Christian formation is a lifelong process, in which continually grow in our understanding and practice of our faith. We are formed in faith through worship and prayer, through the study of the Bible and contemporary issues, service to one another, and through fellowship with other Christians.
At Trinity, we offer short seasonal and topical studies for adults on Sunday mornings or weekday evenings, and an ongoing centering prayer group that provides education, fellowship, and support for our daily practice of prayer.
Spiritual Growth Online:
The Genesis Bible Study has returned and is now on Zoom at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Join Julie Bathke and friends to explore the stories of becoming God’s people.
Our Presiding Bishop has called us to join “The Good Book Club” – reading the Bible together across the country and world. This spring we are reading the Gospel according to Matthew. There is a 50 day list of readings here that will take you through the entire gospel. Dates on that page start with Easter Sunday, but you can start it at any time.
Join Mother Emily on Zoom videoconference Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning April 29 for reflection on several passages from Matthew’s gospel and how they can help us understand our own discipleship and relationship to Jesus. View the readings here, and register here to join the Wednesday evening study. (You must register to get the link to join; you can register any time, including at the time of the meeting, and you do not need to attend all sessions.)
If you usually pick up Forward Day by Day devotional booklets at church and want a copy of the May through July booklet, please contact Deacon Leslie to arrange to pick one up or have it mailed to your house. You can also subscribe by email, or get e-books for your daily devotions through Forward Movement online.
Friends with Jesus Groups
In a sermon last year, Mother Emily invited us to take time to grow in friendship with Jesus and with others.
Here’s how to do that:
* Form a group of three to five people – this can be friends, family, people you’d like to know better; they can be neighbors or shore friends or any other group – and set a first meeting date.
(We recommend setting a schedule of five dates over three months, but one date is all you need to get started! You can do this during a week together at the Shore, meet for coffee every week or two, or whatever suits you best. Decide what works for you, but please plan for five separate un-interrupted hours.)
* Sign up here, or let Mother Emily know you’ve formed a group, and receive a copy of “Discipleship for Episcopalians” (a resource with reflection questions and guides to help you have rich, fruitful conversation).
* Meet and do the first exercise together with your friendship group. At the end of that meeting decide if you want to do this again. If the answer is yes, don’t leave that meeting without setting or confirming your next date.
* Meet again. There are five conversations in the resource. At each meeting, check in with your group: Do you want to do this again?
* When you complete the resource, let Mother Emily know. If you would like to keep meeting with your group, you’ll get a new resource for more conversation.
Trinity’s Vestry has begun to use this resource already and recommends it as renewing and refreshing, very easy to use and worth the time. Please let Mother Emily know if you have any questions.
Sunday Morning Adult Study
Various relevant topics and programs will be introduced during the coffee hour that will engage us in our Christian faith and responsibility outside of the church and to build a strong parish community. This group meets during coffee hour after the 9:00am service. Recent topics have included Welcoming our Neighbors and Keeping a Holy Lent. Topics are announced in our Sunday bulletins and weekly emails.
Lent and Advent – the seasons of preparation for Easter and Christmas – are special times for reflection and study on Sunday mornings or weekday evenings. Seasonal offerings have recently included Max Lucida’s “Because of Bethlehem” Advent program, and Lenten series on The Spirituality of Money, and The Way of the Cross. Follow our Events page to learn more about upcoming seasonal programs.