Education at St. Paul's Westfield

Grow with us! In addition to our regular programming we are proud to offer Sunday School, Day School, Youth Programs, Adult Opportunities, Seasonal Programs and more. We welcome you to join us on your path of learning.

Sunday School (K-5th grade) meets every Sunday@9:30am in Hamersley Hall

Sunday School

St Paul’s welcomes all children to participate in our Christian Formation Program. If you are new, let a church member know and they will take you to the Sunday School room.

Sunday School classes begin at 9:30am and are held from September through May.

Nursery 

Our nursery is available for families to use as a quiet room with access to participate in worship through the livestream.

Pre-K – Due to Covid, the preschool class has joined with the K-5th Grade class for Mutli-Age Sunday School

When we resume our regular schedule, the preschool Children learn Bible Stories, participate in activities to reinforce the story, and attend Children’s Chapel. Preschoolers stay with their class for the entire church service. Parents are welcome to pick up their children and bring them into church for Holy Communion.

Kindergarten – 5th Grade – St. Paul’s Christian Education bases its lessons and activities on the Episcopal Church Calendar.  Lessons are taught through Bible Readings, songs, games and crafts. Children join their parents for Holy Communion after the sermon and announcements.

Service Sundays – The last Sunday of the each month dedicated to service projects. We strive to teach the children about helping others in our community.  Past projects have included: Souper Bowl of Caring, Christmas Angel Tree, making cards for Troops, and food preparation for our monthly Mission Kitchen at St. John’s in Elizabeth.

  

Messy Church!

We will resume our mid-week Christian Formation opportunity as the surge of Omicron decreases. Thank you for your patience and understanding.   

This 45minute-1hr gathering provides an additional (or alternative) Sunday School experience for your family. Each month we will explore a different theme and will provide a craft (sometimes stations), music,  story, and an agape meal (a light snack) for you and your family to enjoy!

The design of this is for all ages to come together in an intergenerational, informal worship and Christian education setting.

Communion Class

Families who are interested in having their children learn more about Holy Communion before receiving their first communion can participate in our annual Communion Class. The class usually takes place in November. A celebration of children who desire to receive Holy Communion for the takes place on the Sunday after the class.

Christmas Pageant – The Annual Christmas Pageant is held during our 4:00pm Christmas Eve Service. Children ages 3 through middle school participate in this wonderful production.

For more information, please email stpaulssundayschool1@gmail.com or call Erica Webber at 908-232-8506 x13.

St. Paul’s Day School


St. Paul’s Day School, founded as a service to the members of St. Paul’s in 1957, now also serves the Westfield community at large. Programs for children 2,3, and 4 years of age plus a full day kindergarten are offered. Current enrollment exceeds 250 children. The school’s mandate is to provide “emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, and physical growth in a Christian setting of nurturing and love.”

The links below will take you to the Day School website for further information:

Youth Programs

Confirmation Class 2022

Youth in Grades 7-12 who are interested in being confirmed in The Episcopal Church are invited to join this year’s confirmation class.

The class will meet on the following Sundays: March 6th, March 20th, April 24th, and May 1st

If you would like to join the class, please contact Father Chris  (cdecatur@stpaulswestfield.org) by Sunday February 13th.

St. Paul’s Youth Group

Youth Group is open to middle and high school students. Throughout the year we take time to get together for fun and fellowship.  Past events have included mini golf, hiking, movies and trampoline parks. We also help with the church’s outreach projects. We have made dog toys for dog rescue organizations, cooked for Mission Kitchen and organized the donated Christmas presents for our annual Angel Tree toy drive. Get togethers are usually on Sundays. Contact Father Chris at cedcatur@spaulswestfield.org to be contacted about Youth Group events!

Mission Trip

A Mission Trip has not yet been scheduled for Summer 2022.  Middle/High School students are are invited to participate to serve those in need. Participants do not need to be church members and we encourage St. Paul’s youth to invite their friends. Past trips have served communities in West Virginia, Ohio, Vermont and Maine! Once the dates and location have been chosen, the Mission Trip group meets periodically to develop relationships and skills and raise funds to support the trip.

Adult Opportunities

The Welcome Course 2022 (online) starts Wednesday, January 12!

An engaging program of presentations and discussions about The Christian Faith and the Episcopal tradition.
You may want participate if:
• You’ve been to a lot of church services, but still have many questions about God and faith? or
• You’ve never had the chance to examine your faith in a friendly, accepting place? or
• You want to make an adult declaration of faith and commitment to God by being baptized or confirmed? or
• You’ve been a member of another church but want to know how St Paul’s is different from the church you grew up in?
 
The Welcome Course Schedule – Wednesdays at 7pm on Zoom
January 12 Who is God?
January 19 What does Christianity teach?
January 26 How do we worship?
February 2 What about evil?
February 9 What is our purpose?
February 16 How should we live?
For questions or to register please email or call Fr Duncan: djohnston@stpaulswestfield.org 908 232 8506

Bible Study, Thursdays at 10:30 (currently not meeting due to Covid)

A lively, interesting and intellectual study and fellowship. For more information please contact the church office at 908 232 8506 x 10.

Education Series

Lenten Series

Details are coming soon!  Find out all about our exciting opportunities to deepen your spirituality this Lent.