Children are precious and we want them to know they belong at Holy Trinity Parish. As baptized persons they are fully initiated into Christ’ body, the Church. And we, as the Church, are not whole without them.
We get it. Squirmy children at church is hard. And Episcopal services can sometimes feel long. But we at HTP take our Baptismal Covenants and the Episcopal Church’s Children’s Charter seriously! If you’re visiting, we want you to know you and your children are welcome.
Nursery: The HTP Nursery is available from 9:00-11:30 each Sunday for newborns through age 3, and is located just off the Parish Office (first door on the left as you walk down the hallway). It’s staffed by volunteers and paid nursery workers who are also part of our teaching team at the Holy Trinity Parish Preschool. These teachers have passed all background checks and Safe Church requirements.
Children in Church: For children ages 4 and up, we encourage them to participate in the HTP service to the best of their abilities. We have worship bags and books available outside the Nave for children to borrow and use during the Eucharistic service. If you need to step out and reset and try again, we understand. Thank you for bringing your kids to church to worship with us!
Acolytes and Children Serving in Church: HTP embraces our youngest of acolytes and having them serve during our Eucharist services. Contact Fr. Rhett if you have a child who might be interested in becoming an acolyte, singing in choir, reading the lessons, or participating in another way. We are open to conversations about how to include them in our services.
Sunday School Programs for Children
Sunday School occurs during HTP’s formation hour, 9:15-10:15 each Sunday. We offer Sunday School formation opportunities for a variety of ages.
Our HTP Children's Choirs offer a spiritual musical journey for our youngest members. The Primary Choir, designed for preschool through first-grade students, and the Junior Choir, tailored for second through fifth graders, meet weekly on Sunday mornings from 8:45 am to 9:15 am in the first-floor music room, just before the formation hour.
Each choir explores a diverse and age-appropriate repertoire, with occasions for them to sing separately and together throughout the year. The Junior Choir has the unique opportunity to collaborate with the adult Parish Choir for anthems during various worship services throughout the academic year.
These dedicated young choristers contribute to our worship experience, participating in our 10:30 am service monthly and during significant occasions such as All Saints Sunday, Lessons & Carols, Christmas Eve, and other special events.
For additional information, please contact Kyle Bynum at [email protected]. Join us in enriching our worship through children's participation in music!
Children and families are often a focus of parish-wide events and services throughout the year, e.g., St. Nicholas Day service, Christmas Pageant, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Easter Brunch, and Parish Retreat. We also hold some special events just for families, e.g. VBS, family suppers, etc. Watch here for updates.