Trinity Service Programme
Jesus said ‘For the son of man did not come to be served but to serve’ Mark 10:45.
Central to the Christian ethos of Trinity is that our students reflect God’s love in our wider community.The Trinity Service Programme teaches our students to understand Jesus' example of sacrificial service. Students take part in three key areas of service through:
- Growing Hope Garden - Students learn about the effects of climate change and the impact of global warming on the poorest nations. Students learn about this through growing vegetables organically and learn about the key principles of Farming God's Way. Trinity's Growing Hope Garden links wit the mission work of Growing Hope, Mozambique.
- Care Homes - Students learn to serve our elders by creating beautiful cards, gifts and crafts which are given to residents at local care homes.
- Justice Workshops - Students learn about what it means to 'Act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God' Micah 6:8, through the justice workshops. Students are currently learning about the organisation 'Meninadanca' which rescues girls from sexual exploitation.
To learn more about 'Meninadanca', you can click on the following link:
The Trinity Service Programme teaches our students to think both locally and globally and to extend God's love in both practical and prayerful ways.
Each of you should look, not just to their own interests, but to the interests of others
Understand and meet the needs of others, both in school and beyond
This means that, for example:
- Students are outward looking
- Students serve within school, in our local community and in the wider world.
- Students learn to respect people in situations different to their own
'For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many'. Mark 10:45
The Trinity Service Programme exists to enable our school community to be a blessing and beacon of light to our local community and beyond. It seeks to develop students who look beyond themselves and to serve the needs of the wider world around them. The Trinity Service Programme is inspired by Jesus Christs' supreme example of sacrificial love by 'giving his life as a ransom for many'.
The objectives of the Trinity Service Programme are to:
- Serve our local community through a range of local projects and partnerships.
- Build links with local churches, and the wider community.
- Develop a spirit of servant-heartedness within our students.
- Serve where the need is.
Service in Action
'Each of you should look not only to your own interests but to the interests of others' Philippians 2:4
The Trinity Service Programme has evolved and grown throughout the season of Covid. Before Covid, students would serve within placements in the community, including care homes, primary schools and pre schools. The Trinity Service Programme now operates within the school, whilst continuing to serve the local community.
Students in Years 7 and 8 experience placements within the Trinity Food Bank; outside in the Growing Hope Garden where they learn about creation care and have an opportunity to be involved with local and global community projects such as care homes and Christmas shoe boxes. We aim for each child in Year 7 & 8 to complete four hours of service over the academic year.
Students have found this an enormously rewarding experience as they learn to look after the needs of others in practical and helpful ways. We have seen our students grow in confidence and self esteem as they have been given opportunities to serve in the wider community which, we believe, will have a positive impact upon society in the future.
Year 7 Lockdown Service Project
Service is at the heart of the Trinity ethos. The Year 7 students continued serving our local community during lockdown by blessing Lavender Fields Care Home with flowers, cards and delicious home-baked treats.
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2v4
Trinity Supports Samaritans Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’
Since 2018, Trinity students have been putting their 'faith into action' by supporting Operation Christmas Child. Every year shoeboxes iare filled with Christmas gift items and basic necessities and are then delivered to children around the world who would not otherwise receive anything. The Year 7 students then create a ‘human chain’ as they pass their shoe boxes along the chain to the collection van! Last year, 49,394 boxes were sent from the West Kent Centre to a total of 9 countries including Ukraine, Belarus, Bosnia , Albania & Latvia. If any students used the bar codes with their boxes they will be able to track their boxes to where they have been delivered. Mrs Whiteoak's Class – 11JWO – won the ‘Trinity Faith in Action Cup’ this year for creating the largest number of shoeboxes. Well done!
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