Sunday Morning Classes
Sunday morning classes for adults are a great way to make friends, learn about our faith and our world, and find new ways to apply spiritual principles to your life. Classes, which meet 10:15 - 11 a.m. September-May, are broken up into short terms during the program year, so that there are always a variety of topics to choose from. Anyone is welcome to join a class at any time.
Epiphany Season Formation: January 12–February 23
Epiphany Season Gifts Fair: “Jesus told his disciples that he came to serve, not to be served. And he reminded them often that those who would be the closest to God would need to be a servant first. He wanted them to learn that when we use the gifts we are given by God and connect them with a cause that we care about, something beautiful happens…not only to the ones who are served, but to the one called into service. This is learning to serve for real – finding the things that make your heart sing, that strengthen your faith, as you do good for others. And serving for real is the pathway to a rich life in Christ, pressed down, overflowing, abundant with treasures far beyond what we could ever ask for or imagine.” The Rev. Canon Pat Grace. Join us for Holy Trinity’s GIFTS Fair to discover the many ways people at Holy Trinity joyfully serve and to connect to meaningful ministry that makes your heart sing! January 12, Haywood Duke Room
Epiphany Season Churchwide Outreach Event,Holy Trinity on the Move: Please wear casual and comfortable clothes to the 9 o’clock service, and then join your fellow parishioners in assembling care packages and food for our neighbors. From there, we will walk together to Center City Park to distribute the packages and food. For more details, contact . January 19, Haywood Duke Room
Literature, Creativity, and Epiphany: “Epiphany” comes from a Greek word that means to manifest or reveal, to come suddenly into view. This four-week class will explore how literature creates moments of intense and embodied revelations or epiphanies for us, and how those moments can deepen and enrich our spiritual lives, regardless of whether the work addresses sacred or secular topics. Taught by professor Tony Cuda, PhD, Broome Hall. January 26–February 23, no class on February 2
Waking Up White: This Christian formation offering is be based on the book, Waking Up White. For those interested in participating in this class, you are invited to read the book before we begin as that will help facilitate our conversation. Led by the Rev. Sarah Carver, Roe Library. January 26–February 23, no class on February 2
The Church in the New Millennium, Led by the Rev. Canon Patricia Grace, Haywood Duke:
January 26: “While we were sleeping”. While we were about the business of church, the world and its culture changed. No longer are church-goers in the majority, no more do we find the Church in the center of life for many Americans. In this session, we will explore the many shifts in culture that bring both opportunity and challenge to the Episcopal Church and those seeking to live as followers of Jesus.
February 9: “The legacy of Enlightenment and Entitlement”. Episcopalians are fond of quoting that a large number of American Presidents have been Anglican or Episcopalian. Since the time of the Great Enlightenment, the way we think about organizations and power has been embodied in mainstream churches like our own. We will discuss the end of our legacy of entitlement and alternatives to the “way we have always done it” as life in our times has changed.
February 16: “And the Word was made flesh and started walking around the neighborhood.” God has a mission and the church was given to us to accomplish that work. More and more congregations are discovering that God has placed them in physical locations that invite them to engage differently with their neighbors. Come learn about missional theology and the promise it brings for new ways of being the church.
February 23: “Holy Trinity and the new normal: the importance of innovation, experimentation and making mistakes.” A new culture invites new ways of thinking, doing and being. The way forward is not clear and there is no blueprint. This session will examine the role of creativity in engaging this culture which demands a commitment to trying new things, learning from the experience and becoming more comfortable with false starts and failure.
The Search for a New Rector: Parish Wide Meeting: All members are invited to join the Search Committee and Catherine Massey, our Diocesan Transition Minister, to a offer input for the parish profile, a document that is offered to candidates for rector to introduce them to who we are as a church. We will have only two worship services that day and meet in between them to learn more and offer insights into our parish and who we seek as a new rector. Can’t make the 2nd? A second gathering will be offered on Wednesday night February 5th, in conjunction with our usual Wednesday Night supper activities. Questions? Contact Search Committee Chair, Martha Stukes ( ) Sunday, February 2, Church; Wednesday, February 5, Haywood Duke
Holy Trinity 101: Holy Trinity 101 is a great place for both newcomers and members to connect for authentic faith conversation and to learn how people at Holy Trinity practice “an inward journey of faith and an outward journey of service.” We explore a new topic each month. Led by Holy Trinity community, clergy, and staff. Topics this spring include: Live an Abundant Life Using Your GIFTS, What Confirmation is All About, Why and How Episcopalians Observe Lent, Anointing Sick and Dying Loved Ones and Christian Burial. Monthly, 10:15–11 a.m., Roe Library
Lenten Season Formation: March 1–March 29
Racial Reconciliation. Led by the Rev. Sarah Carver, Roe Library. March 1–29
Holy Trinity 101: See description above, Smyth Library. March 15 & 29, 10:15–11 a.m.
A Pilgrimage in Purple: “I think it ticks God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” Alice Walker, from The Color Purple. Lent is a special season of the church year which invites us to go on a journey much like a pilgrimage. The pilgrimage experience invites us to move out of our comfort zones, increase our focus on attention and listening to the voice of God and the world around us; and to enjoy encounters that shake us out of the status quo. This Lent we will offer a variety of formation classes and experiences which will engage and enrich our lives as Christians and encourage us to see the richness of the deep purple days of Lent. Themes for each week: The Preparation and Departure, March 8; The Journey, the Encounter(s), March 15; The Arrival, March 22 ; The Coming Home, March 29. The March 1 class is canceled. Led by the Rev. Canon Patricia Grace and other leaders, Haywood Duke.
Adult Confirmation Classes: Baptism is God’s promise to us. Confirmation is Our promise to God. “Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the baptized Christian expresses a mature commitment to Christ, and receives strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 860). Adult Confirmands meet for four two-hour classes and attend an off-campus retreat all led by Interim Rector, The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace and Mark Lile-King. Adult Confirmation classes are also for those being received into the Episcopal Church from other traditions and for those who want to recommit themselves to Christian life and faith by Reaffirming their baptismal vows. Spring 2020
Easter Season Formation: April 19–May 17
The Fabulous Fun Great Fifty Days: The Easter Season is a time for celebration and joy. Join us for teaching, discussion and practice designed to deepen our experience of resurrection and life. Broome Hall. April 19–May 3
History Behind the Headlines: We live in an unsettled, complex and rapidly changing world. There continue to be surprising, and sometimes alarming, developments, shifts and challenges to the world we thought we knew. In this class, we will dig down into the historical roots of several of the current “hot spots.” Led by Dr. Jeff Jones, Professor of History at UNCG, Haywood Duke Room. April 19–May 3
Holy Trinity 101: See description above, Roe Library. Monthly, 10:15–11 a.m.
Church-Wide Outreach Event, Jesus Has Left the Building: Following the 8 a.m. service, all members of the parish are invited to participate in a community outreach project, followed by Eucharist and a meal with our neighbors in the community. May 17