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TRINITY CHURCH
ANNUAL REPORT - 2021

YOUTH MINISTRIES

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A Message from Debbie

Director of Youth Ministries

 

Every Sunday until mid-March, Trinity’s youth rooms were open from 9:30 - 10:30 am as a safe space for youth to process their week and how it intersects with their faith.  Students also engaged in the story of their faith in Holy Scripture, explored the liturgy and prayer book, and built relations with adults of faith.

 

Adults who help with youth: Debbie Cox, Hank Methvin, Bee Sieberg, Glenda McDowell, and David Hensley

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Youth Education, Grades 6-12

 

Every Sunday Trinity’s youth rooms were open from 9:30 - 10:30 am as a safe space for youth to process their week and how it intersects with their faith.  Students also engage the story of our faith in Holy Scripture, explore the liturgy and prayer book, and build relationships with adults of faith.

 

Adults who help with youth: Debbie Cox, Hank Methvin, Bee Sieberg, Glenda McDowell, and David Hensley 

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Youth Sunday

 

Youth Sunday was April 25th and one of the seniors, Harrison Best, gave the homily virtually and in person. Bennett Brosnan read the Prayers of the People.  This year, we recognized 9 high school seniors and 8 college students in the service and on our website.

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Confirmation

David Henson and I held six Sunday afternoon Confirmation classes in the Conference Room. Confirmation Sunday was Sunday, May 23rd. The confirmation class was Adeline Kehrberg, Ruby Anderson, Oly Vassallo, Lexi Franklin, Jackson Israel, Ella and Hoge Reynolds

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Our educational trip this year was July 25th -30th from Atlanta to Montgomery. We took 11 youth and 2 adults. On these life changing trips, typically alternating between international and national locations, youth develop and practice skills in intercultural competency, deeper relationships with adults of faith, practical/experiential theology, leadership and service learning.

 

CLICK HERE to read about our trip online

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Montgomery Capitol Tour Guide
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Sixes on Sundays

 

Sixes on Sundays is back in person and back to its traditional FOOD, FUN, FAITH (All-in-one) format. We know that the year can be busy, and attendance every Sunday morning can be almost impossible for many of our families. So we are offering six core gatherings, and we were hoping they could make these six Sundays a priority as we build our community and our faith together. These six Sundays, each starting at 6 pm, will combine food (dinner together), fun (games), and faith (each Sunday will focus on one core aspect of our faith as Episcopalians and how it relates to students). We have had two Sixes on Sunday, which have been well attended.

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Trinity Co-op

 

Trinity offered a space for members three weekday mornings in Tuton Hall for middle and high school students to conduct remote school learning. Each family group would have one round table that is six feet or more from others. We have one to two adults present at all times. This  continued until May 2021.

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Summer Service Wednesdays

 

We offered Summer Service Wednesdays, which are service hours at various non profit organizations in our community. We went to Lake Logan and Transformation Village in June and July.

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Vacation Bible School

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This summer marked a shift from MarketPlace VBS (which was cancelled last summer because of Covid) to a smaller scale event.  Trinity, along with St. James Black Mountain and St. Mary’s held a Godly Play oriented VBS with WATER as the theme!  It went amazingly well!  We had 40 children attend and 20 youth volunteered.

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Saint O'Lantern Walk

 

Last fall this was our first attempt at this event and it was very well received! We are doing it again this Nov. 7th ( All Saint’s Day). Families of children and youth chose a saint, gathered information on that saint, and presented it in costume, along with a pumpkin carved with the saint’s symbol in our new courtyard. Between 15 to 20 families were involved in this presentation to our parishioners as they walked through”. This year we offered a complimentary chili and cornbread dinner.

Advent Transformation

Last year’s Advent in a Box was a great success, so we are combining the best of both worlds with an in-person gathering to  make the wreath, as well as boxes sent home for those unable to attend.  We will continue with a Reverse Advent calendar-this year with our donations focusing on Transformation Village.

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Lent in a Bag

 

Continuing in the vein of Advent in a Box, we offered families of children and youth a chance to drive through and pick up “Lent in a Bag” The bag contained a tray with a burlap labyrinth, a basket of stones to mark each day in Lent and a devotional guide for each week.

Lent in a Bag

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