Our Mission

To partner with parents in the spiritual development of their children and support faith training at home by teaching sound, biblical principles in our classrooms and by modeling God’s love.

We believe that through our combined efforts children will form their own deeply intimate relationship with our Savior and become agents of change for the cause of Christ.

We value being child-focused, Bible-centered, relational, and fun!

It’s exciting to partner with you during every stage of your child’s faith journey!  Our programs from nursery through fifth grade are:

Little Blessings Nursery/Toddler Rooms

Childcare for infants through 3 years is provided at 10am.

Bright Beginnings Preschool Sunday School

Classes for Early Years (3s/4s) & Pre-K/Ks (4s/5s) at 10am.

GODQUEST Bible Adventure Workshops

Sunday school program for children in 1st-5th grades at 10am.

Contact

Cindy Palicka

212-838-6844 x221

cindy@trinityny.org

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Our Programs

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GODQUEST Bible Adventure Workshops are Bible studies designed exclusively for Trinity to meet the needs of our own 1st through 5th grade kids!  In GODQUEST, the children work on key themes and concepts of a particular Bible story for a period of several weeks.  This allows the children time to dig deeper into the meaning of the story learning how to apply its principles to their own lives.  The children rotate to a different workshop each week. While the main objectives of the study remain constant in each of the workshops, the children get the chance to explore the same story several different ways!  Some of the kid-friendly workshops offered over the course of the year include….ART, DRAMA, MUSIC, GAMES, COMPUTERS, COOKING, SCIENCE, STORYTELLING, VIDEO & MORE!

Current GODQUEST Study


Our Program Overview 

The GODQUEST year contains 7 different units of study, each five weeks long.

Our morning starts at 10:00 in the Sanctuary upstairs balcony (upper right) with all the children joining together for 15 minutes of worship time with the congregation

After P&W, the leaders take the children into the upper classes where they break into age-appropriate color groups (red, blue, green) and go to one of three different workshops where hands-on learning takes place. Teaching teams of two leaders facilitate each workshop for the entire length of the unit of study.

On the first and fifth week of each unit, the children stay together for either an “Storytelling/Drama session to set up the unit of study or “Wrap-up”, a fun review time at the end that reinforces what was learned during the study.

GODQUEST leaders bring all the children back to Classroom B/C to be picked up by parents after service is over.

Over the year, your children will earn points that they will be able to use at our end-of-the-year auction/party. Points are awarded for: Attendance, bringing Bibles, giving an offering, memorization of unit verses (sent by email at the beginning of each unit).  The children are also encouraged to “go the extra mile” and memorize special quest  verses. Each child can work at his/her own pace to complete them, but the quest verses are more challenging and your support and encouragement at home will help ensure memory success.

Parents are asked to sign up 2 or 3 times during the year to help with a workshop in the event one of our regular leaders is absent. Parents serve only as helpers and are not expected to lead the workshop. An electronic sign-up sheet is distributed through Sign-up Genius every few months and a courtesy reminder is sent via email the week before each parent is scheduled.

All children are dropped off and picked up in classroom B/C. Our GODQUEST leaders are volunteers who graciously serve our Trinity family by teaching your children. They need time to gather their belongings and possibly attend a small group or pick up their own child, so please be prompt in picking up your child.

If you attend a small group or serve Trinity elsewhere and may have difficulty picking up your child on time, please let us know. We will be more than happy to meet you in Fellowship Hall with your child.

The offering the children collect throughout the year, goes to support two World Vision children, one in Lethsoto, Africa and the other in Rwanda, Africa.

GODQUEST does not meet on Thanksgiving Sunday, two weeks at Christmas, on Easter Sunday and during the month of August.

Your child is a special gift from God!

In our Little Blessings Nursery & Toddler Rooms, we provide a safe and comfortable environment for your child while you attend worship service on Sunday mornings.

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Nursery Room (Birth – 18 months)

In this warm and cheerful room, babies receive their first experience with church-life.  They are rocked, fed, read to and played with to help keep them content while they are in our care.

A separate nursing room is located in the room located between the Nursery and Toddler Rooms for mothers who are nursing. (To respect the privacy of others, we ask that moms ONLY use the room).

Toddler Room (18 months – 2 1/2 years)

In this bright setting, children play with age-appropriate learning toys, and begin an informal introduction to faith through books and tapes designed to teach God’s Word and His love.

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While children are always welcome in our sanctuary, childcare is provided in both rooms during service.  We also provide childcare during our church-wide special events.

Both rooms are equipped with a pager system that prevents anyone other than the proper person from picking up your child. As you sign in your child, you will receive a numbered pager.   If your child needs you during the service, we will page you. Simply return the pager to the room when picking up your child.

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Although Trinity employs two childcare workers to oversee the Nursery and Toddler rooms each Sunday, we must also rely on volunteers to ensure that the rooms have an adequate ratio of adults to children. Therefore, it is part of our policy to ask all parents whose children benefit from our program to help out by serving in either room at least two times per three-month rotation. Schedules are planned well in advance so that everyone is given ample notice of their service dates.

We also use a national screening service to do background checks on all paid childcare workers.  They also fill out a reference application, which we check and keep on file.

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Baby Blessings:

Parents are encouraged to bring their child before the Lord so that the congregation can pray for and support them in their child’s faith training.  The blessings occur three times during the year — On the second Sundays of February, June and October.

Bright Beginnings, Trinity’s Preschool Ministry Program, is a place where children begin to learn about God, Jesus and the Bible — and how each relates to family, self and others.

For many children, this may be their very first encounter in a structured classroom setting.  To help meet the challenge of keeping these energetic little ones involved in Bible learning, our teams of volunteer teachers use hands-on activities from Gospel Light curriculum to engage the children in the lesson.  Making simple crafts, listening to lively worship songs, and still leaving plenty of time to just play and interact with their pals, is part of our Bright Beginnings plan, too!

The children are divided according to age into two classes — Early Years (turning 3 in early winter) and Pre-K/K’s (turning four by October).  Classes for each age group are held during the service.

  • A snack of fruit juice and goldfish or animal crackers is provided during all class times.
  • A music program is included during class time.
  • To ensure safety, children should be signed into the classroom by a parent or guardian.  A numbered tag that matches the number entered next to their child’s name is given to the parent and the tag should be presented at pick-up time.
  • Parents are always welcome to visit our rooms and stay with children who may need extra time to settle in.
  • For security reasons, during pick-up time, please wait at the door and a teacher or helper will bring your child to you.
  • In all classrooms, teaching partnerships comprised of three or four volunteers are formed. Because we value consistency in the classroom, yet understand the need for flexibility in scheduling volunteers, the teachers work on a rotational basis throughout the year with two in place each Sunday and the third teacher off.