Next up for the Trinity Book Group: John Ortberg's If You Want to Walk On Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. The discussion will take place on Friday, February 26 at 7pm, hosted and facilitated by Nancy Cole. The Christian Formation Commission hopes you will enjoy this opportunity to socialize as well as further explore your faith journey. To sign up, email email@example.com or speak with Sophfronia Gregory or Nancy Cole. Copies of the book will be made available at the Booth Library on Main Street.
Publisher's Description: Winner of the 2002 Christianity Today Book Award. You're One Step Away from the Adventure of Your Life. Deep within you lies the same faith and longing that sent Peter walking across the wind-swept Sea of Galilee toward Jesus. In what ways is the Lord telling you, as he did Peter, "Come"? John Ortberg invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you outside your comfort zone. Out on the risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you in ways that will change you forever, deepening your character and your trust in God. The experience is terrifying. It's thrilling beyond belief. It's everything you'd expect of someone worthy to be called Lord. The choice is yours to know him as only a water-walker can, aligning yourself with God's purpose for your life in the process. There's just one requirement: If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat.
The Christian Formation Commission is pleased to offer the program, "Growing a Rule of Life," during the six Sundays of Lent. In this series, developed by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at the Virginia Theological Seminary, we focus on God as the Chief Gardener of our souls, and we seek out ways to grow into the fullness he desires. Just as stakes and lattices nurture the growth of young plants, so too can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being. This series uses a tool from monastic spirituality called a ‘Rule of Life’ to explore and cultivate our relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation. This is an exciting opportunity to dig deep and dream big about ways to live into a more abundant life with Christ.
Daily videos and reflections will lead participants through the process. Ultimately each participant will create a unique Rule of Life or ‘Garden Plot’ to sustain and expand beyond the class.
Participants will be able to:
Classes will take place Sunday mornings from 9-9:45 a.m. in the Undercroft on the following dates:
Feb. 14: Exploring Rule of Life and Rhythm of Nature
Feb. 21: Exploring Your Relationship to God
Feb. 28: Exploring Your Relationship to Self
Mar. 6: Exploring Your Relationship with Others
Mar. 13: Exploring Your Relationship to the Creation/Living in Rhythm
We ask that you:
1.) Sign up for the weekly in-person sessions. We will work together through the major steps of the growing process as we each establish our own Rules of Life. Ultimately each of us will create a unique and balanced Rule of Life or ‘Garden Plot’ to sustain and expand beyond the class. Refreshments will be served. Sign up by calling or emailing the Trinity office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.) Register to receive the daily emails and videos from SSJE. The Brothers of SSJE have also created a free video series that offers a mix of Brothers sharing their own experiences and teaching about the rewards and challenges of living a Rule of Life. These videos are available at www.SSJE.org/growrule and should be seen as complementary to the work we will do together.
The series asks people to think about how they relate to Time in their life over five weeks. The series begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10th 2016 and runs through to Palm Sunday. Each day there is a video, a provocative question and a call to reflect either in the workbook or via social media.
You can download a workbook at the SSJE site to accompany the videos or pick up a copy at Church.
Please note: If you can’t attend the sessions we highly recommend you receive the daily videos and comment on them online so you can still share this wonderful Lenten experience with the Trinity community.
All who work with and/or chaperone children, youth, elderly, or are on vestry at Trinity must attend a ONE-TIME Basic Safe Church Training within 3 months of beginning your ministry, and then be re-certified every 3 to 5 years. See training descriptions and dates to register below.
BASIC SAFE CHURCH TRAINING is designed for ordained and lay ministers who have not yet attended a safe church training in the Diocese of Connecticut.
Saturday trainings 9 am - 4 pm, lunch provided
March 5, 2016, 9 a.m.: St. James's, West Hartford: https://basicsafechurch3516.eventbrite.com
April 16, 2016, 9 a.m., Trinity, Collinsville: https://basicsafechurch4916.eventbrite.com
April 30, 2016, 9 a.m., St. Peter's, Cheshire: https://basicsafechurch43016.eventbrite.com
May 7, 2016, 9 a.m., St. John's, Vernon: https://basicsafechurch5716.eventbrite.com
May 14, 2016, 9 a.m, St. Paul's, Brookfield: https://basicsafechurch51416.eventbrite.com
June 4, 2016, 9 a.m. Christ Church, East Norwalk: https://basicsafechurch6416.eventbrite.com
June 25, 2016, 9 a.m. , St. John's, Niantic: https://basicsafechurch62516.eventbrite.com
RECERTIFICATION TRAINING is designed for lay ministers who attended a full day of basic safe church training three to five years ago. This training is two and a half-hours long and offers new and updated information. The focus is on the protection of children and youth and prevention of elder abuse.
