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.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

First Communion

4th and 5th grade students will partaking in Worship and Communion 
this Sunday, March 4th at the 11:30 service. 
For some students, this will be their first time enjoying the Lord's Supper. 
Please pray for these awesome kids during this special season of learning!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Jesus in the Wilderness (February 26th)

Season of the Church Year: Lent (purple) 
Story in Scripture: Mark 1: 12-13 and Matthew 4: 1-11
The topic of temptation is a challenging one for children. Deveopmentally, they are still quite impulsive and often make decisions based on spur of the moment desires and observations. Even the younger children do understand, however, that there are “good” choices and “bad” choices to be made. In this story, Jesus is brought out into a wilderness experience immediately after his baptism. He is tempted in many different ways, having each time to make the choice that, though difficult, is the “good” choice. First, he is tempted to turn stones into bread to satisfy his hunger. He responds that we need more than bread to live. Next, Satan tempts Jesus by using scripture to lure him into falling from the Temple’s apex, expecting that angels will catch him. Jesus wisely replies “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Finally, he is tempted to submit to Satan in order to become ruler of all that he sees- all the nations of the world. Jesus explains that God is the true ruler of all. One of the most significant things about this story is that it illustrates for us that Jesus had to endure and experience human feelings, emotions, pain, and of course hunger and thirst. We know that he had to endure even more. With the children, we will be discussing how we can learn from Jesus’ example in the face of temptation. I encourage you to talk with your child about the tempatations that they face. Perhaps they struggle with the temptation to cheat, make fun of others, steal, or treat others rudely. Jesus’ example can help is all to make choices that glorify God and help our neighbors.

Guiding Questions for Discussion:
Now I wonder what it was like to be alone in the desert for such a long time?
I wonder what Jesus and God talked about in the desert?
I wonder how Jesus felt when the evil one was near him?
I wonder if it was hard to say, “NO!” ?
I wonder if you’ve ever had to say, “NO!”? Was it difficult?

“Father, we pray that you will help us to know what to do when we think about making bad choices. Always be with us and help us to be strong and smart and make good choices. We know that Jesus is our example and we want to show trust in your way too. Amen.” 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

trinityKids Community Game Night!

Please join us for a…

trinityKids Community
Game Night!

Friday, March 16th 
6:30- 8:30 pm

Come play board games with us and have fun with other kids!
We will have lots of board games here, but feel free to bring your own to share!
 (Pizza will be sold for $1 a slice.)

Friends are welcome!
Please sign up so we can be sure to have enough for all to enjoy. Thanks!

-Kindergarten- 5th grade students only-

**Please note: If you are interested in volunteering, you must have 
filled out necessary paperwork, background checks, etc. Thanks!!**

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Children & Baptism

     The season of Lent brings with it an atmosphere of sacrifice, refinement, and preparation. As we try to realize that depth of love that led to Christ’s crucifixion, we may draw near to the disciplines of study & meditation. As we seek to refine ourselves and prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, perhaps we aspire to spend more time in fasting and silence. During the weeks of Lent, children will be invited to spend time in preparation as well. Through a series of focused lessons and discussions, children who are interested will have the opportunity to ready themselves for Baptism. Children will explore the importance of Scripture & the Ten Commandments, will be guided through the Lord’s Prayer, and will learn more about daily prayer. This preparation class is called “Catechism.” Catechesis is simply “an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life” (from Catechism of the Catholic Church).
     If your child has expressed interest in Baptism, I encourage you to talk frankly and honestly with them and pray fervently for the Lord’s guidance about whether or not to join the Catechism class. The Apostle Peter wrote, “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21).   Please let Julia know if you have a child that may be interested in joining our Catechism class, beginning on March 11

Monday, February 13, 2012

Story of St. Valentine (Feb. 12th)

Season of the Church Year: Great Green Growing Season/ Common Time (green) 
Story in Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we took some time today to tell the real story of the man named Valentino, who lived and died in ancient Rome. Valentino was a Doctor and a Priest, but he had to pray and worship in secret because it was illegal at the time to be a Christian. As a physician, he cared for all his patients and prayed for their healing. He befriended a little girl and her father, who was the local jailer. The girl had been blind from birth and Valentino did what he could to alleviate her discomfort, though he had little hope that she would be healed and ever have sight. When he was later arrested and placed in jail for his beliefs, he passed a secret note to the little girl’s father. It said, “From your Valentine” and rolled up inside was a crocus flower. Valentino had fond memories of gathering crocuses and medicinal herbs with the girl, so this symbolic gesture demonstrated his care for her. Although Valentino was later taken away for be killed, the jailer gave the note to his daughter. Miraculously, when she opened this first “Valentine,” she was able to see the flower and the words written by Valentino. She was healed! What an incredible story of love and friendship. Even though the true meaning of this special day is often lost in the hub bub of red hearts, candy, and romantic sentiments, I encourage you to talk with your child about how we can show care and thoughtfulness to others, just like Saint Valentine did. He showed compassion and integrity as Jesus has modeled for us.

Guiding Questions for Discussion:
Now I wonder what parts of Valentine’s story you like the best? Which part is the most important?
I wonder how it felt for the little girl’s father to see what happened?
I wonder what the little girl and her father will do now?
I wonder what other people in Rome will think when they see that the little girl has been healed?
I wonder if we could leave out any part of the story and still have all the story that we need?
I wonder what the story of Valentine can teach us about loving others?
I wonder how we can show our friends and family and we love them?

