Christian Education

                      Elementary and Middle/High School Classes

Trinity Episcopal Church offers two Sunday School sessions at 9:15-10:00 on Sunday mornings. The elementary school class is taught by Mr. Richard Micklos, a retired Anne Arundel County Public Schools teacher with 30 years of experience teaching 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades and 3 years of teaching Sunday School. The middle and high school class is taught by Mr. Ryan Thompson with the assistance of his brother, Mr. Dan Thompson. Ryan is a graduate of St Mary’s College, an Eagle Scout, and is employed by NIMH. Ryan just completed his first year teaching this class. Ryan is, also, the leader of our very active Youth Fellowship program.

The Sunday School lessons are usually based on the Gospel reading for that Sunday. By studying the selection and, often, making a project or doing an activity related to it, the students are better able to understand the reading and the homily. Hopefully, this helps to enrich their participation in the service.

Some of the subjects that were covered during this past school year included: the parable of the prodigal child, the ministries of Tabitha and Lydia, Peter’s dream, Jesus’s healing of the Roman centurion’s slave, Paul’s advice to Timothy, Jesus’s healing of the ten lepers, the parable of the widow and the judge, the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, and the prophesies of Isaiah.

The seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost were studied and observed.

An important part of each Sunday School class is the filling of the 40 bags of food that go to Deep Run Elementary School each week during the school year. Backpack Blessings, as this mission is known, provides those children on reduced and free lunches with enough food to feed themselves over the weekend.

Youth from Trinity fill bags with food for students to take home for the weekend.

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of these  brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” It is one of the goals of our Sunday School to help students apply Jesus’s teachings to their daily lives whenever possible.

Another example of this “walking in Jesus’s footsteps” is our youth’s annual participation in The 30 Hour Famine. This weekend program is sponsored by World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Some of our older students fasted for thirty hours, learned about global hunger and what God wants us to do about it, studied the Bible and attended church services, and participated in several community service projects related to helping those in our neighborhood who go to bed hungry. Last year our students raised $1,680. That was enough money to feed four children for a year.

The youth of our church serve in many capacities. They read passages from the Bible during the church service, bring the gifts to the altar, and sometimes take up the offering. They often give an Easter Reading from the Book of Mark on Palm Sunday for the congregation, make place-mats and serve food at our annual Thanksgiving Day dinner for the homeless and congregants, and perform a well-received Christmas Pageant.

We welcome all children and young adults who would like to learn more about the Bible, God’s laws, and the life and teachings of Jesus and His disciples to attend our Sunday School classes. Also, all youth, their friends, and parents are invited to participate in our fun, challenging, and often spiritual Youth Fellowship activities.

To sign your child up for Trinity’s Sunday School and/or Youth Fellowship, please contact education@trinityelkridge.org and include the following information:

Name, address, home phone number, cell phone number, date of birth, school grade, e mail address, parent’s names, and any medical concerns.