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Children & Youth Programs

Trinity Episcopal Church is committed to providing vibrant, interesting, and age-appropriate religious education programming for the youth of our community. 

For more information about any of the programs outlined below, please contact our Christian Education Director, Nancy Savage, or call her at 617-383-1173.

 

 Children:  Godly Play (ages 3-9)

 We have two vibrant classes of "Godly Play." Every class begins with 15 minutes of music. During this time the children learn children’s Bible songs and actions that go with them.This time gives the children a way to slow down their busy morning and move into Christian Education.

Based on a Montessori interpretation of religious education, "Godly Play" uses a multi-sensory approach to telling Bible stories with three dimensional materials.  A "Godly Play" session includes a time to get ready, then tell a story using objects and artifacts. This is then followed by time to explore the story with more open questions and discussion. The children then respond with a free choice activity using a variety of materials; art, silence, play, and writing. The session ends with enjoying a simple feast and sharing.

 As part of this curriculum, children enjoy presentations from the Old  and New Testaments, ranging from the Creation and Noah and the Ark to the beautiful Advent stories. They learn about Advent wreaths, Saint Francis of Assisi, and enjoy such activities as baking "king cakes." They also practice for and share the Christmas pageant with the parish. On Christmas Eve, families join the 4 pm service and put together a beautiful crèche.  Many of the parables that Jesus taught are shared in the second half of year.

Our goals are to increase the number of children participating in our "Godly Play" program and have as many parents as possible joining in this effort with our children. Training in leading the classes is available.

 

“Tweens” and Teens

Supporting our children’s faith development in these important years is part of our Baptismal Covenant.The following programs are designed specifically for this pivotal age group transitioning from childhood to adulthood. 

 

Teens:  Journey to Adulthood

The Journey to Adulthood is a complete youth ministry program of spiritual formation for 6th - 12th grades. It uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to underscore its core principles:

            1) Manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God.

            2) Adulthood must be earned.

 

A quick overview of the program is below. For more in-depth information about this vibrant and creative curriculum, click here.

There are three two-year segments of the program:

Rite-13: The first two years focus on celebrating the individuality of each young person and their creative potential. The Rite-13 liturgy (A Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood) is the community celebration of these young people.  Young people turn 13 sometime during this two-year program.

 J2A: The middle portion of the program engages youth with the skills and critical thinking involved in adulthood. The Litany of Dedication liturgy marks the transition from Rite-13 to J2A.  The youth plan and embark on a pilgrimage together at the end of J2A.

 YAC (Young Adults in the Church): This mentor-based program helps older teens to discern and carry out a ministry within their church or in the larger community. Vocation and development of a personal creed are also emphasized.  This segment is full of ritualized transitions:  The Reincorporation of Pilgrims marks the transition from J2A to YAC, the Commitment to Christian Ministry happens as young people become involved within the community, and the Celebration of Adulthood happens as they graduate from high school.

 

 

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