Kids' Ministry Winter Newsletter

Hello Holy Trinity families!

So much fun making gingerbread houses!

So much fun making gingerbread houses!

The new year is off to a roaring start!

We ended 2018 with a gingerbread house-building extravaganza!  The kids had an awesome time crafting some amazing houses and got to show off their creativity, while consuming large amounts of sugar! What could be better?  A huge thank you to our volunteer parents who stuck around and helped out!

We started the new year with a Hawaiian luau in January to bring a little warmth to our cold winter. We brought out decorations from last year’s VBS (I regret that I forgot to take pictures!) and pulled out all the stops! The kids had a blast playing limbo, stomping ‘coconuts’, hula-hooping, painting seashells and eating pizza!

A few kids’ ministry news items of note:

Our new quiet activity bags

Our new quiet activity bags

  • We’ve updated our quiet activity bags!  For any who are unaware, we offer quiet bags for kids to use during service on Sundays that provide fun, calm activities for the kids. We’ve updated the look of them (some liturgical colors never hurt!), and added some new toy items.

  • As you may have heard, our nursery has transitioned away from having two paid staff to only one, with the other spot being filled with a rotation of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for one service every other month, contact me via email or phone. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve the young families at Holy Trinity and get a baby fix at the same time!

  • As is often the case, we also need more volunteers willing to teach in our elementary TCT classes and Children’s Church once a month! This is an amazing ministry to the kids and families in our church body and your consideration is deeply appreciated.

  • On Saturday, February 16th, from 5:30-7:30 the kids will be decorating Valentine’s day cookies at the church! Join us for some smiles and sweet treats! Parents are welcome to stay and participate, but are also totally free to drop the kids off and have a date night!

  • On Saturday, March 30th, from 5:30-7:30 we will be having our second annual kids lenten art party!

    Stay tuned for more details for upcoming events, and of course, feel free to reach out with any questions, or family needs.
    Jonathon Thigpen
    Children’s Minister

Children's Ministry Fall Newsletter

Hello Holy Trinity families!


Summer has come to a close, and it’s time for another newsletter!

We had an amazing week with Vacation Bible School in July.  This year’s theme for VBS was Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus!  It was a great program, and the kids learned that Jesus rescues when we are lonely, when we are powerless, when we worry, when we struggle, and even when we do wrong!

As is always the case, the Holy Spirit moved in hearts throughout the week, and we were blessed with stories of how Jesus touched the hearts of participants and volunteers alike.  

Of course, what would a week of VBS be without a few challenges?  

We had to move our location at the 11th hour, because of the church building renovations, but thanks to our generous friends at Wings Like Eagles ranch, we were able to have our program and give the 35 kids who attended some amazing memories along the way!

We are so thankful for the 27 amazing volunteers who joined us for VBS and shared their hearts and poured the love of Jesus into our kids.  We couldn’t have pulled off the week without these special individuals who gave of their time and energy. And thanks to Wings Like Eagles ranch, we even had 4-legged friends join in the fun.


FALL IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!  And the first exciting news for the fall is that children’s TCT is starting again on September 9th!

In our upper elementary class we will be studying the Lord’s Prayer with Faith Inkubators’ catechism materials. Faith Inkubators take a multi- faceted approach (song, discussion, images, skits) to teaching, so our kids receive truth from multiple angles, keeping them engaged and connecting with kids who have a variety of learning styles.

In early elementary TCT, the kids will continue with David C. Cook’s Bible in Life program, which focuses on helping kids integrate spiritual truths into their day to day lives in concrete ways they can understand.

We look forward to what God will do for our kids through our TCT programs.

We are also very excited about the events we’re planning for our kids over the next couple of months.

First up, we’re going to end summer with a Splash!  Join us on September 15th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for our end-of-summer Church Squirt and Splash Party! Bring a towel and your squirt toys and come ready for some fun!  Ages 4 and up are invited, and our youth group kids are welcome too! If the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor water play, we’ll have some fun activities ready for indoor time in the Church fellowship hall.  


In early October, we are having a great night of movies and blanket forts in the Church Sanctuary.  We’ll serve up some yummy treats after the blanket forts are built and enjoy the hilarious antics of Bob and Larry and the rest of the Veggie Tales gang.  Our movie night will happen on October 6th from 5:00-7:00 pm! Kids and youth are invited.


Finally, we are planning a special, family-friendly Halloween fall festival at the Church on October 31st. Stay tuned for more information on this event, but encourage your kids to be thinking about what they might want to create for our big costume contest.  

As always, if you have questions, comments or concerns related to our Children’s Ministry programs, please contact Jonathon Thigpen via email at or via phone at 719-373-7599.

Children's Ministry Newsletter

Hello HTAC families and Friends!

Jonathon Thigpen here, posting a quick newsletter to get the word out on some coming events and some important changes to our summer plans for TCT and vacation Bible school. It’s going to be a full summer!

