Trinity Play meets every Sunday morning from 9:15–10:00 am during the program year (September–May) and is for children ages 3 through 4th grade. We use a curriculum called Shine: Living in God’s Light to nurture children in their faith formation and explore what it means to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Our classes are led by amazing parish volunteers who help children know, love, and serve God by engaging them in the language and habits of worship, respecting them as partners in ministry, and encouraging them to engage directly with scripture. In our program, children are poised to consider how God is working in the world and how they are invited to participate in that work.
Children thrive on the predictable structure of each class: a gathering exercise, the sharing of a bible story, wonder and reflection, and time to process and respond to the story through art, movement, retelling, and other activities. Classes are bookended with opening and closing prayers. Children depart with a special blessing.
Trinity Play Children’s Choir
Practices take place Sunday mornings before Trinity Play, from 9:00–9:15 am. The choir performs during the 10:15 am service at various times throughout the program year.
Episcopal Creative Arts Day Camp
This week of fun, art, play, music, and friendship is sponsored by Episcopal churches in the Twin Cities metro area every summer. The camp takes place at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis and is open to children ages 4 through rising 6th graders. There is a small registration fee with scholarships available. More information available here.
We take special care to provide a safe and comfortable environment for children. Our staff and parishioner volunteers are Safe Church trained and abide by all childcare best practices as laid out in the ECMN’s Safe Church Policy. You can learn more about Safe Church here.
Trinity Prayer Buddy Ministry
Living in this unprecedented time of Covid-19 can cause us to unduly feel afraid and isolated. Yet, this time can also be an opportunity to deepen our awareness of God’s presence within us and in our world.
Trinity’s Prayer Buddy Ministry helps address this through a connection between you and a child of a Trinity member. Through mail and email you will have a chance to explore four uplifting gifts of the Holy Spirit: Thanks, Hope, Joy, and Love.
So, if you’d like a nudge to focus on your spirituality, become a Prayer Buddy.
Minister of Children, Youth, and Families
You may recognize Sally Hockinson as a member of Trinity, along with her husband Jake and three children: Gavin, Graham and Gemma. You may also recognize her from her leadership in our Trinity Play program, Prayer Buddies, nursery, and as a member of our Vestry (now resigned so she can accept this position).
Sally brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and pizazz. Since 2013 Sally has worked as a teacher in the Waconia school district, Before that she taught as an early childhood educator, as a missionary in Bahrain, and as a Children and Youth Minister in an Anglican parish in England. She holds a BA in early childhood education, and an MS in K-12 Curriculum and Instruction.
Also, Sally has written a letter to the parish, introducing herself, that you may find HERE.