Children, Youth & Families

Trinity serves all children, youth, and families, providing formation and education that model our core values and nurture every individual’s relationship with God.


Find out how your family can get involved at Trinity:

Questions?  Contact Charissa Simmons, Canon for Children & Families

or Jill Osburn, Missioner for Youth

Upcoming events

  • Courtyard Church at the Commons
    Courtyard Church at the Commons
    Aug 01, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM PDT
    Trinity Courtyard, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
    Join us at 9:00 am in the Trinity Courtyard for our monthly family service, with music, communion, and family-friendly activities!
  • SPARKS Camp
    SPARKS Camp
    Aug 09, 9:00 AM PDT – Aug 13, 12:30 PM PDT
    Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
    SPARKS Camp, our annual service day camp for middle schoolers, is all about using our personal "sparks" to serve the the world. We'll explore a variety of service opportunities - and have a lot of fun!
  • Godly Play Core Training
    Godly Play Core Training
    Aug 12, 1:30 PM PDT – Aug 14, 5:30 PM PDT
    Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
    The most comprehensive training on Godly Play practices and theology, Core Training is the recommended training for every adult leading Godly Play.

Children's Ministries (birth-elementary school)



Anyone is welcome to be baptized at Trinity! In baptism, we welcome new members into the church, commit our-selves to support them in their life in Christ, and re-dedicate our own lives to Christ. Baptism takes place throughout the year on designated Sundays. Click here to learn more about baptisms at Trinity.

Contact: Charissa Simmons

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Qualified staff care for our youngest members every Sunday from 8:45 to 11:30 am on the lower level of the parish house. Parents are given vibrating pagers just in case they are needed in the nursery. Childcare is also offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and during some evening and special services.

Contact: Charissa Simmons

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Church @ the Commons

First Sundays, October-June, 10 am, Kempton Hall.

Followed by Family Outreach Project, 10:45 am.

Intergenerational, family-friendly Eucharist service that gives children and youth a chance to participate fully in the liturgy and leadership of the service. 

Contact: Charissa Simmons


Church School

Sundays, 9 & 10 am, age 3 to 5th grade, downstairs.

Godly Play is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives. It engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience. Through Godly play, we learn to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives. 

Contact: Charissa Simmons

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Children's Music

Music for all ages! Trinitots (age 3 -6) and Choristers (1st grade and up) meet Sundays at 9am. Older children can enroll in the Trinity Choir School for a more comprehensive church music experience and choral education. Learn more

Contact: Music Office

Youth Ministries (middle & high school)

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Youth Leaders Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers to serve in all areas of Youth Ministry! If serving youth is something that interests you we'd love to have you. Schedule a meeting with Jill so she can answer answer any questions you may have. Whether you're a young adult, middle-aged, older, an introvert or an extrovert, there can be a place for you in the lives of our youth!

Contact: Jill Osburn



Youth grade 6 & older are invited to serve as acolytes for Trinity’s worship services! Acolytes serve about once a month at the 10:00 a.m. service. Trainings occur throughout the year, and experienced acolytes take on additional responsibilities. Contact: Helen Sudbury



Confirmation Class: Sundays, January-May 2022

Confirmation is an important decision for young people who are baptised Christians. Trinity's youth confirmation class, which runs every spring, is led by our Missioner for Youth and supported by mentors from the congregation.  Open to 8th-12th graders.

Contact: Jill Osburn

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Weekly Youth Formation

Sundays, 9:00 am. All middle & high school youth are invited to join us for youth formation every Sunday morning. Join us weekly as we discuss a wide variety of youth-specific topics. Specific locations TBA.

Contact: Jill Osburn

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Trinity Choir School

The Trinity Choir School provides young singers in grades 3 & above a world-class musical education at no cost! Choristers develop skills that last a lifetime: leadership, commitment, focus, patience, teamwork, camaraderie, and a love for service. Learn more


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