Children at Trinity

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Children in Worship

To parents with young children: welcome! You are always welcome to bring your children into the service, even when they are making noise. The sounds of children are the sounds of a growing church, and they remind us that we are members of a new family in Christ, called out to be a people dedicated to God’s praise.

Our 9AM service is a family-integrated service, and you can expect that there will be other children in the service, sometimes crying, sometimes singing, and sometimes saying Alleluia and Amen!

TrinityKids

At our 11AM service, we offer the TrinityKids program for young children. When you arrive, bring your children to our second-floor kids area, where they will have activities, a Bible lessons, song, and prayer. The program runs around 40 minutes, and children return to their families for communion. Children are also welcome to attend the entire service.

Children and the Sacraments

Children are full participants in the sacramental life of Trinity. Under the spiritual authority of their parents, children may be admitted to both baptism and communion.

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away (Matthew 19:13-15).

On the Baptism of Children
As Jesus commanded in his Great Commission, we baptize children and then teach them to keep his commandments (Matthew 28:16-20).  In this we also follow the example of the Apostles, who baptized entire households and preached that the gift of Baptism and the Holy Spirit are available to believers together with their children (Acts 2:39, Acts 10, Acts 16:15, 1 Cor 1:16).  

On the Communion of Children
Jesus instituted communion during a passover meal, indicating in the bread and wine that he was the paschal lamb for a “new covenant” (1 Corinthians 11:25).  Just as children ate the passover meal in faith, and then grew in understanding over time, so we admit children to communion (Exodus 12:26-27) .  In receiving communion, children enjoy union with Christ by faith, growing in greater understanding over time.  Adults too grow in understanding over time, provided they have faith “like children” (Matthew 18:3).