Middle school youth growing in faith and deepen familiarity and engagement with biblical stories during Youth Group on Wednesdays (6:30–8:30 pm during the program year) and on Sunday mornings (9:15–10:05 am) for 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.
Fun & Fellowship
Wednesday evening Middle School Youth Group is a weekly gathering of fun, energy, learning, outings and hilarity. Youth 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 in 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 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 that is then donated to First Nations Kitchen.
Trinity’s middle school youth are researching an ongoing relationship with the local Loaves & Fishes feeding program, a weekly meal open to anyone in the community. Youth are taking their cue from older Trinity members, who have ministered at the Minneapolis Loaves & Fishes for more than 30 years.
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Like senior high youth, middle schoolers participate in 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 the liturgy on one of the church’s most sacred days of the year.