Trinity Sunday School offers instruction and pastoral care for children ages 6 months through 18 years old. Our newly-renovated floor includes larger rooms and new furnishings, bright meeting space, a designated art room, craft workshop for youth, and use of the parish kitchen. Everyone gathers at 9:45am in the Family Gathering room before the 10am Education Hour for children, youth, and adults. Special accommodations are made for children and youth with special needs, so please contact us and we’ll help ensure your child’s needs will be met.
Classrooms are located at 74 Trinity Place, 3rd Floor; just follow the colorful signs. Registration is required in advance (call 212.602.9627 or email email@example.com).
8:30am–1pm: Nursery Care (ages 6 months to 4 years)
Nursery care is available from 8:30am–1pm on Sundays all year long. Children enjoy professionally staffed and supervised Christian storytelling and active play. Two and three-year-olds in the nursery join the Toddler Sunday School class during the 10am hour. Parents who prefer to share Sunday worship with their little ones are more than welcome to visit the Nursery at any time during the service or when their child needs to take a break. From the church, just follow the signs to 74 Trinity Place across the foot bridge, and take the elevator up one story to the 3rd Floor.
9:45–10am: Family Gathering Time
Each week, the Sunday School community (teachers, children, youth, and parents) meet briefly for informal prayer, song, and learning just prior to Sunday School and Adult Discovery.
Early Childhood and Elementary
Toddlers (ages 2 and 3) are introduced to Sunday School through playful exploration of the ways in which they are beloved children of God. The toddler group utilizes Living the Good News curriculum, combining Bible storytelling, symbolism, arts and crafts, music and movement, free play and social sharing, forming the building blocks for an early experience in Christian community.
Pre-K-1st grade (ages 4-6) utilizes Godly Play, a curriculum where children enter a space of mystery in a room filled with sacred objects used for enacting Bible stories. Children sit in a circle, listening and centering themselves in a sacred space, prepared to wonder and make meaning of the mysteries of Biblical stories.
Grades 2-3 (ages 7-8) explore meaning and mystery in the Bible grounded in thoughtful theology, nurturing the imaginative spirit while integrating worship, learning, and serving ministries. Grades 2-3 begin the year with extension lessons of Godly Play, later moving into Seasons of the Spirit, a lectionary based curriculum that explores liturgy, ritual, imagination, and service in community.
Grades 4-5 (ages 9-11) will focus on the meaning of Communion, spending time learning about the Eucharist, attending a Family Eucharist Retreat, and receiving a special ceremony at the end of the year. In addition, this age group will begin Bible study, Church history, and Christian contemplative practices.
10am Sunday Classes: Youth Groups
Rite 13 (ages 11-13) It’s not easy being a young teen navigating the culture and everyday demands to conform. The Rite 13 curriculum is designed to build self-esteem in the context of Christian community. Weekly Scriptural teachings, laughter, growing friendships, prayer, group activities, and open communication honor the gifts of each person and support the life of the whole group. Young people are assisted to grow in maturity and independence, looking forward to a liturgical celebration of this growth. In addition, Rite 13 youth begin deeper study of the Bible, gaining interpretive skills, lead peer Bible study groups, and write commentary to be published and shared in the community.
Journey to Adulthood (ages 14-16) is a curriculum that continues the exploration of Rite 13 with an opportunity for a new group to bond around empowerment and the transition from youth to adulthood—self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. Journey to Adulthood (J2A) blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. This youth group practices active listening, negotiation, assertion, research/informal management, partnership, and leadership.
Young Adults in the Church (ages 16-18) begin to take on adult responsibilities in all aspects of parish life and the community. They are challenged to become good stewards of their time, talent and treasure. Guided by adult advisers, they engage Scripture, reason and the tradition of the church to guide their lifelong pilgrimage of faith. Full adult membership in the church is encouraged for high school seniors, as well as participation in Discovery Adult Education.
As an Episcopal Sunday School, we follow the lectionary and are guided by the liturgical seasons. Once a month, each age group will come together for special lectionary and liturgical lessons given by guest teachers in our community. These lessons will thematically connect classroom lessons to what is happening in the Church.