A couple brings their child forward in worship for baptism. Part of the vows we take as a congregation in the baptismal covenant is that we will do all in our power to “increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them in love.” (page 38, United Methodist Hymnal). How do we do that as a congregation?
At Trinity, we have several opportunities for children to engage together as they grow in the faith. The Trinity Day School is a well-known ministry that forms young disciples. Trinity UMC sponsors a co-ed Cub Scout Pack, engages children in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and weekly children’s-focused programming. During worship, we have a nursery as well as a children’s church following the children’s sermon. The music program sponsors choirs for all ages. Trinity can be proud of the many ways we seek to grow young disciples for the transformation of the world.
During this summer, Jay Punt has served as our student intern. His area of responsibility encompasses children’s ministries. One of the observations he has offered is that our children may be better served if we had some collaboration among the various ministries; to that end, we are seeking ways to bring to the table the various stakeholders involved in children’s ministry so that we can learn from one another, coordinate our efforts and calendars, and collaborate in the pursuit of our goals with the children we
How can you fulfill the covenant vows made at the baptism of the children of Trinity? I invite you to pray for our children’s ministry and volunteer your gifts or service. Each of us has a part. What will be yours?