Saint Peter's is committed to life-long
Christian exploration and education 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 Sunday mornings
at 10 AM until 10:40 when the children come into the service
for Holy Communion. On the second Sunday of the month there is no Sunday School,
instead 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 2017-18 Sunday School year
may be found here.
The 2017 - 2018 Sunday School Registration form
may be found here.
Please return the form by email, by mail, or
bring it with you to church one Sunday! Sunday School program year runs from September 10 through June 17.
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 central to the Christian formation of children. In weekly worship
children learn about our faith through participation in the worship of
God and in the development of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Children are welcome at all services and participate weekly. On
most Sundays during the school year, the children in pre-kindergarten - 6th grade attend
Sunday School then join the service at
the Peace and celebrate the Holy Communion with their families. However,
once per month there is an inter-generational 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 Saint Peter's
Youth Choir sings at these services. Family Church is typically
the second Sunday of the month from September through June.
Pre-kindergarten through Grade
The pre-kindergarten - kindergarten and 1st - 3rd grade classes use Godly Play. This
Montessori method teaches children sacred story, parable, and liturgical
action lessons as well as the art of using religious language. The goal
is to help them become more aware of the mystery of God's presence in
their lives. Most lessons end with "wondering" questions which allow
the children to dig deeper; exploring their own interpretations of the
Grades 4 through 6
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.