At Trinity, we believe the generations enrich each other. Therefore, throughout the year, we try to balance seasons of multigenerational worship with seasons of separate, age-appropriate worship. At certain times during the church year, all of God’s People at Trinity worship together. These times typically include Advent, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Easter, Communion Sundays and the summer months. From October – mid-May, on non-communion Sundays, we offer separate, age-appropriate worship centers for children 3 years old – 5th grade.
Worship Centers – A Special Place, A Special Time
Young children experience many things which they do not have adequate language to articulate, including the presence of God and the mysteries of life, growth, and change. Time spent in our age-appropriate worship centers with trained worship leaders allows children to deepen their relationship with God and provides language and validation for their experiences. The essential stories they hear in their worship centers help them form their identity as belonging to the People of God (based on the excellent Godly Play and Young Children and Worship curriculums), and they carry this sense of identity with them into corporate worship and their daily lives.
For children in 3rd – 5th grades, the worship center format continues using the Eyes To See curriculum, which is specifically written for this age range. Worship in these centers connects the stories heard in earlier years and emphasizes that all the stories of God are really the same, ongoing, One Story (which is our story too). In addition, children are invited to explore a wide variety of different styles of prayer as they journey through the 3rd – 5th grade years.