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

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).

Dana Leach

Christian Formation for Children at Saint Peter's

There are three primary elements to the Christian formation of children: the family, worship and Sunday School.

The Family
The family 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 3
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 lesson.

Grades 4 through 6
These 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.

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Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
271 Roseland Avenue
Essex Fells, NJ 07021
Phone: 973.226.6500
Fax: 973.226.5477