“Dear God, thank you for the example of Valentine. Help us to show love and care for our neighbors just as he did. We pray for healing for those who are sick or injured. We know that you have the power to make all people well. We love you and trust that we are in your care. Amen.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A little meal and a little conversation....

      Over the past three years, I have had the incredible pleasure to join many of Trinity’s elementary age children for lunch at school during the week. As I sit and chat with them in their daily environment, I am always amazed by how much I can learn about them in such a short, 30-minute timeframe. Frequently, their classmates are equally excited to have a special visitor to share with. Our conversations commonly begin with a long interview by the children at the table to assess who I am. “Are you her mother? Her auntie? Her babysitter?” Many times, the child I am visiting will simply explain, “She’s my friend.” What a blessing it is to hear those words!!
     It is so important to me to truly know each of the children that are a part of our community here at trinityKids. My desire is to know them authentically- what interests them, what worries them, and what brings them happiness and joy. On Sunday mornings, there are any number of children that divide the attention of myself and the volunteers. It is our hope to provide each child with uninterrupted consideration at some point each morning, but it isn’t always possible. My time with them at school allows for some one-on-one conversation and the opportunity to peak into their world outside of the church walls.
     One of the most magnificent aspects of this one-on-one time is the bonding and trust-building that takes place. The child feels “known” and special. They are given space to share and be the center of attention. Also, I am able to ask intentional leading questions that help them to process things going on in their life. For example, I often ask, “So, do you like your new teacher?” This simple question may yield a simple “yes” or “no,” but sometimes it yields a long discussion about the classroom environment and discipline, how students treat one another, and what they are learning about. With younger children, I might ask, “What’s your favorite thing to do at recess?” I once enjoyed a 10-minute conversation with a Kindergartener about the merits of playtime and why recess should be a protected part of every school day. “Don’t you think running around makes it easier to learn later?” they asked. It was a perfect illustration of that child’s capacity for problem solving, analysis, and justice. I am so glad that I had the chance to see it!
     If you are reading this article, chances are, you are a parent with an elementary-age child.
Perhaps you’re wondering how to arrange a lunch date for your child. That part is easy! Please speak with me on a Sunday morning or email me with your child’s school, lunchtime, and their teacher’s name. Also, please let me know if your child has a favorite fruit of veggie that I can “coincidentally” have in my own lunch bag to share. I look forward to spending time with them soon! 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

How to Help a Child Who is Upset

     An article recently posted on the Authentic Parenting website outlines various strategies for helping a young child who is upset or angry. It provides a wonderful explanation of those things that can be detrimental in the situation or can exacerbate the initial frustration & anger- and those that can truly help. Some appropriate responses are intuitive, but many of the negative responses are easy to fall into as well. 

A few suggestions for how to help are to 
(1) Get down on to their level, 
(2) Look them in the eyes, 
(3) Hug them, 
(4) Remain present, 
(5) Ask them what they would like/ allow them to explain, 
(6) Sit with them, and 
(7) Speak calmly.  

We utilize these same strategies with children who may be upset her in trinityKids classrooms. I feel that these responses serve to show love as well as control of the situation. Please take a moment to read over some of the suggestions. It will provide you with some insight about how we help children here at Trinity and perhaps give you some ideas for home as well. 

Jesus is Baptized (January 22nd & February 5th)

Season of the Church Year: Great Green Growing Season/ Common Time (green) 
Story in Scripture: Mark 1: 9-11
** We are doing this lesson twice because it is such an important part of our Lent preparation. Even though Lent and Easter are many weeks away, the lesson today begins to lay the foundation for Catechism and Baptisms. Please talk frankly with your children about their desire to be baptized. I encourage you to let the child initiate the discussion as much as possible, praying with them to allow the Holy Spirit to lead the way.** 

This incredible story provides some insight into the powerful way that Jesus entered in to his ministry. Along the banks of the Jordan River, Jesus’ cousin John is causing quite a stir and many are waiting eagerly for his proclamations to come true. He is already baptizing and teaching about how people must change their ways and get ready for Jesus. We paraphrase his prophecy in this way: “John said, ‘Get ready! God is sending someone special. The special Son of God is coming!’” When Jesus approaches John to be baptized, we see a beautiful example of humility and servant-hood. Most importantly, when Jesus is baptized, John’s propecy’s are solidified by God’s acknowledgement of Jesus as his Son. What a fantastic illustration of God’s love a pleasure in us- even before Christ’s first miracle, before he walked on water, or fed 5,000.... God claimed him as his own and demonstrated his pleasure. We talked as a group about how God loves us- no matter what- he loves us from the very beginning!

Guiding Questions for Discussion:
I wonder how the people felt when John told them to change the way they live and get ready for the special Son on God?
I wonder if it was hard for the to change the way they lived?
I wonder how they felt when they went through the waters and went under the water to be baptized?
I wonder how they felt when they came out of the water?
I wonder is it was hard to wait for the special Son of God?
I wonder if they felt ready to be close to the special Son of God?
I wonder how you get ready to be close to the special Son of God?

“Dear God, thank you for loving us from the very beginning. You sent your son Jesus to be with us and to show us how to live and love each other.  Help us to make good choices and to treat others well. Amen.”