At Trinity we welcome all Children and Families!
We offer many fun programs specially focused on Children and Families. We hope that you will join us to see all of the exciting things that are happening!
Faith Connect Kids! “40 Days of Kindness”
Many think of Lent as a time to give things up—to make sacrifices—as Jesus did for us. But Lent can also be a time to take things on—to make deliberate choices to live your life like Christ has called you to do—to serve all people, following the example of Jesus. This Lenten season our Faith Connect Kids! will take on the task of serving others through “40 Days of Kindness!” We’ll share God’s love with friends and family both in the church and in the community. Click here to see the calendar of activities.
March 17 – Meet People’s Needs
(1 Peter 4:10)
Let’s face it—we can all be a little selfish. At times, we expect others to pay attention to our needs while forgetting to do the same for others. So this week we talk about meeting other people’s needs.
· In our story, Peter says to serve others using the gifts God has given us (1 Peter 4:10-11).
· In class, we’ll discuss how our kids can pay attention, be encouragers, and use their gifts of kindness to change someone’s day. A simple smile, kind word, or a high five can make a big impact. We’ll make bookmarks to give to kids in the inner-city schools where our tutors serve. We’ll write special notes of encouragement on each bookmark.
· At home, we’ll ask kids/families to collect new or gently used books for Harrisburg city schools and Cumberland County Children & Youth Services, and to include a note of encouragement with each book.
Won’t be at Sunday School this week? Want to color some extra bookmarks? No problem! Download the activity now and complete it at home!
March 10 – Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet
This week we will kick off our “40 Days of Kindness” with the story of Jesus washing the feet of the Disciples (John 13:1-17). Let’s be honest, many of our children are “served” regularly – meals are prepared and then magically cleaned up! Dirty clothes are washed, dried, and put neatly back in their drawers! Every night their toys march straight back into place! It is easy for them to think that they “deserve” to be served by the adults in their lives.
In this story, Jesus served his disciples, even though it seemed as if they should be serving him. Our kids will learn that they should serve others in the same way – they should lend a hand, instead of thinking they are too important to help. As Jesus teaches “anyone who wants to be first, must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
Our kids will be making “service coupons” that they can hand out to family and friends. Perhaps they will take a turn at cleaning the dishes or folding the laundry? Maybe they will even pick up their toys at night!
Won’t be at Sunday School this week? Need extra coupons? No problem! Download the activity now and complete it at home! (Click here for the preschool activity sheet!)
Share your pictures!
We want to see the kindness spreading – take pictures and share them with us! We will share the pictures on Sunday mornings with our Faith Connect Kids! We are also putting together a mission moment to share with the rest of the congregation! E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or send via text message (610-213-8250.) You can also post to our Facebook Page (@trinitycamphill) and use #TLC40DaysofKindness.
Note for Preschool Parents
Please note that the weekly lessons reflected on our “40 Days of Kindness” calendar are based on the K – 5th grade lessons. Since we are using two different curriculums, the preschool and elementary lessons do not always match up. Every week our fabulous preschool team will make sure that they tie in this project to their lesson for the day. Your children will get the opportunity to complete the service projects in class and at home. We may make minor changes to the in-class project so that the kids can complete the task without frustration. Their skill set may be different than our older kids, but teaching kindness is perfect for any age! We hope that you will find this project fun and rewarding for both you and your child. Please reach out if you have any questions.
Follow the footsteps of Jesus
Friday, April 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
On Friday, April 5, come any time from 6-8 pm to follow the footsteps of Jesus on a Holy Week journey to Jerusalem. You’ll experience the Last Supper, the crucifixion, the empty tomb, and more. New for this year, a special glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. This activity is wonderful for all ages, and especially for kids PreK – Grade 7 with parents. Don’t miss it! And tell others!
Help to make this event special!
We will be collecting donations of plastic eggs for our activities, along with snack items (juice, cookies, crackers, pretzels, etc.) to be served during the event. Please drop off donations to the office by Sunday, March 31st.
VBS in Guatemala – July 13 – 21, 2019
Trinity is looking for teens, college students, professionals, retirees, and everyone in between to work with the beautiful children of the children’s homes (Hogar Miguel Magone and Hogar Maria Auxiliadora) and the newly built girl’s school, Hope Academy. Some Spanish speaking ability is helpful but not required. Most important is helping hands, open hearts and a willingness to go with the flow! All participants from Trinity must be at least 13 years of age and able to walk 1 mile without assistance.
Can’t make the journey with us?
Be part of the home team! We will need many prayers, supplies, and financial support to make this trip possible! Consider joining our Home Team!
Save the Date for VBS at Trinity!
June 24 – 28, 2019
Our wonderful VBS program will once again return to Trinity with both a morning and an evening session. Stay tuned for more information on registration and how you can join our team!
Parenting with you – each step of the way!
You’re not in this alone! Being a parent can be exciting, joyful, frustrating, and downright complicated. Trinity wants you to know we’re with you each step of the way. You’re doing good work! Visit our Parents page for more articles and helpful links.
Parents – Check out our new adult Faith Connection Classes
We are excited to offer some new, and returning, Faith Connection Classes this winter. Click here to check out the new winter brochure. Join any class at any time!
One of our NEW Faith Connection classes for adults! Stop by anytime to share, discuss, laugh and learn. Sundays at 9:45 am in Room 234. Limited copies of book available at Trinity or you may purchase the book here.
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
March 13 – June 12
Most people say that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Facilitated by Barbara Caboot
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Balancing Fun and Order
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