Prior to COVID, Trinity offered church school classes for children and youth. Attendance had decreased over the last couple of years, partially due to competition with sports and other activities being scheduled on Sundays in the various towns Trinity draws from. Our classes have been on hiatus since churches went through the shutdown due to COVID. Now that vaccinations are available for most children, we hope to resume classes during the upcoming school year.
Most recently, Trinity had three classes – elementary, middle school/junior high and a Confirmation class. We used curriculum which follows the Common Lectionary with an emphasis on the stories in the bible, the heritage of the Episcopal Church, the sacraments, the Prayer Book, and the liturgical seasons of the year. Our main goal is to make children feel loved and accepted for who they are and teach them to love others through their experience in church school and worship at Trinity.
We are currently reviewing programs to use this fall. We recognize that, like many other churches, we are going through a period of rebuilding after the past two years. Until we resume weekly classes, children of all ages are welcome at our church service.
The road to confirmation starts with a series of discussion-based classes, using the Faith Confirmed curriculum, that invite reflection on and discovery of each individual’s faith in this Christian tradition. Once the classes are completed, the confirmation ceremony takes place with the bishop and signals full participation in the life of the Church. This program is offered to youth between ages 15-17.
While under COVID lockdown, former Priest-in-Charge, Carrie Combs, successfully ran a collaborative confirmation class online that included confirmants from a few parishes.