Here at Trinity your children will not find themselves in a 'traditional classroom' on Sunday morning. That is because we believe Christian formation happens best when children are exposed to the life of the church through a variety of experiences, and through active participation in the liturgy. Just as no two adults come to a faith in the same way, no 'one program' fits the needs of every child.
As best we can we try to customize each child’s/teen's faith formation using a variety of formats, such as story, art, service and play.
Over the summer we asked some of our adults what they most liked about going to church. We received many responses, such as "a sense of community, a closeness to God, fellowship and fun." With the help of a consultant we realized that our children want the same things from church! Below are some of the offerings your children will find waiting for them here at their Trinity Church.
"All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children."
Meet Miss Maura
I work with children with emotional and social disabilities and am pursuing work in healing with Yoga and Reiki. I have built and have been running the Kids of the Kingdom for two years. I believe in religious and spiritual education being a part of every day life. I take stories and lessons we hear in the Bible and help the kids of the Kingdom connect them to our lives, and those of our friends. I enjoy acting and creating characters to allow for a more animated learning environment.
I love instructing but I love learning more. I also love to paint and rock climb.
Parish Wide Youth Service
During this liturgy, our children and teens assume all of the traditional roles, including that of the presider. The last youth service was a special 'Beatles Mass.' in which Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s music served as our principal hymns, and were performed on piano by Danny Tichy.
Kids of the Kingdom
If you are ages 3-11 (pre-K – 6th grade), then you have probably met Miss Maura, or one of her aliases, the Angel Gabriel, Abigail the inn keeper, the shepherd boy, or the star. Each Sunday children are invited to go on a biblical adventure with Maura that always includes snacks.
During this time of social distancing, Miss Maura prepares a Kids of the Kingdom video that is posted on our Facebook page, Sunday mornings at 10am. The videos are great fun and usually include a story, prayers, often a craft or activity and every once in awhile, a guest appearance!
Middle and High school students participate in the liturgy as Acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers, and/or assist with the Kids of the Kingdom. Four or five times a year we offer a youth group activity such as rock climbing, game night, or cooking and serving a meal at Spooner House or Chapel on the Green. Because fellowship is an important part of the Trinity experience, you will often find our youth playing ping pong, air hockey, or even taking a free boxing class after the 10am service.