Sunday School

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

 Benjamin Franklin

Sunday School Jocelyn and middle groupChildren matter to us at Trinity.  We believe that a vibrant and active church community is a wonderful resource to children as they grow in faith and life. We also know that children are a gift to us as a faith community as we seek to discern God’s presence with us through the changing seasons of life.

In our busy lives, we can sometimes wonder why being involved in a church community matters.  We believe it does even if the reasons are hard to name.  Here are some of the ways that children (and adults) benefit from involvement here at Trinity:

  • a safe space to ask BIG questions (like “Why am I here?”, “What happens when we die?” and “Why do bad things happen to good people?”)
  • a caring community bringing together people of all ages (how many places these days do 3 year olds regularly interact with 90 year olds?)
  • a time apart from our hectic schedules to consider what we truly care about
  • opportunity to explore and learn from wisdom of those who have gone before us (we don’t have to start from scratch)
  • encouragement to love our neighbours and ourselves (and support in forgiving each other and ourselves too, because none of us get it right all the time)
  • an invitation to honour our deepest selves and to discover and offer the gift of who we really are to the world
  • a reminder that we are not alone through it all.

On Sunday mornings, everyone gathers in the sanctuary for the first part of worship. About 15 minutes into the service children are invited to the front to explore today’s theme with one of the ministers.  Then children between ages 3-13 head downstairs for Sunday School in the rooms of our lower hall. On communion Sundays (approximately once per month), the children begin downstairs, and then join the congregation so that we may eat together as a whole family.

having fun in the auditoriumWe have a group of dedicated volunteers who offer a program of age appropriate, enjoyable activities for fun and learning. Our Sunday School currently has three classes: Age 3 to Grade 1 who meet in the lower hall, Grades 2 to 4 who meet in the meeting room off the lower hall, and Grades 5 to 8 who meet in the story room off the lower hall. You can find out who will be teaching each class this week by looking in our weekly announcement insert.  All three groups use a curriculum called Spark and have colourful handouts to help them explore the focus story of the day.  Special music and funny videos sometimes enliven our time together.

If your child likes to sing, he or she might also be interested in the junior choir which sings for worship once a month and practices on the Thursday beforehand. Practice CDs are available at the church.

sunday school windup 2016We encourage all parents or guardians to complete a registration form, even if your child(ren) are only with us a few Sundays a year.  Registering enables us to know about things like allergies and to keep in touch about what is happening.  You can register online or come down with your children any Sunday and fill out a paper registration form for your family.

While parents often stay upstairs with the rest of the congregation, they are always welcome to come and lend a hand, or join in however they wish. If you have questions or concerns about the program feel free to contact either of our ministers at 204-857-4471.

We are now using Sign Up Genius for Sunday School teacher sign-up. Here is the link to sign-up for Winter.

Soup for the Soup Kitchen

Join us after worship on Sunday, January 21 for a soup lunch in support of the Portage la Prairie Soup Kitchen.

Trinity’s Annual Meeting

Join us after worship on Sunday, February 4 to celebrate where we have been in 2017 and to prepare together for new adventures in 2018

“I feel at home at Trinity through all my life circumstances. At Trinity I experience meaningful and real connection… with myself, with people young and old from a variety of walks of life, and with God.”