Trinity Sunday is one of the Principal Feasts in the Anglican church, beginning in the Anglican church when Thomas Becket was named Archbishop of Canterbury and quickly spread throughout all of Christendom.
Activites with children:
- Discuss the metaphors (though imperfect) that can help us understand the Trinity: An Egg, a shamrock, pansy, a triangle.
- Share the role of each person of God in your own life and places in Scripture all three persons are mentioned together. (John 16:12-15).
- Read the Athanasius Creed, written in the 6th century. Discuss how it explains and defends the Trinity.
- Learn and Color Ancient Symbols for the Trinity: Icon Coloring Book, The Shield of the Trinity, Christian Symbols
- Discuss and practice the ancient practice of the sign of the cross. Perhaps focus on this practice as a family at meal times this week. Tertullian writes in the third century:
- Sing Hymns and Songs that focus on all three persons of God. The children love when we end by singing the Doxology, a practice which became part of the Western Church in the 5th century:
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, you heavenly hosts.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen
Food for your Celebration of the Feast:
How will you and yours celebrate Trinity Sunday? Any ideas that have worked for teaching young children about the Trinity?