Faith Formation Team

At Holy Trinity, we recognize that one of the best gifts God has given us is each other. We believe we were made to love and support each other and to learn together. Because of this, the foundation of our congregation's learning is inter-generational. Our Faith Formation Team helps plan events and programs for all ages to Grow Together in Faith.

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October 2017: A Great Start to Fall 2017

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:12 PM

Our faith formation programs are off to a great start in fall 2017!  You’ve probably noticed a lot more children at the 8:30 service, and we celebrate the presence of these young Christians in our community, and give thanks for the parents and grandparents who are bringing them, and the teachers who are helping to pass along the faith!

We had a terrific All-Ages Forum on October 8 (make sure to check out the “vines” on the gathering area wall before they’re taken down next week!).

We also want to make sure that everyone knows about the upcoming Celebration Dinner for everyone involved in children’s and youth formation, from 5:30-7:30 PM on Friday, November 10.  Childcare will be provided and parents, teachers and supporters will have a chance to reflect together on how things are going, learn from each other about best practices in teaching children in a faith context, and generally have a conversation in complete sentences!  The Faith Formation Team will provide a main dish (including gluten-free), and attendees are invited to bring a salad, side dish or dessert.  We hope that you’ll come!

Meanwhile, I couldn’t resist sharing this blog  post from the past week:

Rules for children in the worship service:

One. If you find that you're sitting in front of a child and they can't see, lean to the side.

Two. If the children seated behind you are rustling papers, hand them a crayon.

Three. If there is a baby that is crying, offer to take it from its parent and walk to the back of the church and rock it for a while. The parent really needs a break.

Four. If the teenagers are whispering give them some Smarties. The rustling and crinkling will replace their whispering.

Five. If an adult complains to an usher about the noisy children near them, offer to trade seats with that adult and then apologize to the parents of the children.

Six. When a child is running around giving everyone high-fives during the time of passing the peace/greeting your neighbor, make sure to give them an extra fun high-five, and then high-five the next five adults that you see.

Seven. If a child has worn tap shoes to church and is dancing on the wood portion of the floor, slip the sheet music for "The Entertainer" to the pianist and roll with it.

Eight. When the children can't hear because an adult around them won't take off their puffy jacket and it keeps squeaking and distracting the children, offer to help them off with their jacket and go hang it up for them where it goes.

Nine. When the three-year-old insists on standing on the front pew turned backwards looking at the rest of the people, give the child a pair of very dark glasses. That will prevent the child from catching any adult's eye, which would lead to distracting them. This will protect the adults who as we know have very short attention spans and are easily distracted.

Ten. When a child in front of you is very squirmy, and then they finally turn around and you realize suddenly, "Oh, it's Jesus!" take it in stride and play Got Your Nose till he turns around to the front again.

(From Cindy Beal, Justice and Peace Consulting)

 

In God’s peace,

Pastor Grace

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