The program year is starting anew at Trinity. How you can plug in
It’s almost New Year’s. Yes, Labor Day, the end of summer, the beginning of school all signal the start of a new year much more than January 1 ever does. After three months of disconnection, scatteredness, and dormancy in various parts of our congregational life, we prepare to re-engage with the beginning of the program year.
Although many ministries take a break, the summer has not been uneventful. There have been improvements in our church campus. A water feature now graces the memorial garden while the Vestry is selecting a columbarium to fit that space. A washing station and new herb garden as well as a new prayer labyrinth have almost reached completion across the street, courtesy of Cameron and Sarah Kate Rankin as they pursue Eagle and Gold Scouting awards respectively.
Four J2A pilgrims and two leaders made their pilgrimage to New York where they spent time on a farm run by Episcopal nuns and worshiped at Trinity Church, Wall Street.
Twenty-five children and several adults had a grand time at Vacation Bible School in July. Folks offered the fruit of their gardens at the annual Summer Salad Luncheon. Well over a hundred pounds of produce from the outreach garden has been delivered to Iredell Christian Ministries. So folk have been living out their faith and serving God and neighbor in and through this place.
I want to make my annual plea to you to consider taking part in some type of Christian formation in addition to worship this year. Vestry rep Chris Shoobridge and I strive to make the Sunday morning formation time relevant and challenging. The Book Forum reads one interesting book after another. The Wednesday morning Bible Study will begin with a study of the concept of Shalom in scripture.
The Adult Inquirer’s Class, which began after Easter and broke for the summer, will resume for a few weeks prior to Bishop Hodges-Copple’s visit on October 4. And for those willing to commit, EFM meets each Tuesday night. (see Jim Lawton for details.) Please consider one of these opportunities and if there are topics you would like to see offered, please let me know.
Offerings for children and youth will resume on Rally Day. Leaders are selecting curricula and preparing classes for Sunday mornings. Children’s choir, Children’s Chapel, and Family Fun Nights also provide meaningful, age appropriate learning opportunities for children. Children may become acolytes in third grade. Our youth will have an exciting array of activities this fall as well, activities that build relationship and challenge them to grow. When you as parents consider what your children become involved in, I hope you will consider what they get from connection with a church community. Week after week they hear the sacred story in ways that are meaningful for them, and interact with adults who love them and model Christ’s love for them.
There are lots of options for children’s activities today; I hope participation in church, especially Christian formation, is the first one you commit to.
As plans and schedules come together, please watch emails and the website and the Sunday bulletin for times and places as the new church year kicks off. And make your plans now to be here on September 13 for Rally Day, when we kick off the new year. —Brad Mullis