Things are changing this year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and Mother Erin’s transition to overseeing Sunday School and all Children, Youth and Family Formation.
Here’s the plan! We will meet for Sunday School in smaller groups, broken down into four age-based categories: PreK-K, 1st-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-7th. Given the drain of Zoom and complex schedules, online Sunday School will occur every other Sunday, starting with the first Sunday School class on September 20. The schedule is posted below.
Rite 13 (8th and 9th graders) will meet on the SRES Playground. J2A youth (10th and 11th grade) and parents, please meet for an info session in the Lemler Garden. Zoom meetings are also available for those who cannot meet in-person.
Final Sunday of each month at 11:30 am, in person and via Zoom
Whether or not your teen has participated in our youth group or other programming, they are all invited to be a part of our Confirmation Class. We will be using the Confirm Not Conform curriculum.
The Trinity Teen’s Confirmation Class will be led by Father Ben and Mother Erin.
Our first informational meeting will take place next Sunday, September 27, at 11:30 am on the St. Richard’s Soccer Field. Please note we would like for parents and their teens to attend this informational first meeting.
We love Godly Play at Trinity, and we will continue to use it for teaching about important feast days, holidays and liturgical seasons. Our Sunday School teachers will also branch out to explore resources from the following curricula: Spark, Love First, SALTProject, Illustrated Ministry and A Joyful Path. We will choose lessons to encourage Trinity’s children to explore their own faith and develop their individual spiritual understanding. We hope your kids will ask lots of big questions, and along the way we will endeavor to help you as parents wonder along with your children.
In the fall, Trinity will offer a regular online intergenerational Children’s Liturgy of the Word, led by clergy and lay leaders. CLOW will be filled with lively music and storytelling, prayers and age-appropriate conversations about the times in which we live.
And stay tuned: we have already started thinking Advent and Christmas. December will find us rehearsing for the First (Online) TRINITY CHRISTMAS PAGEANT with your kids!
October 2 @ 6:30pm-8:30pm: Family Game Night and Picnic: Join us at Holliday Park for a Family Game Night, picnic dinner and kid-friendly Compline service. BYO blanket, games and dinner. Don’t forget to bring your masks and bring hand sanitizer.
October 9: Family Drive-In Movie Night with St. Richard’s Episcopal School
Ms. McPherson has also recorded two sets of video lessons: one set for children in PreK-3rd and one for children who are in 4th grade and up. We will walk through a brief morning prayer practice and cover lessons in the workbooks, as well as give you ideas for how to go through the workbook.
Talking to Your Kids About Racism and Current Events
Families, we are going through so much right now, and you may be wondering how to discuss all that is taking place in our country with your kids. It’s a difficult topic for us, made even more difficult when we try to break it down and explain it to our children. For now, here are a couple resources and ideas for you to consider:
This NYT Article has several resources on how to talk about racism and protest with your children. We will be reading some of these books in upcoming Sunday School classes as well. Take a look and see if you find this helpful. Books written on the topic are often the best way to begin the conversation at home.
Look around on social media for local “chalking the streets” events nearby, or just do it yourselves. Walk around your neighborhood and chalk some uplifting and supportive messages as your family’s way of sharing in this movement. Some ideas: “God loves and includes all,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Stop the violence, stop the hate”.