Children and Youth

Conya with two children
Given the stress levels of living in the 21st Century and the ever-changing world in which we live, kids today need the stability, friendships and fun that church offers. Our mission is to create a safe haven in which we share the love of God and explore the meaning of faith between friends and adult Christian role-models. We do not take this responsibility lightly. All staff and lay volunteers that work with Trinity’s children and youth have had mandatory “Child Protection” training, and staff have had background checks.

With so many changes occurring at Trinity these days, we always try to keep things fresh, fun and exciting! One way to do that is to seek the opinion and input of children and youth in our care for, within reason, kids need to “own” their program and help plan it, if it is to be successful. That’s why we introduce our teens to lay leadership by electing officers and appointing them to various church committees, such as the Building Committee and the Administrative Council.


Programs

Children and youth of all ages are welcome at Trinity! There is a class for every age group with appropriate teaching methods, including puppets, drama, games, videos, music and fun. Our nursery classes are for infants and toddlers ages 0-5, then there’s a wide variety of programs for ages 5-18, including Sunday school, Children’s Church, music, acolyte program, worship experiences, traditional day/overnight camps, mission trips, fundraising activities, lock-ins, weekend retreats and more. To learn about all the different activities and classes, contact our Children & Youth Ministry Team Chairperson, Lori Hansard, by emailing her at diryouth@trinitydeland.org.


Children and Youth Sunday Classes

At Trinity, we pledge to feed the spiritual soul of any young person who enters our doors, incorporating God’s Word as our highest priority. Sunday classes are held for toddlers through senior high students and includes a nursery for infants. “Sunday School” takes place from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. each Sunday morning (see bullets below.)

We introduce Jesus to children and youth in a fun, structured environment where children are encouraged to grow in Christ. Our classes are held in rooms that are clean and orderly, and we use age-appropriate Bible-based curricula (Whirl by Sparkhouse for elementary-age and Cokesbury Magazine with middle school-age) filled with activities, lessons, singing, questions and answers and interactive discussions. They discuss current events and sometimes view clips of movies to enhance the lesson.


Vacation Bible School – VBS

Every year, Trinity’s Children & Youth Ministry Team plan and prepare for an exciting Vacation Bible School (VBS) experience for children ages 4 through 11. This year’s VBS theme was “Hero Central” which focused on each child’s individual gifts and how anyone can be a “super hero.” Team leaders (including members of Trinity Youth) took kids on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discovered the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central incorporated upbeat music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God!

But don’t just take our word for it, watch this slide show to see how much fun we have at VBS then make plans to enroll your child or grandchild next summer!


img_3636Overnight and Mission Trips

Teenagers, ages 13-18, are encouraged to take advantage of the many overnight retreats, camps and mission trips that Trinity has to offer. Many of these opportunities result in life-changing ways to connect teens with God and others in a safe, Christ-centered atmosphere.

img_3781Every summer, our teens embark on a mission trip. In addition, both children and youth are encouraged to attend the United Methodist “church camp” (better known as Warren Willis Camp) in Fruitland Park, Florida. There, they will experience a high-energy, life-changing week at one of their eight weeks of classic overnight camp. Rising 4th grade students through recently graduated seniors are invited to jump-start their faiths while making lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories on beautiful Lake Griffin. Kids spend four full days zip lining, tubing, doing yoga, sailing, making crafts, learning archery, and so much more! The moments that aren’t a flurry of activity are devoted to growing their relationships with others and with God.

Every year, the teens share their personal, spiritual experiences with the congregation on Mission Trip Sunday. Click HERE to see some of the great photos taken on our 2017 Summer Mission Trip to Daytona Beach!


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