We had a wonderful celebration of Vacation Bible School this summer and wish to thank all who participated and volunteered! You can get a feel for the fun and excitement in this video from our closing ceremony!

Childrens' Ministries

Christian Education

At Saint Peter's, children learn they are loved and valued by God and are valuable members of our church. Saint Peter's is committed to the comprehensive faith formation of our children from toddlers through high school seniors. Children experience and participate in their own faith by discussion, creating, sharing and worshiping.

Worship and Sunday School at Saint Peter's are here to build up, enhance, complement and support the family's faith, Christian formation and prayer at home. The program year for Sunday School, Family Church, Wee Believers and Nursery Care runs from mid-September through mid-June but children are always welcome at all services!

Children in Worship

Our 9 am "Wee Believers" is an abbreviated and informal service of Holy Communion designed for families with toddlers and young children (approximately age 3 and under).

Children, age 4 through 6th grade, attend Sunday School during the 10 am church service then join their parents at the Peace for Communion.

On the second Sunday of the month children and their parents together attend a 10 am "Family Church" service in which the children participate as readers, ushers, oblation bearers and choir. There is a children's sermon which speaks to children and adults alike.

Nursery Care is available during the 10 am service for infants and toddlers. The ushers are happy to direct you to the nursery. If you choose to bring your young child to church (they are always welcome) the ushers have a collection of children's books and coloring books if you have a need.

Sunday School

The Sunday School program begins with pre-K (age 4) and continues through grade 6, when the children transition to the youth program. Sunday School meets from 10:00-10:40 am, after which the children join their families in church for Holy Communion. Sunday School lessons are interactive, discussion-based explorations of faith with stories, crafts and imaginative exercises.

Pre-K - Kindergarten and Grades 1-3 use Godly Play, a Montessori method of teaching, which uses visual manipulatives to tell sacred stories, parables and liturgical action lessons, as well as the art of using religious language, all to help children become aware of the mystery of God's presence. "Wondering" questions help children explore the significance and relevance of the lessons to their lives.

Grades 4-6 use a lectionary-based curriculum in which the children study the same biblical lessons their parents are hearing in church. Art, crafts, role-playing and age appropriate discussion are all used to enhance the children' learning experience. They are able to build on the "wondering" they learned in Godly Play to deepen their understanding of the Bible.

Some of our Special offerings during the year include: Vacation Bible School, Christmas Pageant, Advent Event, Easter Egg Hunt, Littlest Parishioners Playgroup and Communion Class.

The Sunday School year begins the second Sunday of September and runs through mid-June. Our calendar for the current Sunday School year may be found here. Sunday School registration forms may be found here. Return your registration by email, by mail or bring it with you to church one Sunday!

If you have any questions please email me or leave a message for me at the parish office.

With Faith and Love,
Dana Leach, Sunday School Head

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Essex Fells, NJ 07021
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