At Trinity we value our young people, we cherish them, and we nurture them.
In smaller parishes like Trinity, the size of the Sunday School varies as older young people find themselves involved in such pursuits as getting into college, and new, younger children become old enough to participate in our “one room schoolhouse” Sunday School and grow to take the place of the recent grads.
Recently we’ve been going through just such a transformation. Some of the young people who have been with us for more than a decade find themselves looking at colleges that will take them far from our area — but in the newer young people we can see the process continuing. New young people find their way to us from a variety of sources, but once they arrive at Trinity, they tend to stick.
Their numbers are small, but the relatively small number has an advantage: we know all of our young people as individuals, we know their families, we support them in their lives of faith, and, where we can, we support them in their lives outside Trinity as well.
Above are our two of our newer acolytes on a recent Youth Sunday at Trinity. However, our superb acolyte corps has for the most part moved along, and it will be a while before the younger acolytes can fully replace them. As you can see above, they are working on it. But it will be a while before we have a crew like the one below!
The current young people are working on a project inspired by one our Diocese had undertaken for adults: Living Local, finding God. The young people have been discussing where God may be found, and have explored such locales as the Stop and Shop parking lot as well as the cemetery across the road from the parish. This is an ongoing effort, as it is in the Diocese.
We think this will grow into something for which Trinity as a parish is noted: helping others in our community. Toward that end, the young people each year select an organization to be an outreach partner. They collect money to support the activity via monthly Thank Offerings and by selling Christmas decorations at the Christmas Bazaar, and frequently they personally serve in it.
Three years ago, their partner was the Refugee Program at St. Mary’s Church. In addition to the financial donation, one girl tutored one of the Syrian girls in reading during the winter months.
Two years ago and for a portion of last year, the young people chose the Little Guild, an animal shelter in West Cornwall, as their outreach partner. They had a training session and spent three sessions working with the animals there to socialize them and improve their adoptability.
Our most recent Confirmation Class was a year ago, and two of our young people were confirmed when the Bishop visited us.
Each year the young people stage a Christmas Pageant. Next Christmas will the 77th anniversary Christmas Pageant, which is usually presented on the third Sunday of Advent. The first Christmas Pageant at Trinity was held in 1942!
Once weather permits, and definitely next summer, the young people will take full advantage of our 8 acre field (as well as our better-manicured courtyard) as they enjoy Summer Sports as they have for over a decade now. There is something for young people every Sunday of the year at Trinity Lime Rock!!
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video is worth a thousand pictures. So, here are five videos of Trinity’s young people in recent years.
We predict that you’ve never seen anything like this in church!
Here’s a video the young people did a couple of years ago:
The young people studied the activities of the Apostles following the Resurrection and in the early days of the church. Here was the video they produced as part of that study.
Christmas Pageants at Trinity date back to 1942 — the dark days of World War II. This particular pageant (three pageants back, now) was written, directed, and acted entirely by our young people.
The Congregation of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford recently traveled by bus to Trinity Lime Rock for a Sunday. Here are the processional and recessional from that day — and you’ll see Trinity kids as well as young people from the Cathedral in the procession.
Here was one of the earlier video efforts by our young people, superimposing a “60 Minutes” format on two Bible stories. Enjoy!!
For our Young People: our program
We have “one room schoolhouse”-style Sunday School for young people each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. One Sunday each month our young people take over running the 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist and perform all the roles they’re liturgically permitted — and are courageous enough to undertake. During the summer months, beginning Memorial Day weekend, the class enjoys summer sports in our courtyard and Trinity Field during class time.
The recent Confirmation Class met Wednesday evenings at 6 PM. We adjust the hours of the class to fit the schedules of each class as it comes.
By the way, you should know that we take the safety of our young people very seriously, and closely adhere to the Safe Church policies of the Diocese of Connecticut. Ask to see a copy when you come by, or you can download a copy from the Diocese of Connecticut website!