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, October 17:
On Sunday, October 17 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; to RSVP click here OR just show up!  We will focus on hope and challenge attendees to take action to protect the resources of the earth. Read more
Sunday, October 17:
On Sunday, October 17 during our 10am service we will commission our three high school students who are to be confirmed and one adult who will be received during the Tuesday, November 9 Diocesan Confirmation Service.  Please pray for these four individuals as they began yet another chapter on their spiritual journey.  For further information, speak with Father Jerry. Read more
Sunday School - May 2021
Sunday, October 17:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, October 17, 2021 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, October 17:
Our Confirmation students will gather with Father Jerry in the lower level on Sunday, October 17 from 11:30am to 12:30pm to prepare for their Tuesday, November 9, 2021 Confirmation Service.  For further information, speak with Father Jerry. Read more
Sunday School - May 2021
Sunday, October 24:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, October 24, 2021 with masks and prepared for social distancing.  Father Jerry is teaching the lesson; pray for him!  Students will then join their parents for Eucharist and our jumping Alleluia Dismissal.  Any questions about Sunday School, please email Father Jerry. Read more
Saturday, October 30:
We are grateful to the Cedar Grove Den 4 Cub Scouts for hosting yet another Food Drive for our Pantry.  This year it will once again be in our parking lot (36 Gould Street) on Saturday, October 30 from 10am to 1pm.  Food donations can be brought during these hours and trick-or-treating scouts will collect them.  For more information, click hereRead more
Sunday School - May 2021
Sunday, October 31:
Sunday School Students should arrive to the lower level at 9:55am on Sunday, October 31, 2021 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
Tuesday, November 9:
On Tuesday, November 9 at 7pm at St. James' Upper Montclair we will have three high school students confirmed and one adult who will be received into The Episcopal Church.  This will be a Diocesan-wide service, and we ask that you pray for these four individuals as they began yet another chapter on their spiritual journey.  For further information, speak with Father Jerry. Read more