The Children/Youth Education Mission of Trinity is to guide Trinity’s children and youth through a reflective and active faith formation experience that provides a solid Christian foundation in the Episcopal tradition and fosters a spiritual reserve that supports them in making informed moral decisions throughout their lives. We do this by developing curriculum that promote our values of theology, Biblical study, spiritual practice, community and service.
For more information, contact Christopher Decatur at 216-774-0478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Junior (7th-8th grades) and Senior (9th-12th grades) High programs combine open, faith-based conversation about contemporary issues with Bible study, outreach projects, retreats and social events.
The Junior High youth spend Sunday mornings relating God’s message to their lives. The Making it Real and Relevant curriculum by Heidi K.E. Hawks, offers a way to view clips from recent movies and search for the underlying message of God’s grace within popular culture. After viewing the movie scene, a gospel story is read and the youth are encouraged to find connections between the two. Following the Revised Common Lectionary, topics include the body as a temple for God, facing up to our temptations, and finding our life purpose through Christ’s teachings.
The Senior High youth spend Sunday mornings discussing what it means to say Christ is with us. This group covers a variety of topics, current events and biblical text and applies it to their every day lives as they prepare to step into adulthood. The outlines for this curriculum is constructed by Christopher Decatur.
The adult leaders strive to provide examples of lives lived in faith and remind young people of the ever-present love and mercy of God. To learn more about our Youth Groups please contact Christopher Decatur.
Confirmation at Trinity isn’t about learning the answers, but about beginning to ask the questions. If you’re in 9th grade or above, we invite you to explore the process of confirmation in the Episcopal Church.
Here’s how it works: We pair you with an adult mentor who’s ready to talk with you about God, church, and faith. The only rule is that your mentor isn’t the one with the “right” answers. We expect–even hope–that you’ll sometimes disagree. What if you decide confirmation isn’t for you right now? That’s ok. The point is to ask the questions.
We use an Episcopal confirmation curriculum that combines traditional Book of Common Prayer-based Christian catechesis with a healthy openness to questions, doubt and searching that supports young people in claiming a faith that is deeply held and truly confirmed. If you’re interested in confirmation or want to find out more, please contact Christopher Decatur.