The mission of education at Grace & Holy Trinity Church is to offer a lifelong learning environment in which we are inspired and strengthened as disciples of Jesus Christ through Scripture, Reason and Tradition.
Sunday Education Hour
There are engaging classes for all ages at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings September through May. Youth and children's classes are upstairs in the education wing (above the breakfast area). We have two adult offerings. One is the "Bible Study/Forum" and the other adult opportunity is "Coffee and Conversation." This is an informal time of fellowship in the parish hall following breakfast. Click here to read about Adult classes for Winter and Spring 2013. To learn more about these opportunities please speak with a member of the clergy.
The nursery is open each Sunday morning for the 8:45am service stays open until after the last service of the morning. Our well appointed nursery is located on the second floor in room #2. During the summer the nursery is open for the "Good Book Club" and for the 10:00 a.m. service. You may use the stairs at the front or back of the building. An elevator is available on the Cherry Street (back) side of the building. We have a state of the art pager system so that you may feel comfortable leaving your child in the knowledge that we can page you if you are needed. We often provide a nursery and child care for other church events. Please contact Mary Cay Kollmasperger for more information.
We offer a wonderful Sunday School staffed by dedicated volunteers beginning at 10:00am on Sundays. There is a pre-school class, a kindergarten through first grade class, a second and third grade class and a fourth and fifth grade class. To learn more please contact Mary Cay Kollmansperger.
This program for children 3–7 years of age, is offered during the 11:00am service (10:00am in the summer). It is a liturgical curriculum modeled after the Montessori approach to education. It includes worship, prayer, singing, scripture story time, play, and a simple snack of Gold Fish and apple juice. The children then join their family for Holy Communion. The leaders are trained in the Godly Play method.
First Communion Instruction
There is no determinant age for admission to the Holy Communion and Holy Baptism is full admission into the Church. Deciding exactly when children begin to receive is a decision best reached by parents and children in consultation with the clergy. Before reception children should receive instruction on appropriate factual information and more importantly on the meaning of the Sacrament. If your child is interested in receiving communion, please speak with the Rev. Bo Millner or the Rev. Michael Cadaret. They are happy to talk with you and your child. Also, the clergy can give you a children’s book which will provide the necessary instruction for you to use at home with your child. When you have finished with the book either Michael or Bo can speak with you and your child again prior to first reception of communion. The season of Lent is a good time to discuss communion with your child so that first reception can happen at Easter.
We have an active and enthusiastic Sunday School for youth in the 6th through 12th grades. The youth are divided into three classes. In addition, the youth meet regularly for fellowship, fun and service. To review special activities for the Fall of 2012 please click here. You may also visit the Youth Page. Please contact Mary Cay Kollmansperger to learn more.
Click here to review an outline of current opportunities for adults on Sunday mornings. There are two offerings each Sunday at 10:00am. The "Bible Study/Forum" and “Coffee and Conversation” (an informal time of fellowship and conversation following breakfast). There are also several small groups which meet during the week. To learn more please contact the Rev. Michael Cadaret, the Rev. Bo Millner or Carolyn Chilton.
Small Study and Spiritual Formation Groups
The Community Bible Study group began in the Fall of 2012 and either Bo Millner or Carolyn Chilton will be happy to talk with you about this. The Monday Night Book group begins a new study early in 2013 and Carolyn Chilton can give you all the details. Education for Ministry is an intensive, three year course in the Scriptures, history and theology and is also offered at GHTC. Please contact Carolyn Chilton to learn more.
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