Sunday School – It’s for Life!

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

The United Methodist Church wants to re-energize Sunday School and spark new ministries, especially those focused on children. Can you imagine a church where 60 to 75 percent of those who attend worship also attend Sunday School? Can you imagine a Sunday School so vital that it has sparked so many other ministries that the church building is used seven days a week? Well, we can at Trinity!

Here at Trinity Church, we don’t just imagine these scenarios at Sunday School; they are our immediate goals for 2015 and 2016, and we’re making things happen. Let’s begin in September by following the lead of our Associate Pastor Keith Lee. Pastor Keith has great and ambitious plans for Trinity’s children and youth. He’ll be joined by Lauren Stevens, who has moved into Trinity House. She is from Sunnyvale, CA, and will be a first-year student at Wesley Theological Seminary. Her ministry area at Trinity will be with our children and their spiritual formation. What a terrific team!

he Virginia Conference School of Children’s Ministries is inviting all Education and Children’s Ministry workers and teachers to Extraordinary Lessons from Ordinary Objects, November 7, at Good Shepherd UMC in Dale City. This event presents new skills in making meaningful faith connections with our children.

There are eight areas of instruction:

  1. Music for non-musical people
  2. Mission Kids
  3.  Creative Community Outreach
  4. Technology for You and Children
  5. Teaching Through Games
  6. 20 Under 20
  7. 12 Simple Things to be a Better Leader
  8. Prayer and Spiritual Disciplines for Children

As the nation’s third-largest religious body (behind Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists) the United Methodist Church is more influential in seats of power than people realize. This means that what is taught in our Sunday School classes is helping determine morals and values on the large scale. Sunday School is where the action is. Trinity Church kicks off and celebrates the new Sunday School year on September 13 with a Potluck lunch and bounce houses. Please plan to join us. Sunday School – It’s For Life.

Wednesday Night Dinners

Are you looking for a healthy, easy way to feed your family AND a way to fit an hour of small group fellowship into your weekly schedule?

We have the answer! Wednesday evenings from September through May, join us for dinner, fellowship, discipleship and fun!

Come by yourself, bring a friend, come as a family or come as a date night! A wonderful dinner is served from 6-6:30 p.m. and afterwards you can choose your class: Bible Study with Pastor Jim, Youth Group, Children’s Choir, and other small groups.


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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