Children and youth are everywhere at Trinity.
Sunday school is brimming with young faces learning our faith stories through Godly Play. At worship, children and youth sing in the choir, serve as acolytes and join the congregation for the passing of the peace and Holy Eucharist.
If you pop in during the week, you will find a school full of children at St. Richard’s, and on Tuesdays, you’ll hear the voices of the Trinity Choristers in rehearsal.
At every church program or event, we always consider ways to include and care for children. Every season offers ways to involve our children and youth in the flow of the church year, creatively and joyfully. Trinity is a place where children and youth participate in all sorts of ways, and where the message they are given is that we want them here . . . where they belong.
If you are drawn to ministries which protect, empower, and feed people, Trinity offers outreach opportunities for children and teens. Throughout the year, children are invited to give of their time and treasure. Sunday school classes and seasonal events connect them to outreach opportunities such as Christmas giving, gift-making for home-bound parishioners, and Lent and Easter outreach projects. Parents at Trinity have formed relationships with our feeding programs – the Trinity Sunday Dinner and the Mid-North Food Pantry – to offer events in which children and families can serve our neighbors. Since 2006 teens have collected money for the hungry by participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday.
Special events with active participation of children and teens:
Advent We make wreaths and decorations to prepare our hearts and homes for Christ.
St. Nicholas Shoppe This re-gifting opportunity allows young children to purchase gently used gifts for loved ones with proceeds benefiting a service project selected by the children.
Christmas Eve Special service at 3 pm for young children and a children’s liturgy during the 5 pm service.
Lenten preparation Crafts and prayer activities prepare our hearts for this holy season.Holy Week We gather after the 10:15 service on Palm Sunday for activities recalling the events of Holy Week. A special children’s liturgy on Maundy Thursday invites children into the story of the washing of the disciples’ feet and the last supper.
Easter Sunday Children join their families for festival worship followed by an Easter egg roll.
Cross of Flowers An old Trinity Church tradition, on Rogation Sunday (usually the fifth Sunday after Easter) we celebrate creation and the gifts of the earth. Children create a cross of flowers at the start of the 10:00 service.
Baptism preparation If you have an older child or an older sibling of a baby being baptized, we have a special presentation including the Godly Play baptism story and a child-friendly tour of the church. Contact a member of the clergy to schedule baptism.
Communion education In the Episcopal Church all baptized children may receive communion, regardless of age. However, we offer communion education throughout the year to help first graders and up explore the meaning of the sacrament.