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Episcopal Campus Ministry at VCU

 

Welcome VCU Students!

Join Episcopal Campus Ministries at VCU

Located at:

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

Email: ecm@ghtc.org and on Facebook

Follow us on Facebook at ECM@VCU

Meet Our Campus Ministers

Emily Bennett (Left)– 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.

The Rev. Kim Reinholz (Middle) – Chaplain Kim is the Associate for Service Campus Ministry and Pastoral Care at GHTC.  She is always available to talk to VCU students and enjoys spending time in the Commons during her office hours “Coloring with Clergy”.  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.

Jordan Cooke (Right)– Campus Minister for Hospitality:  Jordan is our campus minister who keeps us all fed and content. Jordan volunteers for the Red Door Ministry Soup Kitchen and helps greet and welcome folks for SERVANT on Wednesdays.

Shrove Tuesday Ramcake Dinner – Tuesday February 13

VCU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to the Shrove Tuesday Ramscake dinner from 7:00-10:00 p.m.   All you can eat for just $5.00 with a student ID.  Non-student cost is $5.00/plate.

The cooking, serving and cleaning shifts for the RamsCake Dinner on Tuesday February 13 are filling up fast.  There are still spots available for the 8:00-9:00 p.m. shift as well as the 9:00 -10:00 p.m. shift. Contact The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz to volunteer for one of those slots.  Thank you to those of you who have already volunteered.  Right now VCU alumni are really showing their Black and Gold, and we definitely invite Ram Fans of all persuasions to join us sign up today.

 Fundraising for Episcopal Campus Ministry

All funds raised for Episcopal Campus Ministry are shared between the minstry/club of ECM at VCU and Red Door Ministry (see more info about Red Door here)

Fundraisers during the Spring Semester 2018 include :

Parking at GHTC  during Finding Never Land playing at the Altria Theatre Tuesday January 30 – Sunday February 4.  If you park in our lot for any of the showings you will support our mission locally and in Texas for our Alternative Spring Break Trip for Hurricane Harvey Relief. If you want to help with parking dates please sign up here.

The Ramscake Dinner on Tuesday February 13 from 7 Pm-10 Pm. This fundraiser ensures that for every student who eats pancakes on 2/13 one guest at Red Door can be fed on Friday February 16.

In addition for every 10 students who have a cup of coffee or juice on Tuesday February 13, our team of 4 awesome women who are going to Corpus Christi for “Good but not Glamorous” work during spring break will be able to rent a car for a work day.

If you have questions about our fundraising event please contact The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz 

 

 

Worship-Sunday

We invite students to worship with us on Sunday mornings.  If you are new to Episcopal Worship and are a VCU student look for Emily- she is our ECM Usher/Greeter Extrodinaire she will be your companion through worship on Sundays during the semester.  

All services have a unique style so if you aren’t sure which one to attend maybe come at the best time for you to start.  All baptized Christians are welcome to receive communion at any of the Eucharistic services (you do not have to be an Episcopalian to receive communion)- if you do not want to receive communion you can come forward and request a blessing from the priest.

The Traditional Service at 7:45 a.m. is a Rite I Holy Eucharist.  There is no music and the language is “Old English”.  The prayers are based off of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and you will hear “Thees and Thous” in this worship setting.

The Crossroads Service at 8:45 a.m. is an inter generational service with Rite II Holy Eucharist out of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.  It is mostly attended by families with young children.  There is music from the 1982 Hymnal as well as more contemporary hymns and songs which are led by a small group of musicians known as The Amazing Grace Choir.  The altar is moved down to the floor and folks receive communion while standing.

The Classic Service is at 11:00 a.m. this service is Rite II Holy Eucharist with Choir and Acolytes (except for the second Sunday of the month when we have Morning Prayer).  The organ is the accompaniment and communion takes place on the high altar.  Individuals receive communion by kneeling at the altar rail.

Midweek Programs

Students are invited to live into their faith (regardless of their religious tradition) by helping the community of ECM at VCU to live into our baptism. We covenant at baptism to:

·         Continue in the apostles teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayers.

·         Persevere in resisting evil and when we fall into sin repenting and returning to the Lord.

·         Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.

·         Seek and serve Christ in all persons loving our neighbors as ourselves.

·         Strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.

On Wednesdays

Offering a place to share about where we  live and serve by feeding the hungry, quenching the thirst of the thirsty, visiting with the lonely, and / or standing with those imprisoned at our Wednesday Se(rva)nt Lunch. You do not need to be an Episcopalian, Christian or religious to join this conversation- all are welcome at the table.

  • Drop In Wednesdays- Come and have free lunch, ask questions, get a tour of GHTC
  • Info Wednesdays- Come and hear about opportunties to serve at non-profits through out RVA
  • Action Wednesdays- Come and do something- this year service projects include assembling Bishop Bags for Red Door Ministry, making “homecoming” gifts for adopted pets from the SPCA, and making sleeping mats for Red Door Guests out of recycled plastic bags

For more information follow ECM at VCU on Facebook or contact Kim

 

On Thursdays

Chaplain Kim Reinholz can be found on campus for coloring and conversation in the Commons most Thursdays from 10 am – 1 pm.  It’s a chance to add a little color to a sometimes dreary world, but also an opportunity to talk about anything from concerns about personal and spiritual life to talking about pop culture or politics.  It’s a safe space to ask questions or just center ourselves at the table for a fun activity.

 

On Fridays

We invite students to join us for Red Door Ministries.  For more information about how to get involved visit the Red Door page here

If you are a VCU student volunteering with Red Door Ministries please be in touch with Chaplain Kim or Campus Minister Jordan Cooke