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Sunday Mornings of Godly Play
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Faith Formation for Children and Families
Trinity Church offers a safe and fun place for children's faith formation in community. We are a supportive and engaging environment for parents and children to explore their questions and needs.
The children's Christian formation programs meet every Sunday mornings during the 10:00 a.m. Service. Children will start in the church with the congregation and then be lead to the Trinity Hall following the first lesson. In Trinity Hall, a children's liturgy will be offered and then children will go to their Godly Play and Explorers classes. The children all come together at 11:15 a.m. to be lead in song in Trinity Hall. Children who participate in our Sunday morning programs must be picked up by their families in Trinity Hall by 11:30 a.m. The children’s Sunday Christian formation is open to all and offers child-focused lessons that engage and invite our children and families into a closer relationship with God, the church and each other.
Children from preschool through third grade are invited to Godly Play. Godly Play, a broad and deep curriculum developed by an Episcopal priest, is based on Montessori principles and seeks to engage children with key stories of the Bible in a way that honors the child's imagination, creativity, and relationship with God.
Each Sunday of Godly Play, children are greeted at the door of their classroom and welcomed into a circle, where a trained storyteller presents a Biblical story using a set of manipulative pieces. After the story, children are encouraged to "wonder" about the meaning of the story for themselves through discussion and individual play. Avoiding doctrine or absolute truths, Godly Play invites children to wonder about the divine in ways that show children it is good to ask questions and possible for them to discern their relationship with God at any age.
Sunday Mornings for Explorers
Children in fourth and fifth grade are part of our Explorers program. The Explorers' class uses a fun, interactive curriculum developed by the Episcopal Church and based on the weekly lectionary choices. By following the lectionary, Explorers hear and engage the same lessons as their parents hear in church, which encourages conversations in the family after church.
Explorers meet on Sunday mornings in the library in Trinity Hall. A lively and engaging group, Explorers engage with a variety of materials, to learn more about the Episcopal tradition, and to encourage them to ask questions and discover answers in ways that explore their curiosity about Christianity and their development as Christians.
Children at Trinity learn the musical tradition of the Episcopal Church and join in our worship by offering music at several services during the year including morning services, the Christmas Pageant, and the annual Trinity Festival of Music.
Singing Saints will meet after the 10:00 service (and lunch at Trinity — approximately 11:30) on Sep. 18, Sep. 25, at the Retreat Weekend at Bishop’s Ranch (Sep. 30 - Oct. 2), and Oct. 9 (back at Trinity) in preparation to sing for Bishop Marc’s visit on October 16.
Singing Saints prepare for the Christmas Pageant this year on: Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18 after the 10:00 service (and lunch at Trinity — approximately 11:30) and Dec. 24 at 2:00 for the 3:00 pageant. In preparation for the Spring Festival of Music, Singing Saints will rehearse at 9:00 a.m. on April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 14.
Contact Elise jones to learn more about the Singing Saints.
Initiation into a Christian life and Christian community begins with the sacrament of Baptism. People of all ages are welcome to be baptized here. Families and young children at Trinity who wish to have a baptism are guided through the meaning and ritual through personalized study and conversation with clergy and then are joined at the time of baptism in worship by the whole congregation.
Festivals and Seasonal Events
Children gather on a Saturday in Advent for our Parents Day Out event. The children of Trinity present the 3:00 PM Christmas Eve Pageant at Christmas. In prepration for Lent, people of all generations gather for pancakes and games on Shrove Tuesday. A special Palm Sunday service introduces children to the passion story. An Easter Egg Hunt and other activities add to the festive Easter service. Our annual All-Church Retreat to beautiful Bishop's Ranch is an unforgettable opportunity for community building and faith formation for children and families. And during the year other family-friendly activities are shared such as a beach day, a pool party, a Halloween party, and a family ice skating event.
Parenting is a sacred and demanding path. At Trinity, we are here to support each other in being good and loving parents. Not perfect parents. We know we are not perfect but human. Ever striving, we encourage parents to share their experience with each other: their moments of joy and frustration. It is in this place of honesty in community that we can grow as parents, and in faith. We offer an on-going Mom's Group, Love & Logic Parenting Classes, and book studies on a periodic basis.
For the last three years we have assembled several hundred Easter Baskets for children in need at our Easter Basket Build on the Saturday before Palm Sunday as an outreach event that is great for families with kids of all ages.
Family Ministries Commission
The Family Ministries Commission plans and implements programs for Children and Families at Trinity. All ages of Trinity members are welcome to minister with us.
Our Associate for Children and Family Ministries is Elise Jones. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and phone 650-326-2084.