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Episcopal Campus Ministry at VCU

All are welcome

Located at:

Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
8 North Laurel Street
Richmond VA 23220

Email: ecm@ghtc.org and on Facebook

Worship

On Sundays we celebrate the Eucharist together when VCU is in session. Our Port-of-Grace service begins at 5:00 p.m.  Worship is lead by Abbey Stinnet, Jake Adams and our awesome student musicians as well as the clergy of Grace and Holy Trinity Church.

Prior to the service, at 4:00 p.m., we offer a time for group meditation. In the past we have participated in praying in color, yoga, and construction of prayer beads. Worship is lead by the clergy of Grace and Holy Trinity Church assisted by Abbey Stinnett, our worship leader, and music accompanist Jake Adams. In the Spring of 2017 we will be debuting a new Eucharistic mass setting composed by Jake. The Liturgies for Holy Eucharist change according to the liturgical season.

  • Advent: We lead a contemplative Taize Eucharist with prayers from Enriching Our Worship.
  • Epiphany: We use Eucharistic Prayers from The Book of Common Prayer.
  • Lent: This season provides us with a time for repentance and reconciliation with God including the suspension of “Alleluias” and use of confession and the penitential rites.
  • At Easter we celebrate new life with one another and return again to our joyful refrain of Alleluia, Alleluia in the Liturgy.

At 6:00 p.m., after each Port of Grace service,  the “Feed my Rams” ministry provides a home cooked meal from the generous members of the Grace and Holy Trinity Church family after. All are welcome to join us for dinner!  If you are interested in providing a meal for this ministry please contact The Rev Kimberly Reinholz .

To learn more about the worship, please contact the Campus Minister for Hospitality, Jordan Cooke.

If you are unable to attend the Port of Grace service, feel free to come worship at any of Grace and Holy Church’s Sunday morning services: 7:45, 8:45, and 11 a.m.

Wednesdays

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Beginning in Spring of 2017, we are excited to offer our TABLE Dinner Service every Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  TABLE stands for: Thanksgiving, Asking, Being, Loving and Exploring.  It is a unique experience of fellowship, worship and scholarship. Inspired by the Dinner Church movement lead by St Lydia’s in Brooklyn and St Gregory of Nyssa in San Fransisco, our Wednesday evening meal is more than a meal for the body, it is a time to feed the soul and the community at VCU. The doors are open for all, especially for young adults in RVA. The basic plan of worship at TABLE is this:

  • 5:30 p.m. –  Individuals can greet other guests, help cook, set tables, and meditate by praying in color. We will then gather at the center table to light the light of Christ and spread it through the parish hall.
  • 6 p.m. –  The bread is blessed and broken. Then, the meal is served, we hear a reading from Holy Scripture, and have a time of conversation about the reading.
  • 6:30 p.m. –  This is followed by blessing the wine and praying for ourselves and others.
  • 7 p.m. –  Everyone helps to clear tables, pack up leftovers, and sign up to help in the kitchen for the coming week. We close with the blessing of people and spreading light to the world.

Join us and if you are interested in cooking, contact ECM

Travel: Trips and Outings

Shrine Mont

We have a fall retreat at Shrine Mont, in the Shenandoah Valley, in October with the parish of Grace and Holy Trinity Church.  The cost is $25.00 per student, which covers room, board, and transportation on the Parish Bus. If you are interested in a weekend in the mountains please contact ECM  for more information.  

VCU dental student attending to her patient, 2016

Spring Mission Trip to Belize

Over VCU’s Spring Break, ECM travels with the parish’s International Missionary Society on a mission trip to Belize.

The work centers around dental and eye clinics, education, and construction. The group helps the community of Benque Viejo in Belize, where the church has had on going relationship since 2006.

VCU students constructing a fence around Holy Cross School, 2016

All VCU students are welcome on this trip and their expenses will be partially subsidized by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and Grace and Holy Trinity Church.

For requirements or more information, please contact ECM or the Rev. Kim Reinholz The March 2017 trip deadline has passed, so please watch this page for information regarding the Spring 2018 trip.

Education continues in the local schools during construction, 2016

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Friday Red Door Ministries are a great opportunity for students and student groups to give back to the Monroe Park neighborhood.  Please visit our outreach page for more information abut how to volunteer.

Meet Our Campus Ministers

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Emily Bennett – Campus Minister for Outreach: Emily is our Campus Minister responsible for making our life and ministry known beyond Laurel Street.  She works with others in student leadership to spread the word about our events at VCU, in the Fan, and beyond.

 

 

 

cm4Jordan Cooke – Campus Minister for Hospitality:  Jordan is our campus minister who keeps us all fed and content. Jordan coordinates the TABLE Dinner Service and the volunteers for the Red Door Ministry Soup Kitchen.  

 

 

 

 

 

11 merinMerin Duke – Campus Minister for Coordination: Merin is our campus minister in charge of organizing large events such as Belize and events open to the rest of the VCU student body. She works with Emily to expand ECM’s outreach to the larger Richmond community.  

 

 

 

 

12045485_1101942129816140_2842257323106795770_oThe Rev. Kim Reinholz – Chaplain: Kim is the Associate for Service Campus Ministry and Pastoral Care at GHTC.  She wears many hats but isn’t always wearing a baby.  She has worked with youth and young adults for most of her professional life as a an environmental organizer at a community college, a youth ministry coordinator, the Diocesan Youth Missioner for the Diocese of Bethlehem (Pennsylvania), and an adjunct college professor of Philosophy, Literature and Ethics.  Kim enjoys working with the VCU community because the students keep her on her toes from day to day she never knows what to expect.