First, we are hosting a kids’ craft party on Friday, June 22nd from 5:00-7:30 at the church! We will be making decorations for VBS, playing some games, and eating dinner. Parents are welcome to come and participate but are also free to drop their kids off and have a date!  

Second, if you haven’t heard, Michele Moore is hosting family days at the park through the summer! Bring the kids and join in on the fun every Wednesday at Fox Run Regional Park from 11:30 to 2;30! These events can be a great outreach to invite friends and introduce them to the HTAC family!

Third, we are moving the location for VBS!  In light of the extensive electrical and HVAC work during the building expansion, we have determined that the premises will not be safe for our kiddos during the week of VBS.

Wings Like Eagles ranch has graciously offered to host our VBS this year!  Wings Like Eagles has been operating for 30 years as a wonderful Christian horse camp for kids. They are located on the West side of Baptist road at 15050 Woodcarver Rd, Monument, 80132.

At the new location, VBS will be held outdoors, so if your kids are attending, please make sure they are prepared (hats, sunscreen, water bottles are advised). Be aware, as well, that there are horses, dogs, and other animals on site, in case allergies are a problem. The dates and times are not changing, so we will still be having VBS on Monday, July 16th through Friday, July 20th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

We have our first VBS volunteer training session this Sunday, June 24th directly after church. Please join us if you are planning on volunteering for VBS, as we will be covering important information regarding our new location.

Finally, we are making an important change to our summer planning for TCT classes at the church.  There will be no TCT for adults, youth, or children for the remainder of the summer. We will be using this time to reexamine and retool our TCT activities and are planning to resume our Sunday classes on August 19.

We covet your prayers for our children’s programs at HTAC.  Resources and volunteers are always needed.  We do not yet have a full complement of volunteers for Shipwrecked VBS!  Our program this year is even bigger than last year’s (40 kids registered so far!), and as a result, we need more hands on deck!  If you have any time available, please connect with me.  You do not need to volunteer for all 5 days to participate, even one day of help is a blessing.  

We also need volunteers to teach Children’s Church and to help with our TCT classes when they return in the fall. These are powerful ministries, and the kids love them.  If you would like to be a part of what the Lord is doing in the lives of our kids on Sunday mornings, please join in!

Please be praying for our staff, volunteers and kids as we navigate the change of location for VBS. Pray for smooth transitions and set up, for more volunteers, for safety for the kids, and for lives to be changed by the power of the Gospel.

Thank you!

In the service of the King,
Jonathon Thigpen
Children’s Minister

African Connection: Mentoring a Rwandan Violinist

African Connection: Mentoring a Rwandan Violinist

HTAC's very own Terri Moon will be featured on the Rocky Mountain PBS program “Arts District” this Friday 26 Jan at 8:30PM with a story about a connection she made while visiting Rwanda this past summer with her family.  Here is Terri's story she wrote for a friend's blog about the experience she had with a young Rwandan violin student:

Children's Ministry Newsletter

Hello HTAC families!

    It was a great 2017 for our kids’ ministry and it’s been an honor to get to serve you all as your children’s minister this year! I just wanted to give a quick year in review, as well as a note on some of what to look forward to for 2018. The following are a smattering of highlights from our children’s ministry in 2017.

  • On Easter Sunday we celebrated the day with our yearly easter egg hunt, but with a big twist! The kids got to hunt for special dinosaur eggs, which was a blast!

  • Our big highlight of the summer came in the form of the long-awaited Vacation Bible School!  We had 35 kids come throughout the week, and 30 amazing volunteers! Through VBS not only our kids, but also some kids from the local community, were reached with the Gospel, enabled to build relationships, and had an incredible week!

  • Skipping ahead to November, we had a blast watching ‘Ratatouille’, playing games, and chowing down on pizza for our kids night at the church / parents’ free date night!

  • We kicked off Advent with a bang with our Hanging of the Greens party! Complete with Christmas carols, delicious food, and our cookie decorating bonanza, we sure started the season off with a bundle of laughs and smiles!

    For 2018 we are reevaluating our regular programs (Kids’ TCT, Children’s Church) in order to determine whether they are the best way to continue discipling our children moving forward. We may well keep Children’s Church and TCT as they are, but we are also looking at changes in style or curriculum, or different programs altogether. We are also looking to add a catechism component to our children’s ministries, and for our church at large, as a way of engaging families and equipping them for discipleship. Regardless of which direction we take our Sunday children’s programs in 2018, parental input and observations are welcome and encouraged in this process as we move forward and all our decisions will be made in an attempt to best love and serve our HTAC families.

   We will be having VBS again this year on July 16th - 20th! More information for volunteers will be put out in the next few months. Lord-willing it will be one of our best yet! In addition, we will be putting on more family and children’s events throughout the summer and the rest of the year as well. In February we will have another kids movie night at the church, so be looking for more information on that in the next couple weeks! We are also looking to find ways to encourage parents to connect with each other for encouragement and support through park days, family game nights, and other fun events. We would also love to hear from you all for ideas and needs on this as we launch into 2018!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season and are starting off your new year strong!


