Sunday Morning Programs – 10:45 a.m. Adult Forum
This fall our forums will focus in the introduction /rollout of the Invite – Welcome – Connect ministry at Trinity.
September 15 & 22 – Invite, the ministry of evangelism
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
It is common for Episcopalians to be uncomfortable with evangelism, because we associate it with rude or aggressive tactics that diminish people’s self-worth. We will devote our adult formation to reflecting on how to cultivate a healthy, joyful pride in our faith and our church that allows us to reach out confidently to those in need of Christ’s love. This will include an inventory of the ways we do and don’t let people know about the great things happening at Trinity, the ways we do and don’t help people to feel comfortable here, and the ways we do and don’t integrate new people into our common life.
September 29 & October 13 – Welcome, the ministry of hospitality
“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7
We will discuss how to better see ourselves as newcomers might see us and how to continue to grow in loving the stranger.
October 20 and 27 – Connect, the ministry of belonging
“For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” Romans 12:4-6
We will all dig into this creative process on and consider especially how to connect with newcomers in our midst and equip them to join in our ministries.
Trinity’s Parents’ Discussion Group
10:45 a.m. Sunday Mornings – in Memorial Hall
Facilitator: Joanne Chapline
Many of us in modern culture have experienced the disappearance of the extended family – that network of parents and grandparents, married siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins of all ages and their spouses –whom parents relied on for centuries to answer questions, resolve doubts and dilemmas, lend a sympathetic ear, and pass on experience. Today many parents feel isolated as never before.
For this reason, Trinity offers a mutually supportive parent group where you can talk about a first school bus ride, getting a Driver’s license, moving away, losing a tooth or any other transition you face with your children. Our group is organized by Joanne Chapline, a teacher at Ridgley Middle School. Joanne facilitates the group, assisted by other parents. Among more informal discussions, we learn about topics specific to Christian parenting.