Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”  (Matthew 19:14)

Sunday School

Sunday School

Sunday School begins at age 4 and goes through 6th grade. Following the children’s message during Sunday morning worship, the kids join their teachers to engage with God’s Word in their own lively manner. They return to the worship service as we gather for Holy Communion.

In Sunday School we want all children to experience God’s love, encounter the Bible in an age-appropriate way, enjoy meaningful relationships with other kids and adults, and grow as followers of Jesus.

First Communion 2013

First Communion

Fourth-graders receive their First Communion at Gloria Dei on the Sunday following Easter.

Children who are preparing to receive communion for the first time, along with their parent(s), meet with the pastor in the weeks leading up to that Sunday.


Our Confirmation class includes youth in seventh and eighth grades.  The two-year curriculum includes an introduction to the Old and New Testaments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Holy Communion, Holy Baptism, the Reformation, and other topics related to a life of faith. Together we explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus and how we live out our faith in the ways we serve, worship, pray, study scripture, and give to others.

Youth from Gloria Dei are encouraged to attend a week of Confirmation Camp held each August at Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center.

Youth Involvement

ELCA Youth Gathering 2015The young people of Gloria Dei are actively involved in leading worship and serving others in God’s name.

We participate in a variety of youth events sponsored by the New Jersey Synod, and a group from Gloria Dei will attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit in the summer of 2015.

Vacation Bible School

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Mon. June 26-Thurs. June 29. If you can lead a class or help in any way talk to Pastor Christa or Carolyn Dempsey. Planning is underway.

We welcome kids from throughout the community to join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS). You do not need to be a member of our Church to register for VBS. Participating kids must be at least four years old (by October 1, 2017) and no older than 5th grade. Older kids are welcome to join as leaders and assistants.

  • Monday-Thursday, June 26-29: 9:30am – 12:15pm
  • Sunday, July 2: VBS Gathering at Worship to conclude the week at 10 am & Family Picnic at 12 noon

Click here to download registration form.

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