Looking for Bible Stories for younger children during the coronavirus shutdown? Wondering what we do in Godly Play? See YouTube suggestions below.
For the Youngest
We provide nursery care for children from infants through age 3 from 8:45 AM – noon each Sunday.
Godly Play (age 3 through 1st grade: September -June)
During the corona virus shutdown, you may want to try Godly Play stories found on YouTube that tell some of the stories we had planned to use in our Godly Play program. An excellent place to start is a video by riverchurchsj, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnaxCmIrr7g (10 minutes) in which the speaker goes through an entire Godly Play session from greeting the children to telling the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus to the “wondering” portion at the end.
Most Godly Play stories are 5-10 minutes, but good videos of several longer stories are: (1) The Parable of the Good Shepherd (by the same riverchurchsj speaker) 18 minutes, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puDjCUKfrKc; and (2) The Great Family, 18 minutes, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P7MdmrDHnM.
Godly Play takes part during the first half of the 9 AM service. The children begin in church with their parents. Then during the second hymn, a child recesses with a small wooden cross to lead the children to Godly Play. They come back into church to join their parents during the Peace. Godly Play is a Montessori-based program in which children are told stories from the Bible using figures representing the people/animals in the story. The children are then asked to wonder about the story and respond to it in their own way.
Pre-K through High School: Sunday School
St. Peter’s makes every effort to inject a healthy amount of FUN into its Christian formation for kids. Here is the class line-up:
- Pre-K – 5th grade Children’s Sermon 9:00 a.m. service 1st Sunday of the month
- Pre-K – 1st grade Godly Play 9:05 – 9:35 a.m.–leave from and return to service on 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month
- Pre-K – 7th grade Sunday School 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
- 8th grade Confirmation Class 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
- 9th – 12th grades Ten-Spot
- 4th – 12th grades Acolyte Service (training required) All three services
- 1st – 12th grades Children and Youth Choirs 9:00 a.m. 1st and 3rd Sundays Rehearsals on Wednesdays – Youth at 6:00 p.m. Children’s at 6:45 p.m.
Sunday School takes place immediately following the 9 AM service. Preschool through 5th grade uses the curriculum “Weaving God’s Promises,” an Episcopal curriculum that focuses on stories from the Bible as well as teaching liturgical lessons on important days in the church calendar, as well as baptism and Holy Eucharist. 6th/7th grade uses Re-form Ancestors, a biblically-based curriculum. Our students spend a year in confirmation class in the 8th grade. The high school students also use Re-form; however, their curriculum focuses on how to apply their faith to the challenges they meet in their life.
Adult Forum sessions are held on Sundays, between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. during the school year in our Parish Hall. They are designed to serve our community by stimulating our thinking and actions in the Christian faith, exploring timely issues in our church and the world, and as an occasion for discussion about the ongoing activities in missions, worship, education and stewardship at St. Peter’s.
The topics covered range from aspects of our faith and worship to books of the Bible, figures in Christian history, theological and ethical topics, and contemporary issues of interest to our community such as raising children in a digital age and sustainability. Discussion leaders come from within our parish or sometimes are specially invited outside speakers.
During the summer, the Adult Forum is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and focuses on Bible study based on each Sunday’s readings.