Growing in faith and deepening familiarity and engagement with biblical stories happens at Middle School Youth Group on Wednesday Evenings (6:30 – 8:30 pm during the program year) and on Sunday mornings (9:15 – 10:05 am) for Sunday Morning Bible Study.
At Bible Study, youth engage in lively discussions, consider Christian responses to challenging times in a challenging world, listen to the faith stories of others, and reflect on their own journey to adulthood. Adult leaders facilitate discussion and through this weekly encounter, develop significant and trusted relationships with the youth.
Youth Group is a combination of fun, outings, and learning.
Fun & Fellowship
Wednesday evening Middle School Youth Group is a weekly gathering of fun, energy, learning, outings, and hilarity. In it, Trinity Middle Schoolers build relationships with each other, and with adult leaders who come ready to engage on all levels!
For several years, Middle School Youth have met formally with members of the Trinity Classics – elders in the parish. Together youth and elders build relationships with each other, engage service in the community, tell stories, worship, and have fun.
Middle School youth also participate in diocesan youth events such as Winterfest, an interchurch lock-in held at St. Stephen’s Church, Edina, for all youth in 6th- 8th grade throughout Minnesota. Winterfest is led by a network of metro-area faith formation leaders and high school youth. Activities include active games, vibrant music, tasty food and small group reflection.
Middle School youth focus their ministry in the world in three areas: Excelsior Community Garden, Loaves & Fishes (Hopkins), and the Girls’ Service Group.
Trinity Church has a plot in Excelsior’s community garden and in the spring and summer, Middle School youth work with Trinity’s deacon, Chip Whitacre, to plant, nurture, and harvest produce which is then donated to First Nations Kitchen for their guests.
Trinity’s Middle School youth are researching an on-going relationship with the local Loaves & Fishes feeding program – a weekly meal open to anyone in the community. The Middle School youth are taking their cue from older Trinity members, who have ministered at the Minneapolis Loaves & Fishes for over 30 years.
Like Senior High Youth, Middle Schoolers participate in leading Sunday worship as acolytes, lectors (people who read the scripture), and instrumentalists. On Maundy Thursday, Middle School youth join the Senior High in leading all aspects of liturgy on one of the church’s most sacred days of the year.