2016 was the start of a wonderful relationship between myself and the congregation at Trinity United Church.
I am so blessed to have been welcomed with open arms into the community, and I have loved getting to know the people who work tirelessly to make Trinity a rejuvenating place of worship. Over the summer, we had a consistent group of children who attended Sunday School and participated in a variety of crafts, games, and lessons designed to build their faith.
The fall was a time of new beginnings, both for myself at Trinity and the children who started a new school year. Attendance has continued to rise as we have welcomed new families into our community, and it has been a joy to see how the children have bonded with other members of the congregation. From infants to teenagers, it is clear that age holds no boundaries as it has been amazing to see the friendships built between all of the children regardless of age.
Some of the highlights of Sunday School included various science experiments, meaningful crafts, and the chance to give back to the community by visiting Albright Manor to spread some holiday cheer. The children worked hard to create personalized holiday decorations for the elderly, and then hand delivered these creations during our visit. Our â€œjoy-bringersâ€ not only brought happiness to the people at Albright Manor, but also to our congregation by being such an excellent example of Godâ€™s love.
Another highlight of my time with Trinity has been in leading the youth group. We have enjoyed pumpkin carving, gingerbread house decorating, and skating, all while strengthening our relationships with God, and with each other. We were also fortunate enough to bring three youth to the Niagara Youth Festival held at Silver Spire United Church. Here, youth experienced fellowship and guidance in their faith journeys, and even got a chance to meet the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell, Moderator of the United Church of Canada. Personally, I loved having the chance to connect with some of our older youth on a deeper level, and I am grateful to have had this opportunity.
In conclusion, our time together has been a delight â€“ we have grown in our faith, and we have many fond memories to look back on as we enter a new year.
I am looking forward to all that we will do together in 2017, and I know that we will continue to support each other as we journey into the future.
I am honoured to be a part of this community.
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