But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

Luke 18: 16

Trinity Kids provides spiritual guidance, education, & community for children from infancy through 5th grade. For Preschool through 5th grade, the “contemplative model”; of children’s ministry is used to provide the framework for learning about the stories of the Bible, with a focus back to the gospel & salvation of Jesus Christ. Lessons and discussions are hands-on, reflective, and open-ended. Please contact Julia Guy (julia@trinityanglicanmission.org) with any questions or to learn more about Godly Play and the contemplative model.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Celebration of Epiphany

     For many of us, the beauty of Epiphany was not a part of our childhood; Christmas was simply followed by the New Year and eventually Easter. But the season of Epiphany is a wonderful reflection of our welcoming of the infant king into the world. Author David Katski succinctly summarizes this holy season as follows: “[Epiphany is] observed on January 6th, the Epiphany celebration remembers the three miracles that manifest the divinity of Christ. The name "Epiphany" comes from the Greek word Epiphania, and means, "to show, make known, or reveal." The celebration originated in the Eastern Church in AD 361, beginning as a commemoration of the birth of Christ. Later, additional meanings were added  the visit of the three Magi, Christ's baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle at the wedding in Cana. These three events are central to the definition of Epiphany, and it’s meaning is drawn from these occurrences” (sharefaith.com).

     trinityKids will be celebrating the season of Epiphany by learning about Creation and the stories of the Old Testament. Throughout the Epiphany season, I recommend that you talk with your child about God’s revelations to the world through His story, which led the way toward our reconciliation through Christ. You may consider asking them,

“I wonder how God prepared the world for the coming of the baby Jesus?”
“I wonder how the people felt when they first heard about Jesus?”
“I wonder if the people who understood God’s story realized what was really happening?” 

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