We are implementing Intergenerational Sunday School (including adults who used to attend Sunday Adult Forum). Please read Sunday School teacher Tammy Torrey’s August letter to the congregation below:
August 1, 2022 Dear Trinity Family,
As I sorted through old photos over the past couple months, I spent a lot of time reflecting on family and reminiscing on gatherings. Many of those gatherings centered on a meal; sometimes a barbecue in the backyard or nearby park, other times in a crowded, noisy dining room. One Thanksgiving, my siblings and our families gathered at our parent’s home, each family contributing something special to the feast. My sister-in-law brought her heavenly chocolate cream pie, a decadent treat we looked forward to each year. As the adults shared stories around one table, no one noticed the kids left their table until the room fell suspiciously quiet. With little effort, we found all nine children in a bedroom huddled around the chocolate cream pie with forks and spoons in hand! I am still not sure whether my sister-in-law can find this funny all these years later. I now think about the role everyone played in the pie going missing.
Imagine with me how everyone may have enjoyed the pie. Did we fail to keep watch? What if we eliminated the kid’s table altogether? What if we valued and accepted the whole family at the same table? Imagine now, we apply the same atmosphere to faith formation. What pie do we lose out on when we separate our learning? What if we all learn together? Young, middle ages, elders… all teachers, all learners. Imagine each generation brings their gifts and shares them to build up the body of Christ. The young bring their questions and energy, the mature share their experience and wisdom.
Want to find out? Want to taste the pie?
I invite you to join us this fall as Trinity launches intergenerational faith formation! We will work with GenOn Ministries, benefiting from their 55-year history of helping faith communities cultivate relationships and nurturing people of all ages into a life-giving relationship with God. Each Sunday at 9am beginning with Kick Off Sunday, September 11, all ages will gather together in the fellowship hall for four activities: breaking bread together, playing together, praying together, and studying the Bible together. Lessons follow four or five-week sessions, making it adaptable for family schedules.
You are loved. You are valued. You can make a meaningful contribution. And you might be surprised at what we learn together!
Tammy L. Torrey