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 - April 2022
Sunday, September 25:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, September 25, 2022; masks are optional  All students will then join their parents for Eucharist and our jumping Alleluia Dismissal.  Any questions about Sunday School, please email Father Jerry. Read more
Animal Blessing 2016
Sunday, October 2:
Join us for the annual Blessing of the Animals during our 10am worship service (which will be shortened) on Sunday, October 2.  There are no Sunday School classes on this day so that kids can be in the pew with their pet(s).  Bring your pet or a photo of a pet and receive a special blessing at the end of the service.  [To see photos from 2019's service, click here.]   Read more
pet celebration
Sunday, October 2:
On Sunday, October 2 from 1-4pm Holy Spirit Verona will host our sixth annual Celebration of Pets in the Verona Town Hall Square with pet-orientated activities, rescue organizations, vendors, crafts-people, pet blessings and more.  We will have activities for kidsDJ music provided by our resident DJ Emilio, food vendors and a Pet Parade at 2:30pm with prizes in several categories.  If you have a pet or love all God's creatures, join us!   Read more
Sunday School - April 2022
Sunday, October 9:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, October 9, 2022; masks are optional  All students will then join their parents for Eucharist and our jumping Alleluia Dismissal.  Any questions about Sunday School, please email Father Jerry. Read more
Sunday, October 16:
We will host another of our Children's Eucharist on Sunday, October 16 at 10am with our Sunday School students assisting Father Jerry at the altar (he needs a lot of help, you know).  The 10am Service is sure to be VERY interactive with Father Jerry asking our students questions before the start of the Eucharistic Prayer.  It is great fun for children and those young at heart!   Read more
Sunday School - April 2022
Sunday, October 16:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, October 16, 2022; masks are optional  All students will then join their parents for Eucharist and our jumping Alleluia Dismissal.  Any questions about Sunday School, please email Father Jerry. Read more
Sunday, October 23:
On Sunday, October 23 at 10am, we will be standing with faith-based groups around the globe to call for Climate Justice.  Join us for our Faiths 4 Climate Justice Service and be a part of our action to make a difference in the world.  We will focus on hope and challenge attendees to take action to protect the resources of the earth. Read more
Sunday School - April 2022
Sunday, October 23:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, October 23, 2022; masks are optional  All students will then join their parents for Eucharist and our jumping Alleluia Dismissal.  Any questions about Sunday School, please email Father Jerry. Read more
Sunday School - April 2022
Sunday, October 30:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, October 30, 2022; masks are optional  All students will then join their parents for Eucharist and our jumping Alleluia Dismissal.  Any questions about Sunday School, please email Father Jerry. Read more
Out of the Darkness Walk 2021
Sunday, October 30:
Once again a team from Holy Spirit will join the "Out of the Darkness" Suicide Prevention Walk in Verona Park on Sunday, October 30 from 12:30 to 1:30pm.  We will walk in loving memory of Vanya Citrano.  Registration/Check-In begins at 11:30am and the Opening Ceremony is at 12:30pm.  Our Heavenly Finds Thrift Shop is a Community Leader Sponsor this year -- pass by our tent.  For more information on The Walk, click hereRead more