Family Ministry News

  Family Ministry News  
This Coming Sunday:

Children's Formation: 

Our children's Sunday morning programming is taking a summer break until July 9. There is childcare for children under the age of four in the Meadow Room every Sunday at the 10 a.m. service. 

 




Announcements:


Take Church With You & Flat Jesus: This summer we have a “Take Church With You” box for all of our families. In each box are some activities that your family can do to keep a Seeking Soul, a Heart for Justice, and an Open Spirit, including Flat Jesus! We want each family to color Flat Jesus and take him with you everywhere you go. Snap a picture and post it to Facebook or Instagram and tag @TrinityChurchinMenloPark (FB) or @TrinityMenlo (Instagram) and #TakeChurchWithYou so we can see where Flat Jesus vacations this summer. Need a box, just email Elise.


 




Upcoming Events:

June 18 - July 2 - Home and Hope

Home and Hope returns to Trinity this summer when we host 3-5 families from June 18 through July 2. Home and Hope is a rotating shelter that provides a safe haven for homeless families and offers nurturing support while the families work to regain self-sufficiency. We need many volunteers to support the program! Sign-up sheets will be available after services or sign up here! You can contact Jim Bramlett or Barbara Newton for more information.

July 9 - 30 - Summer Sunday School
Every Sunday in July (except July 2) during our 10 a.m. service, children ages 4 - 10 years old will learn about what makes the church go around. They will be hearing from different people who serve in our church in a variety of capacities, like our rector, our vestry, acolytes, the Flower and Altar Guilds. 

August 19 - Summer Pool Party
Let's get together for a fun pool party to celebrate summer at the Andrew's home from 3 - 5 p.m. All families are invited to attend and to bring a snack or drink to share. 

August 20 - Children & Family Back-to-Church Gathering
After the 10 a.m. service, we invite all families with children in our Sunday School programs to stay after church and help prepare our rooms for the new school year. Families should bring a picnic lunch and plan on getting dirty!

August 27 - Sunday School Registration & Orientation
After the 10 a.m. service, we will be registering all children in our Sunday morning programs as well as have an orientation in our three classrooms: Nursery, 4 years old and under; Godly Play, K-2nd grade; and Explorers, 3rd-5th grade.

August 27 - Family Movie Night
Come join other families at Trinity Church to watch the documentary
FedUp followed by a group discussion about the film. The film will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served. RSVP required. 

 



Fall 2017:

September 17 - Sunday School Program Kickoff

September 23 - Godly Play Training

Growing as God’s People: Sacred Stories & Supporting the Circle of Children
Trinity is hosting a series of three trainings this fall in Trinity Hall on Saturday, Sept. 23, Oct. 14 and Nov. 18 from 8 am - 5 pm. All in our congregation are invited to attend the trainings for free. Please ask Elise for the registration code. You must register separately for each training. To register, please go here: 
https://www.trailblz.info/godlyplay/eventcomplete.aspx?eventid=74

September 24 - Sunday Formation Session "Receiving the Gift of Today"
More information about this program will be available soon! There will be a children's offering that coincides with the adults. This will take place after a community lunch and will end around 12:45 p.m.

September 29 - October 1 - All Church Retreat at the Bishop's Ranch
The theme of this year’s All Church Retreat at Bishop’s Ranch will be, “Receiving the Gift of Today”, and will invite participants into a reflection on the gift of time and space – all in the context of the beautiful Bishop’s Ranch, which truly offers us both of these gifts. There will be a children's offering that coincides with the adults on Saturday morning.

October 14 - Godly Play Training
Engaging God’s Playful Word: Parables & Honoring the Spirituality of the Child

Trinity is hosting a series of three trainings this fall in Trinity Hall on Saturday, Sept. 23, Oct. 14 and Nov. 18 from 8 am - 5 pm. All in our congregation are invited to attend the trainings for free. Please ask Elise for the registration code. You must register separately for each training. To register, please go here: 
https://www.trailblz.info/godlyplay/eventcomplete.aspx?eventid=75

October 15 - Family Movie Night
Come join other families at Trinity Church to watch a documentary followed by a group discussion about the film. The film will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served. RSVP required. 

October 29 - Explorers Serve in Church

Our Explorers will be participating in a variety of ways in the 10 a.m. service. They will serve as oblaters, readers, crucifiers, ushers and more!

October 29 - All Saints & All Souls Party

November 12 & 19 - Sunday Formation Session "Interfaith"
More information about this program will be available soon! There will be a children's offering that coincides with the adults. This will take place after a community lunch and will end around 12:45 p.m.

November 18 - Godly Play Training
Building Holy Rituals & Spaces: Liturgical Action & Creating Sacred Environments

This is the last of three trainings this fall at Trinity from 8 am - 5 pm. All in our congregation are invited to attend the trainings for free. Please ask Elise for the registration code. You must register separately for each training. To register, please go here: https://www.trailblz.info/godlyplay/eventcomplete.aspx?eventid=76

December 3 - St Nicholas Visits / Advent Festival & Advent Wreath Making

December 10 & 17 - Christmas Pageant Rehearsals

After the 10 a.m. service, the children who are participating in the Christmas pageant will rehearse until 12:30 p.m.

December 24 - Christmas Pageant
The children's Christmas Pageant will be at 3 p.m. with a call time of 2 p.m. for a dress rehearsal.


 



2018

January 14 - Sunday Formation Session "GAIA"

More information about this program will be available soon! There will be a children's offering that coincides with the adults. This will take place after a community lunch and will end around 12:45 p.m.

January 21 - Family Skate Social
Join us for our annual family gathering at Winter Lodge, Palo Alto, 5 - 7:30 p.m. More details forthcoming in Fall 2017.

February 13 - Shrove Tuesday Pankcake Supper & Ash Tuesday Service

Every year on Mardi Gras - the day before Ash Wednesday - the Trinity community gathers for an evening of pancakes and fun in Trinity Hall. Join us at 6 p.m. for dinner, pancake races, and more! We will be concluding the supper with a children and family Ash Tuesday service with the imposition of ashes and a shorter service geared toward our families.

March 4 - Scouting Sunday

This Sunday, we honor our Girl and Boy Scouts in the 10 a.m. service. Scouts will wear their uniforms, serve as ushers and be blessed during annoucements.

March 4 & 11 - Lenten Sunday Formation Session
More information about this program will be avaliable soon! There will be a children's offering that coincides with the adults. This will take place after a community lunch and will end around 12:45 p.m.

March 25 - Palm Sunday
All children begin their worship with the congregation outside in the courtyard at 10 a.m. and then are lead to Angus Hall for a special Passion reenactment led by the Youth Group. Children will be brought back into the church at communion and rejoin their families.

April 1 - Easter Sunday
Children are invited to join our community in church during our Easter morning services. During the 10:30 a.m. service, the children will "resurrect the alleluia" and flower the cross. Also, the 10:30 a.m. service is followed by an Easter egg hunt for children in the courtyard. Please bring your children's Easter baskets for the hunt. Childcare will be available during the 10:30 a.m. service.

April 22 - Explorers Serve in Church

Our Explorers will be participating in a variety of ways in the 10 a.m. service. They will serve as oblaters, readers, crucifiers, ushers and more!

June 10 - Last Day of Sunday Children's Programming

June 18 - 23 - Family Mission Trip
Families will be traveling to New Orleans to serve and grow together as a community. If you are interested, you must register by September 2017.


July 23 - 27 - Art Camp
Mark your calendars for our first summer camp that will run Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. The camp will be open to all in our community and will focus on learning more about other faiths through visual and performing art. More information about this program will be available soon!