Education

Adult Education

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We offer numerous opportunities for adults to strengthen them on their spiritual journey with Jesus.  See below for more information about these opportunities, and contact Aaron Davis with any questions or to get involved.

Adult Forum: Every week at 10:00 a.m. Grace and Holy Trinity’s Adult Forum brings great speakers from a variety of backgrounds to present on interesting topics. Past speakers have included Prof. Sarah Teets, PhD (University of Virginia, Department of Classics) presenting “Josephus—An Amazing Life,” and the Rev. Karen-Marie Yust, ThD (Union Presbyterian Seminary) presenting “The Enchancing Effects of Social Media & Technology in Christian Life.” Presentations often include community leaders, church clergy and staff, and church members throughout the year. For the latest on scheduled Adult Forums see the GHTC eNews. If you do not receive the eNews and would like to, contact Barb Dodd.

Family Focus Forum (F3): In addition to our regular Adult Forum, GHTC offers a Family Focus Forum (F3) every second Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Like the Adult Forum, speakers from both inside and outside the parish present; however, these topics are sourced from the interests of parents and others involved in rearing children. Past speakers and topics have included Lara Wulff, PhD (St. Catherine’s School) presenting “Changing Trends and Needs in Christian Formation,” Leslie Choplin, DEdMin (Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work) presenting “Faith and Sexuality in the Episcopal Church,” and Michael Quinn presenting on “Substance Use/Abuse in Homes of Faith.” For questions about the Family Focus Forum or to propose a topic, contact Aaron Davis at 804-359-5628 ext. 15.

Adult Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation: In the Episcopal Church, Confirmation is a rite of reaffirmation that allows one to publicly affirm their faith in Jesus Christ, commit to the ministry of the church, and receive laying on of hands by the Bishop.

The Episcopal Church expects those who are baptized at an early age to make this public and mature affirmation of faith as they grow older. Additionally, we acknowledge that the lives and faith of persons change over time and therefore the Church receives those confirmed in other traditions through this rite, and reaffirms the faith of those who have gone through or are going through a transition in their life or ministry.

Confirmation classes are offered in preparation for the bishop’s visit to Grace and Holy Trinity. For more information contact the Rev. Bo Millner or the Rev. Kimberly Reinholz.

Spirited Sisters: This women’s group meets monthly for soup, salad, spirits, and good conversation! The Spirited Sisters gather on the second Monday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. at Travinia Italian Kitchen, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive #800, Richmond, VA 23220. All ages are welcome.

Theology Discussion Group: Thursdays at 7:45 a.m.

The Rev. Bo Millner hosts this group in the church parlor on the second Thursday of each month at 7:45 a.m. to discuss Christian theology. Currently the group is reading “The Spirit of Early Christian Thought” by Dr. Robert Louis Wilken (formerly of the University of Virginia, Department of History). As one reviewer says, “This is not a book written for the academy but for all readers…(Wilken) provides a new generation…a sense of what is important about those astonishing teachers of the early church who instructed the ages after them.”  This friendly discussion group has been meeting for several years; if you want to expand your spiritual life, contact Bo about joining now.

Other Opportunities

Numerous other opportunities exist for adults to grow in faith at Grace and Holy Trinity Church. These include:

  • Special holiday worship services throughout the year such as the Blessing of the Animals on St. Francis Day, a Thanksgiving service, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, and Lenten services and programming. Contact the Rev. Bo Millner or the Rev. Kim Reinholz to learn more.
  • Events planned by the GHTC 20s & 30s ministry (contact Nick Sollog to learn more).
  • Events throughout the year by the Boomers & Better group (contact Chuck Bleick to learn more).
  • Musical events through the GHTC Concert Series (contact Dr. Elizabeth Melcher Davis to learn more).
  • Weekly lunches and services through the Red Door Ministries (contact the Rev. Kim Reinholz).