Trinity Episcopal Church invites all to a special service and forum on Sunday, May 21 featuring the Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd McGregor, the Bishop of Madagascar. The bishop will preach during the regular worship service at 9:30 a.m. and immediately afterwards, at 10:45 a.m., discuss his mission and ministry in a slide presentation in the Glover Community Room. A brunch will be provided.
Bishop McGregor and his wife the Rev. Dr. Patsy McGregor, who is also an ordained Anglican priest, serve in the Toliara Region of Southern Madagascar, one of the poorest and most unreached places on earth. Their task involves serving and coordinating the Anglican Church in an area the size of Florida. They have been in the mission field since 1991, and they and their family have served in both Kenya and Madagascar. Trinity’s parishioners learned of the McGregor’s mission after reading one of Patsy’s books, Tamana: At Home in Africa in the church’s book club.
“We want to shed light on what modern missionaries do and why they’re still necessary,” says Trinity parishioner Dan Bacon. “From my perspective, the McGregors are amazing people doing amazing work that’s making a significant difference in the lives of needy people.”
The McGregor’s ministry, called People Reaching People, has grown from one church building and eleven worshiping communities in 2006 to over 70 churches and a Cathedral. They serve the people of the region through education programs and economic development aimed at combatting the chronic poverty. The McGregors work with the churches to develop agriculture and animal husbandry businesses to provide financial resources to the parishes. They also teach women business skills and handicrafts to create goods they can bring to market.
Hosting Bishop McGregor is reflective of Trinity’s stance of being a vibrant faith community open and respectful of diversity and of being an Episcopal Church through service in a relevant way. Trinity is committed to fulfilling its long-held role in Newtown of responding to suffering and providing healing to all in need.
The forum is free. Trinity Church is located at 36 Main Street in Newtown.
Trinity’s Companion Parish Ministry would like to invite you to our next bilingual Bible study with our friends from San José la Montaña, El Salvador on Sunday, June 25th from 10:45 am - 12:00 noon in the Johnson Room. A light snack will be served right after worship is over at about 10:45 am, and then our friends from El Salvador will join us via Skype at 11:00 am to begin our study together.
For this study, we will be using bi-lingual curriculum developed by The Salvation Army entitled, Joyfully His. Several interpreters will be joining us for this session.
Please contact Rick Chamiec-Case (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to join us so that we make provisions for the light snack we will share at 10:45 am. This session is open to any and all interested adults or youth, either from within or from outside of Trinity.
Join us for this wonderful opportunity to study Scripture with individuals from another culture, and to deepen our ties with our friends in our Companion Parish in San Jose la Montana!
We'll use this workbook for the Back to Basics classes Discovering What You are Designed to Do. You'll also find it helpful as a self-study guide.
Join us as we explore inspiring, thoughtful works. Next up: Don’t Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees: The Adventures of an American Surgeon in Nepal by Thomas Hale. [From production information]: Dr. Hale's incredible experiences in tiny, mountainous Nepal are surpassed only by his talent for telling about them. Imagine, for example, the culture shock of moving to a Hindu country under such rigid religious control that it is not only illegal to proselytize, but illegal to change religions as well. Imagine further the shock of moving to that country as a missionary doctor. Thomas Hale and his wife, Cynthia, also a physician, took on that awesome challenge in 1970. The Christian Formation Commission hopes you will enjoy this opportunity to socialize and explore your faith journey. For details, meeting location, and sign up, email email@example.com or speak with Sophfronia Gregory or Nancy Cole.
Trinity launched a small group ministry last fall and the response has been great from parishioners enjoying this opportunity to meet regularly with a group of caring friends and be spiritually enriched and encouraged. You can still join a small group if you missed out on the initial sign up. If you are interested in participating in a small group, feel free to contact Sophfronia Gregory or Dan Bacon. Or signup on this website.
