Trinity Church provides Sunday School for children from September through May. We use the Weaving God’s Promises curriculum that explores Bible stories utilizing a variety of crafts and activities to help the children learn the core lessons of the Christian faith. The children begin Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the parish hall with Children’s Worship led by the rector. They then split into age appropriate groups for the lesson of the day, and join the adults in the church just prior to the Eucharist at approximately 10:40 a.m. At various times during the year, we have “Family Sundays” where the children participate in the entire worship service, reading lessons, assisting the ushers, and singing in the choir.
Special programs help the children explore their faith outside Sunday School:
- Christmas Pageant – The children enact the Christmas gospel at the Family Christmas Eve service. We continue to expand this presentation each year, adapting it to the ages of the children, and encouraging participation by children attending the service who are not part of the Sunday School program.
- Coming to Communion – While all baptized children are encouraged to receive communion, when they are in early grade school, children can learn more about the meaning of the liturgy through the Coming to Communion program. During each week of the eight-week program, parents lead their children in the exploration of one element of the liturgy, using a biblical story and contemporary connections to better understand the Eucharist. The Second Sunday of Easter the participants are honored and awarded certificates of completion.
- Mystery Walk – This child-friendly Stations of the Cross allows the children to better understand Holy Week and Easter. Adapted from the traditional Stations of the Cross liturgy, the Mystery Walk tells the story of Jesus arrest, crucifixion and resurrection. The children receive an object at each station to help them retell the story for themselves later.
- The Angel Chorus (Children’s Choir) –Trinity enjoys a Children’s music program led by our Organist/Choirmaster. As part of their rehearsals they learn the meaning behind the music, as well as how to lead worship.
Adult Christian Education takes place during special fall and Lent programs held on Sundays after Coffee Hour. Recent programs have included: The Gospel According to Mark; The “I Am” sayings of Jesus; Christianity and the Jews; and War and Peace in the Christian Tradition.
Outreach has long been an important part of the ministry of Trinity Church. We continue to work to strengthen and expand our ability to help those in need. Currently, there are two primary recipients of Trinity’s time, talent and treasure.
Paul’s Place, in Baltimore City, is a community outreach center serving the poor and homeless. Their programs include meals, food and clothing banks, medical assessments, and educational initiatives. Our parishioners regularly prepare and serve hot meals at the center. We also contribute clothing, food, baby items, and financial aid year-round. At Thanksgiving, the church and Day School donate food, prepare and help serve meals, and donate prizes for games. At Christmas we provide gifts, help clients shop, and wrap presents for their families and friends.
Other outreach efforts include seasonal donations of food, toys, and clothing to agency-identified families in need, and the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund. Over the last several years, the special Lenten offering of the church and Day School have purchased mosquito nets, goats, and playground equipment that doubles as water pumps. In 2012, we collected “Nickels for Nurses” to provide school nurses for Haiti.
During the late Spring each year, Trinity hosts a Country Fair. The Fair is fun for the whole family. Adults visit crafter and yard sale booths, browse through used books, and purchase plants. The children find the moon bounce, face painting and balloons more entertaining. Everyone enjoys the pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs and home-baked goodies.
Candy Cane Christmas Bazaar
On the first Saturday of December, Trinity hosts its annual Candy Cane Christmas Bazaar. Highlights of the CCCB include numerous crafters, fresh cut greens, the Frosty Café, and the opportunity to have your photo made with the jolly old elf himself. See Upcoming Events for more information.
Throughout the year, Trinity sponsors numerous events for the whole family. These include:
- A Pancake Supper each Shrove Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)
- Movie nights – usually the third Friday of the month from September through April [More information]
Tuesday at Trinity
Tuesday at Trinity is a group of dedicated women who meet weekly for lunch and fellowship. They craft items for fundraising sales, knit prayer shawls and sew quilts for the less fortunate and homeless in our community. TAT has been in existence for over 60 years.