Youth at Trinity take part in the four-year program, Journey to Adulthood.
We celebrate the changes that teenagers experience as we help them grow toward maturity.
This program is divided into two, two-year components, Rite-13 and Journey to Adulthood (J2A).
- Rite-13: seventh and eighth grade teens work to establish and maintain friendships while offering the church as a safety zone in the midst of an evolving time in teens’ lives, and builds a group with shared experiences and memories.
- Journey to Adulthood (J2A): ninth and tenth graders celebrate the transition from teen to adulthood while learning the skills of adulthood. Teens explores the mystery of our faith heritage by the experience of community and liturgy. J2A teens and their leaders focuse on active listening, negotiation, assertion, research/information management, partnership, and leadership.
Through all four years of Journey to Adulthood, the youths travel with the same small group of peers. The bonds they form grow strong and support them. Youth leaders are adults in the congregation who commit to journey with youth through all four years of the program. The end result–young adults who have learned who they are, know they are loved, have confidence in themselves, and have encountered their faith in a safe community.
Pilgrimage At the end of J2A, teens go on a spiritual pilgrimage. The pilgrims participate in mission work, community living, and explore the local area of the pilgrimage site. The teens have travelled to Juneau, Alaska; Rome, Italy; Banff Alberta Canada and most recently, Iona, Scotland. Teens help pay for their travel expenses by participating in a number of volunteer activities and fundraisers, including cookie bakes, car washes, and Mother’s Day flower sales.
Bradford Woods Retreat Center Every September, Rite 13 and J2A youth takes on the challenge courses to build community within the group and discover his or her own strengths.
Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake Our largest fundraiser, held on the second Saturday in December at Broad Ripple High School. Youth and family members bake, box and sell 30,000 chocolate chip cookies along with 100’s of tubs of cookie dough.
May Car Wash and Blessing and Flower basket sale -A J2A fundraiser for their pilgrimage. Come to church; leave with a clean car and blessed. The flower baskets fro a perfect gift for Mother’s day.
WORSHIP & MUSIC
Worship & Music
- Acolytes lead our worship by carrying the cross, candles, gospel book or banner, and by serving at the altar. This leadership opportunity allows them to learn the patterns of worship through direct participation. Trinity Church has opportunities for a large number of children and youth grades 4–12 to serve as acolytes. Most serve once a month. Contact the clergy if your child would like to participate in the ministry of the acolytes.
- Choristers Children third grade (age 8) and up are invited to join the Choristers, our children’s choir program. Choristers learn musical skills through a curriculum developed by the Royal School of Church Music. They sing three Sundays per month during the school year and participate in summer choral pilgrimages. Rehearsal is on Tuesday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 with snack provided by Chorister parents. Contact Trinity’s director of music if your child is interested in singing.
- Communion ministers Children in grades 3–7 assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at the 10:00 Sunday liturgy. Training opportunities are scheduled throughout the year.
- Lectors Teens often serve as lectors, reading one of the scripture lessons for Sunday worship.
Confirmation The Rite of Confirmation—making a mature, public affirmation of one’s baptismal vows—is encouraged for anyone 16 years or older. Each young person is free to decide when he or she is ready to be confirmed. While Journey to Adulthood prepares our youth to become adults in the church, it is not the only avenue to confirmation.
A confirmation class is offered every other year to the juniors and seniors of Trinity. This class is led by Mother Julia and usually takes place over an 8 week period. The young adults will be asked at the end of the series of classes if they are ready to be confirmed by the Bishop.
The next class will begin in the Spring of 2020.
IN THE DIOCESE
Diocesan Youth Ministry The youth program at Trinity Church is enhanced by our relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Our diocesan youth program offers opportunities for overseas mission, leadership development and participation in national youth programs of the Episcopal Church.
Waycross Camp and Conference Center offers a variety of residential summer camps for children and youth ages 8 through 16. Older youth may participate in Leadership in Training and Counselor in Training programs.
Fall and Spring Youth Conference These annual events provide an opportunity for youth in grades 6 through 12 to gather at Waycross for a weekend of music, worship, conversation and exciting camp activities.