What are Inclusion Sundays?

What are Inclusion Sundays?

This year we wanted to take this program a little deeper. There are no respite programs for parents of children with special needs available in Starkville. Church can be particularly difficult for families who are worried about a congregation accepting the different behavior of their children. Many parents of children with special needs find church to be another day of work, sitting with them in educational programs, walking with them during the service, or keeping up with them during coffee hour. At Trinity, we wanted to do two things: 1. Provide appropriate worship and educational experiences for ALL children, and 2. Give parents of children with special needs a much-needed break on Sunday mornings to refuel themselves.

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Ecumenical Rotating Youth Group

We wanted to give our youth the opportunity to fellowship with young people from other worship backgrounds. The Bridge Youth Group was formed between St. Joe's Catholic Church, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, and Trinity Presbyterian this fall. Every week the youth group rotates where they meet. And we have had some serious fun learning to love each other and grow in Christ's love.

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Giff Bull 95th Birthday

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Grace and Giff Bull were part of the Trinity family for many years. They moved from Starkville to Virginia in 2003 to be closer to their children. Grace died in 2009. HelenSue Parrish let us know that Giff will soon have his 95th birthday. Tom Ritter sent a link to an article about the adventures of Captain Gifford Bull as a pilot flying from India to China in 1944 and 1945. Tom noted that there is a nice picture of Grace and Giff at the top. http://www.cnac.org/bull01.htm.

Educational Opportunities Kick Off!

Trinity was abuzz with sound and energy this week as the new Sunday School year kicked off.  After children presented all the teachers this year with a rose, the adults chose between attending the “Wired Word,” discussion, a parent orientation for our new OWL (Our Whole Lives) middle school curriculum, and Rich Raymond’s fantastic class on John Donne’s religious poetry.  The High School and College Classes are back in full swing, too!

Twenty-five students attended pre-k through high school classes. Middle Schoolers began a workshop on bullying. The most animated crowd, however, could be found in the Elementary Club. The kids had a great time playing games, role playing, and singing as they learned about the Gospel of Matthew and what it has to teach us about being loving and well-mannered.  Can’t wait to see where the new school year takes us!