Children and Youth Ministries

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.


Our 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 Director, “Miss 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

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is an outreach  ministry that Trinity provides to educate children in grade school about God. Every summer, we operate a week-long program that uses a religious curriculum to teach children about God and the Word of God with Bible lessons and related teachings.

Why should kids attend Vacation Bible School? VBS is the best way to get kids involved in church, while giving parents the opportunity to meet the people within the church too. VBS is always presented in a casual, friendly way, and membership in the church is not required for children to participate. Here are some other great reasons why kids should attend VBS:

Every year, our Education Team reviews and selects an appropriate curriculum that they can creatively adapt to God’s Word. To learn more about this year’s VBS curriculum, click on THIS LINK to read all about it. And, for detailed information, contact our Children & Youth Ministry Director, “Miss Lori” Hansard, by using our Contact Us email link.


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.

Every summer, our teens embark on a 5-7-day mission trip. In 2019, the youth will go to the mountains of north Georgia along with youth from Community United Methodist in DeBary. Together, these fine young men and women will work on several mission projects, and focus on serving others as Christ would have us do.

Once back home, the teens are asked to share their personal, spiritual experiences with the congregation on Mission Trip Sunday. For more info, contact our Children & Youth Ministry Director, “Miss Lori” Hansard, by calling the church office or using our Contact Form.


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