Children at Holy Trinity
At Holy Trinity we concur with the great 16th century Reformer and theologian John Calvin that baptism is the pledge and prayer of the church community to “take seriously the status of children as full inheritors of God’s covenant.” Baptism is the call to the church to be a sanctuary for children. It is the hope here at Holy Trinity that through by engaging our children through Kid’s Church and other ways we will by God’s grace be a place of nurture, safety, welcome, reliability and guidance to our children.
What is Kid’s Church
Kid’s Church is a space for kids to worship, engage and learn about Jesus in a safe and playful context, while remaining connected to the wider church community. We have a dedicated team of volunteers who plan and prepare the themes for each semester in addition to the subsequent lessons and activities for each Sunday.
How it works?
When you first enter Holy Trinity Anglican you will be greeted by one of our sides people and handed an order of service. At the beginning of the service all children begin worship with the congregation: after the processional hymn and prayer there is a short children’s charge. After this the children between the ages of 4-12 will be invited downstairs to the Green Room to spend the first half of the service in large group activities and in break-off groups sorted by age. At the offertory hymn the children are and teachers return to the service share with the whole community in the Holy Eucharist. Parents are strongly encouraged to come down at the offertory hymn and collect your little ones as it is easy to lose track of time when so much fun is happening! In addition, parents are especially welcome to drop down on any Sunday to see the fun and learning first hand.
It is important that children see and experience firsthand what is happening through all the sights and sounds of a liturgy. It is also important that our children get to know the fathers, mother, aunts and uncles of their faith by participating with them in worship together. To facilitate this, once a month we invite the children to be a part of the service upstairs which we call Festival Sundays. On these Sundays we have a few less readings and instead of a children’s charge we have a short children’s sermon and then the children will be dismissed to go and sit back with their parents.
For more information on welcoming children in church click on the link for some ABC’s on Children and Worship.