Evening sessions, 6 pm - 9 pm, light supper provided unless otherwise noted. Morning sessions, 9 am - 11:30 am, light refreshments provided unless otherwise noted.
Feb. 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m., St. Andrew's, Madison: https://safechurchrecert2316.eventbrite.com
March 7, 2016, 6:30 p.m. The Commons, Meriden: https://safechurchrecert3716.eventbrite.com
April 9, 2016, 9 a.m. St. Mark's, New Canaan: https://safechurchrecert4916.eventbrite.com
April 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Trinity, Tariffville: https://safechurchrecert41216.eventbrite.com
May 21, 2016, 9 a.m., St. Paul's, Shelton: https://safechurchrecert52116.eventbrite.com
Centering Prayer Group: Community in Silence Johnson Room
Option #1: 1st & 3rd Mondays 7–8:30pm
Option #2: Every Tuesday 6–7pm
Led by Trinity’s Centering Prayer Groups
If you have been to an Introduction to Centering Prayer workshop, and want to grow in your prayer life, consider joining Trinity’s Centering Prayer group. Members gather weekly to pray together, support each other in practicing the prayer and learn more about Centering Prayer. If you are interested in becoming a part of this community please contact Cindy Anderau (203) 426-2696 or email@example.com.
Occasional time and location changes due to parish schedule
A Gathering of Men Maplewood: 166 Mount Pleasant Rd in Newtown
1st and 3rd Saturdays 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Led by Frank Brill and Dean Snellback
A Gathering of Men brings together men of the parish on a regular basis for prayerful companionship, reflection, and sharing. The goal of this initiative is to grow together in faith, fellowship and openness to God’s presence, and action. All men of the parish are invited to participate and new members are always welcome to join. Maplewood is providing the coffee.
Trinity Book Group
3rd Fridays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Led by Various Parishioners
Join us as we explore the works of spiritual writers such as Anne Lamott, Frederick Buechner, Henri Nouwen and C.S. Lewis among others. Our aim is to read and discuss a book a month. Each meeting is hosted in the home of a different parishioner each month, so check the bulletin or the Trinty eNews for the current book and location. Attendance at every meeting is not required so feel free to come when time allows. The C.H. Booth Library on Main Street will have copies of each book set aside for our group to borrow. The Christian Formation Commission hopes you will enjoy this opportunity to socialize as well as further explore your faith journey. For details and sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with Sophfronia Gregory or Nancy Cole.
Christian Gentle Spirit Yoga Glover Undercroft
1st, 2nd & 3rd Mondays 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Instructor Sheryl Fatse
This class is offered at Trinity for adults interested in spending time with God on the mat to restore both body and soul - no experience necessary. Gentle Spirit Yoga circle focuses on the pursuit of physical health and spiritual growth. It is led by trained instructor Sheryl Fatse who is a 200-hour registered yoga instructor and certified Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Guide. She meets students gently where they are, with breath work, guided restorative meditation, setting a healthy intention, noticing stress triggers, and finding joy in what "is".
Sheryl is generously offering her professional talent to Trinity for donations only, so please consider giving a free-will offering each class. Please bring a yoga mat and any/all of the following if you have them (limited supplies will be available at class if you don't have any of these items): yoga block(s), yoga strap (or any fabric belt), a small blanket/towel, drinking water.
The schedule may change due to room availability so stay tuned for future yoga dates/times.
Trinity has a book group! - Join us as we explore the works of spiritual writers such as Anne Lamott, Frederick Buechner, Henri Nouwen and C.S. Lewis among others. Our aim is to read and discuss a book a month. Next up: Gilead, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Marilynne Robinson. The C.H. Booth Library on Main Street has many copies of the book put aside for our group. They are on the book club shelf near the circulation desk. Dan and Lindie Bacon will host the next meeting at their home in Sandy Hook on January 29th at 7p.m. The Christian Formation Commission hopes you will enjoy this opportunity to socialize as well as further explore your faith journey. For details and sign up, email email@example.com or speak with Sophfronia Gregory or Nancy Cole.
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!