Students in grades 6 through 12 are an important part of our church family. We offer a variety of ways for students to learn and use the gifts that God has blessed them with on a regular basis.
Middle School Ministry (Cornerstone, Grades 6-8)
Confirmation classes walk students in Grades 7 and 8 through the core beliefs of the Christian church. The topics include Prayer, Baptism, The Lord’s Supper, Forgiveness of Sins, The 10 Commandments and the Apostle’s Creed. Students are divided into small groups by age and gender, and paired with an adult small group leader. Each night includes a small group game, large group teaching and small group discussion. Confirmation classes meet on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8 p.m. during the school year. For more about the importance of Confirmation or to register your student, contact Jason Christ, Director of Middle School Ministries.
Events for Students (Remix)
Students in Grades 6 – 8 participate in events together. Some are service projects, others are focused on building relationships through games and activities. During the summer, we encourage students to participate in Vacation Bible School. More information about our 2019-2020 schedule will be available in August.
There are education hour classes for students in grade 6 and another for students in grades 7 and 8. Classes take place in the lower level beneath the Worship Center.
High School Ministry (Crossroads, Grades 9-12)
Students play games, hang out with peers and get away from the pressures of the day while also digging into God’s Word. Some weeks are more focused on building relationships through games and activities and other weeks are more focused on exploring the Bible around a relevant topic. There are also evenings that focus entirely on a service project in order to connect with the greater family of God at/outside of First Trinity. Our past goal has been to have one youth group activity a month and one local service project a month, but as COVID restrictions change so has our schedule. We hope to get back to this schedule once restrictions are lifted. As of right now, we are planning youth group events and service projects on a month-to-month basis. Be sure to check your email (or sign up for email updates) so that you can have access to all youth group event information! If you are not on the email list but would like to be please email Jen Florio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Hour is our Bible Study for high school students on Sunday mornings. It is geared toward students who already know Christ in some way and need encouragement and support to grow in their relationship with Christ and share Him with those around them (though all are welcome!). Students will have opportunity to worship together, play together, pray together, study God’s Word together, share life together and grow in their relationships with God. They will be encouraged to watch for God at work in their lives and be challenged each week to live out their faith away from the church building. Typically we hold small group classes within Education Hour three times a year for six weeks at a time. Small group leaders lead Bible Study classes with the students, where they get to connect with each other and other adults and grow in relationship with one another. The high school group also, typically, gets to experience the adult classes once a year to build intergenerational relationships and help students feel and become a part of the larger congregation.
Due to COVID restrictions, we are hosting our Education Hour classes online from 10-10:40am. The shortened time allows for families to join Church in person if they feel comfortable doing so. The link to our weekly Zoom meeting can be found at this link: https://firsttrinity.com/blog/2020/09/education-hour-fall-2020/
Summer Trips and Missions
Summer trips are of great importance in student ministry. We see time and time again that getting away for a week from “everyday life” has enormous spiritual and relational impact that continues throughout the year. Whenever possible, we aim to have the summer trip connect with the themes for that year, or use them as a launch into topics of the coming year. Because of that, we will rotate between Workcamp mission trips and team building experiences. We are working on a new rotational schedule to better help serve our communities and the students. Our goal is to grow in relationship with God and each other through good works.
This year students in Grades 8-12 can attend Workcamp 2021 in Elkview, WV from July 24-August 1, 2021.