Think, Believe, Act

Inclusivity and freedom of thought define Trinity School in the Episcopal tradition. Think – You are loved. You are enough. Believe – Your heart, your family, your traditions. Act – With integrity and compassion. Help people and the world.

A Chaplain from Trinity Church gathers the children weekly for a song and then a story, and then guides a conversation based on it, encouraging children’s wondering and reflections. Children offer their own prayers or thoughts in this interactive time. Parents are always welcome to attend and to sit behind the classes.

Overheard at the Lower Campus
Overheard at the Lower Campus

Teacher: When the paint dries, the colors get bright and shiny. Aliya: It’s magic. God made it magic. Abigail: God IS magic. Right? Aliya: He’s everywhere. Abigail: Yeah. She’s everywhere…all around. Teacher: Is God a he or a she? Abigail: It’s a she. God is a she. Aliya: He’s actually a bear. Abigail: Aliya. God is NOT a bear. God is a girl.

All students gather in Chapel with their class to start the school day. In community, your child hears stories that connect to the themes taken from Galatians 5:22-23, the fruits of the Holy Spirit, including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness. They also learn about and celebrate the values and traditions from faiths represented by families in the School. Students contribute to conversations about these stories to gain a vocabulary and a space for embracing their spiritual selves. Songs, prayers, birthday celebrations, skits, and student announcements lift a student’s voice within the caring community of children and adults. Friday skits feature Grades 3-5 as they enact a dramatic rendition of one of the week’s Chapel themes. Parents and family are always welcome to sit behind the classes at every Chapel and especially to come for a student’s birthday celebration.

Here is what is included in Chapel:

  • Opening blessing and hymn
  • Homily with conversation
  • Student prayers
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Announcements
  • Closing blessing

 Family Chapel is a time to come together as a whole community. We begin at 11:00 a.m. on the following days, prior to an 11:30 a.m. dismissal.

  • The Friday before Thanksgiving Week
  • The Friday before Christmas Break
  • The Thursday of Holy Week.

Families sit together in the approximate area of the child’s class pew. Students eagerly anticipate that family members will attend.

"The two things I will take away from Trinity are ideas in religion and thinking deeply. Religion can teach you how to have a discerning heart and has endless things to wonder about. Thinking deeply brings up many questions, giving us curious minds."

Anthony, alumnus