Children & Families
Growing in faith together

Family

formation

Trinity is committed to creating a place for families to grow in faith together while the whole family has a community that will welcome you, just as you are. Whole family formation is provided throughout the year for families to gather for fellowship, help our children understand God’s love without exceptions, and build a safe community where families can navigate parenting together. Check out our upcoming events for your family.

We’re helping children experience the love of God.

This is our mission.

Our Children’s Ministry mission is to provide a loving and safe place where children can experience their Christian faith through community and hands-on activities. We are committed to creating an environment where children understand God’s love without expectations, and explore their faith through relevant experiences and child lead learning. Please see our list of upcoming Children’s Ministry Events.

Download the Children’s Ministry Registration form here.

What Happens on Sundays

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Nursery

Trinity Church offers a staffed nursery for children ages 0-3 years old during the Sunday’s Adult Formation, the 10:30 service each Sunday, and other special events as indicated in the bulletin. In addition to our nursery staff being caring and experienced, staff has completed Safe Church Training, CPR/First Aid Training, and a background check.

While in the nursery, the staff engages our littles one in creative play, Bible stories, and simple developmental appropriate lessons. For more information, please read our Nursery Policies (coming soon!) and Nursery FAQ.

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Godly Play

Each week, children gather in the Parish Hall during the 10:30 a.m. service to experience Bible stories and liturgical action stories through Godly Play, a Montessori-based method. This hand-ons approach allows children to experience God using all their senses, engages each child’s innate spirituality, and helps children develop fluency in Christian language. Using a layered curriculum, Godly Play serves all children, meeting them at their level to wonder and play, and providing the opportunity for children to draw personal theological meaning. In our classroom, children are not told how to interpret the stories, but rather are given a safe place to wonder, reflect, and listen for God in their lives. Godly Play ends before the communion and children join their parents to receive the Eucharist together.

For more information, visit the Godly Play Foundation and the Godly Play Foundation YouTube channel for an overview of the Godly Play process. Parents are also welcome to contact Gizelle or Jacky for a tour of our Godly Play Classroom.

Safe Church

Every member of our staff, church leadership, and all children and youth volunteers must be certified by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia Safeguarding God’s Children program. This includes a background check, a requirement to follow all safety policies, and abuse prevention and awareness training. For more information, please contact Gizelle Moran or read the policy manuals for children and youth here.

Gizelle Moran

Director

Gizelle Moran is from Pensacola, Florida, where she met her husband, Chris, while he was in Naval Flight Training. She graduated from the University of West Florida with a B.A. in education and has worked with Children and Youth for over 11 years. She also has a certification in Godly Play and in Children’s Ministry. When Gizelle is not working with our Children and Families, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and two daughters, Amelia and Vivian.

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