Sunday School

We welcome all children from Infancy through high school; everyone has a place here at Trinity.

Children of preschool age through grade six are engaged in our Godly Play Program.

Teens in grade 7 to 8 are enrolled in our Upper Room discussion and formation group.

Our Nursery, for infants through age three, is stocked with toys and books and comfy furniture. The Nursery is run by our experienced childcare staff every Sunday morning, as well as during many special events. Parents are welcome to stay with their children and listen to the service on the speaker located in the Nursery.

Who We Are

Education - rainforestTrinity’s Church School is made up of children from all over the greater New Haven area, coming from as far as Madison, Trumbull, Cheshire – and every town in between.

We gather each week to worship with our families, spend time learning about our faith, and sharing the Holy Eucharist as a community. And during the year there are many opportunities for youngsters to get involved in cultural and educational activities at Trinity.

We are a vibrant educational program that offers weekly child care, church school for preteens, teen discussion groups, and a summer program (see details in side column).  In addition, we offer special events such as the annual Christmas pageant and Easter Egg hunt – not to mention the ever popular blessing of the animals.

“The Godly Play program is offered between the two services, from 10:10-11:00 a.m.”

Middle and high school youth meet with an experienced facilitator each Sunday, and are offered the opportunity to discuss a different topic each week, based on the lectionary material or on a subject of their choosing. Youth ages 14 & up are encouraged to be a part of Trinity’s Youth Group, which meets Sunday afternoons in the Church.

How We Teach: Godly Play

“Godly Play brings the children ‘in touch’ with the stories of the Bible: they can see and feel and work with the stories of Jesus and the Bible.”

Trinity Episcopal Church successfully uses Godly Play, a curriculum developed by the reverend Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal priest, to nurture and guide children as they experience God in their lives.

Godly Play is an interpretation of Montessori religious education that provides a special environment for children. They are guided through parables; sacred stories and sacred liturgy by two teachers who help them get ready, enter into and respond to the presentation. After hearing the lesson the children are encouraged to choose which materials they want to work with. The small manipulatives used in Godly Play offer a hands-on method that enhances a child’s interpretation and response to the lesson. Using a hands-on approach to manipulate the lesson materials helps a child to “get in touch with” and process what they have experienced.

A Godly Play lesson is designed to mirror what the adult congregation experiences during a typical church service. Children hear the word, respond to the word through their work, share a feast together and say good-bye to each other as they leave the space.

The Godly Play classroom environment functions as a place where children can be themselves as they learn how Christians live in community. It is a place that encourages each child to process their own experiences with God.

Trinity is proud to offer children this unique approach to Christian formation and is dedicated to fostering the spiritual growth of each child we serve.

The Upper Room

Our Upper Room curriculum is a teenage-oriented program that offers weekly themes related to the questions of faith and life teenagers seek to discuss. The youth prayer book “Call on Me” is a popular and shared resource from which participants select their favorite prayer of that Sunday.

Our Upper Room teacher is Hal Chen. Father of three children himself, David has also taught this age group for many years. His experience with middle-school aged children makes the participants feel comfortable to voice their questions and to engage in discussions that their faith life needs.

The class is held at 9 am in the Upper Room.

For more information please contact David Phelps.

Sunday School Registration

We offer the Godly Play Program for children in preschool to grade 6 and the Upper Room Program for children in grades 7 and 8. Sunday School Registration is available online.

Child Care in the Nursery

Slider - Sunday nursey keeptersTrinity offers safe child care for parents during most services.  The child care is in the undercroft right next to the other Sunday school rooms, each with a sliding door and a floor to wall vertical window, and happily staffed by trained volunteers.  It is stocked with toys and books to free up parents to attend services and special events, though parents are welcome to stay with their children.