Sunday, March 21:
Our Confirmation students will gather with Father Jerry in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, March 21 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
Palm Sunday Procession 2018
Sunday, March 28:
On Palm Sunday (March 28) our 8am and 10am Worship Services will be offered online only.  No grand procession this year, but the service will begin with triumph and end in contemplation.  The worship concludes with the reading of The Passion story, with no dismissal, no postlude and no ***Virtual** Fellowship Time.  We will leave the worship in silence.  For logon information, click the photo or see below. Read more
Flowering the Cross 2018
Saturday, April 3:
Join us on Saturday, April 3 we "flower the cross," turning a symbol of pain and suffering into one of rebirth and renewal.  Please sign up for a "shift" and bring any type of flower or greenery.  We will use the cross on Easter Sunday during our 10am worship service.  At the end of the service, we'll bring the cross outside as further witness that Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Read more
Symbol of Story Sunday 2016
Sunday, April 11:
On Sunday, April 11, we are encouraging you to "bring" an item to virch (online church) that tells us about your personal story -- holy stuff as it were.  In the Gospel for this Sunday, we hear of the story of the disciple Thomas who needed to see in order to believe.  Share with us something that is a symbol of your personal story and tells us who you are; this will happen during the sermon time at both services. Read more