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

Thank You
Sunday, June 25:
At the 10am Worship Service on Sunday, June 25 we will say THANK YOU to our dedicated Sunday School Teachers, Choir Members and Music Director. This will be the final Sunday of our formal program year as we move into Summer mode. Read more
Coffee Hour Kids
Sunday, June 25:
Our Sunday School students will be hosting Coffee Hour on Sunday, June 25. With the help of their teachers, the children will plan, set-up and execute food and beverage for our Fellowship Hour on this day. Read more
Monday, June 26:
The youth and young adults, along with the adult attendees, will gather on Monday, June 26 from 6-8pm to discuss the logistics of their upcoming July Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain.  This meeting will utilize the Fellowship Hall. Read more
Saturday, July 15 to Saturday, July 22
:
We've booked a Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain (VA) open to youth and young adults...anyone who has graduated from 8th grade by the time we leave is old enough. We're also extending the invitation to college students and/or college grads, several of whom are Grace House alumni. Friends are also welcome. Read more
Friday, August 4:
Join us at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University for the 7:05pm baseball game of the NJ Jackals vs. the Trois-Rivieres Aigles.  If interested, speak with Patti Walsh or meet us at the stadium. Read more