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

Saturday, April 4:
Liz Dalton, multi-Church (with St. Luke's Montclair and St. John's Montclair) Youth Leader, is hosting an online Youth event every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm.  Watch for emails with the login information.  For questions, email dalton@slechurch.org. Read more
Palm Sunday Procession 2018
Sunday, April 5:
On Palm Sunday (April 5) our 8am and 10am Worship Services will be virtual once again.  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** Coffee Hour.  We will leave the virtual worship in silence.  For logon information, click the photo or see below. Read more
Sunday, April 5:
Our Sunday School Students will gather ***virtually** on Sunday, April 5 at 1pm to check-in with each other.  Logon information has been sent to parents.  We will offer ***VIRTUAL*** Sunday School every other week at 11:30am beginning on Sunday, April 19. Read more
Friday, April 10:
On Good Friday (April 10) at 10am we offer a Stations of the Cross service for children where the kids carry a large cross in and around the church.  The service is very tactile in that kids try on a crown of thorns, touch nails that might have been used in crucifixion, and taste vinegar all of which are reminders of how Jesus suffered before his death. Read more
Saturday, April 11:
Liz Dalton, multi-Church (with St. Luke's Montclair and St. John's Montclair) Youth Leader, is hosting an online Youth event every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm.  Watch for emails with the login information.  For questions, email dalton@slechurch.org. Read more
Sunday, April 12:
After our Easter Sunday (April 12) Worship, we'll gather outside to watch the children gather up the Easter eggs that have been placed around for their discovery and enjoyment (eggs are filled with candy).   Read more
Saturday, April 18:
Liz Dalton, multi-Church (with St. Luke's Montclair and St. John's Montclair) Youth Leader, is hosting an online Youth event every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm.  Watch for emails with the login information.  For questions, email dalton@slechurch.org. Read more
Flowering the Cross 2018
Sunday, April 19:
Join us on Sunday, April 19 as we "flower the cross," turning a symbol of pain and suffering into one of rebirth and renewal. Please bring any type of flower or greenery. While some churches "flower the cross" on Easter Sunday, it's been a long tradition at Holy Spirit to embrace this tradition on the Second Sunday of Easter. Read more
Sunday, April 19:
We will offer ***VIRTUAL*** Sunday School every other week at 11:30am beginning on Sunday, April 19.  Logon information has been sent to parents. Read more
Saturday, April 25:
Liz Dalton, multi-Church (with St. Luke's Montclair and St. John's Montclair) Youth Leader, is hosting an online Youth event every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm.  Watch for emails with the login information.  For questions, email dalton@slechurch.org. Read more
Children's Eucharist
Sunday, April 26:
Once a month, typically the third Sunday (but this month on the FOURTH 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
Mission Trip 2018
Friday, May 1:
We've booked a Mission Trip (August 2-8, 2020) 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
The Good Shepherd
Sunday, May 3:
Join us on Sunday, May 3 as we join the greater Christian Church in celebrating The Feast of the Good Shepherd.  Jesus is given the title in the Gospel of John, and we celebrate this on the Fourth Sunday of Easter.  You might also see some sheep around the Church (you know the ones from our Christmas Pageant).  How many can you find? Read more
Sunday, May 3:
Join us once agaon for ***VIRTUAL*** Sunday School every other week at 11:30am.  On Sunday, May 3, we gather again and logon information has been sent to parents. Read more
Celebrating Mothers' Day
Sunday, May 10:
Sunday, May 10, in celebration of all women, we are asking members to bring in photos of any mom, grandma, aunt, female figure, etc. you would like to celebrate for Mothers' Day this year.  We will display the photos of these special women on the altar, and we'll hold them in prayer during the 10am Worship. Read more
Children's Eucharist
Sunday, May 10:
Once a month, typically the third Sunday (but this month on the SECOND 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