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Trinity is dedicated to providing our young people with quality worship, education, and fellowship opportunities that will begin the life-long process of spiritual formation. Our Parish Life Coordinator leads a dedicated group of volunteers who interact with our youth as storytellers, teachers, mentors, and leaders.

Nursery (0-4 year olds)

The nursery provides for the care and nurture of children ages 0-4 during Sunday morning activities and other special times. The nursery is open each Sunday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or at other designated times for special services.

Philosophy: As members of Trinity Episcopal Church, we are called to receive, nurture and treasure each child as a sacred gift from God. In proclaiming that sacredness, we carry a commitment to love, shelter, protect and defend all children in our care.

Purpose of our Nursery Ministry: ●To share God’s love with our children by ministering to their needs in a caring and nurturing environment. ●To help each child feel comfortable and special. ●To help each child feel secure with adults who love and care for them. ●To help each child learn to play and share with other children. ●To help each child have positive feelings about coming to church. ●To encourage the active participation of parents in worship, study, and other activities

Parent Handbook  Nursery Policies and Procedures

Godly Play™

Godly Play is a method of Christian education and spiritual direction for children which uses storytelling and play to help them become more aware of God’s presence in their lives. The goal of Godly Play is to teach children the art of using religious language – parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgical action – to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

Children are invited into a peaceful room, where adults model reflective behavior and where lessons can be explored. Religious stories are shared with the children using three-dimensional materials that invite them into the stories and connect them to their personal experience. Open-ended “I wonder…” questions and ample response time give the children a chance to consider their own questions and reflect on the story from their own perspective. They then choose from a range of options to respond to the story. After they clean up from their response time, they enjoy a “feast: (snack and juice). Each class parallels the experience of the Eucharist. Each session includes a period of Preparation (meeting and greeting), the Ministry of the Word (listening and responding to a story, Communion (sharing food and drink), and a blessing and Dismissal

This is play. It is Godly. It is meeting God along with the children rather than teaching them what we, as adults, think they ought to know.

Godly Play was developed and classroom tested for more than twenty years by Episcopal priest, author, and teacher Jerome Berryman. The Godly Play method is currently being used in churches of many denominations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

Children’s Chapel

Come and Worship is a Children’s Chapel liturgy that is held during the 9:00 am Eucharist throughout the school year. After the Gospel reading, the children are lead to the St. Francis Chapel, on the top floor. The Children’s Chapel service includes a Gospel reading based on the lectionary for the day, a response time, Prayers of the People, prayers and songs. The children return to the service for the passing of the Peace.

Vacation Bible School

Each year Trinity offers a unique Vacation Bible School experience for children.

Past adventures have included Seussical, ReNew, being good stewards of God’s creation, Aslan is on the Move, Wizards and Wonders: A Hero’s Journey with Harry Potter, and Dare to be Different based on A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.