Children's Formation

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Children's Formation

Each child at Holy Trinity is encouraged and supported in the exploration of his or her own spirituality in an age-appropriate way. Our warm and welcoming environment creates a safe place for children to come to know God.

Sunday Nursery Care and Children's Chapel

Sunday Nursery Care Nurseries for children 4 years old and younger are offered Sundays, 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Preferred Childcare, Inc., provides professional childcare in Room 105 for infants and toddlers and Room 103 for children 2 - 4 years old.

Sunday Children’s Chapel While the 9 a.m. service is being held in the sanctuary, children ages pre-K through second grade can attend Children’s Chapel, located in Room 213 on the second floor of the Parish House. Parents or guardians can bring their children to the chapel between 8:45 and 9 a.m. The chapel service includes a Bible story based on the Gospel lesson for the day, songs, and prayers, and is led by Marjorie Donnelly, Christian Education Coordinator; Meredith Scott, Program Coordinator for Children and Youth; and a parent volunteer. The children take turns serving as acolytes, the crucifer, and ushers to collect an offering. Children are escorted from the chapel to the main sanctuary during the Peace so that they can join their parents for the Eucharist. Parents of 4-year-olds may decide whether their children are ready for Children’s Chapel or might be happier in the nursery.

Children in Church

Children are welcome at all services, but parents who would like their children to have more freedom of movement are invited to bring the entire family to All Saints Chapel, which is generally broadcast on a large screen from the main sanctuary. This allows parents to view and hear the service and children to wander and/or vocalize without disturbing adults in the Church. Families can then come into the Church to participate in communion.

Sunday Morning Class Locations

Children in pre-K through fourth grade use the Godly Play method of Christian formation led by trained teachers. The focus of Godly Play is learning the sacred stories of our faith in such a way that the stories are inscribed on the children’s hearts. Discovery learning takes place in an environment where children feel safe and welcome to encounter God and to find meaning in their young lives. Sunday School classes begin at 10:15 a.m. during the program year.                     

3-year-olds, Room 209, Parish House: Each week, the teacher tells a simple story about Jesus. The children experience Jesus’ love for them through the warm and nurturing learning environment created by the teachers.

Pre-K and kindergarten, Room 210, Parish House: Children continue learning the stories of Jesus and get their first introduction to prayer.

First and second grade, Room 211, Parish House: The year starts with the great stories of the Old Testament followed by stories of Jesus’ birth and life.

Third and fourth grade, Room 213, Parish House: The children move through the Abraham cycle and the prophets in the fall followed by a study of the holy family and the mystery of Jesus’ birth in the spring.

Communion Education

Any baptized Christian can receive communion in the Episcopal Church. It is up to parents and their children to decide what age is appropriate. Each January, a member of the clergy and the Christian Education Coordinator lead a two-session, family-friendly conversation about the Eucharist and its symbols. The sessions, held during the Sunday School hour, can serve as an introduction to the Eucharist or as a refresher. Children are invited to attend with one or both parents. Although parents and children are encouraged to attend both sessions, each session will stand alone. For more information contact Marjorie Donnelly at , or 336-272-6149 ext. 221.

Special Events

Throughout the year, Holy Trinity holds special events for children and their families. Events include an All Saints’ Day celebration, Advent wreath making, Los Posadas, a Christmas pageant, Mardi Gras Carnival, preparation of ashes for Ash Wednesday, and an Easter egg hunt. For more information, go to the events calendar.