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Our Mission

The mission of the Christian Education Committee is to create a nurturing and hospitable environment where all members of our parish can develop in mind and body, heart and spirit. We seek to serve all in Christ's name through religious formation programs and service projects both within Trinity and in the greater community.

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Christian education at Trinity impacts each member of the congregation whether we participate in specific programs or just witness the results.  We strive to provide a variety of offerings for all. The primary responsibility and oversight for education falls to our Minister of Christian Education and the Christian Education Committee with active involvement and administrative supervision by our priest.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for all members of our parish to nurture and develop their faith.

  • For Children - to implement age appropriate lessons and activities to teach and proclaim the Gospel message.

  • For Young People - to provide an environment where they can discover and explore their faith.

  • For Adults - to offer regular and special programs that enlighten and expand their understanding and love of Christ in their lives.

  • For All - to foster an understanding and appreciation of the rich liturgical tradition of the Episcopal Church.

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Christian Formation for Children, Youth and Adults
Trinity Episcopal Church, Collinsville CT
Fall 2019 through Spring 2020

The goal of Christian Formation at Trinity Episcopal Church is to implement age appropriate lessons and activities that teach and proclaim the Gospel message of Jesus Christ while at the same time providing a safe and nurturing environment where our children and young people can discover and explore their faith.

For our adult members, we strive to offer programs that enlighten and expand their understanding and love for God through and in Christ.

                            

For Trinity’s children: The core curriculum used by our youngest members (pre-K/K) through grades 5 and 6 is Living the Good News (Church Publishing).   LTGN offers developmentally appropriate material for each grade level and allows our youngsters to explore the Sunday Scriptures very much in accord with their individual learning styles.  This program allows all children to listen and/or read and discuss the lessons specific to any given Sunday throughout the liturgical year. It also provides the children (and their teachers) the opportunity to seek and find ways to make the Word of God a living reality in their every day lived experience.  Godly Playcontinues to be an integral part of the life and experience of the children of Trinity and, no matter the age or the grade, the use of imagination and play is thoughtfully and intentionally encouraged.

For Trinity’s youth:  Young people in both Middle School and High School are involved in a program of spiritual formation known as The Journey to Adulthood.  This program provides a liturgical framework for young adults’ experience in modern culture; celebrates their individuality and their creative potential and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation, with God’s grace, in church and society.   In conjunction with The Journey to Adulthood experience, we currently use a version of Living the Good News created specifically for the needs of both grade groups. Youngsters who turn 13 during the year celebrate their Rite 13 Liturgy.  This liturgical experience is a true celebration of their movement from childhood into the world of young manhood and womanhood. 
As they move closer to discerning Confirmation, Trinity’s young people are encouraged to continue to engage in conversation about self, society, sexuality and spirituality (the four pillars of the Journey program).  Other supplemental programs can be used such as My Faith, My Life (Jennifer Garber) and I Will With God’s Help (Mary Wile).  Nevertheless, most of the “work” of the Confirmands occurs in faith-filled conversation and dialogue that is continually supported by their Confirmation mentor and the rector.

 Faith conversation or dialogue, however, is not unique to the Confirmation class but occurs in all of our classrooms and at every age level!

                               

                                           
                                                                                     
                                                           

Adult Christian Formation:  Throughout this upcoming year, we will continue to offer a diversity of opportunities that invite adult members of our faith community to honor and deepen their own journey to God and, thus, be able to share that faith with others.  Our programs consistently include weekly Scripture Study gatherings where we read, study and reflect upon the up-coming Sunday Scriptures, quiet evenings and mornings of reflection; quiet knitting times; inter-faith experiences and opportunities as well as book discussions, Lenten Soup Supper/Workshops and so much more. We continue to seek out ways that both inspire and challenge us to live out more fully every aspect of our Baptismal Covenant – especially Christ’s mandate to proclaim by word and example the Good News; to seek and serve Him in all persons; to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.
For more specific information concerning our adult faith formation programs, or any of our children/ youth programs, please consult the Trinity website www.TrinityCollinsville.org or call Theresa Bellacosa, Minister of Christian Formation, at (860) 693-8172.

 


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