Nurture refers to the ways that we learn and grow together. This includes what some call Christian Education, Spiritual Formation, and Sunday School - and more. At Trinity, we welcome the questions and challenges that faith stirs within us. Our Nurture offerings vary throughout the year. If you have any interest in learning or leading, we welcome your gifts and your curiosity!
Check out our current Adult nurture series
On Sunday, February 18th, we will begin a 5-week study on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The class will meet in person at 11:30 on Sunday mornings, facilitated by Mark Facknitz and Rick Comstock. This video is highly recommended for those interested in digging deep into Bonhoeffer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9vqxljH6Ok.
Each week there are recommended videos for viewing prior to the class. There will be a modified hybrid option for those who want to “listen in,” but our hope is for people to join us at the church house each week.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85917596995?pwd=eEhoYjRTQmNScitBTFJ5OWtUbngwUT09
Meeting ID - 859 1759 6995
Below are the video links for each date..
Please watch the video associated with each date before coming to the session. We will occasionally use snippets from the video but hope that most people will have the chance to watch the whole thing beforehand. And if you don’t, we can cope. More details on each video can be found in the syllabus linked above.
1. 18 February. Dianne Rayson, “Bonhoeffer’s Contribution to Ecotheology and Ecoethics,” ca. 35 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTwBRh1b6EU&t=357s
2. 25 February. Lori Brandt Hale, “Bonhoeffer and Justice,” ca. one hour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6s8ASBzhg8&t=27s
3. 3 March. Reggie Williams, “Bonhoeffer on Race,” ca. 40 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsv02ws46Us&t=28s
4. 10 March. Jennifer McBride and Thomas Fabisiak, “Bonhoeffer and the Future of Faith.” Ca. 37 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1lLlBYqnfc&t=3s
5. 17 March. Andrew Root, “Bonhoeffer and the Future of Faith.” Ca 40 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfVqJ2ZrcNg
Ministry with Children
and their Families
Trinity values intergenerational learning and activities, and many will begin to participate in church activities and leadership from a young age. Children and their families have participated together in house church and marks groups, and our youth and younger adults serve on church teams, help to plan and lead worship, work on our tech team, and share their unique gifts in many ways, as full partners in the work of the church.
If you plan to join us in worship, know that children of all ages are welcome at Trinity, just as they are - wiggles, giggles, and all. We have a “Prayground” near the front of the church, with books and quiet activities for younger ones to have more space to wiggle and be comfortable during the service. Our nursery is also open during the service, with worship streaming into the adjacent Commons. Worship bags are available with crayons, paper, and other items for those who learn better when their hands are occupied.
Recognizing that bodies and minds learn differently, our Centering Space rooms are open upstairs, with worship livestream playing, and more hands-on activities that can enhance learning for elementary ages and older. Church volunteers will be available to supervise and assist as needed.
There are many ways Trinity extends our ministry to children and families throughout our community. For those joining us more regularly in worship, we adapt our offerings to the particular needs. “Sunday school” for younger disciples happens on the fourth Sunday of the month following worship. Through activities and conversation, younger disciples can better explore the stories we’ve been hearing in worship throughout the month.
Our goal is for all children to know that they are beloved children of God, just as they are, and that there is a whole church community that loves and supports them. Our Pastor, Stephanie, values that support for her own elementary school-aged children. Gwen, our Associate for Pastoral Care, has a special interest in nurturing the spiritual lives of children and families. She is also a trained practitioner of Godly Play. For more information, contact Stephanie, Gwen, or the church office.