February 26, March 5, 12,19, 26, April 2 and 9, 10:45 am in the Johnson Room
The Christian Formation Commission invites you to this year’s Lenten series, “5 Marks of Love,” an offering designed by the brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Virginia Theological Seminar. This six-week series invites us to observe and reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Week by week we will explore each of the Anglican Communion’s five “Marks of Mission” (Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform, and Treasure) through videos, questions, and exercises designed to help us speak clearly and act truthfully, motivated always by hearts marked by God’s love. Refreshments will be provided.
February 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Join us as we explore inspiring, thoughtful works. Next up: Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger. Drawing from history, psychology, and anthropology, bestselling author Junger shows us just how at odds the structure of modern society is with our tribal instincts, arguing that the difficulties many veterans face upon returning home from war do not stem entirely from the trauma they’ve suffered, but also from the individualist societies they must reintegrate into.
The Christian Formation Commission hopes you will enjoy this opportunity to socialize and explore your faith journey. For details, meeting location, and sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with Sophfronia Gregory or Nancy Cole.
Connecting to God and each other in small groups
What do you want most from your church life experience? Likely, you want to connect with God to be renewed, encouraged or comforted. At some level, you also want to connect with other members for fellowship, mutual encouragement, fun or even support. While attending the odd coffee hour or occasional church event can be meaningful, we all sense a need for something additional.
Here we go! For this reason, Trinity will launch our new small group ministry this October. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for you to be enriched spiritually and encouraged as you meet regularly with a group of caring friends. These informal small groups may be meeting in homes or wherever the group decides. Through personal sharing and discussion around God’s Word with study guides, you’ll gain insights and helpful applications for your personal walk with the Lord.
How do they work? Typically and ideally small groups will meet twice a month. Times for meeting can vary based on group members’ schedules. Each group will have a facilitator but leadership for the group can rotate among members including rotation of the venue for group meetings if meeting in a home. Meetings typically last about 90 minutes but the meetings are informal and so can be flexible in the amount of time committed. Starting this October, all of our new small groups will be using the same material. The series is called “1 Peter -Walk the Talk.” The focus is on coping as a Christian in today’s messy and often-times scary world and gleaning life lessons from God’s Word.
How do I sign up? If you are interested in participating in a small group, members of the Christian Formation Commission will pass around sign up sheets during the service this Sunday. You can also sign up or request more information by using the following link on the Trinity website: http://www.trinitynewtownct.org/small-group-sign-up.html. Feel free to contact Sophfronia Gregory (email@example.com), or Dan Bacon (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to talk more about how small groups work and what might be involved. We hope to have 3-4 small groups meeting in various locations and possibly at different times so you’ll be able to pick the one most convenient to your schedule and join in.
We strongly encourage you to take this step and connect with a small group this fall. You will be a part of something meaningful and enjoyable that can make a big difference in your ongoing life as a believer.
Trinity’s Christian Formation Commission
The Christian Formation Commission’s Back to Basics theme launched successfully last week with the first class in its Your Faith, Your Life program. The 9-week course is based on the book by Jenifer Gamber. The class is an exciting and engaging examination of what it means to be Christian and an Episcopalian--what we believe and how we practice that belief.
It is designed for seekers in the Episcopal Church--not just those new to our ways, but anyone with a renewed sense of inquiry and hunger for “the more,” that all of us at some point seem to need. Please join us and feel free to invite friends and family. There’s still time to take part so don’t miss out! Books are $5 each and available in the church office and before class.
What You Need to Know
When: Sundays after 9:30 Worship (approximately 10:45-11:45 a.m. )
September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 23, 30
November 6, 13
Where: The Johnson Room
Refreshments will be served.
Questions? Email Sophfronia Gregory at email@example.com
Trinity Adult Education News
Adults walk through Trinity's doors with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, understandings and questions. We welcome this diversity and look to learn from each other as we explore questions of faith, life, spirituality and meaning
Our Sunday morning and weeknight classes, workshops and prayer groups seek to provide opportunities for spiritual growth, intellectual development, deepening connection to God and faithful living.
Go here to view our Spring schedule and list of ongoing programs.
At Trinity, adults will find a safe and exciting place to grow in their life in Christ.
Come join us!