Jonathon Thigpen
Children’s Minister

1/14 Newcomers Lunch and Membership Class

Newcomers Lunch & Membership Class

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Newcomers Lunch at 1 pm
Membership Class at 3-6 pm

Which is for me?

The Newcomers Lunch is Q&A driven, and is intended to give a more general introduction to who we are and what we do here at Holy Trinity. This is a chance for you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you.

The Membership Class goes into the theology and history of Holy Trinity and of Anglicanism in general. This is a more comprehensive class on our collective and foundational beliefs, for a deeper understanding what membership at HTAC is all about.

Sign Up online (Newcomers Lunch or Membership Class), in the Fellowship Hall, or by emailing Dillon!

Advent and Christmas Service Schedule

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  • Thursday, November 30 - 7:00 PM - Evensong
  • Sunday, December 3 - 8:30 & 10:45 AM - Advent I Services
  • Thursday, December 7 - 7:00 PM - Evensong
  • Sunday, December 10 - 8:30 & 10:45 AM - Advent II Services
  • Thursday, December 14 - 7:00 PM - Evensong
  • Sunday, December 17 - 8:30 & 10:45 AM - Advent III Services
  • Sunday, December 24 - 9:30 AM - Advent IV Single Service


  • Sunday, December 24 - 4:30 & 7:30 PM - Christmas Eve Services
  • Monday, December 25 - 10:00 AM - Christmas Day Service
  • Sunday, December 31 - 9:30 AM - Christmas I Lessons & Carols Single Service

Pastoral Letter Regarding the Events in Charlottesville

August 13, 2017

Dear Holy Trinity Family,

I want to write to you about the awful events in Charlottesville on Friday/Saturday. First, thanks to Ben and Kevin for reading this to you this morning. Second, thank you for listening well. Communication on important issues is hard enough face to face, much less in a brief letter. Third, this is being read before the Prayers of the People because we are a part of something bigger than ourselves: the work of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. And, frankly, prayer is our most powerful course of action. It is not our *only* means of action, as some have accused Christians of, but it is undoubtedly our most powerful.

Before I address someone else’s words, let me address my, and our, own words. The Scriptures are clear - words carry power. Old Testament writers (Proverbs 29.20), New Testament writers (James 1.19-21, 3.1-18) and Jesus himself (Matthew 12.33-37, 15.17-20) speak to this. So, let’s communicate in ways that are calm, courageous, constructive, and evidence-based. None of these things preclude passion or hard truths, but they may, Lord willing, mitigate against committing our own sins as we address Sin.

The Scriptures are clear -  we are subjects of The Kingdom, the family of God the Father, brothers and sisters of Jesus the Son, and Temples of God the Holy Spirit. In short, we are not our own. When God drew us to Himself and out of darkness and death, we also gave ourselves over to Him. To His character. To His purposes. He himself is now our best and highest priority in Life.  

Not every event, even important ones, warrants comment; however,  some things at some times should be called out, because we belong to God. The White Supremacists’ denigrating words and deeds must be called out as wrong, destructive, and contrary to God’s desire for His world. Because these words and actions are so publicly proclaimed, they need to be publicly countered.

First, we do this amongst ourselves and before God to affirm who we are. Then, we do it before anyone who cares about, or merely happens to hear, what is said and done in our little corner of the Kingdom. If we speak in words and tones and act in ways as vile as the White Supremacists, then we have also put ourselves at odds with God (Matthew 11.25-30, 20.24-28).

God’s staggering power shown in Christ’s Incarnation and Cross was always meant to go from that one Cross to encompass all of Creation. We are grateful for our racial and national uniquenesses, and celebrate them even as we are also one nation? Good! We claim an inherent Supremacy for our Race or Nationality? No. That is counter to God’s plan and desires, and He will oppose the arrogant.

So, as we look for God to speak to us today in the Word proclaimed and preached, and as we meet Jesus as His People called to His Table, let us pour out our hearts in that great gift of intercession, of having the right and responsibility to approach God on behalf of ourselves and others.

Finally, in God’s Providence I had lunch with Pastor Art Carter of Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church the week before last. We struck up the beginnings of a real friendship, sharing deep things over a single lunch. We also discussed Holy Trinity and Payne Chapel doing things together. I dearly hope that this will have a special depth and power as we move forward.

Well, this has been long enough. Please contact me if you desire to keep this conversation going.

I love you, I miss you, and I am always yours in Christ,


For Christ himself has brought peace to us.

He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when,

in his own body on the cross,

he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.

(Ephesians 2.14, New Living Translation)

Maker Fun Factory VBS 2017

Maker Fun Factory

Spark Imagination With Faith-Building Fun!

Where: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 13990 Gleneagle Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

When: Daily 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21 (Family Potluck on Friday afternoon)

Cost: This VBS is free of charge, though donations will be accepted for missions.

Registration/Information Contact: You can register with our online VBS Registration Form here.

Questions can be sent to Jonathon Thigpen, HTAC Children's Minister, or 719-373-7599