This Sunday April 30, all our children/youth formation classes will be learning about the country of Madagascar: the culture, climate, food, religions, people, economy, music, etc.
This is to prepare for Bishop McGregor’s visit to Trinity on May 21st. We’ll learn about his work as a missionary with People Reaching People and how the money we’ve been collecting in our outreach cans during Lent will go toward helping those living in poverty all the way across the world in Madagascar.
So join us this Sunday for these important lessons in our classes: Godly Play (preschool – 2nd grade), Building Faith (3rd-5th) and Youth Rite 13/J2A/YAC (6th-12th). Don’t forget to bring in your filled Outreach Cans and place them at the foot of the altar during the 9:30 am worship service!
This Holy Lent we will learn about and raise money for the community in the Anglican Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar.
During Formation Hour, the youth and children’s classes will be learning more about the country, culture, music, religions, economy, and health of southwest Madagascar.
All families are encouraged to do some of the activities on the calendar at home too. The calendar can be downloaded below and is also available in print at church.
Please take home a People Reaching People Lenten Offering Can for your children or household to enrich the learning and prayer activities with monetary giving.
The money collected supports the missionaries of People Reaching People in the Anglican Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar (PRP) to help fight poverty in that region. Bishop Todd & Rev. Patsy McGregor are coming to speak at Trinity on May 21!
After Lent, the children will bring the cans to the altar during the Presentation Hymn on April 23, 30, May 7, or 14. We reuse the cans each year so need them all returned.
Christmas is a season that begins on Christmas Eve and ends on January 6. Since our pageant traditionally includes the arrival of the Magi or three kings, it really should be called an Epiphany Pageant since the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as the 12th Day of Christmas, is when we celebrate the arrival of the three kings in the liturgical season. So this year, our Pageant is scheduled on January 6 at 7pm and we hope all will come join us for this last chance to sing all our beloved Christmas carols, see the beautiful greenery in the church, and watch our children and youth portray this most epic story in full costume.
As is our tradition, we will be presenting gifts to the baby Jesus as part of the pageant and the gifts will be brought to the children currently living at Amos House in Danbury. If you'd like to participate in this outreach, please see below to see which child and what kind/type of gift to purchase, wrap and bring to the pageant. If your last name begins with the letters shown, then you may purchase a gift for the child as suggested. Children who filled mite boxes may also present them with the gifts at the pageant.
If your last name begins with A-F, please buy a present for a 15-year-old boy.
Suggestions: Gift Cards for Barnes & Noble, JC Penney, Kohls, Old Navy, Burlington Coat Factory, ITunes or other age-appropriate toy, game, book, etc.
If your last name begins with A-F, please buy a present for a 11-year-old girl.
Suggestions: Gift Cards for Barnes & Noble, JC Penney, Kohls, Old Navy, Burlington Coat Factory, ITunes, or other age-appropriate toy, game, book, etc.
If your last name begins with Q-Z, please buy a present for a 3-year-old girl.
Suggestions: Leap Frog learning toy or any age-appropriate doll, toy, game
After you purchase your gift, please do the following:
Come to Church School on December 4th and you’ll learn about St. Nicholas and hopefully have a visit from him in person!
He’ll tell us his story and then there will be a special Christmassy snack, craft and games.
We’ll be starting promptly at 10:45 in the usual classrooms then moving into classroom 3 for the visit and activities. For ages 3 to grade 5. Parents are welcome to join in.
We’ll be leaving shoes around the corner by the fireplace in the hallway for St. Nick to fill with treats as he departs, so keep prying eyes away from that hallway (between the red driveway door and the ladies room) from about 11:00 to 11:15am so St. Nick’s helpers can stay hidden. Thanks!
December 4, Advent II
All Children/Youth Forma on Classes meet Children and Youth will meet in their regular rooms for class from 10:45 to 11:45am. The Building Faith Class and the Godly Play Class will have a special visitor who may just leave them some treats in their shoes! So don’t be late and don’t miss this fun chance to learn about and Celebrate St. Nicholas.
December 11, Advent III
Childrens’ Forma on Classes meet at 10:45am, but no morning youth classes—see right The Godly Play and Building Faith Classes con nue learning the Christmas stories from 10:45 to 11:45am. The Building Faith Clas will also have a pageant rehearsal in the church.
December 18, Advent IV
No morning children or youth forma on classes Come to church at 9:30am to celebrate PK’s last regular Sunday morning service together. Return at 5:00pm for her dinner cele- bra on in the GCR (RSVP required).
December 25, Christmas Day
No morning classes—special Christmas Children’s Liturgy for all ages during the 11:15am service.
January 1, New Year’s Day
No morning classes—Feast of the Holy Name @ 9:30am service.
January 8, Epiphany/Baptism of Our Lord
All Children/Youth Forma on Classes resume from 10:45 to 11:45am.
This year’s candy collection will help our youth give out candy to the thousands of trick-or-treaters who come to see the Great Pumpkin Challenge display of hundreds of jack-o-lanterns on Trinity’s front lawn Halloween night.
All the donations to the Great Pumpkin Challenge go to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp which is a camp for seriously ill children. So please grab an extra big bag when purchasing your Halloween treats and deposit into one of the large, designated Candy Collection boxes at the church entrances from this Sunday through 10/30.
Thank you for supporting this wonderful youth outreach project. See the Newtown Bee Article and this great Letter to the Editor by two members of our J2A Youth Class for more information.
Children and Youth Formation Classes begin on September 18th after the 9:30am worship service or from about 10:45 to 11:45am.
Classes will meet in their usual locations with elementary grades on the Church School hallway and youth classes as follows. Rite 13 (6th & 7th Grades) in the Children’s Chapel area of the Glover Community Room, J2A (8th & 9th Grades) meets upstairs in the John Beach Room, and YAC (10th, 11th, & 12th Grades) will meet downstairs in the basement Youth Room.
Together with the Trinity Children’s Formation Task Force we’re working toward easier-to-use curriculum with more hands-on outreach integrated into the lessons to provide a more relevant and approachable learning experience for our children.
Younger preschool and elementary classes will explore using the Godly Play style curriculum which is story-based with simple scripts and props to allow the children to think about where they fit into God’s stories. You’ve probably seen me do some Godly Play lessons in Children’s Liturgy and you know how much the children love it and learn from it.
Older elementary and intermediate children will be trying out the Building Faith Brick by Brick curriculum to explore faith stories using Legos to retell the stories and make mini-movies.
Youth Classes are using the Leader Resources Youth Ministry Center membership to allow for more flexibility in the lesson planning with seasonal Trinity-inspired themes, and to provide opportunities to tie the lessons into real world events and outreach.
“Flat Holy Spirit” #TRINITYSPIRIT
Get into The Spirit this summer with some online Social Media fun!
Take the paper “Holy Spirit” dove with you (available from the Church School Office handout table or at the link below) – maybe leave it in your car or pack it into your suitcase as you travel or do fun adventures this summer. Cut out the dove shape out if you like.
Then, whenever you see/feel/experience the Holy Spirit at work or with you:
Learn how to experience the Holy Spirit all season long!
Sunday, June 5th at 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. and repeated at 11:30 to 12:15 a.m.
Fun, family-friendly, interactive activities FOR ALL AGES in the Glover Undercroft.
Bring a gently-used T-shirt to make a no-sew bag for the homeless.