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Children's Programs

In August 2012, Nancy Savage was hired part-time as the Christian Education Coordinator.  She is here to support the teachers fully in their sharing of their faith with the children of the parish.

 

Children:  Godly Play (ages 3-9)

We have two vibrant classes of Godly Play led By Anthony Alley and Deb Strainge.  They begin every class time together for 15 minutes of music led by Jan Gaboriault and Manjula Canagartna Evans.  During this time they 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 then ends with enjoying a simple feast and sharing.

 

We have made a complete transition to Godly Play and this fall the children enjoyed presentations from the Old  and New Testaments; ranging from the Creation, Noah and the Ark to the beautiful Advent stories. They learned about Advent wreaths, Saint Francis of Assisi, and enjoyed baking King Cakes. They also practiced for and shared the wonderful Christmas pageant with the parish. Christmas Eve families joined the 4 pm service and put together a beautiful crèche.  Many of the parables that Jesus taught will be shared in the second half of year. Our goals going forward 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

An area of continued focus for improvement in 2013 is bringing vitality back to this group and the teen group. Supporting our children’s faith development in these important years is part of our Baptismal Covenant.

 

 

Teens:  Journey to Adulthood

The teen class is lead by Ted Farnham. Ted brings a true dedication and prayerful centeredness to our teens. Continued support of his efforts is important. There is a need for others to support this ministry in various ways: chaperoning social activities and supporting teen fundraisers.  THANK YOU!

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.

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.

 

For more information about children's programs at Trinity, contact Nancy Savage at 617-383-1173.

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