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 1:
Join us for the annual Blessing of the Animals during our 10am worship on Sunday, October 1.  Bring your pet or photo of your pet and receive a personalized blessing at the conclusion of service. Read more
A Celebration of Pets 2016
Sunday, October 1:
On Sunday, October 1 from 1-4pm Holy Spirit Verona will host our second annual Celebration of Pets in the Verona Town Hall Square with pet-orientated activities, vendors, crafts-people, and more.  This year we have also added DJ music provided by Automatic Entertainment, food vendors and a Pet Parade at 2pm with prizes in several categories.  If you have a pet or love all God's creatures, join us! Read more
Confirmation Class 2017
Sunday, October 8:
Parents of High School Youth interested in joining our Confirmation Class are welcome to speak with Fr. Jerry.  Typically the classes are held two hours a month (12-2pm) on the second Sunday of the month. Read more
Children's Eucharist Green
Sunday, October 15:
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
Holy Spirit Golfball
Sunday, October 15:
Join the Holy Spiriters on Sunday, October 15 at 12:30pm (after Coffee Hour) as we venture off to West Orange to play a round of Miniature Golf.  Bring your sense of enJOYment.  Fun will be had by all! Read more
Out of the Darkness - Suicide Prevention Walk MSU 2016
Sunday, October 22:
A team from Holy Spirit Verona will join in the "Out of the Darkness" Suicide Prevention Walk in Verona Park on Sunday, October 22 from 1:30-4:30pm.  We will walk in loving memory of Vanya Citrano. Read more