Children, Youth, & Families
Sunday school programs include two groups: Grades K-4th and Grades 5-12. Students of all ages meet at 9:00 am during the Adult forum to study the Bible.
Students from K-4th Grades see Bible stories illustrated, and respond to stories using art, play, and other means of expression.
During the 10:15 service, students meet for Youth Group discussion.
Sunday School wrestles with the Book of Genesis from 9:00-10:00 AM with Pastor Maddy. Each student will receive a Bible and a notebook. All children of reading age welcome!
From 10:15-11:15, children ages 3-11 can join Mary Bostock in the Undercroft for a Bible lesson, beautifully told using visual aids, crafts, games and music. Children will return to the Sanctuary in time to share Holy Eucharist with the parish.
Children in 5th-8th grade will meet in the St. Francis Chapel from 10:15-11:15, returning in time to share Holy Eucharist with the Parish. We will share highs, lows, and Where You See God At Work In Your Life. This is a time to share what's really going in with you in a confidential and safe space. Emphasis will be on sharing, and service to the church and beyond.
Our drama ministry is designed to take the place of the sermon on certain Sundays, typically four times per year. The cast ranges from age 6 to 80! In addition, we enact the Nativity story at the annual pageant on Christmas Eve, complete with carols and live animals.
Mission trips with youth and adults are planned each year. In 2018, we helped a family in West Virginia with construction projects provided through the Appalachia Service Project.
Rev. Maddy Patterson
Director of Children & Youth Ministries
The Reverend Maddy Patterson, ordained 3 years ago in the Reformed Church in America, has been a member of ASC since 1976. She earned a MBA from Rutgers Newark and worked as an accountant for 40 years before turning to the ministry. Maddy and Roland together have 4 grown children and live in Cranbury, NJ. Their great passion is youth ministry, at which they have been working for 17 years, both as youth leaders and as teachers. Their other enthusiasms are for choir and for drama ministry, bringing the stories to life to make them accessible.
Questions about our Children & Youth Ministries? Contact Maddy @ firstname.lastname@example.org