4 June 2023
Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Bible readings for today
by your grace alone
we are accepted and called to your service;
strengthen us by your Holy Spirit and empower our calling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
E te Atua kaha rawa, mā tōu aroha noa anake
e whakaae i a mātou hei kaimahi māu;
mā tōu Wairua Tapu hoki mātou e whakakaha,
e whakamana i tāu i karanga i a mātou.
Ko Īhu Karaiti tō mātou Ariki.
Today is called Trinity Sunday -- you could take some time thinking about the trinity and what this shows us about God. It can be a big theological concept for kids to grapple (we adults often find it hard!) but knowing that they have Father who loves them, that Jesus came to earth to show us who God is, and that the Holy Spirit lives inside us to help, encourage, empower and lead us. God will never leave us and forget about us. We may not understand everything, but we can know that we are more loved that we can ever know.
- What is the Trinity?
- Why do you think that one word isn’t enough to describe God?
- What is your favourite word for God and why?
- Why is it important that we know that the Holy Spirit, and Jesus are also God?
Talking to kids about bad news
This week, Jesus commissions the disciples to go and make him known to everyone, everywhere! You can find this story in Matthew 28:16-20. That’s a pretty big challenge for those who who travelled by primarily by foot or small boat. How is it different for us today?
These are many upsides to our globally connected world, but one of the downsides is increased exposure to a myriad of bad news. Kids are vulnerable to being overwhelmed by terrible news and we need to be careful what and how much we share with them. If you want to talk with your kids about some of the things happening around our world, or if they come home with info from school or friends - here are some things I have found helpful.
Go now, to love and serve the Lord!
At the end of our church services in the Anglican Dioceses in New Zealand, many of our congregations finish with "Go now, to love and serve the Lord. Go in peace!" to which the response is, "Amen! We go in the name of Christ!"
Remind the congregation and children of these words, and how they reflect the words of today's passage in Matthew 28. In the same way Jesus sends out his disciples into the world, we are sent too -- empowered by His same spirit.
You might like to use the words of Matthew 28 to be your dismissal for today.
Make a banner for the back of church, so that the whole congregation sees it as they leave church.
On large printers paper, write out the words "Go now to love and serve the Lord!" You might like to add the words, "Amen, we go in the name of Christ" underneath -- or depending on how long your banner is!
Decorate with collage materials (tissue paper, coloured paper, newsprint, fabric, ribbons, pens and crayons). If you want to do this activity in advance, you could use paint, but it would not be ready in time to hang up that morning.
Another name for...
What you need: a list of words, paper and pens for each team. Oh, and a dictionary/thesaurus
Preparation: the list of words should be names, places, or describing words. (you might like to include GOD, JESUS and HOLY SPIRIT in your list of words!!!
What to do: Divide the children into two teams. Tell them that you will read out a word. They them have 1 minute in their teams to come up with as many other words that mean the same as the one you read out.
Repeat this for at least 5 words.
At the end, check both teams’ lists and see how well they did!
This game is a good lead into a discussion about the Trinity.
What you need:
What is the trinity?