Trinity values the gifts that children, youth and young families bring to our congregation. You will find them participating in all facets of our life together: singing in worship, ushering, working behind the cameras with our media ministry, and helping with service projects.
Children — Our formal Christian Education begins in pre-school, when children join our Sunday School program. Our Sunday School curriculum is based on the Sunday lectionary lessons connecting worship with learning.
Youth in grades 7 and up meet on Sundays for service projects (like serving breakfast at Opportunity House) and for learning and fellowship. We tailor the Sunday schedule to the needs of the families and teens.
Interactive Cross+Generational programs are held during Advent and Lent, providing hands-on learning for all ages.
Catechetical Instruction aka ChAOS: Youth in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in the ChAOS program (that’s Catechism And Other Stuff.) The curriculum includes learning about the Old and New Testaments, 10 Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, Apostles’ Creed, Sacraments and Lutheran history and practice, along with discussion of how faith intersects with daily life. ChaOS meets with youth from other congregations from the Reading Lutheran Parish on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm in two 8-week sessions plus a retreat.
Children are an important part of Trinity’s worshiping community and we welcome and encourage their presence and participation in worship. Quiet bags are available in the Narthex to help little ones sit still. There is always a Children’s Sermon to engage younger members with the Bible. Children may receive Communion after conversation with the pastor when parents believe they are ready and, until then, are invited to come forward for a blessing. Children’s choirs allow children to lead the congregation in worship.
Older youth are invited to serve on the Media Team and in many facets of worship leadership.
A staffed nursery is available for younger children during the 11:00 worship service (and 9:30 summer service.)
Trinity youth serve meals at Opportunity House and Family Promise, sing Christmas carols to home-bound members, participate in the annual CROP Walk, and serve those in need through Mission Trips, including a 2017 Urban Plunge to Washington DC.
Trinfinity Nights (never-ending fun and faith) are held throughout the summer both at Trinity and at various members’ homes for younger children and their families. Check Steeple Notes for dates.
Seasonal Events — Hayrides, Family Game Nights, Easter Egg hunts and more are organized throughout the year.
Summer Camp, Music Camp and Vacation Bible School are all available and supported through the NEPA Synod and the West Berks Mission District. Summer Day Camp with Bear Creek is scheduled for June 26-30 at Allegheny Lutheran Church.