Family Faith Formation

Trinity families with kids of all ages, grandparents and godparents are invited to attend a Family Faith Formation night on Sunday April 30th, 5-7pm. We will have dinner together, followed by a program for kids and a faith formation discussion for adults. Led by a child faith nurture specialist Heather Ingersoll, we will discuss what it looks like to cultivate your child's relationship with God. To attend, please RSVP to Julia. $15/family dinner donations appreciated.

About Heather

Heather Ingersoll serves as the Children and Family Minister at Trinity Lutheran Church. She is also a doctoral candidate at Seattle Pacific University working on a PhD in education. Her research interests include children’s spirituality and Christian education. After receiving a BA in Christian Education from Trinity Lutheran College, Heather began a career directing children’s ministry programs. She has over ten years of experience leading ministries in several churches including Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopal congregations in Washington and Minnesota. Heather decided to pursue a PhD after several years in the field of children’s ministry when she realized the need for more robust understanding of faith and spiritual development in children. She’s published in the International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, served as a peer reviewer for the Christian Education Journal, and presented at national and international conferences on children’s ministry and education. Besides her love for children’s ministry, Heather’s greatest joy comes from time spent with her family. She lives in Snohomish with her husband, Ryan, and 18-month old son, Theo.

From Heather

In my years working with children in Christian churches, I have come to recognize that children have a special way of knowing God. In their book Teaching Doctrine and Liturgy: A Montessori Approach, Sofia Cavelletti and Gianna Gobbi write “God moves freely in the world of childhood. Children thirst to know Him and draw closer to Him.” Amongst the competing messages of our culture about what is best for children, it is difficult to know how to prioritize our time and energy. It is difficult to know how find spaces and places to cultivate and not hinder that special connection and longing for God children experience. This evening will be an opportunity to explore and discuss how research in children’s spirituality, educational theory, and theology about childhood might help us find some clarity to understand how to cultivate the relationship with God that our children possess.