We are committed to Christian education and formation of children, youth, and adults. Our programs help families further develop a relationship with God while making and strengthening friendships in the parish community.
Children meet in classrooms with their teacher from 9:45 until the exchange of the Peace for fun and lessons. We work together to help children develop and deepen their faith by:
Providing a safe, stable environment
Providing well-rounded, theologically sound lessons based on the Bible, worship, sacraments, and outreach to the community following the traditions of the Episcopal Church
Encouraging active developmentally-appropriate participation in worship (choristers, instrumentalists, acolytes, and lectors) as part of the body of Christ, the Church.
Encouraging and preparing high school students to make their own public affirmation of faith at confirmation.
Providing modified curriculum and opportunities for children with special needs.
K through 8th The Sunday School, under the direction of Joan Skorupski, uses a curriculum that includes Bible stories, elements of the Book of Common Prayer, Church history, and Church traditions. The upper grade teachers plan trips and service projects for the children. The children are involved in special presentations throughout the year at the 10 a.m. service; the principal one being the Christmas Pageant held during Advent. The year closes with a Strawberry Festival that highlights the children’s classroom projects, and a Youth Sermon. Sunday School begins Mid-September. Registration can be done on-line or on the Sundays in September, though a child may enroll at any time during the year. Offering envelopes are distributed during registration or from classroom teachers. Children and youth new to the parish are encouraged to come to Sunday School. On-line Sunday School Registration form may be found here.
First Communion Classes
Instruction is offered to children in the second grade and up who are ready to learn more about receiving the Holy Eucharist. First Communion class is an education opportunity and not a requirement for receiving the Eucharist. In the Episcopal Church all baptized children are permitted to receive Communion. Parents who would like their very young child to receive communion should ask the Rector for a packet for home use that will be a guide in some basic instruction. If your child already receives Communion we still encourage instruction in the second grade.
Instruction takes place on five Saturday mornings at 8:00 am, beginning in October. Children will receive their first Communion on Harvest Sunday, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
First Communion class for children with special needs meets Saturday morning from 9 to 9:45; Parent or parishioner volunteers are appreciated.
9th Grade and Up
Those who are baptized are encouraged to make a mature, public affirmation of their faith and a commitment to the responsibilities spoken for them by their parents and sponsors at baptism. This sacrament is a solemn and joyful reaffirmation of Christian service. Classes are held on twelve Sunday afternoons. Confirmation will be at the Cathedral in Newark in May. High School students interested in confirmation participate in activities throughout the year.
Adult Study - Bible Study
Adult study is an important and lively way to learn more about our faith and how to live as a faithful person in the world. We value education as a part of each person's spiritual and faith journey. Adult formation is offered Wednesday evenings following a simple Eucharist beginning at 7:30 p.m. We welcome all to these programs.
Adult Inquirers' Class - Reception and Confirmation
The Inquirers' Class, a class that teaches about the Episcopal tradition (including the prayer book, sacraments and sacramental rites, theology, ethics, & Episcopal church history), is held in the later winter/early spring at 9 a.m. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about the church to take the classes. The classes also serve as the preparation of those who would like to be received or confirmed into the Episcopal Church . The class is taught by Rev. Pamela. Those who desire, may be received or confirmed by the Bishop in the Spring.