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

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal 2016
Wednesday, December 8:
The Christmas Pageant is Sunday, December 12 during the 10am Worship Service and will be prerecorded like last year.  We will rehearse and record the scenes during the final dress reherasal (for two scenes) which will be Wednesday, December 8 at 4:15pm.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Kathleen or Father Jerry. Read more
Christmas Pageant 2020
Sunday, December 12:
On Sunday, December 12 at our 10am Worship the children of our Sunday School will tell the story of Jesus' birth in our annual Christmas Pageant in a prerecorded video.  Students will also serve as lay servers -- reading scripture, praying prayers, ushering, etc. It has been a long time (June) since we have had a Children's Eucharist, so following the Pageant all kids will assist Father Jerry at the altar. Read more
Children's Eucharist Blue
Sunday, December 12:
It's been awhile (June 2021) since we hosted a Children's Eucharist, so on Sunday, December 12 at 10am (after the debut of our Christmas Pageant video) we will have an interactive/teaching Eucharist.  Our Church School students may even process forward with all the items to help set the table.  It is great fun for children of all ages! Read more
Sunday School - May 2021
Sunday, December 19:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the The Chapel (this week only) at 9:55am on Sunday, December 19, 2021 with masks and prepared for social distancing.  The biweekly Junior High and High School Class is also meeting this week led my Mr. Carlicci; they will gather in the lower level.  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
Christmas Eve 2018
Friday, December 24:
Join us on Friday, December 24 at 4pm in-person or online (information below) for our Children's Christmas Eve Worship Service.  Although children are always welcome at all services at Holy Spirit Verona, this worship is geared more to children and will include an intereactive Children's Sermon.  We will follow current Covid guidelines with masks and social distancing required. Read more
Sunday School - May 2021
Sunday, December 26:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, December 26, 2021 with masks and prepared for social distancing.  Reviewing our Christmas Pageant Script is the plan of the day!  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 - May 2021
Sunday, January 2:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, January 2, 2022 with masks and prepared for social distancing.  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 - May 2021
Sunday, January 9:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, January 9, 2022 with masks and prepared for social distancing.  The biweekly Junior High and High School Class is also meeting this week led my Mr. Carlicci; they will gather in the lower level kitchen.  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
We Three Kings
Sunday, January 9:
On Sunday, January 9, 2022, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.  We will honor the arrival of the Three Kings (and sometimes a dinosaur), and we will celebrate our three camels (loving made by a parishioner over four decades ago).  They help make our Christmas Season so joy-filled, and they are most certainly a part of our congregation's sacred bundle.  What will your Star Word be for 2022? Read more
Sunday School - May 2021
Sunday, January 16:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, January 16, 2022 with masks and prepared for social distancing.  Students will then join their parents for Eucharist and our jumping Alleluia Dismissal.  Any questions about Sunday School, please email Father Jerry. Read more