Trinity's Church School classes for the school year 2018-19 will begin on Sunday September 16th and continue through May for ages 3 through adult. Classes are held every Sunday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Nursery care is available for children under the age of 3. We look forward to welcoming new students as well as those returning from past years.
How to Register
Registration forms are available at the Connection Point in Asbury Hall, by the main entrance to the sanctuary, and in the bulletin board by the first- floor bathrooms. You can fill out the registration form any time before classes begin, just return the form to the church office. You can also register at the Church School registration table during Trinity’s annual block party on September 9th.
Preschool and Kindergarten: Students in the PreK/ Kindergarten class learn about God and the stories from the Bible through a variety of activities. The teachers of this class base their lessons on the All- in-One Bible Fun curriculum.
Grades 1-5: Students in the elementary grades learn Bible stories and Christian themes through fun, developmentally appropriate resources. The elementary classrooms follow the Deep Blue curriculum.
Grades 6-8: Students in the middle school class explores the Bible, Christian themes, and the intersection of faith and life through discussions, activities, and resources from Youth Ministry Partners.
Grades 9-12: Students in the high school class also explore the Bible, Christian themes, and the intersection of faith and life. This class has also been known to make Play-Doh sculptures and to cover a wall in sticky notes.
Holy Week and Easter Activities:
Holy Thursday Children’s Program
Who: Children ages 3-12 (Parents please stay with your PreK/K child through this event. They’ll need your help.
What: Making Easter flags and learning the story of Holy Week (see more information below)
Where: JA Room (The first classroom by the parking lot door)
When:April 18th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
What to bring: All participants should, parents included, should either bring a paint shirt or wear old clothes, as there will likely be some paint stains before we’re finished.
Yes, we’re making Easter flags, but not just any Easter flags. The process of making these flags is specially designed to help children learn the Holy Week story. Each child will have the chance to make a flag, then we’ll display them in Grace Chapel during the season of Easter. The children can then take their flags home.
Easter Alleluia Bells
Our children will have a new way to celebrate Easter this year. As they enter the sanctuary they will find someone there with a basket of small jingle bells attached to laminated cards. These“Alleluia Bells” are to be rung whenever they hear “Alleluia”during the service, whether it’s spoken or sung. They will need to listen very carefully during the service.
Adults, you can help the worshippers around you by encouraging your kids to keep the bells low, rather than waving them up in the air...until the “Hallelujah Chorus” at the end, when they should wave them as high as they want!
At the end of the service, the bells will be returned to the same baskets at all the exits from the sanctuary, so we can use them again next year.
General Information Concerning Our Children's Ministries:
Nursery Care—open every Sunday from 8:45 to 12 p.m. for children from birth to age 3 under the direction of a staff member working with an adult volunteer to ensure a safe, loving, and happy environment for God’s youngest ones.
Church School classes meet every Sunday from 9-10 a.m. from September to May. The classes offer Christian formation opportunities under the direction of adult volunteer teachers. Registration is open all year and children can join the classes at any time.
Bible Story Time—meets during the worship service (following the Children’s Moment) for children ages 4-6 in the Bible Story Time room, next to the Nursery. There, a staff member leads the children in a time of reading, playing games, making art projects, singing, and praying. This program helps children learn the stories of the Bible.
Chapel Kids—an optional worship service designed for children in elementary school, ages 7 and up designed to help children deepen their faith by interacting with each other, praying, singing, and creating. Chapel Kids is offered during the sermon portion of worship (following the middle hymn) and is located in the chapel.
Save the Dates
Special Communion Class for Kids & Parents/Guardians/Grandparents
Sunday, May 5th during church school hour
Parents/guardian/grandparents: Have you ever wondered how to talk about communion with your young ones, using vocabulary appropriate for their age? Did you yourself grow up in another faith tradition and wonder what Methodists believe about communion? Look for an invitation soon to attend church school with your child for a one- session program on Holy Communion. On May 5, PreK/K parents will join the little ones in their regular classroom, while grades 1-2 and 3-5 will join their kids in Vincent Hall. More later, but for now, save the date!
Vacation Bible Camp 2019
Mon-Thurs. 9am – noon
Friday Family Night 5:30-8pm
United Methodist Summer Camp Opportunities
The United Methodist Church in New England has four different camping and retreat centers, each offering programs this summer. There are scholarships available. Find out more information on their website or talk to Pastor Erin.
Camp Wanakee in Meredith, NH
Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop, ME
Camp Aldersgate in North Scituate, RI
Eco Adventure at Rolling Ridge in North Andover, MA
Safe Sanctuaries Policy—creates a safe space for children and youth. An important part of this policy is the “Two Adult Rule,” which requires all ministries with children and youth to have two adults present at all times. These adults (both paid and volunteer) are carefully screened to ensure the safety of our children.
Parents should note that our policy requires children in grade 5 or younger be dropped off by a parent or another designated adult to events and programs, such as church school. We do not permit children to wander the church unsupervised.
If you would like more information contact Pastor Erin at 413-737-5311 x201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The children's message is an important part of our worship services. Pastor Erin uses different approaches to deliver her message and keep the children engaged.
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