Training Up Our Children

Training Up Our Children

by Elaine Freni, Trinity Kids Parent and Volunteer

I first met Allison Corrigan when she was an elementary school teacher and attending Trinity with her family. We both have girls around the same age. I was serving on the Children’s Ministry board and got to know her well when our kids were much younger. The friendship grew from there. When Trinity decided to make a full-time position available in Children’s Ministry, I was thrilled when I heard Allison would be the new hire. She took on this new opportunity and has grown the ministry to what it is today. Allison has brought so many families to the church. So many of these families come because their children ask to come back because they love the program. I will be forever grateful for Allison’s leadership and her role in fostering a love for Jesus in my own daughter’s life. So many other families feel the same way. 

It has been such a blessing to volunteer alongside Allison for many years. It is not easy to recruit volunteers to serve kids week in and week out. There have been many times when it looked like we weren’t going to get the teachers we needed. One of the things I admire most about Allison is her willingness to ask people to help. I have stepped out of my comfort zone many times simply because Allison asked me. She can make the impossible seem possible. Many of you have seen that year after year with the amazing VBS she organizes for the children.  

When I think back at the countless hours of time we have spent together, I think about how Allison always wanted the kids to be the priority. She worked faithfully all these years to make sure that happened. Allison leaves an outstanding children’s ministry program. She will be missed greatly by this congregation. I keep thinking about one particular song that the children sing regularly each year. “Train up a child in the way he should go. Even when he is old, when he is old, he will not depart from it .” Allison did just that each and every day in her job.