Welcome VCU Students!
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Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
8 North Laurel Street
Richmond VA 23220
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We invite students to worship with us on Sunday mornings. If you are new to Episcopal Worship and are a VCU student look for our ECM Usher/Greeter team they 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.
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.
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.
- Open House- Come and have free lunch, ask questions, get a tour of GHTC
- Creation Conversations- Come and talk about how we care for animals, for the planet and ourselves, with guest speakers, spiritual intentionality and Bible Study.
- Action Wednesdays- Come and do something- this year service projects include assembling making “homecoming” gifts for adopted pets from the SPCA, and growing herb gardens in eggshell cartons.
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.
We invite students to join us for Red Door Ministries. For more information about how to get involved visit the Red Door page here
We love having students volunteer and encourage you to sign up to help. Come and learn some cooking skills and work with our team of dedicated volunteers to feed between 100 and 150 people most weeks. This is an open community meal for anyone who wants to join us in the greater Richmond area.