Saint Peter's is committed to life-long
Christian formation and it begins with age-appropriate teaching
and worship to develop and strengthen our children's faith. Children
experience and participate in their own faith by discussion,
creating, sharing, and worshiping. They learn that they are valuable
members of Saint Peter's, and are loved and valued by God.
The Sunday School program
begins with pre-kindergarten (age 4) and continues through grade 6, when
the children transition to the youth program. The Sunday School meets
at 10 AM until 10:40 when the children come into the service
for Holy Communion, except on the second Sunday of the month. On this
Sunday the children come to church with their parents for Family Church. Family
Church is an inter-generational worship service in which children and youth
take leadership of many ministries. Children read, usher, bring up the elements and
assist in distributing Holy Communion.
In addition, we have
supervised infant and toddler care available during the 10 AM service.
Our calendar for the 2015-16 Sunday School year may be found here. The 2015 - 2016 Sunday
School Registration form may be
found here .
Please return the form by email or by mail. Our Sunday School year
begins on September 13.
If you have questions about our
youth ministry (grades 6 - 12), please see our Saint
Peter's Youth page on this website or see Father Anthony.
If you have any questions, please
email me or leave a message for
me at the parish offices (973-226-6500).
Christian Formation for Children at Saint
There are three primary elements to the
Christian formation of children: the family, worship and Sunday School.
is the most important part of a child's Christian Formation. Sunday
School and/or the weekly church service typically last only one hour per
week. It is the church's responsibility to complement and supplement the
Christian formation that takes place in the family. It is also the
responsibility of the church to help and support the parents in this
task by making available resources and continuing adult formation.
Worship is a
central to the Christian formation of children. In weekly worship
children learn about our faith through participation in the worship of
God. Children are welcome are all services and participate weekly. On
most Sundays during the school year, the children join the service at
the Peace and celebrate the Holy Communion with their families. However,
once per month there is an intergenerational worship service, Family
Church, in which children and youth take leadership of many ministries.
Children read, usher, bring up the elements and assist in the Holy
Communion. Sunday School does not meet on these Sundays. The St. Peter's
Boys and Girls Choir sings at these services. Family Church is typically
the second Sunday of the month from September through June. Sunday
School Church School for children ages pre-kindergarten through grade 6
meets at 10:00 AM and uses multi-intelligence learning models that
accommodate different learning styles. The children will join their
parents for the Holy Communion.
Pre-kindergarten through Grade
The classes use Godly Play method which teaches children
the art of using religious language - parable, sacred story, silence and
liturgical action. The goal is to help them become more aware of the
mystery of God's presence in their lives.
intermediate grades use a lectionary-based curriculum in which the
children study the same biblical lessons that their parents are hearing
in church. Art, crafts, role-playing, and music are all used to enhance
the children's learning experience.